Top critical review
I can't recommend this
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2019
I'm afraid I found this book to be a slog on par with the author's own slog through the jungle of Borneo. The writing is turgid and, really, nothing much happens besides the extreme discomforts of insects, overwhelming heat, and the boredom of eating fish and rice every day. Most of the book comprises expansive descriptions of various plants and birds, along with their Latin designations and excerpts from ornithologists and botanists from the 1800s. This is a waste of words and space. Given a written description of something that contains twenty (or more) adjectives, no reader can form a useful image of the referent, and so just starts to skim over such descriptions. Yes, there are occasional instances of British ironic humor that work, but hardly enough to motivate page-turning. I overcame a very strong urge to give up on this book several times, but persevered only because of my odd compulsion to finish reading what I start.