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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of travel literature, 8 May 2010
This review is from: Andes (Hardcover)
Michael Jacobs has always attracted a select but passionate readership. With Andes he is bound to gain more admirers, and perhaps to win at last the widespread recognition he so greatly deserves. After having so movingly followed in his grandfather's footsteps in his previous work, Ghost Train through the Andes, he now undertakes an epic and metaphorically resonant journey the whole length of this longest of world ranges, from the Tropics down almost to the fringes of Antarctica. With Jacobs as a guide, we discover the peoples, landscapes, culture, history and science of a vast continent; and we also share with him countless revealing and often nail-biting adventures that display his humanity, good nature and relentless sense of humour and pathos. The book's final pages, set in mid winter in the southern tip of Patagonia, are as sad, soulful and beautiful as anything you are likely to find in travel literature. Every time I review a book of Jacobs's I say that it is his best; but he has now written a work whose greatness would be difficult in future to surpass. This is the long awaited masterpiece of one of the major travel writers of our day.
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