( epub / Pdf ) Tales from the Torrid Zone Travels in the Deep Tropics BY Alexander Frater
The Oracles Golem (The Oracle gSometimes I imagine a mildly narcotic vapour drifts across the Torrid Zone Evanescent as laughingas created by decaying vegetable matter it s borne along by the trade winds and causes a kind of stupefaction in its victimsAlexander Frater recounts his journeys across the Torrid Zone which is defined as a total of 169 countries and various territories across the Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations globe Per the map these are the areas near the euator between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn Born to missionaries in Vanuatu the author has a lovehate relationship with his zone but tackles a project to visit as many of the Torrid Zone locations as possible So weet a travelogue that is combined with a memoir and some history The journeys swing between paragraphs
so that one can be in different eographic areas within one page While that one can be in different eographic areas within one page While structure was disconcerting at first I adapted as Frater writes some fetching remembrancesFor instance swimming in the tropics is like plunging into warm bouillon The Irrawaddy River in Myanmar engages anyone who sails on her in a running battle of wits It s armchair travel of course but iven the current world situation it suited me just fineBook Season Summer rubescent dawn skies I must admit that despite being a big fan of travel writing I had never heard of Alexander Frater When my husband bought his book Tales from the Torrid Zone 2nd hand for me I didn t know what to expect but feeling like a change after reading about the Arab world I decided to try it The Tropics are fascinating and it seems that Frater is perfectly placed to write about them because he was born in Iririki Vanuatu and spent his journalistic life travelling to and writing about the tropicsFrater obviously did a lot of research and reading of history "and sprinkles the text with facts and vignettes "sprinkles the text with facts and vignettes I don t really enjoy his writing style because of his strange lack of punctuation but I persisted anyway because there are occasional vignettes that make it worthwhile As Sara Wheeler from the Guardian saidAt 388 pages the book could have done with rather artful editing Inconseuential details about scary plane rides or the company that provided the wine at an awards dinner should have ot the red pencil treatment
should the episode when our man almost The Ornaments of Life gets by a dog but doesn t The prose style is breezy and chatty but Frater could have worked harder at weeding out the clich sIt was of course thrilling to read about his experiences in the countries that I have visited or want to visit or have friends from those places Frater makes some sweepingeneralizations about the reasons for most tropical nations being unable to move forward economically socially and politically that are amusing to read but could be uite offensive to some readersBy far the best redeeming feature of this sometimes tedious rambling account writing by an older and somewhat fuddy duddy One Wish (Thunder Point, gent is the section on rivers Here finally Frater almost manages to build a narrative thread His journeys down the Irrawaddy and up the wereood to read I have been in the far western ian jungle and to Rio Brazil but never actually seen the River Similarly I ha. From one of the most celebrated travel writers at work today a vibrantly observant witty utterly captivating account of a lifetime’s worth of travel between the Tropics of Cancer and CapricornPart memoir part travelogue all passionate appreciation Tales from the Torrid Zone begins in Iririki Alexander Frater’s birthplace On this tiny island in the South Seas republic of Vanuatu his La santa anoressia. Digiuno e misticismo dal Medioevo a oggi grandfather a Presbyterian missionary from Scotland converted the inhabitants his father ran the hospital and his mother built its first schoolhouse in their frontarden And it was on Iririki where on the eve .
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Chain raconteur Frater starts another story before finishing the first like one of those Chinese boxes inside boxes all made from one piece of ivory his tales lie in the This is a mix of travel narrative and memoir Frater was born in the south Pacific into a family of missionaries and physicians He has spent a lot of time in the tropics working as a writer and on documentary films As he narrates an event will elicit memories from other places and he lapses into anecdotes from there His wiritng style is very lush with complex sentence structure This makes it hard to speed read but I suppose ives a sense of the tropics which Frater stresses is sloooow Although not my favorite I did enjoy this unusal narrative and it does ive a strong sense of placeFeb 27 2020 I reread the book forgetting I had read it earlier THis is at least the 3rd time this has occurred while trying to review a new book I Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story guess my memory is sliding fast Here is the later reviewFrater sather and Mona Lisa grandfather were Presbyterian missionaries or physicians in the New Hebrides and he was born there He spent a lot of his life as a writer and correspondent in the tropics This book is centered on his return visits to what is now called Vanuatu He describes the terrain the weather the people and the influence of tourism on the place This is intermingled with reminiscences and tales of his ancestors and other tropic adventures Together the stories of now and then him and they make interesting reading Frater meets a number of locals and as he visits with and interviews them weet a sense of
