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In the Heart of the Amazon Forest (Penguin Great Journeys)

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One of the most impressive of all Victorian scientists but also a marvelous writer, Bates' (1825-1892) account of his years in the upper reaches of the Amazon is almost too good to be true - a great monument to human inquisitiveness as he battles great hoards of malevolent reptiles and insects in his quest for ever more obscure specimens on ever more narrow and creeper-cho ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Penguin UK (first published 1863)
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Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Intrepid explorer and naturalist Walter Henry Bates wanders around the upper reaches of the Amazon for 11 years and this is an account of some of his experiences.

He canoes up and down the Amazon and its tributaries with various natives as his companions and battles alligators and jaguars all the while. He gathers many hundreds of specimens of insects never before recorded and eventually ships them all back to England in three different ships, in case of any loss. And there is an extensive accoun
This Penguin Great Journeys book Bates' The Naturalist on the River Amazons, 1863.
My pet hate with books of excerpts is when the contain sentences like "as mentioned in an earlier section" or "as I will cover in more detail later" and the referred parts are not in the excerpt. There are a couple of these in here. I don't know why they don't just edit the sentence out, it would not effect the context and remove the frustration.

Anyhow, despite how long this took me to finish (it was a read at work
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Part of an amazing true story of first glimpses by european scientists of the amazon area and contact with the local tribes. The mission of scientific information which sent them there in the first place is described in some detail in the first chapters but as the journey continues it becomes a more personal challenge. This true account shows the resilience and grit which was necessary to merely survive when confronted with neverending jungle, heat, pests, wild animals. Without any aids one can ...more
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Something of a relief to read this volume sinsects.oon after finishing Alfred Russel Wallace's account of his time in Borneo and Celebes. Whilst Darwin's greater collaborator seemed to spend his time murdering orang-utans, Bate's exploration of the Amazon river system east of Manaus seems to centre on the life of the Amerindian peoples of the region, with their sociable family structures and easy way of life on the water highways.

Bates's journeying took place in the mid-19th century during the
Aug 26, 2008 marked it as to-read
Wow! I've just discovered the "Penguin Great Journeys" series, which includes this volume. Looks like Penguin is doing something for travel/exploration books similar to what the wonderful Dover books have long done for literature - putting together affordable books for the discerning reader. These Penguin editions are abridged from longer accounts that might daunt many, but compressed into 120 pages or so should make appealingly shorter versions.

I can't wait to get my hands on more in this serie
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was very well written and very interesting but I thought it was going to be more of an adventure tale and it ended up being 90% really well documented field notes. Worth a read if you want to read in detail about the plants and animals of the Amazon rain forest.
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Fascinating account of 11 years in the Amazon.
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