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Widely considered a jewel of contemporary travel literature, Equator is Thurston Clarkea€™s magnificent, witty account of his solo journey along the eartha€™s torrid midsectiona€”a grueling twenty-five-thousand-mile odyssey that spanned three years and as many continents. His was a perilous trek across an almost surreal landscapea€”where a first-class hotel appeared smack in the middle of a leper colony and a one-time Pacific island paradise stood as a hideous, bomb-blasted testament to nuclear folly. Along the way Clarke encountered the worlda€™s heaviest rat, the eartha€™s highest volcano, and the king of a Micronesian island, wearing flip-flops and a novelty T-shirt. Throughout, Clarkea€™s unflagging sense of humor and wonder make Equator a classic of its kind.I knew this much about a durian because the hawkers had slit one open, as a temptation. ... durian activity. Canals enabled merchants to unload the fruit directly from their boats onto woodenplanked sidewalks, like a catch of fish. Shirtless boysanbsp;...

Author:Thurston Clarke
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2014-09-09


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