From the Publisher
“An absorbing account of an obsessional journey into South America's unknown dark heart. At times hilarious, at times terrifying, John Harrison has created the best book on the lure of truly wild places since Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild." —Matt Dickinson, author, The Death Zone
“This is the real thing: the excitement, delight, hardship, beauty, and danger of paddling into unexplored Amazon forests . . . told with charm and knowledge.” —John Hemming, author, The Conquest of the Incas and Red Gold
After their wedding, Harrison and his wife, Heather, set out on a journey into the Amazonian rain forest, following the route that claimed the life of explorer Raymond Maufrais in 1950. They eschewed motorized travel in favor of human power, traveling from Brazil to French Guiana via a folding canoe that provided a clean, quiet, and muscle-building experience. Relying on Maufrais's journal and some less-than-accurate maps, they tackled problems typical of exploration narratives-physical hardship, extreme environments, and the lack of food-while sometimes finding themselves lost. Add to this mix the issues involved with having your spouse as your sole travel companion. Harrison (Up the Creek: An Amazon Adventure), a veteran of multiple Amazon trips, recounts having to kill the food they eat, laments the destruction of the jungle for commercial interests, and provides an overview of the land, its creatures, and the Natives who remain. This book is both an exciting, true-life adventure and a commentary on the state of the rainforest. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Sheila Kasperek, North Hall Lib., Mansfield Univ., PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.