Well this book was plain unpleasant to read and yet I read the whole thing and since I imagine living in the Amazon jungle would be deeply unpleasant, I suppose his job was done. It is a story about men: I found the depiction of the female characters in the book to be annoying, since they were either young tribal girls in the town as unpaid prostitutes, or the two missionary wives, one blonde and somewhat ditsy, and a cause of the other husband 'stumbling', the other "plain" and "big-boned" and ripped apart by religious guilt and disabled by mental health problems as a result. Caricatures almost, although not without truth, as all caricatures are. The male characters are more layered, at least Lewis Moon and Martin Quarrier. An interesting take on the motivations of missionaries and what it means to be well-intentioned.