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In the shadows of the morning : essays on wild lands, wild waters, and a few untamed people
Caputo, Philip.
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Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, [2014]

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ix, 317 pages ; 24 cm
Preface -- The Enfield and the Koran, 1980 -- The Ahab complex, 1983 -- Lost keys, 1991 -- Blue water blues, 1983 -- The last of the big open, 1995 -- Dry Tortugas, 1996 -- The farthest away river, 1996 -- Up in Michigan, 1997 -- Voyager, 1997 -- Alone, 1998 -- The coils of memory, 1999 -- Yorke Island, 1999 -- Man-eaters of Tsavo, 2000 -- Dark skies of Sudan, 2001 -- Return to Tsavo, 2001 -- Old men in the mountains, 2006.
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Philip Caputo's passion for travel and adventure was inspired by the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack London, and Herman Melville, and through the years this passion led to a rugged writer's life, filled with hair-raising experiences in the jungles of Vietnam, the rubble of Beirut, and the savannas of Africa. In the Shadows of the Morning collects Caputo's essays for the first time, each imbued with the powerful and memorable writing for which he has become so well known.In "The Ahab Complex," Caputo recalls a life-and-death struggle with a majestic giant blue marlin off the coast of Florida whose quarter-ton body "lit up as if a gigantic light had flashed in the water." He recounts his travels in Kenya's largest national park among the only lions to have a natural tendency to stalk and eat human beings, and where the accounts of their gruesome escapades invaded his dreams. In the title piece, he reflects on a harrowing trip down the Alaskan river that nearly claimed his son's life, nature's indifference to human loss, and an evocative account of letting go.In the Shadows of the Morning is a fascinating journey through a lifetime of profound experiences. Adventurers and lovers of great writing will welcome this collection of finely crafted essays by one of America's most gifted writers.This new edition will contain new material and the entire edition will be signed by the author.

Author Notes

Philip Caputo was born on June 10, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. He received a B.A. from Loyola University in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1967. His first book, A Rumor of War (1977), recounts his military tour of Vietnam. He has written more than fifteen books including Horn of Africa, Indian Country, Equation for Evil, Crossers, and The Longest Road.

His journalism career began in 1968, when he joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune, serving as a general assignment and team investigative reporter until 1972 and then as a foreign correspondent for the next five years. In 1972 he and Hugh Jones received a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of election fraud in the primaries. He has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount Pictures and Michael Douglas Productions.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

In this collection of previously published essays, Caputo's evocative language brings to life the wonder and power of the natural world. Whether hunting caribou in Alaska, tracking the famous maneless Tsavo lions of Africa for National Geographic, or wrestling the giant marlins off the coast of Cuba la Hemingway, this Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and critically acclaimed novelist (A Rumor of War) can make the reader shiver with the anticipation of danger in the wild and yet appreciate the need to experience it. Caputo has added three stories of human conflict, including one that recounts a recent visit to Vietnam, where he served in the marines during the war, and a particularly timely piece on Afghanistan; although written in 1980, when the Soviets were still in occupation, this piece clearly shows that little has changed in that country over the last 20 years. A thread of history plays through all the essays, providing context and another level of interest for the reader. This compelling collection will enhance the travel or adventure collections in any public or academic library.-Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Enfield and the Koran, 1980p. 1
The Ahab Complex, 1983p. 25
Lost Keys, 1991p. 43
Blue Water Blues, 1993p. 59
The Last of the Big Open, 1995p. 75
Dry Tortugas, 1996p. 99
The Farthest Away River, 1996p. 109
Up in Michigan, 1997p. 145
Voyager, 1997p. 155
Alone, 1998p. 171
The Coils of Memory, 1999p. 189
Yorke Island, 1999p. 217
Man-eaters of Tsavo, 2000p. 223
Dark Skies of Sudan, 2001p. 259
Return to Tsavo, 2001p. 291
Old Men in the Mountains, 2006p. 307
About the Authorp. 318