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The Clouded Leopard: A Book of Travels (Paperback)
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The Clouded Leopard: A Book of Travels (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 06/07/2007
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'It is a violent overture, like the opening notes of an opera about war, a war between humans and the land.' For many years and through many of the world's most remote regions, Wade Davis has travelled in search of the rare places where cultural diversity survives, untainted by the influences of globalisation and modernisation. "The Clouded Leopard" brings together the extraordinary travels that sprang from this quest. In Peru, Davis spends time with the San Pedro cult and their shamans, in the frozen north of Canada he hunts narwhal with the Inuit and, in Haiti, he unravels the complexities of the Vodoun religion and way of life. He describes the systematic destruction of the forests of Malaysia - far worse than that of the Amazon - and treks to the valleys of the Himalaya, where snow leopards and blue sheep still roam. His travels emphasise the fragility of the planet yet also illuminate the places and people where the bond between landscape and spirit is preserved. Beautiful and disturbing, tragic and yet hopeful, "The Clouded Leopard" sends out a timely message that cannot be ignored.

Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
ISBN: 9781845114534
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 231 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Davis has returned to the world of letters with "The Clouded Leopard," a lovely collection of award-winning essays." -- "The Globe & Mail
""This enjoyable read takes the armchair traveler to places few have written about. Recommended for all travel collections." -- "Library Journal "
"A fascinating read. Davis's prose is richly descriptive, full of scientific detail that resonates with poetic meaning. Davis makes a compelling argument for the protection and conservation of the environment and the ways of indigenous peoples." -- "Quill & Quire
""Masterful author... meticulously detailed descriptions, splendid cinematic prose producing a never-ending flow of vivid images. "The Clouded Leopard" is a wonderful read, an intriguing melange of travelogue, personal reminiscence, information tract and old-fashioned storytelling." -- "Quill & Quire
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"Consistently sensitive, yet unsentimental... Some of the most intelligent ecological travel writing available. Not only is "The Clouded Leopard" great fun to read, it's also a compelling plea to preserve the planet." -- "The Vancouver Sun
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"To hear Wade Davis lecture is to be swept up and carried award by a river of words. Reading him is a no less pleasurable experience. Surely one of the most enquiring minds of the century... he has made a garden of unearthly delights: If you think travel expands the mind, try traveling with Wade Davis." -- "Ottawa Citizen"
"Although he has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones, Davis has far more integrity." -- Amazon.com
"Essays so sensitively written their pristine language reflects the landscapes they describe, Davis chronicles his unusual adventures and striking observations asa welcome guest in these spiritually vibrant enclaves now threatened by industrial invasion." --"Booklist
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"Davis' lovely, cubist, rich landscape portraits are also topographies of the spirit, conveying a sense of place, but perhaps even more, the music of place." -- "Kirkus """ "Every so often, we need a reminder that preserving our planet's natural fabric is a global priority. Wade Davis...proves with this re-issue of a first-class collection of travel essays that he's up to the job of nudging our memories...it hammers home a vital ecological and social message...There is no better time to buy this book than now." -- "Geographical Magazine"

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