The Curve of the World

The Curve of the World

A Novel

Book - 2002
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When his plane is forced to make an emergency landing in a remote area of the Congo basin and rebels seize the aircraft, Lewis Burke, a New York businessman, flees into the rainforest, only to find himself alone in a world where no rules apply and with no apparent way out. As he struggles to survive under the thick canopy of trees, battling thirst and hunger in the unrelenting heat, he confronts his deepest 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, a former volunteer for World Aid, makes the daring decision to find him in Africa, The Curve of the World becomes a story of crossing barriers and regaining love and conviction.

As Helen and Shane journey upriver into the forbidding rainforest, bringing them closer to Lewis, Shane begins to have visions and dreams of his father. But just as Lewis cannot find his way out of the jungle, Helen is thwarted at every turn by the military conflict raging around them. In the end it is an unlikely hero, a young Congolese boy, who courageously guides Lewis through the forest and to a side of himself he thought he had lost.

Powerfully written and mesmerizing in effect, The Curve of the World is a heartrending and heart-pounding page-turner that explores the limits of human resilience and the tenacity of the human spirit.



Baker & Taylor
After he flees into the forest when his plane makes an emergency landing in the Congo meeting hostile rebels, Lewis Burke struggles to survive, confronting the disappointments of his failing marriage and his distant relationship with his blind seven-year-old son Shane.

Blackwell North Amer
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's lost in a world where no rules apply and with no apparent 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 disappeared, she makes the daring decision to search for him in Africa. As she and Shane trek upriver into the forbidding forest, Shane's visions and dreams of his father give her hope. But just as Lewis cannot find his way out, Helen is thwarted at every turn by the military conflict raging around them. While she searches for clues, Lewis is rescued by a young Congolese boy, who takes him deeper into the jungle and toward a side of himself he thought he'd lost.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565123366
1565123360
Characteristics: viii, 302 p. ; 23 cm

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