The Lost Tribe by Edward Marriott
A Harrowing Passage into New Guinea's Heart of Darkness

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This is a true account of the author's search for - and discovery of - a "lost tribe" in Papua New Guinea. The author relates his tale of how he journeyed through jungle and up mountain to visit the Liawep tribe, who had had their first contact with the outside world only one year before,in the form of a missionary. He then describes how he was greeted with a mixture of disdain and disapproval by the villagers and by downright hostility from the missionary. The book is a mixture of reportage, history and travel writing recording one man's extraordinary journey to, and time inside, an unknown village. The author's tale reaches a climax when he describes how lightning struck the village, killing a family, and he was held responsible.

About Edward Marriott

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Edward Marriott is the author of "The Lost Tribe" (Owl, 2000), a finalist for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award & a New York Times Best Travel Book for 1997. A journalist & broadcaster, he is a frequent contributor to the "BBC," "The Times," & "Esquire" magazine. He lives in London.
Published October 1, 1997 by Henry Holt & Co. 258 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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Fearing that they will be blamed for the tragedy by the superstitious warriors--a fear soon borne out--Marriott and his guides barely escape with their lives after a forced jungle march.

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In an almost comically haphazard way, he surmounted great difficulties--unreliable maps, uncertain directions, undependable hearsay and improbable local guides--to make a six-day trek through jungle heat and rain across rotted primitive bridges, while often hip-deep in polluted rivers, to find th...

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