Dead Man Leading

Dead Man Leading

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Three British explorers search the Brazilian jungle for a missionary who disappeared there seventeen years earliershow more

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 20.32mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192814699
  • 9780192814692

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A study of abnormal psychology and adventure, well handled, from both angles, Harry Johnson, egocentric, demands independence at all costs. Just before leaving on an expedition to the tropics, he becomes the lover of his fellow-explorer's daughter, and this becomes the source of a kind of mental self-torture. When the father accidentally shoots himself, Johnson assumes the guilt for his death, and in self punishment he goes with the third member of the party into the jungle, leaves him, while he goes deeper in to seek water - and never returns. The other man is saved. He lies, seeking ever the image of his own father, who had died in the jungle seventeen years before. It is a strange, somewhat morbid, but engrossing story - a study of a perverted masochist. Primarily a man's book, but limited by the psychological aspects to readers who are interested in that slant. Far better written than the average adventure novel. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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4 17% (1)
3 33% (2)
2 17% (1)
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