Hansen was the first westerner ever to walk across
the island of Borneo. Completely cut off from the outside
world for seven months, he traveled nearly 1,500 miles
with small bands of nomadic hunters.
This is the story of his travels in Borneo where he
made lifelong friends with the Penan, jungle people
who can catch fish with their feet, imitate the cry
of the elusive barking deer, and survive in a fearsomely
inhospitable environment. With their help Hansen learned
to hunt pigs, danced in the tribal rituals, discovered
the eyewatering nature of Penan sex aids and was given
the ceremonial name "Rajah Kumis": King of
the Moustache. He conveys how he came face to face with
himself in the patch of map marked "unsurveyed",
and records the experience of living in a proud and
ancient tribal community based on mutual respect.
At once a modern classic of travel literature and
a gripping adventure story, Stranger in the
Forest provides a rare and intimate look at
the vanishing way of life of one of the last surviving
groups of rain forest dwellers. Hansen's absorbing,
and often chilling, account of his exploits is tempered
with the humor and humanity that prompted the Penan
to take him into their world and to share their secrets.