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W sercu Borneo

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,401 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Nosorożce w górach Borneo podróżnicy widzieli po raz ostatni w latach dwudziestych. Redmond O'Hanlon (przyrodnik) i James Fenton (poeta) postanowili sprawdzić, czy owe na poły legendarne zwierzęta wciąż jeszcze tam żyją. Wyposażeni w ekwipunek brytyjskich komandosów popłynęli tubylczą dłubanką w głąb nieprzebytej dżungli, pokonując spienione wody jednej z rzek wiodących ku ...more
Paperback, 337 pages
Published 1996 by Prószyński i S-ka (first published 1984)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Humor can be found on the mere incongruity of the person with the place he finds himself in. That is why we enjoy watching those Tarzan-in-the-big-city themed movies: the bewildered savage treating modern civilization as just another type of jungle and behaving just as he was before in his former habitat.

This is a travelogue which did a Tarzan in reverse. Two Englishmen, one a poet (James Fenton) and the other a naturalist (the author, Redmond O'Hanlon) placed themselves in the interior jungles
I read this book on my first trip to South East Asia. This book (his first) I consider to be OHanlon's masterpiece. An absurd, aging, overweight British naturalist with an enthusiasm for nature that border's on the manic, travels with the perfect straight-man, the poet James Fenton, up river deep into the wilds of Borneo, in order to catch a glimpse of the Borneo rhinocerous. The local Dayak guides, masters of the forest, never tire of ridiculing and abusing OHanlon and Fenton - "Redmond you're ...more
Fun! Two British guys who had no business mucking about in a tropical jungle decide to go into the center of Malaysia where no European or American had been in fifty years. Armed with cigarettes, alcohol, antibiotics and books, they embark on a nutty, sweaty and very funny trip with three native men as guides. There's lots of singing, drinking, dancing and humor, and a bit of sex. Certainly not an educational book but very entertaining. The writer, a middle-aged academic with a belly is merciles ...more
Mindy McAdams
Reading this book inspired me to book a 22-day trekking tour of Malaysian Borneo, the fabled land of Iban headhunters and the magnificent hornbill. O'Hanlon -- an Englishman, literary scholar and amateur naturalist -- undertook an 1800s-style expedition into the jungle in 1983 with three local Iban guides and one English friend, a poet. About their adventure he wrote this thoroughly enjoyable book, filled with laugh-out-loud humor and wondrous descriptions of birds, rivers, forests, the incredib ...more
My good friends Natalie and Dave gave me this book just before I left to live in Penninsular Malaysia, and it has really served to pique my interest in the country I now live in. I found this to be an informative and well-written book, and the author definitely knew his way around Borneo and its customs.

My quibbles with the book did slightly detract from my overall enjoyment of the narrative. O'Hanlon had the tendency to go on and on about different birds he encountered along the way, as well as
Ann Michael
a bit snarky but hilarious. O'Hanlon's depiction of James Fenton is really rather appealingly odd...a collection of inside jokes and quasi-macho derring-do, drily told. I don't know why I find this so funny, but I do.
A solid bit of armchair travel. Filled with very good information about a very remote and fascinating place. Written in an enjoyable style, this books at times seems a bit out of place in modern travel writing, and more a nostalgic reflection of 19th centry travel writing.

I would not recommend this to a person who is new to travel writing, or who is not particularly interested in traveloges. But for those who enjoy reading about others adventures off the beaten path, this is actually a book I wo
Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux and Redmond O'Hanlon - for me, this is the 'Rat Pack' of British travel writing. The first novel of O'Hanlon I read was 'Congo Journey' and I really loved it. 'Into the Heart of Borneo' was the first book he wrote about one of his travels, so I was very curious for it. After completing the book, I felt a little bit dissapointed, because I expected more. The trip he and his companion are taking is quite short: they travel up a river, ascend a hill, hope to find the asi ...more
This classic travel adventure recounts a 1983 trip into, well, the heart of Borneo by the author, Redmond O’Hanlon, his friend the poet James Fenton, and three local Iban guides. The purpose of the trip is, ostensibly, to try to rediscover the Borneo Rhinoceros that is believed to be extinct. The story evolves around the unlikely party’s boat trip upriver from Kuching on South China Sea to Mt. Batu Tiban. The trip is at times dangerous, as they traverse rapids and face other natural challenges e ...more
“Well done, old chap.” Into the Heart of Borneo is the story of a 1983 journey into the uncharted mountains of Borneo in search of a possibly extinct rhinoceros. Of course this is really just an excuse for two Englishmen, one slightly overweight and the other slightly overage, to go on a rousing adventure, for which they are totally unprepared. Ever-witty Redmond O’Hanlon, the London Times literary reviewer, accompanied by his poet laureate friend, James Fenton and three native guides, describes ...more
An enjoyable travelogue in the manner of Eric Newby, Bill Bryson, and other self-admittedly cack-handed travelers. The wonderfully ill-prepared O'Hanlon and his companion, the even more ill-prepared James Fenton (a poet), trek through Borneo, where countless dangers could befall them (but happily don't, thanks to the deft assistance of three native guides). True, there are leeches and dreadful food, not to mention some close calls, but O'Hanlon describes these misadventures with high humor.

Naturalist O’Hanlon and his fellow scholar-adventurer, James Fenton embark on a river journey deep into the forests of Borneo. They are guided by three Iban men: authoritative Headman Dana, small and quiet Inghai, and their main translator, the lively lothario, Leon.

