Lewis Burke, a New York salesman, is one of the passengers aboard an airliner that crash lands in the jungles of the Congo and is taken over by Congolese rebels. In a desperate moment he chooses escape over being held hostage and flees into dense jungle with only the clothes on his back. Thus begins a two-sided story, one a riveting adventure of survival in equatorial Africa, the other a frustrating struggle by his wife, Helen, to find him in the confusion of African politics and culture and not give in to her growing despair. Beautifully written, The Curve of the World, is a gripping story of loss, love, self-discovery and healing.
When I reached page 3 I was hooked! A very impressive and totally unexpected type of novel. Part adventure, part well-written literature, part mystery - definitely not your usual story. Very entertaining, and it stays with you for a while. Time very well spent!
From safety into terror, this book is a compelling story of human struggle both mentally and physically,courage and struggle. It's suspensefull.
At last he stops. He's a couple of miles into the forest. There is no noise, no sound of anyone following, no helicopters, no shooting. His captors seemed to have resigned him to the forest . . .
So begins Lewis Burke's harrowing journey. After his plane makes an emergency landing in a remote area in the Congo basin and rebels seize the aircraft, Lewis, a New York businessman, flees into the rainforest. Suddenly he is lost in a world where no rules apply and with no apprent way out. As he struggles to survive in the unrelenting heat, battling thirst and hunger, he confronts his darkest fears and his greatest disappointments: his crumbling marriage, his distant relationship with his seven-year-old son, Shane; and the lack of meaning in his life.
When his wife, Helen, discovers that he has disappeard she makes the daring decision to search for him in Africa. As she and Shane trek upriver into the forbidding forest, Shane's visitors and dreams of his father give him hope. A military conflict is raging all around them as they look for Lewis. Lewis is eventually rescued by a young Congolese boy who takes him even deeper into the jungle and toward a side of himself that he thought he had lost.
This is a gripping adventure novel, for certain.
Easy to listen to and held my interest. Did not realize I had ordered the abridged version, but I imagine the parts taken out were more depth of the trouble in their marriage so it was okay. I really liked listening to the sections on his survival during his ordeal.
I was so on the seat of my pants wondering what was going to happen and then the book just ends!! No finding out what they say to each other, nothing. I wanted a little more closure.