Tales from the Torrid Zone: Travels in the Deep Tropics

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 25, 2011 - Travel - 200 pages
Part memoir, part travelogue, Tales From the Torrid Zone is rooted in Alex Frater's birthplace, the tiny tropical republic of Vanuatu where his father ran its hospital and his mother, in her front garden, built its first school. From this obscure South Seas group he ranges over the hot, wet, beautiful swathe of the world that has haunted him ever since – dines with a tropical queen in a leper colony, makes his way across tropical Africa (and two civil wars) in a forty-four-year-old flying boat, delivers a new church bell to a remote Oceanian island and visits scores of countries to learn about their history, politics, medicine, flora and fauna (including the remarkable role of the coconut in tropical life). But, as becomes plain, the torrid zone is not just a geographical phenomenon, it’s also a state of mind. The result is a witty, entertaining and immensely readable book from a fine storyteller.

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Interesting nuggets buried in a meandering and disconnected narrative. Fraser is all over the place in time and space, and doesn't stop to orient the reader very often. The South Pacific is fascinating, but this treatment didn't work for me. Read full review

Tales from the torrid zone: travels in the deep tropics

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A former chief travel correspondent for London'sObserver , Frater (Chasing the Monsoon ) returns to the hot, wet regions of the earth known as the tropics, where he was born and grew up as the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Alexander Frater has contributed to various UK publications and the New Yorker; as chief travel correspondent of the London Observer he won an unprecedented number of British Press Travel Awards. He lives in London, though, whenever time and money allow, is likely to be found skulking deep in the hot, wet tropics.

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