The setting is in the Indonesian province of Papua and in Papua New Guinea. I enjoyed the story, but I kept on mumbling to myself about the distances travelled and the means of transport. For example, one of the characters is said to walk from Kopiago in PNG to Tabulbil and then on to Papua to Timika near the Grasberg copper mine. This would take several weeks, but the reader is not told this. And Tubulbil is the closest settlement to another major copper mine, but this is not mentioned although it would have been of passing interest to the story The same goes for many of the walks various characters undertake - the reader is left with the impression that most are a day or two, but given the terrain this cannot be right. Another example is a boat trip from Port Moresby to New Britain - this takes only a day in the book but would certainly take longer in real like. But the thing that had me mumbling most was towards the end of the book when the main characters cross the border into PNG and are met by vehicles and driven to Telefomin. But there are no roads in that area. The distance is said to be 40 km by road but the straight-line distance from Telefomin to the border is about 70 km and even if there were a road it would be much longer. And then they drive to Port Moresby in a long day. Suffice it to say that Port Moresby is not connected by road to the rest of the country so such a drive is impossible. All of these things could have been checked using Google Earth, which shows roads, even though some of them are optimistic to say the least.
And how do I know all this? I lived in PNG for 10 years and travelled to some of the places mentioned. Some of this travel was by road, but most was by air and by walking. So although the story is good and the plot OK, its telling leaves a lot to be desired if you want an authentic geographic setting.
Long Pork: Behind the Bamboo Curtain Paperback – 19 November 2020
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- Publisher : Aurora House (19 November 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1922403156
- ISBN-13 : 978-1922403155
- Dimensions : 14 x 2.01 x 21.59 cm
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