Curious Encounters of the Human Kind - Indonesia: True Asian Tales of Folly, Greed, Ambition and Dreams by Paul Spencer SochaczewskiCurious Encounters of the Human Kind - Indonesia: True Asian Tales of Folly, Greed, Ambition and Dreams by Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Curious Encounters of the Human Kind - Indonesia: True Asian Tales of Folly, Greed, Ambition and…

byPaul Spencer Sochaczewski

Paperback | November 1, 2015

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Why do prominent modern Indonesian sultans continue love affairs with the Mermaid Queen? Why is the island of Flores Ground Zero for Hobbit sightings? How does a Papuan hunter juggle the four religions which want a piece of his soul? Why did a now-neglected spice cause historic mayhem among greedy Europeans? Why does it make good business sense to make friends with the dragon princess? Why is discovering a new species almost as good as sex? What is the allure of Waltzing Banana Island? Can an elderly village woman armed with just a broom and gumption kill giant mosquitoes ‘til they’re dead?

This is Indonesia as you’ve probably never imagined, full of curious people, startling happenings, and unexpected moments of humanity and introspection, giddiness and solemnity, avarice and ambition.

Title:Curious Encounters of the Human Kind - Indonesia: True Asian Tales of Folly, Greed, Ambition and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.36 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Paul SochaczewskiLanguage:English

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"Sochaczewski is a world-class searcher, reporter, and observer who has criss-crossed Asia for forty years, pausing in the most unlikely places and finding extraordinary people. The essays in this insightful and witty chronicle present a rich tapestry of eccentric nobles, self-serving naturalists, scoundrels who will make your teeth ache, celebrity monks, and memorable folks whose stories are too good to be true. But they are."-Christopher G. Moore, author of the Vincent Calvino novels and Heart Talk "All the personal traveler's tales in these volumes are captivating, all filled with humor, drama, and insight, with an edgy take-no-prisoners voice. You won't find anything else like this on the bookshelf." -Jeff McNeely, chief scientist, International Union for Conservation of Nature "Most of Paul Sochaczewski's curious encounters start out as intelligent travel writing, exploring hidden corners of Asia and characters very much out of the ordinary. But this series works on a more complex level ... I read each story feeling refreshed, enlightened, and curious to see what the next stage of Sochaczewski's journey would bring."-Judith M. Heimann, author of The Most Offending Soul Alive: Tom Harrisson and His Remarkable Life and The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II"A book for everyone who knows that the Mysterious East is alive and well, and more how-about-that-wonderful than you perhaps imagined."-Harry Rolnick, author of The Chinese Gourmet, The Complete Book of Coffee, and Spice Chronicles: Exotic Tales of a Hungry Traveler"Paul Sochaczewski skips about Asia like a Monkey God hopping from mountain to mountain, bringing back life-prolonging peaches while annoying the gatekeepers. Whatever you do, follow him on this journey!"-Lee Chor Lin, director of the National Museum of Singapore; former curator of Asian Civilizations Museum - Singapore; author of Batik: Creating an Identity"The Curious Encounters of the Human Kind series is a delicious stew of improbable characters and intriguing stories, served up in thoroughly pithy style, and with a hearty dash of irreverent humour."-Tim Hannigan, author of Raffles and the British Invasion of Java and Brief History of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis: The Incredible Story of Southeast Asia's Largest Nation"Constructed on a base of strange but true personal travel adventures, Curious Encounters adds elements of history, an edgy sense of humour, mysticism, political incorrectness, current affairs, and memorable characters you'll wish you had the pleasure to meet on your travels." -Jason Brooke, director of The Brooke Trust"The Curious Encounters series is proof positive that a writer/traveler can immerse himself in Asian cultures and yet remain objective enough to write extremely entertaining and often irreverent articles and colorful stories about what he has experienced. You won't regret a moment spent reading these tales, which perfectly capture the allure and spice of the places visited."-Dean Barrett, author of Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior