on 18 February 2015
This book+ its predecessor White Rock, were totally enthralling and I'm sorry I've finished them. Hugh brings alive the country of Peru as it is now both its people, geography and archaeology, as well as the rich history of a succession of civilizations that preceded the Incas.His language is rich and expressive, his scholarship impressive and his enthusiasm infectious. A must read for anyone interested in visiting Peru.
on 21 March 2011
Hugh Thomson's book Cochineal Red gives readers a terrific picture of Peru, past and present. His easy-read style takes you straight to the heart of the many and various ancient civilisations, that have risen and fallen in that part of the world over thousands of years. His simple explanations give readers a clear picture of these ancient people through the facts found in archaeological sites. We witness the revelations, as he had during his many expeditions, and the expeditions of other explorers and scientists. I felt I was there with him, experiencing the amazement of discovering new facts from the past, during his travels. This continues in Peru, even today. I realise, we know so little, and finding out is the modern explorer's role. A role Hugh Thomson fills wonderfully.