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A Guest in the Jungle Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Very clever, funny, and pointing out the real situation in the Amazon, as well as a rollicking tale One of my favourite lines: The Indians couldn't understand why the white man wanted to cut down the forest when it was so much more useful the way it was. (Not quite accurately quoted!)
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As the hapless lawyer goes ever deeper into unexplored territory the inhabitants get stranger. When Whitehill shares magic-mushroom soup with a friendly tribe, things take a surreal turn. These Indians are not your everyday native stereotypes.
Who knows what is lurking deep in the green wilderness; one thing's for sure, the beauty of the Amazon rainforest shines center stage throughout the story.
Polster's writing is generally lush and descriptive, but sometimes these descriptions come off amateur-ish, such as "He closed his eyes and sighed like a man at his desk who realizes that the workload for the day is far more than he anticipated." Also, Amazon has this book categorized as "comic fiction," however, I did not find any part of this book to be funny, rather it was just exaggerated to the point of ridiculousness. In fact, one "funny" scene involved oral sex during a business meeting - it was not funny, but gratuitous and awkward.
In trying to beef up the story by making Whitehill and his adventures seem more important, Polster added small elements of mystery through a few sections that center around other characters. One of these is Travers, a no nonsense business man who fears change and is trying to work in Bogata. These segments are few and far between and seemingly unconnected (in fact, on character has literally no purpose by the time you reach the end of the novel), and only make the novel disjointed.
Some of the views of Western life are insightful, but overall it reads like Polster wanted to convince readers to save the rain forest and indigenous tribes by writing a "funny" story. While an admirable goal, it becomes preachy and boring. This, compacted with an abrupt and unsatisfying ending, makes it impossible for me to recommend this book to anyone.