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Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent (Penguin Classics) New Ed Edition, Kindle Edition
From the Back Cover
About the Author
Jason Wilson was born in Mauritius in 1944, Was a lecturer at Kings College, London, and is currently Reader in Latin American Literature at University College, London. He has published Octavio Paz: A Study of his Poetics (1979), Octavio Paz (1986), An A-Z of Latin American Literature in English Translation (1989), the Traveler’s Literary Companion to South and Central America (1993) and essays on W.H. Hudson, Charles Darwin, Julio Cortázar and Latin American poetry. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00358VI5A
- Publisher : Penguin; New Ed edition (25 May 2006)
- Language : English
- File size : 8037 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
- Customer Reviews:
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My copy arrived in good condition, although the packaging seemed a bit basic.
After reading two outstanding biographies on Alexander Von Humboldt...Gerard Helferich’s “Humboldt’s Cosmos” and Andrea Wulf’s “The Invention of Nature...” I decided to read his personal narrative while exploring and naturalizing in Venezuela. Amazing and still significant today!
In 1799 Humboldt and botanical companion Aime Bonpland spent sixteen months combined on the coast of Venezuela and interior along the Orinoco River. His stories, descriptions, way of life and day to day existence in the tropics is striking...keep in mind, this is over two hundred years ago.
Thousands of new plant and animal species, lost and soon to be extinct cultures, astronomical and physical observations, geographical measurements... all while dodging jaguars, crocodiles, hordes of pestering and festering mosquitoes, skin boring insects, disease, venomous snakes, etc.
This is a well done abridgement of Humboldt’s narrative...if it wasn’t condensed, it would be thousands of pages.
The reason for four stars and not five? In truth, his exploits on the Venezuela coast can be somewhat tiring and redundant, but once they travel up the Orinoco the excitement begins...plus, the map is quite vague and generalized whereas in the two books cited above they are more informative.
“Everything is Interrelated”- Humboldt