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Keep the River on Your Right Paperback – 12 Jan 1994


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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; New Evergreen ed edition (12 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802131331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802131331
  • ASIN: 0802131336
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lyrical account of tribalism and cannibalism by a young painter and anthropologist. Impressionistic and oddly structured and written sometime after the events it describes. Schneebaum tried to write honestly and openly about his experiences without imposing a western and scientific framework on his account and doesn’t wholly succeed.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun 2001
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It takes you into a world of the so called 'unlearnt' peoples of the amazon. Giving the reader a variety of feelings that relate to the authors' as he describes his adventure and the going ons of his life with the Amerindians. He makes the reader feel like they are right there in the story with him, feeling his pain, excitment and total freedom.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Even Better Twenty Years Later 28 Nov 2000
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Format: Paperback
I first read this beautifully crafted work in 1977. Shortly thereafter I had the great pleasure to meet Tobias in Northern California where he presented a slide lecture on his life among the Asmat of New Guinea. There is no question in my mind that Keep the River on Your Right is a work of non fiction. It is an astonishing journal as brutally honest as any I've ever read. It deserves to be in the pantheon with Beaudelaire (Intimate Journals), and Broughton (The Androgyne Journal). I've just reread this timeless work after 23 years after having recently seen the documentary on Tobias' life which no doubt will bring a new generation of readers to this elegantly written masterpiece.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Yes, it is all true 16 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If the life of this man seems incredible, it is because the man himself is incredible. I have just seen the world premire of a documentary entitled "Keep The River On Your Right" in which Tobias returns with the filmmakers and relives his journey through Peru.He is 78 years old and not only did they find some of the tribes-people that he lived with while there, those same people remembered him, after 48 years. There need be no more proof of the validity of his book than that.
Even beyond the text of this book, Tobias's life offers a larger lesson, and that is one of acceptance and understanding of every human being and culture. I hope that people will continue to read this book and that this message will be taken into the hearts of the readers as a new way to live life.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Keep an open mind..... and the river on your right. 25 Mar 2004
By Thomas Bonar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Schneebaum is an unusual man. When you first hear of him you might think maybe too unusual. Thats where you need to look at the man and his journey from a larger perspective. The book has much to tell us about about respect for other cultures and about how to relate to people who don't see the world in the same way we do. If you keep an open mind, you will enjoy getting inside the mind of a very caring and empathetic man.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding memoir now excellent documentary 23 May 2000
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Format: Paperback
Managed to see advance press screener of the new documentary based on Tobias Schneebaum's life called Keep the River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale - the film was so mesmerizing and Mr. Schneebaum so articulate and intriguing I immediately ordered the original memoir by Schneebaum and read it in one sitting. An important "lost" book from the Sixties thank god restored to it's original importance.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
An Anthropological Memoir 5 Feb 2004
By S. Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We see from Stephen O. Murray and his ilk, a desire to suppress this important journey and its journal, by pretending it is not `scientific'. Schneebaum describes himself as a 'Painter' - not an anthropologist, and nor does he attempt to write in a scientific way.
Insight into our own ignorance is an important part of scientific study; on occasion it can be a sufficient condition. I congratulate Schneebaum for making this and other journeys, and for the memoirs these create.
This is most certainly not a textbook, or anything resembling a scientific treatise or paper. It is a stained glass window, decorated by Schneebaum's own homosexuality (sexual fantasy and desire). He views the `cannibals' from this perspective, and they view him in an equally astounding way. I recently saw Schneebaum on TV, and his current boyfriend explains Schneebaum's desire for an `aroused native'. Re-read this book from Schneebaum's perspective, and a flood of insight into this important people is revealed; rather like the Sun bursting through the colored window, illuminating the dark room within.
Reviewer S. O. Murray appears to consider himself a voice of authority; possessed indeed by an intellect surmounted only by his overwhelming ignorance. His reviews are based on conjecture, rather than the content of the book or document reviewed. Ignore him, he is just incapable of understanding; blinded by the heavy drapes over his window.
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