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Equator, by Thurston Clarke, is all about going around the world the hard way. That is, instead of doing a Michael Palin and tracing Phineas Fogg's northern hemisphere traverse of the globe, Clarke attempts to circumnavigate the earth by following its widest point, i.e. the equator itself. Clarke is a genial and entertaining tour guide as he takes us from northern South America, across the heart of Africa, through Singapore and Indonesia, and eventually to a couple of remote Pacific islands. More specifically, Clarke begins his journey in Guyana, a country that few of us know much about. In fact Clarke spends too much time there as this initial section of the book drags just a bit. Things pick up, however, when he crosses the Atlantic and sets off of into the Congo, Rwanda, and Somalia. This part of the book moves quickly and is especially vivid. It’s also of some historical interest as Clarke experiences these countries just before the horrific events that have befallen all three in the years since. I’d recommend this book to all fans of good travel writing, and anyone interested in the day-to-day life of tropical cultures.