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Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge By John Gimlette, book reviewHaving thoroughly enjoyed John Gimlette’s At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig I was looking forward with relish to reading Wild Coast, an account to his visit to the Guianas; I was not disappointed. A lawyer by profession, Gimlette is a charming and cheerful travelling companion whose enthusiasm for his subject never fails to please.

There are few places in the world so remote and uncharted as the Guianas; vast as its geographical area is most of the inhabitants cram into a narrow strip adjacent to the coast and the rest is wild, and often dangerous, swamp and rainforest, hardly likely source material for such a comprehensive, colourful and diverse travelogue.

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