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Six Years in the Malay Jungle
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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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
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.