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↞ Best ⌞ At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay (Vintage Departures) to read ⇸ Ebook By John Gimlette ∋ ↞ Best ⌞ At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay (Vintage Departures) to read ⇸ Ebook By John Gimlette ∋ Over the past 500 years, Paraguay has been invaded by successive waves of conquistadors, missionaries, Mennonites, Australian socialists, fugitive Nazis and, perhaps most improbably, Islamic extremists An island surrounded by land, bordered by vast deserts and impenetrable jungles, Paraguay is a country uniquely suited for those seeking to drop out of sight or, like Gimlette, find themselves The author was 18 when he first traveled to Paraguay than two decades ago return visits only deepened his appreciation for the nation and its tragicomic past Gimlette seems to have gone everywhere and talked to everyone He boats down piranha infested rivers, hobnobs with Anglo Paraguayan socialites and hunts down the former hiding place of notorious Auschwitz doctor Josef Mengele Gimlette, a travel writer and lawyer in London, proves a chatty, amiable guide to local institutions like the national railway which has no running trains and native wildlife, like the fierce, raccoon like coatimundis who, Gimlette writes, make up for their absence of pity with fistfuls of dagger like claws Yet he doesn t shirk from the nastier aspects of Paraguay s bloody history Gimlette describes in horrific detail, for example, the rape and conquest of the Guarani Indians as well as the brutally repressive regime of Don Alfredo Stroessner whose U.S backed dictatorship lasted longer than any other in the Western Hemisphere Gimlette could have used some judicious editing the narrative drags in parts, and its scattered chronology can be confusing but he never fails to impress with his ingenuity, sincerity and sense of humor 16 pages of color and bw photos, not seen by PW Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved.If some Americans can t locate Canada on a map, it s likely many haven t even heard of Paraguay Yet this California sized South American country has endured an astonishing run of totalitarianism, instability, and war Travel writer and attorney Gimlette shares that chilling history, drawing anecdotes from survivors and descendants as he explores the country While his own doings seem unavoidably flat compared to the outrages he relates one war killed four fifths of the country s population, and 9 out of 10 men , it is interesting to glimpse the country today, which is happier yet still a place where the black market dwarfs the gross national product Gimlette s prose has an almost cartoonish cast at times a past ruler of the hookwormed rabble is rutting, greasy pawed , yet sometimes he turns a perfect phrase They already had chimneys and now they wanted fireplaces Moreover, he conveys, though he can t explain, a national character that it doesn t seem cliched to call inscrutable 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    • At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay (Vintage Departures)
    • 3.1
    • 255
    • Hardcover
    • 400 pages
    • John Gimlette
    • English
    • 24 May 2017

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