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Tales from the Torrid Zone by Alexander Frater
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Nov 20, 2011

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This is a mix of travel narrative and memoir. Frater was born in the south Pacific into a family of missionaries and physicians. He has spent a lot of time in the tropics, working as a writer and on documentary films. As he narrates, an event will elicit memories from other places and he lapses into anecdotes from there. His wiritng style is very lush, with complex sentence structure. This makes it hard to speed read, but I suppose gives a sense of the tropics, which Frater stresses is sloooow. Although not my favorite, I did enjoy this unusal narrative, and it does give a strong sense of place.

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