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Six Years in the Malay Jungle

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This unpretentious and entertaining account of Wells's experiences in the Unfederated Malay States as an employee of the Crown Agents for the Colonies, contains plentiful facts about the jungle flora and fauna, as well as amusing stories about his escapades.
Hardcover, Star Series, 261 pages
Published 1925 by Garden CIty Publishing
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Timons Esaias
Jun 13, 2016 Timons Esaias rated it liked it
My wife likes to hunt down old travel and exploration books, which is how Six Years in the Malay Jungle came into my hands. Wells was a surveyor and engineer who went to the Malay Peninsula in 1913 for a two-year job surveying a railroad, and ended up staying for six years (his wife did come out and join him), as a result of the outbreak of World War One. Or so we are told, but we aren't given specifics of why, exactly, he stayed. In fact, the War stops all work on his project, and the ...more
Clarke
Dec 04, 2016 Clarke rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
A tale of Southeast Asia in the 1910s. Acceptance of nuances of the era is requisite. While Wells' job title may not excite his travels in Malay do. The majority of the book is about surveyor in uncharted territories & you will learn a lot about the variance states, fauna & peoples. Periodically there's a sidetrack about his wife which comes out of the blue.
Amanda
Dec 30, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
This old-school british fellow writes in such an entertaining fashion that I really enjoyed the book - an intersting topic to read about back then especially. I must say it gets kind of hard for an animal lover at points!
Lauren Harper
Nov 17, 2015 Lauren Harper rated it really liked it
Good ol' British boy sets off for a tramp in the Malayan jungle and ends up staying years. Very entertaining (at times, politically incorrect) read. Would recommend, especially for descriptions of fauna oddities.
Richard
Dec 01, 2011 Richard rated it it was ok
Malaya during the WWI era. British railroads and lots of poisonous animals. Older and not particularly goody. bought at a Going-Out-of-Business sale.
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Mar 02, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it
One of the oddest books I've read - but highly entertaining.
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Jan 18, 2014 Suzanne rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting stories - haven't read anything about this area before.
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