Gimlette takes his sweet time, spending months to slowly explore the jungle kingdoms of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. He finds the towns and communities strikingly colorful, filled with seriously oddball characters, but the whole setting is filled with ruins. Where wave after wave of colonists came, the jungle swallows all. The plantations disappear, and the former slaves live on as maroon communities, utterly suspicious of the outside world. In Amerindian country the jaguars reclaim their range and drive out cattle ranchers. The locals seek emigration in droves, and only the villagers from India or Java seem able to thrive on their own sustainable terms. I knew people were leaving the countryside behind in many areas of the world, but Gimlette's tour makes it seem like an ongoing route of civilization as we knew it..
on February 26, 2012
My dream has always been to one day explore the Amazon rainforest. After reading Wild Coast, I am convinced there is no better adventure than to visit the Guianas. John Gimlette reveals through humorous anecdotes and harsh realities that in the Guianas no matter how man tries to tame, control and profit over nature, it comes out the winner. Captivating, mysterious, bizarre and chaotic, what can an anarchist wildlife biologist want more than to travel through the heart of it and what better way to start than to read this book. Thank you John Gimlette!
on February 24, 2016
What a fabulous book! Interesting, amusing and extremely insightful, this is a must for anybody contemplating travelling to the region, or simply contemplating The Guyanas. It beautifully blends contemporary life in these three rather quirky countries with their brutal and difficult history; it also makes one want to visit.
Since reading The Wild Coast, I have been to the region five times!