In 2001 Slowinski led a team of young scientists deep into the wilds of Burma on a final tragic expedition. Immediately after being bitten by the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia, Joe knew his life was in grave and imminent peril.
Thus began one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times, as Joe's teammates kept him alive for 30 hours by mouth-to-mouth respiration.
The Snake Charmer is at once a brilliant biography, a pulse-pounding adventure story, an exotic travel book, and a fascinating introduction to the bizarre world of snake science.
©2008 Jamie James; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Jamie James in his informative book "The Snake Charmer" tells the story of how herpetologist Joe Slowinski was killed by a snake bite while studying in Burma. Along the way, James tells the listener more about poisonous snakes than one would think available. Technical knowledge is shared with the reader in a fine way. The description of how Slowinski came to be bitten, his final hours, and the effort his team made to save his is heart rending. Of greatest interest to me was how Slowinski worked with his team as he was dying, held them together and prepared them for the inevitable.
Well read and wonderfully written this book is a wonderful change of pace. It will inform, entertain, and inspire.
The story and the history of the snakes are both very interesting. I was riveted at the ending. I would reccommend this book to anyone who loves adventure. Plus I have been reading about others - esp mountain climbers--who do death defying jobs or hobbies. There seems to be a string of mental attitudes or frame of mind similar in most of them that is out of the main stream "norm". Interesting once you find that and can see that these are a different type of people that give us armchair adventurers just what we want.
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