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Big Snake by Robert Twigger
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Dec 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, travel, animals

The author, an Oxford-educated poet, goes to Borneo in search of a thirty-foot python, ostensibly to win a prize originally posted by Teddy Roosevelt and worth $50,000. But he’s about to be married, and he wants to prove something to himself and the memory of Colonel H., his grandfather, one of the last of the old British Empire men.

The book is a hilarious, wry, erudite blend of travelogue, mythology, anthropology and memoir. Twigger’s a fine writer, even if he does make the common mistake of inadequately setting up situations and geographic locations for the reader less expert than he. In pace and structure, the book is ably constructed, and it’s always honest, sometimes outrageously funny. One of the great travel/adventure books.

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