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A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg Paperback – February 25, 1989
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Cahill ( Jaguars Ripped My Flesh ) courts intercontinental adventure in these collected travel pieces. He fishes for pike in Wisconsin's icy Lake Nagawicka (and competes in a minnow-drinking contest at Chuck and Sue's bar). Over the protests of the late Dian Fossey, he eyeballs Rwanda's now-famous mountain gorillas. And he joins the journalists flocking to the scene of mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. His pen is filled with adrenaline; he batters down obstacles and dares to do the difficult, whether this means braving the scent of decay (Jonestown's "last bodies to be removed had been in such a state of decomposition that bits and pieces kept falling off") or surviving a serious wind-chill factor. Though Cahill's humor and machismo can be heavy-handed, and his occasional sexism is annoying ("menopausal waitresses" cramp his style in Oregon), the writer's appetite for fun and trouble off the beaten path is exhilarating.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
These are pieces written over the past 20 years by a "journalist . . . with a desire to go where no sane man would wish to go," who discovers there is wonder left in the world. Believing that risk is a form of therapy, Cahill has sought adventure by participating in and reporting on risk sports from deep sea scuba diving to avalanche skiing, caving to white water rafting. He also spent time with Dian Fossey and her gorillas, visited Jim Jones's death camp in Guyana, and investigated Bigfoot accounts in the Pacific Northwest. Author, editor of Outside , contributor to Rolling Stone , Cahill writes with irreverent humor, philosophy, and considerable knowledge about people testing themselves. He is a fine storyteller. Recommended for most libraries.
- Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ . Lib . , Carbondale
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The Jonestown Massacre on November 18, 1978 was visited and the images were somewhat clear but vague at times as well upon the discovery of hundreds of rotting, bloated corpses. If the author had investigated, he would understand that everybody was pretty much held by gunpoint and had little choice. Only a few survived at all. He doesn't mention that the only follower outside Jonestown murdered her three children and herself in the Georgetown headquarters of the People's Temple.
Agan, I felt that the author doesn't offer much retrospective but I did appreciate his interviews with Odell Rhodes, Tim Carter, and others who survived the horrible ordeal.
I really felt that pictures could say a thousand words especially with Jonestown and the survivors.
What makes it so good is, for one thing, that he's never so detached as to reek of smug pseudo-sophistication, but never so involved as to let his emotions and opinions interfere with the story. The balance between the two extremes is perfect. For another, Tim simply does and sees things hardly anyone else ever sees and does, let alone writes about. For yet another, he is often very funny in a dry, Montana sort of way. If you are new to Tim Cahill, you're in for quite a few hours of great reading.
The stories are varied enough that there will be something for everyone in this collection, but since they are so different from one another, all readers may not enjoy all of the stories. Cahill's cockiness about his adventures felt a bit condescending at times, but this is offset by his great sense of humour and the fact that he is not afraid to poke fun at himself.
An enjoyable read that had me googling a few of the articles for more information on the subjects.