The Black Penguin by Andrew EvansThe Black Penguin by Andrew Evans

The Black Penguin

byAndrew Evans

Hardcover | April 25, 2017

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A devout young boy in rural Ohio, Andrew Evans had his life mapped for him: baptism, mission, Brigham Young University, temple marriage, and children of his own. But as an awkward gay kid, bullied and bored, he escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas. The Black Penguin is Evans's memoir, travel tale, and love story of his eventual journey to the farthest reaches of the map, a wild yet touching adventure across some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth.

Ejected from church and shunned by his family as a young man, Evans embarks on an ambitious overland journey halfway across the world. Riding public transportation, he crosses swamps, deserts, mountains, and jungles, slowly approaching his lifelong dream and ultimate goal: Antarctica. With each new mile comes laughter, pain, unexpected friendship, true weirdness, unsettling realities, and some hair-raising moments that eventually lead to a singular discovery on a remote beach at the bottom of the world.

Evans's 12,000-mile voyage becomes a soulful quest to balance faith, family, and self, reminding us that, in the end, our lives are defined by the roads we take, the places we touch, and those we hold nearest.

Andrew Evans has completed more than thirty assignments for National Geographic, reporting from all seven continents. He is the author of the Bradt travel guides Iceland and Ukraine and lives in Washington, DC.
Title:The Black PenguinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299311406

ISBN - 13:9780299311407

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Table of Contents

Preface                          Prologue                      1 Pionero                     2 Sandy Cay                3 Sixteenth and M                    4 Ohio             5 Virginia                     6 Two Letters               7 Atlanta                      8 Ethel, Doris, and Mabel                    9 Dixie             10 Light Blue               11 Going Home                       12 The Shape of the Earth                   13 Telmex                   14 Hannah                   15 Utah                        16 Chicken Bus                       17 A Place without Guns                     18 England                  19 Milkman                 20 Panama                   21 Through the Plexiglass                    22 Death in Colombia              23 Close Call               24 Court of Love                     25 Middle Earth                       26 Bananas                  27 Medzhybizh                        28 A Thousand Miles of Sand             29 The Laws of Physics                       30 Cold Pitch               31 Rainy Season                      32 Argentina                33 Marching as to War             34 The End of the World                     35 The Drake               36 Antarctica               37 The Black Penguin              Epilogue                        Acknowledgments                   Transportation from Washington, DC, to Antarctica

Editorial Reviews

"As travel literature, the fascination of The Black Penguin lies in the difficulties Evans has undertaken by choosing to travel only by bus all the way 12,000 miles through the Southern USA, Central America and South America. . . . The long bus ride also provides the writer ample opportunity to ponder his life and gracefully weave thoughts about Andrew Evans, former Mormon and gay man into the story of Andrew Evans, travel writer on an adventure." -Traveler's Library