Hold The Enlightenment

Hold The Enlightenment

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Tim Cahill returns with an entertaining collection of essays as he travels the globe and faces down challenges that are animal, topographical and human. Cahill takes us to sites as far-flung as Saharan salt mines, the Congolese jungle, and Hanford, Washington, home of the largest toxic waste dump in the western hemisphere. With trademark wit and insight, Cahill describes stalking the legendary Caspian tiger in the mountains bordering Iraq, slogging through a pitch-black Australian Eucalyptus forest to find the nocturnal platypus, diving with great white sharks in South Africa, staving off enlightenment at a yoga retreat in Negril, Jamaica, and much, much more.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 26mm | 322.06g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552771619
  • 9780552771610
  • 1,472,914

About Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill is the author of seven books, including A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Pecked to Death by Ducks, Pass the Butterworms and Hold the Enlightenment. He is an editor at large for Outside magazine, and his work appears in National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times Book Review, and other national publications. He lives in Montana.show more

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"First-class travel writing. . . . leave the life-or-death adventures to Cahill, and sit back to enjoy the ride." --"Rocky Mountain News""If anything can inspire the most slothful of couch potatoes to get out for an adventure, it is this book." --"San Francisco Chronicle ""Long before the unbeaten track got fouled with the TV spoor of earnest Australians soul-kissing vipers, there were people like Tim Cahill who did adventure for real.... His wisecracks bear wisdom, and his self-deprecation reflects a fellow who is likeably confident and thoughtful--a good companion on any journey." -"-The Wall Street Journal" "Cahill entertains.... the book flashes with luminescence. In trying to make light of enlightenment, he gives moments of hard-won wisdom, along with insights that last longer than any amusement ride." --"Los Angeles Times ""Cahill does more than beguile with great storytelling. . . . What Cahill does best-while talking in your ear about the Northern Congo or great white sharks or a yoga retreat in Jamaica-is leave you wanting more. More of his empathy and humor, more of his cheekiness and intelligence." -"The Denver Post" "Cahill [writes] with such self-deprecating humor and insight that you're more than happy he enjoys putting himself in harm's way." -"The New York Times Books Review""One of the best things about Hold the Enlightenment is [the author's] unexpected mixture of fact, legend, seriousness and whimsy, often in rapid succession. So [with] Cahill . . . you're always assured of a trip that is anything but ordinary and as far from boring as the great white sharks off South America are from a tuna melt on white toast." -"St. LouisPost-Dispatch""Cahill has done the hard part for us. Now, all we have to do to experience exotic corners of the earth is read Hold the Enlightenment from the comfort of our fluffy sofas. Thanks, Big Guy." -"Fort Worth Star-Telegram""Offers Cahill's usual mix of humor, insight and carefully crafted prose. . . . Highly entertaining and informative." -"The Tampa Tribune""Hold the Enlightenment is vintage Cahill-adventures to thrill the armchair traveler."-"The Decatur Daily" "Cahill returns with another collection of perceptive, hilarious and touching travelogues disguised as misadventures. . . . Beyond the grand hilarity and bluster, Cahill is chasing a richer world-and he usually succeeds, or at least limps home with one hell of a story." -"Book""Along with his habitual irreverence, Cahill has a fine appreciation of irony and the absurd. . . . A fine, funny, thoughtful and varied collection." -"The Portsmouth Herald "show more

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489 ratings
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4 43% (210)
3 29% (143)
2 4% (20)
1 1% (7)
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