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Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo Paperback – 1 December 2000
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At once a modern classic of travel literature and a gripping adventure story, Stranger in the Forest provides a rare and intimate look at the vanishing way of life of one of the last surviving groups of rain forest dwellers. Hansen's absorbing, and often chilling, account of his exploits is tempered with the humor and humanity that prompted the Penan to take him into their world and to share their secrets.
- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (1 December 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375724958
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375724954
- Dimensions : 13.06 x 1.57 x 20.19 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 386,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Engagingly written with great descriptions of the characters, scenery and wildlife, you get a clear sense of the absurdity of western influence and its destructive impact on centuries old ways of life.
A satisfyingly well written and absorbing story, which leaves you wondering about materiality and purpose in life.
Sehr schön fand ich wie er unserer westlichen Zivilisation den Spiegel vorhält, als er feststellt dass viele Dinge, die er als normal empfand eigentlich recht unnatürlich sind.
Das ist mal ein Buch, das Eingeborene nicht als Dumme unzivilisierte Menschen darstellt sondern eine gewisse Nähe zu seinen Wegbegleitern aufbaut
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.