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Walking the Amazon

860 Days --one Step at A Time
Stafford, Ed (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Walking the Amazon
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Describes the author's quest to walk the entire length of the Amazon River, offering details on the effects of deforestation and his encounters with both vicious animals and tribal members with machetes.
Authors: Stafford, Ed
Title: Walking the Amazon
860 days --one step at a time
Publisher: New York : Plume Books, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 319 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill., maps ;,21 cm
Contents: Peru and the source of the Amazon. Conception to birth
The search for the source of the Amazon
Descending the deepest canyon in the world
The Red Zone. The Red Zone
The Ashaninkas
Gadiel 'Cho' Sanchez Rivera
The dark march to Colombia. 'Look after your gringo or we'll cut his head off'
Depression
Recovery in Iquitos
The drugs-trafficking trail to Colombia
Brazil. Entering Brazil
Starvation
'Cuando hay-hay. Cuando no hay-no hay'
Dedication
'He doesn't talk much, the gringo'
The sprint finish
Summary: Describes the author's quest to walk the entire length of the Amazon River, offering details on the effects of deforestation and his encounters with both vicious animals and tribal members with machetes.
ISBN: 0452298261
9780452298262
Statement of Responsibility: Ed Stafford
Subject Headings: Amazon River Region Description and travel Hiking Amazon River Region Stafford, Ed Travel Amazon River Region
Topical Term: Hiking
LCCN: 2012010986
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Feb 11, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Um... what? My expectations for Walking the Amazon were out of sync with how Stafford presents it. What I thought was going to be a transformative and deeply personal journey for the author instead focused on petty bickering with his short-lived partner and other trivial mentions of the hike. No thanks. Ed Stafford may have had the mental and physical fortitude to complete his goal of walking the Amazon River, but that doesn't automatically translate into something meaningful to write about.

Apr 04, 2013
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved the book! It's not only an amazing achievement, but a great narrative: a rare glimpse into a mind of a tough guy. There are too many books written sugar-coating great achievements and experiences... with this book the reader feels like s/he is really there with Ed. The ways he goes about stuff is like it really happens in most any adventure - a little bit of glory, and a lot of doubts, mistakes, questions more common than answers, etc. Some reviewers were baffled by Ed's introspective writing - those must have been people who don't venture far from well traveled pathways. Highly recommended.

Dec 27, 2012
  • NewYorkViews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 30, 2012
  • Yavin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Strong Language scattered throughout.

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