In the course of his journey he followed the trails of old explorers, encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins, and discovered a fossilized snout of a giant unknown crocodilian hidden in the depths of the jungle on the wild mountain rivers of Peru.
©1989 Peter Matthiessen; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"The range of these travels is astonishing...Mr. Matthiessen has three indispensable qualities for an all-around writer: a sense of style, a sense of humor, and a sense of ungovernable curiosity." (The New York Times)
This is a well written and well read list of informed observations but there is little in the way of story or drama. The book is aptly titled. It is a chronicle and although Matthiessen writes beautifully descriptive narrative the book is more academic than literary. The words dull and flat come to mind.
If only there were a Wade Davis book at Audible I would not have to trudge my way though the lack of joy in this poor man's soul. The vision is only compounded by the course and angst filled nature of the readers voice. As for what the critics have said, Where is the humor and curiosity? Oh how I wish I could hear it.
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