Sunday, August 24, 2008

'Amazon' by Mark London and Brian Kelly: a review on Amazon

"We hear "Amazon" and think of a broad, forested (jungled?) river basin. (OK, so some of us think of a certain on-line bookseller. But I digress).

But the Amazon is so much more than a fabled river area, and this book is the adventure story of 2 guys who -- some 25 years ago -- adventured throughout the Amazon river basin and lived to tell about it. Hear them describe the animals (some folks told them with a straight face that there were 200 feet long snakes and who am I to argue with them?), the people -- natives, immigrants, cowboys, prostitutes, among many others, and river. Like the Mississippi in Huckleberry Finn, the river is a metaphor for life and a lot more and this is a good and well-told story."

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