Running the Amazon

Running the Amazon

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by Joe Kane
     
 

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The voyage began in the lunar terrain of the Peruvian Andes, where coca leaf is the only remedy against altitude sickness. It continued down rapids so fierce they could swallow a raft in a split second. It ended six months and 4,200 miles later, where the Amazon runs gently into the Atlantic. Joe Kane's personal account of the first expedition to travel the

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The voyage began in the lunar terrain of the Peruvian Andes, where coca leaf is the only remedy against altitude sickness. It continued down rapids so fierce they could swallow a raft in a split second. It ended six months and 4,200 miles later, where the Amazon runs gently into the Atlantic. Joe Kane's personal account of the first expedition to travel the entirety of the world's longest river is a riveting adventure in the tradition of Joseph Conrad, filled with death-defying encounters: with narco-traffickers and Sendero Luminoso guerrillas and nature at its most unforgiving. Not least of all, Running the Amazon shows a polyglot group of urbanized travelers confronting their wilder selves — their fear and egotism, selflessness and courage.

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"Running the Amazon is old-fashioned travel writing, where accreditation is gained in courses of misery....Kane...has created a moving diorama, an excited sense of the earth's ceaseless variety." — The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It was an ill-assorted multinational party of 10 men and one woman; their object was to run the 4200 miles of the Amazon, from a snowfield in the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. Kane was the only American in the group. Of the original 11, only four, Kane among them, reached the sea, six months after the start. This is a spine-tingling adventure narrative that leaves the reader eager to learn what next will befall these hapless travelers. They encountered extremes of weather, altitude sickness, suicidal rapids, armed guerrillas; they met Indians who had never encountered white people; they camped on the grounds of a cocaine factory. Kane gives a vivid account of running the rapids--some of the members were swept into the river, barely escaping death. It was a grueling journey and a historic one--this expedition was the first to paddle the entire length of the Amazon. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
Library Journal
In 1985 11 people from five countries began the 4200-mile trip down the Amazon; four finished six months later. Kane, a U.S. journalist and observer/participant, was one of the four. The first 500 miles of the trip began at 17,000 feet in the Peruvian mountains and ran through gorges deeper than the Grand Canyon and so wild that they had never been completely run. Kane writes sensitively of river dangers, environmental effects of development, Shining Path guerrillas, Inca descendants, drug traffic in Columbia, and the personal challenges and team accomplishment in doing what no one had done before. This is an adventure story, but it also is a thoughtful account of an area little known but increasingly important worldwide. Recommended for most libraries.-- Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
School Library Journal
YA-- From the continental divide in the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, Kane hauls readers along with the multi-national crew striving to be the first group to traverse the Amazon River from its snowfield source to its fog-clad drain into the Atlantic. Originally hired to document and report the expedition, Kane found himself learning to kayak in order to survive and to earn a permanent place on the troubled expedition. Plagued by freezing temperatures, flu, heat, malaria, violent storms, and an ineffectual leader, the six months on the river brought deadly white-water rapids, communist guerrillas, and thrills that only four of the original ten crew members were able to endure to the climax of the expedition. This action-packed adventure story will appeal to young adult fiction and nonfiction readers alike. --Gwen Salama, Hastings High School, Alief I.S.D., TX :

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679729020
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1990
Series:
Vintage Departures Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
544,197
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.66(d)

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Running the Amazon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True adventure
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Great kayaking story and armchair adventure, but even more the story of the obstacles within us. Surprising more expeditions don't flounder! Great writing, great personality sketches.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have watched 'Road Rules' on MTV, this book is for you. Joe Kane chronicles his travels with nine other people journeying from the very beginning of the Amazon River up in the Andes Mountains to the very end at the Atlantic Ocean-a trip of 4200 miles. The group cheated death several times. Joe Kane writes of the sickness, villages, Indians, comaraderie, and tension that inevitably rises in a group that works together and faces death almost every day. This book is educational as well as entertaining. You will not want to put this book down!