The snakebite survivors’ club : travels among serpents Jeremy Seal New York : Harcourt, 1999 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 336 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-328 ) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Snakes are Jeremy Seal’s fascination-and his greatest fear. In an attempt to overcome his phobia, he undertakes a voyage to Australia, Africa, India, and America in search of the most notorious and deadly species, and to meet the people who live among them.
He encounters a Kenyan snake man, whose entire life seems like a preparation for a bite from the terrible black mamba, witch doctors who use snakes as instruments of vengeance, frightened Australian convicts. The compelling narrative is linked by a real-life murder mystery – a fundamentalist attempts to get away with the perfect murder by forcing his wife, at gunpoint, to put her hands in the boxes where he keeps his rattlesnakes.
Along the way Seal recounts amazing scientific snake lore, legends, and historical facts. An erudite but highly entertaining narrative in the English travel-writing tradition, and a finalist for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, The Snakebite Survivors’ Club tells a funny, gruesomely fascinating account of the world of snakes and the people they repel, mesmerize, and sometimes kill.