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How to Walk a Puma: And Other Things I Learned While Stumbling through South America

How to Walk a Puma And Other Things I Learned While Stumbling through South America On his nineteenth birthday Peter Allison flipped a coin One side would take him to Africa and the other to South America the two places he wanted to explore before he died He recounted his time spen

  • Title: How to Walk a Puma: And Other Things I Learned While Stumbling through South America
  • Author: Peter Allison
  • ISBN: 9780762777563
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • On his nineteenth birthday, Peter Allison flipped a coin One side would take him to Africa and the other to South America, the two places he wanted to explore before he died He recounted his time spent as a safari guide in Africa to much acclaim in Whatever You Do, Don t Run and Don t Look Behind You Sixteen years later, he makes his way to Santiago, Chile, ready to seeOn his nineteenth birthday, Peter Allison flipped a coin One side would take him to Africa and the other to South America, the two places he wanted to explore before he died He recounted his time spent as a safari guide in Africa to much acclaim in Whatever You Do, Don t Run and Don t Look Behind You Sixteen years later, he makes his way to Santiago, Chile, ready to seek out the continent s best, weirdest, and wildest adventures, and to chase the elusive jaguar In just the first six months, Allison is bitten by a puma several times , knocked on his head by a bad empanada, and surrounded by piranhas while rafting down a Bolivian river all because of his unusual fear of refrigerators and of staying in any one place for too long Ever the gifted storyteller and cultural observer, Allison makes many observations about life in humid climes, the nature of nomadism, and exactly what it is like to be nearly blasted off a mountain by the famous Patagonia wind Allison s self deprecating humor is as delightful as his crazy stunts, and his love for animals even when they bite is infectious.

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    1. I LOVED Peter's other books, but felt this just did not compare. I had been dying to read this for a year or so, and was so excited to finally buy itbut it just did not evoke a sense of place or exploration like his other books do.I struggled though it in the hope that it would improve - it didn't.It might be because he is focussed on rehabilitated animals in captivity opposed to narrating his encounters with wild animals in Africa but it just did not deliver for me :( After reading his other bo [...]

    2. Wonderful book by Peter Allison about his time spent in South America searching for a wild jaguar.Interesting, entertaining, and funny.Highly recommended.

    3. While this is a tolerable read, I expected so much more from the author. I adored Allison's first book,Whatever you do, don't run but this was an average read. His first book was told in a series of short stories, this book was one complete travel story. I laughed so many times in his first book, but I didn't even have a chuckle in this book. Most dissapointing of all, there was a marked decrease in wildlife in this book, he instead focusses on culture and landscapes. To be fair, when there were [...]

    4. Peter Allisons books are so easy to read I just wish they were longer! In his usual style this book is both informative and hilarious. Inti Wara Yassi sounds amazing and i would like to go and walk a puma myself

    5. I started reading this around 1pm after picking it up from the library. I finished it by 11:30pm. Nice book for an armchair traveller to take you around South America. Starts in Bolivia, moves into Chile briefly, back to Bolivia, then ends the last half of the book in various parts of Ecuador.

    6. I enjoyed this book SO much. The adventures into the jungles of South America were both hair-raising and funny. Peter Allison made me feel like I was there with him. His anecdotes made me laugh. He had nicknames for some of the people he met, and the language barriers made for some rather funny moments. I highly recommend this book.

    7. I had previously read one of Peter Allison's books set in Africa as we are anticipating a trip to Africa. I really liked his writing style, so I requested this book from the library. I also liked this book. I have been to parts of South America, so it was nice comparing his experiences, and comparing the locations he chose to spend to the places we spent time.

    8. Ever since I read my first Peter Allison book in April of last year I've been waiting eagerly to read his newest book of adventures! Unfortunately I was on the waiting list for the library since the book's release date but at least I was the first one to read the copy I got last week (Which I finished in a few hours mind you). This one was just as funny and entertaining as I had hoped it would be though you can tell that Peter went at his journey across South America a little older and a little [...]

    9. Peter Allison is an animal enthusiast who spent eight years working at an African safari lodge (documented in his two previous books, DON'T RUN, Whatever You Do: My Adventures as a Safari Guide and Don't Look Behind You!: True Tales of a Safari Guide. In 2009-2010, he spent 18 months traveling around South America and this book is about his adventures on that continent. They include living naked with an Ecuadorian native tribe, exploring glaciers in Patagonia, near death on an Bolivian river and [...]

    10. I was really looking forward to this book as I loved Allison's other two books. If I were to rate the first couple of chapters it would have been a 5 star book. Those chapters were funny and contained an animal. The middle part of the book was OK, the end I just wanted to be done. This is not necessarily a reflection on the book I am sure some people will love it but it was just not interesting for me. I also felt like he was preaching a little too much - I got it the first time around - he is a [...]

    11. This would be the first not-about-Africa book we've reviewed here, but it has ties to Africa. For those that have enjoyed Peter Allison's books (Whatever You Do, Don't Run! and Don't Look Behind You), How to Walk a Puma: And Other Things I Learned While Stumbling through South America is a natural segue. When he was nineteen, Peter flipped a coin to decide between going to South America and Africa; Africa won. After many (entertaining) years as a safari guide in Africa, he longed to explore the [...]

    12. An engagingly written memoir by an ex-safari guide in Africa about his adventures exploring the South American flora and fauna and the quest to spot a jaguar. It starts with his volunteering at a place where rescued animals are housed and taken care of with the hope of them eventually being released back in the wild. So, Peter lands a job as a walker to Roy, the puma and suffers quite a few funny and not-so-funny accidents. Later on it continues to other parts of the continent, experiencing a sc [...]

