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Jaguars and Electric Eels (Penguin Great Journeys)

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A great, innovative and restless thinker, the young Humboldt (1769-1859) went on his epochal journey to the New World during a time of revolutionary ferment across Europe. This part of his matchless narrative of adventure and scientific research focuses on his time in Venezuela - in the Llanos and on the Orinoco River - riding and paddling, restlessly and happily noting th...more
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Published February 1st 2007 by Penguin Books
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Janez Hočevar
An excellent travelogue, with lots of details about the flora and fauna and indigenous Indians of the South America. The author combines successfully the erudite languange (and thus admits himself as the child of the Age of Reason) and the style of writing that will later be popularised by the Romanticism.
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My 2010 bookcrossing review:

This one was one of the really good ones so far! This was written in the early 1800s and is about this guy travelling through Venezuela, starting at the coast and going in land, through the jungles and over plains, to the Orinoco river and then travelling by canoe along there. He seems to be there to take different geological readings; another guy is there collating masses of information on the plants of the country. What makes this a great piece of travel writing is...more
Don
Aug 27, 2013 Don rated it 3 of 5 stars
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The briefest sampling of his 21-volume long account of his five years in South America, these few pages give a good insight into a mind which ushered in the scientific age. Humboldt travelled extensively, commenting on geography and geology as well his main areas of expertise, which was botany. He also had insightful things to say about the societies that were emerging in the region, as the European settlers built their cities and extended their commercial activities more deeply into the hinterl...more
Andrew
Electrifying as the eels, particularly the account of their capture.
And poignant:
"....only the United States of America offers asylum to those in need. A government that is strong because it is free, and confident because it is just...."
Well, a couple of centuries surely is a long time in politics.
Nat
Jan 10, 2011 Nat added it
Humboldt is constantly taking measurements: how high the local mountains are (figuring that out requires a day-long expedition), the temperature of various hot springs, how fast the water in the Orinico river flows, the length of gigantic snakes and electric eels they catch, and so on. He is also constantly annoying the locals by expressing skepticism about the legends they tell about hairy man apes and people with no heads and mouths in their bellies.
Claire
Dec 27, 2007 Claire rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I love the great journeys series - found them in an airport bookstore - perfect size for travel and a nice way to inspire adventure. I would recommend to anyone interested in exploration and discovery.
Scott
I really enjoy stories of adventurers. People have done some amazing things.
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Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher, and linguist, Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835). Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography was foundational to the field of biogeography.

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