the lives in these regions In addition to Melanesia Frater tells interesting short stories about lives in these regions In addition to Melanesia Frater tells interesting short stories about other tropical areas he has visited particularly in Africa but also in Indochina He writes well with a crisp pace and incorporates a lot of tongue in cheek humor My overall take away is that life in most tropical paradises is in fact miserable The heat and humidity is debilitating the bugs and disease rampant and the concomitant lethargy just plain boring Give me 40 degrees latitude anytime When "The Book Arrived In "book arrived in mail months ago I skimmed through it thinking hmmm looks like it might be kinda dull and put it aside I was wrong There was potential for a real dragged out story had Frater confined himself to Vanuatu the South Seas nation where he was born and raised his father and Fly Away Home (South Africa Series, grandfather were missionaries there However he does fully succeed in tying in his experiences in other Torrid locations Africa Burma etc along the way such that the parts make the intended whole When this book isood it s fascinating and when it s not uite up there it s at least interesting Highly recommended A series of essays about many places in the tropics visited by the author who Soldier O - Bosnian Inferno grew up in the South Seas has lived his adult life in the UK but is always happy for the excuse to return to the tropics There were some interesting pieces but it seemed something of arab bag and the author didn t shed a lot of light on the places he visited A celebrated author and travel writer whose colleagues include Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux Frater has a large list of publication. Inated with and fascinating about the uotidian as he is with the extraordinary But certainly he does not lack for the extraordinary dining with the ueen of Tonga in a leper colony; making his way across tropical Africa and two civil wars in a forty four year old flying boat; delivering a new church bell to a remote Oceanian island From Fiji to Laos Mexico to Peru Senegal to Uganda Taiwan to Indonesia Frater Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution gives us a richly described wonderfully anecdotal endlessly surprising picture of this diverse feverish languorously beautiful world as much a state of mind as it is aeographical phenomen.
Alexander Frater ï 4 Free downloadVe dreamt of visiting Burma especially now that the reuest not to travel has been lifted I ve attended talks by authors who ve spent a lot of time there I ve bought the Lonely Planet Guide and planned a trip but never made it there His interaction with the Burmese princess was fascinating and reminded me of the royalty that I know an Uzbek prince and the Cambodian princess that my husband worked with If ordinary people find it hard to start again in a new culture imagine how hard it is for ex royaltyThe other interesting section was his trip to Yemen where he encounters a wedding party The men of the Keeping Secrets grooms family stood on a cliff top on one side of the valley slowly dancing and shooting their Kalashnikovs while on the other side the women of the brides family climbed onto precipices dressed in heals and fancy clothes and sang to the men on the other side who paid them no attentionMuch of the book is set in Polynesia and while I haven t been there I am not that interested either and Frater failed toenerate much interest either He is exceedingly well connected and I enjoyed reading some of his interactions with Chiefs and the arbitrary way that they would connect and then just as uickly disconnect from Frater I would have preferred if he spent time writing about the
rest of the tropics but perhaps there is less written about Polynesia and obviously it s dearof the tropics but perhaps there is less written about Polynesia and obviously it s dear his heart because that s where he s fromPerhaps readers who are much older than me or who rew up it spent a lot of time on Pacific Islands will enjoy this book but otherwise Frater s book is unlikely to appealI first posted this review on my blog Alexander Frater was born in Vanuatu and lived there and on other tropical islands until he left to study in Australia His childhood memories of the places and people are told with fond nostalgia although most of the book is concerned with visits and travels he made later in life to many tropical countries making the book a mixture of travel literature and memoirThere are plenty of facts about the climate eology history individuals tropical medicine living conditions etc of the places he visits but this is not a dry book The author has a love for this part of the world which White Lace and Promises (Wild, Wicked And Wanton Book 2) gives his writing a warmth People who travel a lot or dream about being able to will enjoy this book The only bone I have to pick with it is the way the author will be describing an event or place andet reminded of another event or place and The Sunshine Coast News go off on a tangent to tell about that and then suddenly you are back in the original story without clear demarcation between the two Eventually I justave in to it and let it swirl me around a most pleasurable experience Assorted anecdotes on "his tropical adventures some interesting than others Stories jump around in time "tropical adventures some interesting than others Stories jump around in time place with little coherence making reading it a discombobulated experience when you re hot you re hot when you re not you re notIf you ve ever hung out in bars or pubs you ll recognize the type full of stories knows everyone and their cousin too seems too raffishly uaint to be true And probably is If there s such a thing as a chain smoker there s also F his sixth birthday Frater fell victim to “ le coup de bamboo a mild form of tropical madness for which luckily there is no cure” and which has compelled him again and again to return to the “seeding breeding buzzing barking fluttering suawking The Return of the Cold War germinatingrowing” deep tropics His travels take him to nearly all of the eighty eight countries encompassed by this remarkable steamy swath of the world He delves deeply into the history and politics of each nation he visits and into the lives of the inhabitants and of the flora and fauna He is at once tourist explorer and adventurer as fasc.