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Explorer Bruce Parry embarks on an epic journey down the Amazon. Written in diary form, the book offers a rare insight into the ways of life that have existed since the dawn of time and are about to disappear forever. Illness, accidents and all manner of unforeseen mishaps test Parry's strength every step of the way.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Not Avail
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Ste J
Sep 25, 2011 Ste J rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
Explorer Bruce Parry heads on an epic 6000km journey down the great River Amazon, giving an insight into the lives of people who live and work along its banks. With lots of photos and written in a diary entry format.

This is a good light read but is sadly nothing spectacular. There is a lot of scope for depth and discussion of the plight of all the peoples living around the Amazon, from tribes who have their homes and livelihood affected by new hydro-electric dams to the farmers caught between la
Chris Steeden
Sep 27, 2014 Chris Steeden rated it liked it
I really like the Bruce Parry television docs. Tribe, Arctic etc. This is the first of the books I have read (I do have the series on DVD but have not got round to watching it as yet). I am a little disappointed with this book. Here is a photo of Bruce looking happy, here is one of Bruce looking sad, here is one of Bruce looking contemplative. You can just hear the photographer getting Bruce to get the pose just right in front of the oil slick or gold mine or with the indigenous people. "Bruce, ...more
Michael Moseley
Nov 18, 2012 Michael Moseley rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Not a great work of literature but an interesting look at the Amazon and its people. Perhaps the last great wilderness in the tropical world. It is very easy as a rich westerner to condemn the locals for destroying the environment and the forest, but the truth is that they are trying to earn a living like the rest of us. The solutions too many of these problems is often not a simple as we would like to believe. Some shining examples of who the work with the local populations to preserver the env ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Elena rated it liked it
Shelves: true-stories
I think the enviable and incredible chance of going down the Amazon River for over six months could have resulted in a gorgeous book, but unfortunately it didn't happen here. Pictures are not that great, most of them portray tha author of the book, and the feeling I get is a constant sense of detachment of the author from the surrounding environment.
Julian Walker
Jun 12, 2014 Julian Walker rated it really liked it
Vividly capturing the 'benefits' of civilisation seen through the eyes of the Amazon peoples, this is a diary format story of his attempts to film a documentary series on the destruction of the rainforest. He is candid and open in his views and at times the depictions are harrowing, but this is well worth reading whether or not you saw the TV results of his endeavours.
Mar 26, 2011 Tracey added it
Recommends it for: travellers and environmentalists
Enjoyed it immensely. Easy follow and very informative.

Interesting to find out the fight between the indigenous people , the industrialists and the government in Brazil. Quite eye-opening and also demostrates just what a hard task it will be to save the rainforests.
Apr 13, 2014 Lien rated it liked it
Very interesting read, from the perspective of Parry. He tries very hard not to choose sides, which suits his kind nature.
Niels Broerse
Feb 23, 2014 Niels Broerse rated it really liked it
Super leuk om te lezen (vooral zo voor mijn vakantie naar Colombia).
Dit zal onze reis toch beinvloeden!!
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