Certainly an enjoyable read, which kept me interested until the end. Reminiscent in a lot of ways of Redmond O'Hanlon's "Into the Heart of Borneo". Both describe the authors' ill-conceived journeys into Borneo's wilderness, with the primary goal being an adventure through untamed nature and non-Western cultures. The O'Hanlon book is funnier and more whimsical, but I learned more about the people and culture from Hansen's book.
Still, I feel as though Hansen never really explains his full motivations for his journey. He reveals only at the very end that he evaded the Vietnam draft. I certainly cannot blame him for that, but it does suggest the full motivation for, and circumstances of, his journey are not explained in the book.
One other small point is that he seems relatively insensitive to conservation concerns. Granted, his journey was prior to the worst of the damage that has been done to Borneo's environment, but he still never expresses a single qualm about eating rare hornbills or helping the natives capture birds for the mostly illilcit pet bird trade that is a serious threat to endangered birds throughout Southeast Asia.
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