Running the Amazon

Running the Amazon

Book - 1989
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The voyage began in the lunar terrain of the Peruvian Andes, where coca leaf is the only remedy against altitude sickness. It continued down rapids so fierce they could swallow a raft in a split second. It ended six months and 4,200 miles later, where the Amazon runs gently into the Atlantic. Joe Kane's personal account of the first expedition to travel the entirety of the world's longest river is a riveting adventure in the tradition of Joseph Conrad, filled with death-defying encounters: with narco-traffickers and Sendero Luminoso guerrillas and nature at its most unforgiving. Not least of all, Running the Amazon shows a polyglot group of urbanized travelers confronting their wilder selves -- their fear and egotism, selflessness and courage.
Publisher: New York :, Knopf,, 1989.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780394553313
Branch Call Number: 918.110463 KA
Characteristics: 277 pages : photographs


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Jul 27, 2019

Agree with everything Becker said in his review and I would add that Joe Kane writes so vividly about the most dangerous parts of the descent of the well-named Acobamba Abyss that if you have _any_ experience with whitewater, you will be nearly as scared _for_ Joe as he was petrified running it at the time! A great, if sometimes terrifying, read!

Apr 28, 2010

This was a real modern day adventure story that focused primarily on the action instead of the planning, finances and politics that some adventure novels get bogged down with. The author also teaches you a bit about the different regions they travel through on their trip down the Amazon and you will definately finish the novel more informed than you were when you started it.


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