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Let's get lost : adventures in the great wide open
Nelson, Craig, 1955- (Craig E.)
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
xx, 359 pages : maps ; 22 cm
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G156.6.E26 N45 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Craig Nelson has experienced places most people only dream about. He has walked the Great Wall of China; taught New Guinea cannibals how to dance; communed with a sign-language-speaking orangutan in Borneo; gotten into an altercation with the People's Liberation Army in Tiananmen Square; and taken psychoactive pharmaceuticals with a male witch in the depths of the Amazon jungle. In this vastly entertaining, often hilarious, and sometimes poignant book, he shares his global jaunts and haunts with armchair travelers everywhere.

Author Notes

Craig Nelson was an editor at HarperCollins, Hyperion, and Random House for almost twenty years. He lives in New York City.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this overenthusiastic and sometimes overwritten collection of travel adventures, Nelson (Finding True Love in a Man-Eat-Man World: The Intelligent Guide to Gay Dating, Sex, Romance, and Eternal Love) proves his main rule of the road: that he "can safely go anywhere in the world, and make real contact with people who are completely alien to me in their culture, in their language and in their civilization." Nelson survives a Chinese "friendship tour," which touches down in Tiananmen Square and Shanghai, takes the hallucinogenic drug ayahuasca in the Amazon with a shaman and explores the spiritual side of Egypt's Aswan Dam. Along the way, he contemplates the theory of the "momentous stumble" in India when he finds Khajuraho, a gorgeous Brahmin temple about which no one seems to know. Nelson prides himself on how well he can adapt to nature: he learns to live with hyenas, flamingos, tsetse flies and other sub-Saharan African beasts. At his best, Nelson's keen eye for detail captures those moments that offer escape from the dreaded "global homogenization" that he sees almost everywhere else. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

It becomes apparent a few paragraphs into this account of his world travels that Nelson aches to be considered the equal of travel/humor writers like Bill Bryson, Tim Cahill, and Redmond O'Hanlon. Demonstrating an alarming lack of sensitivity and resorting frequently to puerile humor, Nelson wanders the globe (often with tour groups) making a big deal of his minor escapades at the must-sees (the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal). Anecdotes of dubious veracity are passed off as fact, and lists take the place of interested observation. On several occasions, Nelson refers to being in the "travel bubble"Äa convenient form of isolation many tourists expect and enjoy. Although one does have to credit Nelson with doing his homeworkÄhe provides a ten-page Source List from which he gleaned much of the historical detail included in the bookÄthe result leaves the reader feeling as if he produced the book as a tax write-off to finance his travels. Nelson's flippant attitude is far from funny, and few will find him an enjoyable travel companion.ÄJanet Ross, Sparks Branch Lib., NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Why on Earth Would You Want to Go There?p. xi
Red Menacep. 3
South America
Into the Amazon with P.J. O'Rourke and a Headhunting Shaman (Retired)p. 45
When the Black Land Was the First Worldp. 75
Into the Liver of Borneop. 103
Teaching the Cannibals to Dancep. 127
Unearthly Delightsp. 159
Cow Cults of the Sub-Saharap. 205
When We Were Preyp. 230
The Last of the Bushmenp. 248
A Gorilla Named "Bob"p. 258
The South Pacific
Putting Your Father on a Slow Boat to Tongap. 295
Sourcesp. 349