The Jewel Hunter

The Jewel Hunter

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A tale of one man's obsession with rainforest jewels, this is the story of an impossible dream: a quest to see every one of the world's most elusive avian gems--a group of birds known as pittas--in a single year. Insightful, compelling, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than a book about birds. It's a true story detailing the lengths to which a man will go to escape his midlife crisis. A travelogue with a difference, it follows a journey from the suburban straitjacket of High Wycombe to the steamy, leech-infested rainforests of remotest Asia, Africa, and Australia. Dangerous situations, personal traumas, and logistical nightmares threaten The Jewel Hunter's progress. Will venomous snakes or razor-clawed bears intervene? Or will running out of fuel mid-Pacific ultimately sink the mission? The race is on. . . . If you've ever yearned to escape your day job, wondered what makes men tick, or simply puzzled over how to make a truly world-class cup of tea, this is a book for you.I swaggered back out of the forest down the newly created trail that I had worked so hard to fashion. I decided that ... My phone, saturated to its core, was stuck in an endless reboot cycle, its main board doubtless shorted in numerous places. My iPod Touch, the vital piece of kit for playing imitations of birdsa#39; calls to bring them into view, had switched itself off and refused to be resuscitated. I made a dashanbsp;...


Title:The Jewel Hunter
Author: Chris Gooddie
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2013-02-15
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