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Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea

by Kira Salak

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A young American woman not really sure about what she is travelling for, only that she needs to do it. There are things she has left behind: her course, her boyfriend, and things she hasn't or can't: her experiences in Mozambique and her past. Travelling through an island that was split in two when the Indonesian's invaded, Kira visits a refugee camp which opens her eyes to what the rest of the world seems not to have noticed. Her foreign points of contact are the various missionaries, people working for companies and a few tourists. She travels around, by canoe, on foot and in minibuses, always the outsider, the Wait Meri. It is sad to see how the New Guineans are being "modernised" with no regard to their past or whether they even want to be. The missionary collecting up the traditional tools so he can replace them with metal ones just horrified me. ( )
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"The purpose and nature are never clearly revealed. Human behavior is a series of lunges, of which, it is sensed, the direction is inevitable."

Patrick White
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To I.C.--as promised.
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My trip began in paradise.
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Following the route taken by British explorer Ivan Champion in 1927, and amid breathtaking landscapes and wildlife, Salak traveled across this remote Pacific island-often called the last frontier of adventure travel-by dugout canoe and on foot. Along the way, she stayed in a village where cannibals m was still practiced behind the backs of the missionaries, met the leader of the OPM-the separatist guerrilla movement opposing the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea-and undertook an epic trek through the jungle. The New York Times said "Kira Salak is tough, a real-life Lara Croft." And Edward Marriott, proclaimed Four Corners to be "A travel book that transcends the genre?It is, like all the best travel narratives, a resonant interior journey, and offers wisdom for our times."

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