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Tales from the Torrid Zone

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Tales from the Torrid Zone

Travels in the Deep Tropics

By Alexander Frater

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307388261, 384pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 2008

Alexander Frater was born to a family of Scottish expatriates on the tiny island of Irikiki in the South Seas. Following his dreams of being a writer, Frater left home, but the call of the tropics compelled him to return again and again. Join him as he dines with the Queen of Tonga; makes his way through two civil wars; visits the spots where surfing and bungee jumping originated; and expresses his love for the region where he is at once a tourist, explorer, adventurer, and native son. From Tahiti to Thailand, Mexico to Mozambique, Frater gives us a richly described, endlessly surprising picture of this diverse, feverish, languorously beautiful world.

About the Author
Alexander Frater has contributed to various U.K. publications and has been a contracted "New Yorker "writer; as chief travel correspondent of the London "Observer "he won an unprecedented number of British Press Travel Awards. His two most recent books, "Beyond the Blue Horizon "and "Chasing the Monsoon," have been made into major BBC television films. He lives in London but travels frequently to the tropics.

Praise For Tales from the Torrid Zone

“Lyrical [and] moving. . . . Part memoir, part travel yarn, a hymn to the solar lands.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Entertaining. . . . This world is literally teeming with natural wonders, local characters, and wild stories.” —The Boston Globe

“A book to treasure on many levels. . . . Be prepared to be fascinated.”
The Washington Times

'Fascinating. . . . A diverting, loose-limbed tour of the earth's hot zones. . . . Mr Frater, a genial tour guide and a stylish writer, makes excellent company.” —The New York Times