Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails
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Adventure traveler James Dorsey takes readers around the world to not only explore ancient trails, but to help immerse readers in the old traditions of lands that seem to be disappearing in the modern world. This book of short stories takes readers on a descriptive journey through parts of Asia, Africa and South America. "James Dorsey is no ordinary travel writer. In this remarkable book, ranging from Southeast Asia to West Africa, he takes us inside tribal cultures that many readers will be surprised to learn still exist. The author's sincere fascination with remote lands and the ancient practices of their inhabitants often makes him as much participant as observer. That a 21st-century man could yet invoke the spirit of a Stanley or a Shackleton makes "Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails" all the more a must-read." - Dick Russell, author of "Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage from Baja to Siberia."
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Sep 25, 2014James Dorsey comes across as a kindly grandfather who has spent a bit too much time at the dinner table. If you buy into this, however, you will be sadly mistaken. James is no ordinary man. He worked his way into several little known African tribes with a reputation for murderous intent toward outsiders – but James befriended them, spent quality time with them, stayed with them, and now shares his stories with the world. But it’s not just Africa, it’s South America and Asia as well. Think “Stanley.” BTW – as I write this, James is arriving in Myanmar for his next venture. In the meantime do yourself a favor and read his latest book.
Aug 21, 2014James Dorsey’s collection of travel essays is more than a collection of small untold stories from around the world. With sincerity and humility, Jim takes us to places we will probably never visit and introduces us to people and situations we will likely never know. Thanks to his sensitivity and appreciation for his subjects and his clarity of style, we feel intimately connected to the personal dramas and moments captured in these pages. Sometimes uplifting, sometimes disturbing, rarely have I moved so effortlessly through a book. As with the author, we may not find the kind of overarching meaning and understanding sought in youthful wanderings, yet in lesser but still important ways we are led to contemplate and, above all, to care… to care about what’s being lost forever from the world, and to question our own beliefs, prejudices, and comfort zones. The author reports on his rickshaw ride around Chau Doc, the last outpost in Vietnam before the Cambodian border, a former United... More > States Special Forces base… "Our ride lasts about an hour and it has taken us into areas I would not choose to go on my own, yet while on this rickshaw I have felt not only safe, but happy. I have completely left the modern world behind and become the pure traveler, welcomed into stranger’s lives because that is the code of the road. If I ever was an enemy, I have now become a friend. We pass each other in the twilight, leaving only the briefest of memories, yet connected by that thread forever…." Upon reading these chapters, especially the one documenting the horrors of Cambodia, a part of me gave thanks for the security and privileges I have enjoyed, but at a deeper level I felt invited, indeed inspired, to reach out, to risk, to step across the divide and make the connections Mr. Dorsey has revealed. The great age of travel and exploration of our shrinking globe may be over, but the adventure of learning and caring about our fellow travelers still awaits.< Less
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- James Dorsey (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Vagabundo Magazine
- August 15, 2014
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.85 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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