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Amazon: An Extraordinary Journey Down The Greatest River On Earth [Hardcover]

Bruce Parry , Jane Houston
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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9 Oct 2008

Explorer Bruce Parry is embarking on yet another epic journey: down the Amazon - the world's greatest river, its largest forest, the most bio-diverse habitat on the planet and home to some of the last uncontacted tribes left on Earth. It's one hell of a trip, as Parry travels over 6,000 kms by foot, light aircraft and boat to meet and live with tribesmen, coca growers, loggers and illegal miners.

Written in diary form, Amazon gives a rare insight into the ways of life that have existed since the dawn of time and are about to disappear forever.

Illness, accidents, and all manner of unforeseen mishaps test Parry's strength every step of the way, but fans will know from Tribe that this man's thirst for new experiences, and his amazing resilience, knows no boundaries. Armchair travel and adventure doesn't get any better than this.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st edition (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154349
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 19.9 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Tribe:

'A fascinating companion piece to Bruce's brilliant TV series. Written with all the fizzing enthusiasm of the show . . . An absolute must-read.' News of the World

'I don't know anyone who hasn't fallen for the honey-stealing, boar-spearing, goatherding, frog-poison-resisting, hard-partying world-saver Bruce Parry (also increasingly known as 'lovely Bruce')' Sunday Times

About the Author

Bruce Parry started out his adult life as a Royal Marines officer. He then worked as an expedition leader, and now combines his love of the outdoors and film with his award-winning documentaries.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Bruce 29 Oct 2008
I dont usually buy books that accompany a TV series or film, thinking of them as quite frivolous marketing ploys, however I was given this as a gift and have definitely reassessed my opinion.

The book is an insightful accompaniment to the show, delving deeper into the characters that we meet only briefly on screen.The photography provides candid shots of both Bruce,the landscape and the indigenous tribes he meets.

I would highly reccomend this book for anyone who has an interest in the enviroment and what is happening in the Amazon. It is also a great Christmas present for any fans of the charming Mr Parry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce rocks! 10 Oct 2008
In his inimitable style Bruce is bringing attention to one of the biggest scandals in the modern world, no less than the destruction of the most important habitat on our planet. It's something our generation will go down in history for and nobody is doing anything to stop it. More power to Bruce for showing how even some of the people destroying the forest are just trying to survive. We won't begin to tackle this issue until we appreciate that there are no easy answers (if you want a good summary of why the Amazon and other environments are so precious I'm a big fan of Bruce's other book Serious Survival as well).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 24 Oct 2008
By Fetska
This, perhaps unsurprisingly for followers of the series is an intelligent and thought provoking counterpart to the BBC series and another addition to the canon of admirable work Parry is undertaking. This is beautifully produced full of sumptuous photos but it does not shirk the harder issues tackled in the show. He has a knack of managing to raise awareness of all important issues without patronising or preaching. Buy. And buy Bruce's wonderful charity album too as well - might go some way to helping the human casualties of amazon exploitation - tribes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good points: Not too much reading (more pictures than text). Fabulous pictures, revealing lifestyles a world away from ours. Very fair - gives voice to all sides in the stories - tribes, loggers, miners, cowboys, businessmen, scientists - and so gives an impression of context. In diary form, so the realities of travel come through - illnesses, tiredness, silliness and sad times. There are several points and groups that provide hope for the future. An interesting read even without the TV series.
Bad points: too much emphasis on humans, and very little on the actual Amazon forest or its wildlife (I didn't see the TV series so didn't know what to expect). A little depressing as the scale of the damage in the Eastern Amazon becomes apparent, because of past policies now running amok.
Overall: enlightening, as it gives an insight into different sides and the complications of reality over rhetoric.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd seen the programme 12 Jun 2014
By Jules
Vividly capturing the 'benefits' of civilisation seen through the eyes of the Amazon peoples, this is a diary format story of his attempts to film a documentary series on the destruction of the rainforest. He is candid and open in his views and at times the depictions are harrowing, but this is well worth reading whether or not you saw the TV results of his endeavours.
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