Travel narratives set in remote places like Borneo are intrinsically interesting to me, because I’m bound to learn something new about other people and cultures. This is certainly true of O’Hanlon’s book. Before reading Into the Hear
Totally hilarious. Surprisingly, the celebrated British poet James Fenton, whom you'd think would be the albatross on this junket, comes across as rather better equipped to handle Borneo's rigors than does designated adventurer Redmond O'Hanlon. But really, neither "fats Redmon" nor "old Jams"(NB, whippersnappers: he was 34 at the time) had any business traipsing through the jungle, and the fact that both emerged from the experience in reasonably good shape is nearly a miracle. The many throw-up ...more
Jon Wilson
4.5 Stars really, as I ultimately found it just shy of perfect.

It seems natural to compare this to the travel writing of Bill Bryson, and similarities do exist, but O'Hanlon (and Fenton) offer their very British take on the comedic quest. I enjoyed every minute even tho O'Hanlon often seemed to be trying to insert the most arcane examples of sentence structure. Lots of talk about birds and, if I had any interest in ornithology, I'm sure I would have been fascinated. I found the three native guid
Wow -- wonderful and funny and sad. Two english guys go up a river, climb a mountain, go up another River and find a man who once killed 6 of the rhinosauruses they are looking for, but along the way we see a stone-age civilization as it collides with and is then destroyed, like we know the jungle they are Travelling through will be destroyed, by contact with the west.
Britt Vasarhelyi
Feb 03, 2013 Britt Vasarhelyi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults and older teens
Recommended to Britt by: yard sale
This is one of two books I always keep nearby so I can read a few pages when I'm in between activities.

It is absolutely hysterical, droll, meaty, and a dazzling window on a life almost none of us will ever experience. If I tell you that a poet in Borneo adopts as a mascot a parasite that has invaded his body, you'll think I'm nuts. I'm afraid you'll just have to read this amazing book to disprove me.

Actually, my copy has gone missing and I've torn up bookshelves, random stacks of books and hidin
Loved reading this charming and witty book. Very relevant as I am travelling in Borneo - so the information and observations help my understanding of this fascinating and complex country. The descriptions of the wild life are familiar. The meeting with tribal people reflects a previous era
Thirty years ago Oxford-educated friends, a naturalist and a poet, ventured to Borneo. The resulting travelogue is a mix of history, tribal customs, birdwatching, and the vagaries of jungle and river "pestilences," with splashes of slapdash Boy Scout humor.
Renée Damstra
Erg geestig en interessant, ieder personage heeft zijn eigen manier van doen, had graag meer (en betere) foto's gewild en leuk waren tekeningen geweest van dieren (vogels) die O' Hanlon was tegen gekomen, nu blijft het bij fantaseren. :) Fijn reisboek
Thoroughly enjoyable. Lighthearted and witty for the most part, as O'Hanlon, and "the greatest poet in all Inglang" Fenton trek, cruise and tumble their way into Borneo, guided by three Iban practical jokers. It neither exoticises the locals, nor is it sentimental toward this 'wilder' nature; instead it celebrates the sense of humour that pervades in the difficult circumstances they often find themselves in. O'Hanlon describes the adventure to the finest detail, each chapter often recounts each ...more
Richard Novak
His physical unpreparedness just adds to the journey. A well written, informative, and funny book. I have a copy I pick at every once in awhile.
One of my all time favorite authors - the British version of Bill Bryson. Part adventurer, part avid bird watcher
Erg geestig reisboek en gekruid met een hoop feitjes. Vrij hilarisch dat O'Hanlon door de inboorse gidsen continu veel te dik wordt genoemd. Regelmatig hardop gelachen.
A quick read, lots of fun, very educational, but did I relish it all the way through? No. I did laugh out loud, and I will recommend it to my husband. I struggled with the British syntax and colloquialisms and what felt like a very loose structure. This could have merited a 4, but I felt the author did not do enough to set the stage for this journey for me. I did not have context for who he was, who his traveling partner was, outside of this trip. I may edit this after I've had a chance to discu ...more
Read this while traveling through Sabah, Borneo. A great companion.
Apr 03, 2008 Gennadyi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nature lovers, travelers, and everyone else
Still a great book, the second i've read by the author.
Redmond goes with his friend, a sarcastic poet named James, into the heart of Borneo in the newly formed Malaysia in the search of the legendary woolly Borneo rhino.
The book is full of amazing natural history descriptions, first hand accounts of indigenous customs and people, a mixture highbrow and crude humor, and several sad moments.
Although the book isn't as funny as "In Trouble Again" it's definitely a great read, especially if you are
Lucy Landry
One of my favourite books of all time
Pete Sokoloski
I really enjoyed this book and it reinvigorated my enjoyment of travel/adventure literature. I liked how I could relate to the unprepared explorers and learn about the Borneo and it's indigenous cultures, flora and fauna at the same time, in a very readable and enjoyable way.
Tet Roberts
Briljant en hilarisch reisverhaal
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Redmond O'Hanlon is a British author, born in 1947. Mr. O'Hanlon has become known for his journeys into some of the most remote jungles of the world, in Borneo, the Amazon basin and Congo. He has also written a harrowing account of a trip to the North Atlantic on a trawler.
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