At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig

Author(s): John Gimlette

New Travel

Paraguay- the name conjures up everything most exotic and extreme in South America. It's a place of hellish jungles, dictators, fraudsters and Nazis, utopian experiments, missionaries and lurid coups. It's not a place for the timid. It doesn't even have its own guidebook. But Paraguay, as revealed in this outstanding new book, is among the most beautiful and captivating countries in the world. The beguiling Paraguayans, despised and feared by their neighbours, are unfathomable. They adore Diana, Princess of Wales, as if she were still alive and hundreds volunteered to fight for Britain in the Falklands War. Their politics are Byzantine but when the Vice- President is murdered, they call in Scotland Yard...


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"Colorful and meandering, by turns hilarious and horrifying, often delightful. . .and very, very odd. . . . An entirely faithful reflection of its subject." --"The New York Times Book Review
"[Gimlette's] account is so rich in anecdotes, so suffused in color and dialect that we are left with a sense of having somehow inhaled all this Paraguayan history and then experienced it through a nightmare or a dream. Gimlette has given us a cast of characters as vivid as any by Dickens or Waugh.""-- The New York Times
"Gimlette knows his subject cold, and it's a subject bound to have something for everyone . . . Charming and vivid. . . crammed full of a wild cast of characters and incredible experiences." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"A hilarious, informed anti-travelogue . . . with generous detail grounded in the author's personal experiences, this is a travel book of the mind."--"The Boston Globe"
"Blends travelogue, history and flights of descriptive whimsy to highly tonic effect. . . . For all his mastery of Paraguayan history, it's Gimlette's extravagant prose and unhinged enthusiasm that make the book. . . . You couldn't ask for a more entertaining guide." --"The Seattle Times"
"Hilarious. . . . What keeps you reading about Paraguay, maybe in spite of yourself, is Gimlette's marvelous wit and eye for character." --"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"Reading the book is like watching a Komodo dragon eat a tethered goat. Paraguay, as Gimlette portrays it, is . . . completely bizarre. . . . Conquistadores and Nazis, whores and cannibals, all of them rather awful, all of them splendidly rendered. . . . Graham Greene would have approved." --"National GeographicAdventure
"A glorious travel book . . . in which the country's craziness is portrayed with humor, insight and considerable deftness of touch. . . . As a historian of the absurd [Gimlette] is superlative." --"The Sunday Times" (London)
"A wildly entertaining read: a raucous blend of history, travelogue, and guide." --"Conde Nast Traveler"
"At The Tomb of the Inflatable Pig should be ranked among the very best explorations of its kind: at once a history and a guide to one of the least hospitable nations on earth." --"The Washington Times"
"Irreverent and rambunctious. . . . [A] superior travel book." --"Foreign Affairs
"An extraordinary book, part history, part travelogue . . . so vivid that nobody reading it is ever likely to forget the country. . . . A book that sheds fascinating light on a forgotten corner of Latin America'" --"The Daily Telegraph" (London)
"A richly detailed catalog of oddities and horrors, the kind of eccentricities that flourish in isolation. . . . [Gimlette] spills Paraguay's cruelest, most shameful secrets, but his admiration for the forlorn middle country is real on every page." --"Outside"
"Howlingly entertaining. . . . There [is] no resisting Gimlette's rollicking account." --"San Diego Union-Tribune"
"A truly wonderful exploration of one of the world's most captivating countries ... Brilliant." --"Sunday Express"
"[A] wonderful, wacky book. . . . Filled with the offbeat and the bizarre. Gimlette's narrative attempts to flesh out a country that is as difficult to define as nailing Jell-O to a wall. Vivid, riotous, fascinating and never dull, his book is wildly entertaining." --"The Tucson Citizen"
"Compelling. . .. Blackly comical. . . . Spicy, exuberant prose." --"Mail on Sunday" (London)
"Eccentric and richly descriptive. . . . The best travel writers are those with both a sense of history and a sense of humor, and Gimlette qualifies on both counts." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch
"[Gimlette] has a firm grasp of the country's intriguing past, and a watchful eye on its perplexing present." "--Literary Review"
"Terrifically funny. . . . A great book in the noble tradition of British travel writing." --"Hartford Advocate"
"Perceptive and entertaining." --"The Times Literary Supplement" (London)

General Fields

  • : 9780099416555
  • : archi
  • : archi
  • : February 2004
  • : 200mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Gimlette
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 918.920473
  • : 384
  • : 16 illustrations, colour photos