“The Indonesian archipelago is a land of timeless natural beauty that in the twenty-first century faces unprecedented environmental degradation.
This unique land may well be the last great adventure on Earth.”—Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Lonely Planet Writer Colourful account of the author’s voyage from Oman to China, in a traditional Arab dhow, retracing the maritime silk route that first linked Asia and the West, which includes descriptions of the Malabar Coast, being stuck in the Indian Ocean, and sailing the Straits of Malacca. An exploration of the centuries-old desire for spice in food, in medicine, in magic, in religion, and in sex—and of the allure of forbidden fruit lingering in the scents of cinnamon, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, mace, and cloves.
This unique story, published by the University of California Press in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, is resplendently presented with maps, archival materials, and more than 200 colour photographs” Ring of Fire charts the Blair brothers’ 10-year journey through the world’s largest and least-known archipelago–the islands of Indonesia.
With extraordinary courage, humour, and passion for the unknown, they draw us into their extraordinary journey to a magical land where ancient myths still flourish.
An armchair voyage through the Indonesian archipelago following the journeys of Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913).
The book is a rewarding mix of historical biography, contemporary adventure travel, relating experiences sailing the archipelago in an indigenous prahu.