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Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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A powerful story of self-discovery, survival in the wild. --The Los Angeles Times
Told simply and yet with a novelist's eye for structure and drama, the story unfolds like a nightmare movie. --Sun Herald
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The book is very interesting - you get glimpses of life as a backpacker/tourist floating through South America, a look at rural life in Bolivia, and raw survival from the narrator. I couldn't put the book down. It is a little gruesome/graphic at points, so all readers may not be tempted, but an overall great read.
Other great survival tales I have enjoyed include:
1. The Long Walk (by Slavomir Rawicz) - bordering on fiction - Polish prisoner breaks out of Siberian prison camp with a team after World War II
2. We Die Alone (by David Howarth) - American soldier flees across occupied Norway in World War II
3. Adrift (by Steven Callahan) - Sailor survives in life raft for over 2 months.
4. Skeletons on the Zahara (by Dean King) - shipwrecked crew taking as slaves by Sahara tribes
5. Touching the Void (by Joe Simpson) - man crawls down a mountain alone after serious accident
6. Alive (by Piers Paul Read) - soccer team survives plane crash in Andes
7. Endurance (by Alfred Lansing) - south-polar expedition runs into trouble
8. Into Thin Air (by Jon Krakauer) - Mt. Everest trek goes badly awry
9. (added in 2013): Unbroken (by Laura Hillenbrand) - amazing WW II airman is not only shipwrecked, but survives POW camp in Japan.
It was survival of the fittest, and in this situation, the weakest link became despised. The disappointing factor is that at the time when Kevin and Yossi began to despise Marcus, the journey's difficulty seemed minor.
After the emotional abuse, I found it difficult to care for the author's plight. One can only imagine the suffering and confusion that Marcus felt at the betrayal of his friends during a painful and difficult journey. It must have been painful for Yossi to tell his story honestly.
The book would have benefited from photos, even if they were not photos of the actual journey but of the return trip or group shots before the journey.
I originally gave this book only 3 stars but I've changed it to 5 stars. After all, it was very engrossing, well-written and, above all, honest. At the time I wrote the original review, Yossi's treatment of their companion caused me to deduct 2 stars. However, non-fiction books should not be reviewed based upon whether the reader likes the turn the story takes, right? Life isn't a Hollywood script.
The main character of this story is a bit of a dope, and it is hard to feel sorry for him at times. He comes off as a bit hard-hearted, and he makes some crazy mistakes and decisions (I would probably make them too, though!).
Compared to some of the better true-life adventure books out there, I was not impressed. Still, the story had some educational merit. It might keep me from wandering around in the Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not judging anyone who liked this book. Everyone to his own opinion. But I found the book ridiculous and offensive. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Fortunate Cookie
A good lesson in what not to do. Very appealing to anyone who watches the Survivals Series from the Canadian Broadcast System.Published on January 17, 2014 by skip
I lean toward true stories of survival. I think a lot of others do too. THis one is a tale of man against environment mainly. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by C.A.Lutes
liked whole book sad ending feel like two men are still out there easyily get trapped that reader in with the men so expressivePublished on August 16, 2013 by carol ann johnson
NO pictures ! And the map wasn't too good either. Would have liked to see who I was reading about and the surrounding jungle. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by James Livingstone
The book Jungle started out slow but about half way through it got really exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Stephen Sheffield