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The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
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May 25, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

I loved this book. I was torn between wanting the expedition to finally reach
civilization and wanting the book to go on and on. I learned so many things from this chronicle. I would have thought the rain forest would be a land of plenty with fish, game, fruits and other edibles. I was surprised to find out that the men almost starved because everything that has survived in the rain forest is a master of self preservation. I was also surprised to read how ill prepared and badly organized the expedition seemed to be. They were supposed to be traveling down another better known river so that might account for some of the miscalculations, but how do you set out to explore a river and leave all the boats behind? A book gets high marks from me when it
whets my interest to find out more about people, ideas, or topics that it covers. I enjoyed all
the natural history that was covered about Brazil and the Amazon river basin. I definitely
want to learn more about the Brazilian explorer, Rondon. I think he was as remarkable a person
as Teddy Roosevelt.
When I read Into Thin Air I could not believe anyone would put up with the
horrific conditions necessary to climb Mt Everest. Now I feel the same way about someone
exploring rivers in South America. There did not seem to be one enjoyable aspect of the
journey except the knowledge that one is going where no other white man has been before.

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