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The Darien Gap: Travels in the Rainforest of Panama

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Finalist for the 2009 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

If you want to drive from North America to South America, you'll have a hard time when you reach Panama's southernmost province, Darien. The Pan-American Highway ends just sixty miles short of Colombia. It's the only missing link in what would otherwise be uninterrupted highway from Alaska to Tierra del Fueg
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Paperback, 283 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Harbour Publishing (first published April 14th 2008)
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Symbol
Jul 20, 2008 Symbol rated it it was amazing
When I first got this book, I was concerned that I might be picking up the chronicles of a pretentious adventure-seeker. One of those intrepid but ignorant fools that dive into some unknown region simply because they're told they shouldn't. Danger-seekers. I mean, there's nothing wrong with a little excitement. I'm all for living and experiencing life. But that doesn't mean that I want to go around being willfully reckless. So, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when I found this guy to be p ...more
Jayme
Mar 03, 2010 Jayme rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, history, 2010
Does anyone else find travelogues kind of self-indulgent and useless? If not then prove me wrong with a recommendation.

So this is about a guy who travels around Darien, Panama for a year trying to find himself. My major problem with it is how pathetic the author's problems are compared to the life of the people he's living with. A day with them should have made him realise he doesn't have any problems and that his presence there isn't helping anyone. The local people look at him as someone who
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Sheila
Jun 23, 2008 Sheila rated it it was amazing
This summers must read.

The Drien Gap is a well-written autobiography about a man who gives up a life of Canadian luxury of food, clothing, education, safety and health care for the hardship in a third world country. The trip is either to find himself or to escape, which leaves the reader guessing throughout his epic journey.

His story combines the hardships of his travels interwoven with the history of the Spanish and Scottish vicious attacks to conquer the rights of passage.
Walter Kdz
May 14, 2010 Walter Kdz rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on a region of the world few people hear about. Its both a contemporary travel book and regional history book. Informal style, but no fluff. The photographs also give it a bit of value a pictorial record.
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Sep 06, 2013 Stephen Krause rated it liked it
A good book especially if you have been anywhere in the area and can associate with what the author is writing.
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I enjoyed the mix of history and adventure. Panama can be a pretty wild place!
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