    13. This book is easy and quick to read, but I did not enjoy it as much as Peter Allison's previous books. This may be due to the fact that I have not been to South America and so could not relate to the places he visited?Peter's passion for Africa shines through in his other two books (which are brilliant and funny). The writing in 'How to Walk a Puma' did not portray the same emotions for South America, therefore it was less of a page turner for me.Having said that, I love Peter Allison's sense of [...]

    14. Peter Allison is an entertaining writer. His love of life in the wild and love of all animals comes shining through in each of his books; I greatly enjoyed the previous two about his safari guiding years in Africa. This one was even better. Peter's self-deprecating way of not taking himself too seriously is always a treat and some of his descriptive phrasing choices are downright hilarious. Although I haven't walked the glaciers of Patagonia, I related deeply with his awe and amazement at the ex [...]

    15. Yay, first review! ;) I think this is the best book I've read by Peter Allison, I really enjoyed it. It's an incredibly quick read and is really humorous at parts. I have a lot of respect for people who are not ashamed to poke fun at themselves and the author certainly does a lot of that in this book. I enjoyed how each chapter was a different short story (a chapter in the adventure) but each chapter ties easily into the overall story. Overall, this book is really entertaining.Something I just n [...]

    16. I have read both Peter Allison's other books,a nd having spent time in South America, looked forward to this one. It did not disappoint, and the chapters on walking a puma were really quite hilarious. he certainly made me want to go to the . Having said that, all 3 of his books have left me wanting more,a nd I do feel that he could have done more with this book. He could have delved into the rich cultures I'd South America, perhaps written more about his characters and about more characters. I c [...]

    17. Peter Allison has a delightful sense of humor, and I had to struggle not to laugh aloud in public a few times when I was reading How to Walk a Puma. It's a fun read between using a puking cat as a pick up line, dodging puma attacks, and surviving earthquakes and crazy drivers, there is a lot to enjoy. At some point I became a bit annoyed at someone having the time to spend a year and a half just doing whatever came to his mind, but that was probably more jealousy on my part than bad writing on h [...]

    18. I was a little disappointed in this book as I have so much enjoyed Peter Allison's two previous books. They described his experiences as a safari guide in Africa with laugh-out-loud comments and adventures, moments of extreme danger, and ahis underlying deep respect for the animals and conservation. I thought this book would be the same but there is less about animals and more about Peter's journeys through remote areas of South America in hopes of seeing a jaguar. It was still funny and full of [...]

    19. I really don't know how Peter Allison is still alive. I love his sense of humor, and this book was good but I enjoyed his other books more. One problem with his books: they are too short!As this one came to an end, I felt like he was just rushing to get it finished. However, the last part of this journey was with a tribe who were still totally laid back, no sense or care for time, so it was probably just now as adventuresome (although he clearly enjoyed it.)Anyway, I'm now waiting for his next b [...]

    20. How to Walk a Puma: And other things I learned while stumbling through South America has more of a chronological narrative compared to Allison's other books. This makes sense though with the format and although slightly different in this sense it still has the wit, passion and well articulated stories that are presented in his other books. I found How to Walk a Puma just as entertaining as: 'Whatever you do, don't run' and 'Don't look behind you' and recommended it just as highly.

    21. A damp squib compared to the author's first book. Peter has a brilliant sense of humour with an endearing dose of self deprecation thrown in. It makes the stories a fun read. Loved reading about the animals, the author's love of them shines through just as it did in the previous book. But it almost seems like someone has instructed the author to follow a formula when it comes to building the narrative. Way too much false suspense, over dramatisation and long self analysis soliloquies.

    22. This was a fast, fun read, though I didn't enjoy it as much as his other two books. However, I like the voice that he writes with and I appreciate how he can write both humorous and heartfelt anecdotes. He is a great voice for conservation and someone I would love to go on safari with in the future.

    23. My first book from Peter Allison, and he has instantly become my favourite author. Extremely well written book, funny with a dry sense of humour, witty and insightful. A must read for those who love this world of ours, you will find that your feelings resonate in this emotional yet light account of Peter's adventures and you will form a primal bond.

    24. This is a lighthearted and highly enjoyable traveller's tale. Allison writes engagingly of those he meets in his eighteen month sojourn and his interest in the fauna around him is infectious. His willingness to take crazy risks and do whatever it takes to find out about, and fit in with, those he meets makes him the best kind of traveller to read about!

    25. Another entertaining book by Peter Allison. I had read his previous two books in between safaris in Tanzania and found this book to be just as vivid and engaging even though I have never been to most of the places he wrote about. If you like Bill Bryson, travel writing, or simply good story-telling, I recommend this book!

    26. This is one of my favorite genres of books. These types of travel books are my version of those supermarket romance novels that people like to read while lounging on the beach. I specifically selected to read this book to get myself primed up for my upcoming vacation. This wasn't the best armchair travelogue, but it suited my needs. Plus it was a quick read, and I do enjoy quick reads

    27. I thought this was a good travel-journal book, although there were a few places that I wanted more details. It was entertaining and enlightening, especially the part about walking/running with the puma. I found myself asking why anyone would put themselves through that, but this author certainly had the answer to that with his very willing attitude.

    28. Another fun animal adventure-related travelogue by this former African safari guide, this time outlining his 18 months exploring South America. Allison has a humourous, if slightly self-deprecating, writing style, but most importantly he allows his love for wild animals and places to come through.

    29. I guess the law of diminished return is at work here, because I kept finding his book less and less funny. His adventure with a Puma was dragged for too many chapters (one should suffice) and the part with the Huaorani was the best part in the book, but even then it was only mildly funny.

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