Gosh, this book was fabulous. Linden has such an engaging style - like you are just having a casual conversation. Each chapter is an essay that focuse...moreGosh, this book was fabulous. Linden has such an engaging style - like you are just having a casual conversation. Each chapter is an essay that focuses on a location or people group that he has encountered during his long career as a foreign correspondent and journalist. After reading each chapter, I did my own research and further reading... he has a way of really piquing the reader's interest to learn more.
This book is profoundly beautiful. I bought my own copy of this in paperback after reading a library copy. That alone should tell you how much this bo...moreThis book is profoundly beautiful. I bought my own copy of this in paperback after reading a library copy. That alone should tell you how much this book moved me - I don't like to hold on to books, but this one is an exception. This book will travel with me and I will read it over and over.
While the entire essay is not more than 100 pages (in the 30th anniversary reprint edition), there are three sections: the first contrasts Fowles and his father and their views on nature, order, and chaos. The second part is a treatise on nature as art and science, but also a criticism on how nature is seen and "encapsulated" by humans. This was my favorite part of the book because it had so much substance. Nature philosophy and transcendence. The book ends with a walk around the English moors and meditations.
A small book, but so heavy in content. Initially I read the book cover to cover, and now I want to re-read and take it in chunks. It needs to be pondered. That's why I bought my own physical copy - which doesn't happen much anymore. It is just that good.
Fabulous book and great research. I liked the format with the biographical and historical information interspersed with the authors research in librar...moreFabulous book and great research. I liked the format with the biographical and historical information interspersed with the authors research in libraries and archives, and shopping trips to adventure outfitters. How had I never heard of the Fawcett mystery until now? It seems like a story ripe for Hollywood or various adventure stories, so it is a wonder that it took this long to have some quality research on the topic (or have I just been ignorant of this?)
Interesting aside - as I was reading this, my husband is reading Candice Millard's *River of Doubt* about Roosevelt's travels in Amazon. It was intriguing to hear the Grann citing that book, and for my husband and I to discuss the two expeditions and how they differed. I look forward to reading that book soon to continue my own little obsession with rainforest adventure stories...
This book describes a very different Amazon than the one I encountered on my trip to Peru in 2007 - of course, I was not in the deepest darkest part of the forest, but we were "roughing it" by a lot of standards... I guess that is because over the last century there have been significant strides in public health and sanitation, disease prevention, and research on tropical climes... even in the author's travels in 2006 and 2007, he describes a very different Brazilian rainforest than Fawcett encountered 80 years prior. This alone causes some concern that things can change so significantly in the relatively short span of years...(less)