THE ITUNI EXPERIENCE - The trials of a chainsaw logger
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This book reflects my personal harrowing experiences in the chainsaw logging industry, operating from Ituni, Upper Demerara River, Guyana. It is indicative of the difficulties, compounded by limited resources and capital, which affect small businesses. It shows that there is more to success than the drive and resolve to succeed. The book details interactions with workers, lending institutions, lumber dealers, the Guyana Forestry Commission, politicians, and of course, the people of Ituni. The logging business made an impact on the full gamut of my emotions – joy, pain, satisfaction, disappointment and despair. The journey stretched me way beyond what I thought I was capable, but greatly shaped the way I perceived life and business subsequently. The book is filled with adventure, suspense and action. There is hardly a dull moment, making the book a lot more than logging itself. It is a perfect representation of life and living in an underdeveloped country of the world.
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Sep 14, 2014REVIEW submitted by selfpublishingreview.com (SPR) Have you ever met someone who has almost accidentally cut off his leg with a chainsaw, set himself on fire trying to light a cigarette, who was thrown from a tractor, and lived to tell about it? Meet Forbes Skinner, author of The Ituni Experience.In his memoir, Skinner comes across as a very determined, stubborn, intelligent, naïve, and unlucky man. Many readers may be unfamiliar with Skinner’s country, Guyana, and about chainsaw loggers. They won’t be for long. One of the most fascinating aspects of The Ituni Experience is the inside look into the South American country. This memoir focuses on the author’s experiences trying to make it rich in the logging industry... He owns his own cab, making a decent living and providing for his family. When he runs into one of his former students and sees the look of disappointment that he no longer teaches, but drives a cab, sends Skinner into a tailspin. One of the overriding themes in... More > this memoir is the author’s pride. Skinner’s encounter with the student is a turning point in his life and it can be argued either way if it was good or bad. It would be too difficult to summarize all of the hardships the author endured during his logging adventure. Many readers won’t believe a reviewer, but they should pick up a copy and read for themselves. It’s filled with adventure, mishaps, near-death experiences, and corruption in business and in the government, interesting characters, greed, pride, and so much more. In his preface Skinner notes that he never kept a diary during this time. This is amazing considering all of the details the author provides about his five years in the logging business. Luckily for Skinner, his job entailed a lot of physical danger and corruption to keep the reader engaged. There’s always a sense of foreboding. What crazy mishap will the author experience next? Sometimes what does happen next is shocking. This feeling of dread never ends until the end of his experience. It’s admirable how honest the author is throughout his book. He’s not shy to admit he was clueless and this cluelessness makes the story. Ever hear the phrase, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Skinner’s story is the perfect example. It’s amazing the man survived all of the mishaps that befell him. And it’s wonderful that he decided to share. The Ituni Experience is an original memoir that will stick with readers. Editor SPR (Edited to fit guidelines here)< Less
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- Forbes Skinner (Standard Copyright License)
- 3rd Edition
- Forbes Skinner
- September 14, 2014
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.47 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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