Notebooks from New Guinea: Field Notes of a Tropical Biologist
A Hardback edition by Vojtech Novotny in English (May 14, 2009)
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Short Description: Hailed by Edward O. Wilson as "one of the most amazing books I have ever read," this exhilarating volume offers a rare combination of first-rank science and top-notch storytelling.... Read more
Hailed by Edward O. Wilson as "one of the most amazing books I have ever read," this exhilarating volume offers a rare combination of first-rank science and top-notch storytelling. Vojtech Novotny, a world-class researcher and a brilliant writer, works on location in one of the toughest regions of the world--a high-risk locale rife with tropical diseases and venomous wildlife. Moreover, Novotny works closely with the indigenous peoples--natives who still hunt food with spear and arrow--involving them in his research and profiting from their deep familiarity with this rugged landscape. As a result, he has many a fascinating tale to tell, and he is a marvelous storyteller. Indeed, this is an unusual and fascinating collection of almost one hundred brief vignettes, adventurous tales, and reflections that illuminate the native culture and what the West can learn from it. Ably translated by David Short, this delightfully engaging book brings to life--with warmth and wisdom--the place, the people, and the pursuit of knowledge deep in the jungles of New Guinea.
- Vojtech Novotny
- Oxford University Press
- Publication date
- May 14, 2009
- Product dimensions
- 147 x 223 x 22mm
BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION: HOW I GOT TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA...AND WHAT CAME NEXT; Malaria intermezzi; ISLAND OF A THOUSAND TONGUES AND A WILD, WILD LANDSCAPE; Don't go talking to the neighbours!; Tok Pisin, or lingua franca the Papuan way; The magic number of 500; The rise of folklore; New Year's Eve among the natives; Malaria intermezzo: Mabura Hill, 1997; Buy the Book of Books, we have no other; Lucky seventeen; The age of darkness; The character of a New Guinea town; Wishing you a pleasant flight with Adventist Aviators!; The sight of a fleeting landscape; [plus dozens of additional notes arranged in 4 additional parts:]; OLD AND NEW CUSTOMS OF A TRIBAL SOCIETY; FOREIGNERS AND THEIR ODD IDEAS; HOW TO DO SCIENCE IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA; IN CONCLUSION: TRAVEL REPORT