The Curve of the World by Marcus Stevens
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When his plane is forced to make an emergency landing in a remote area of the Congo basin and rebels seize the aircraft, Lewis Burke, a New York businessman, flees into the rainforest, only to find himself alone in a world where no rules apply and with no apparent way out. As he struggles to survive under the thick canopy of trees, battling thirst and hunger in the unrelenting heat, he confronts his deepest fears-and his greatest disappointments: his crumbling marriage; his distant relationship with his seven-year-old son, Shane; and the lack of meaning in his life. When his wife, Helen, a former volunteer for World Aid, makes the daring decision to find him in Africa, The Curve of the World becomes a story of crossing barriers and regaining love and conviction.

As Helen and Shane journey upriver into the forbidding rainforest, bringing them closer to Lewis, Shane begins to have visions and dreams of his father. But just as Lewis cannot find his way out of the jungle, Helen is thwarted at every turn by the military conflict raging around them. In the end it is an unlikely hero, a young Congolese boy, who courageously guides Lewis through the forest and to a side of himself he thought he had lost.

Powerfully written and mesmerizing in effect, The Curve of the World is a heartrending and heart-pounding page-turner that explores the limits of human resilience and the tenacity of the human spirit.

 

About Marcus Stevens

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Marcus Stevens lives on a farm outside Bozeman, Montana, with his wife and three children. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles before he began his career as an award-winning commercial director. He has traveled widely in Africa.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Hodder & Stoughton. 320 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Fiction

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Lewis eventually makes his way to civilization but leaves Kofi behind once he gets there—then soon braves the rifles of border guards to go back to find the boy who saved him, with the result that they’re both again in the jungle, running with pygmies and participating in gun battles.

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Audio reviews reflect PW's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version.FictionTHE CURVE OF THE WORLD: A NovelMarcus Stevens, read by Sean Runnette.

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As the narrative alternates between Lewis and Helen, flashback self-recriminating reflections intrude awkwardly into the current action to reveal that their marriage went sour when Helen shifted her priorities to the care of their son.

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Meanwhile, back in the States, his estranged wife Helen (played by Helen Hunt, if I get a say) and his blind son Shane learn of his flight's unscheduled landing and decide to head to the African jungle to find him.

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