Tropical Ecstasy by Norman Weeks
A vagabond always wants to go elsewhere. Why not, now and then, go back? A nostalgia trip, back to Brazil after a quarter-century absence.
Tropical Ecstasy is the narrative of a month-long solo adventure of discovery and rediscovery: A cruise of the Amazon, hikes into the jungle, and Manaus, the metropolis amidst raw Nature. Then to the Northeast of Brazil, to Olinda, an old colonial capital, and to the modern state capitals on the Atlantic. The ultimate destination is the town of Penedo, where Norman Weeks had lived.
As an ex-Peace Corps Volunteer, the author knows the territory, the language, the culture, and the people. Tropical Ecstasy records fresh daily impressions against a backdrop of deep previous knowledge and experience. The author treats the locals not as caricatures, but with human sympathy. After all, he was, once, one of them.
Norman Weeks is an experiential writer. He writes about living in Nature and within a culture.
His books: Nature Norm’s North Woods, Tropical Ecstasy, Two Weeks in Eternal Egypt, Roman Ruminations.
North America, South America, Africa, and Europe—all to be found in the travel writings of Norman Weeks.