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Into the Amazon: An Incredible Story of Survival in the Jungle Paperback – 6 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849531471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849531474
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Life-threatening encounters with potentially widow-making wildlife.'
--Wanderlust, June 2011

`Life-threatening encounters with potentially widow-making wildlife.' --Wanderlust, June 2011

`A tightly drawn narrative, full of adventure and excitement... fine exploration writing... the bargain travel book of the year.' --Traveller Magazine

`... a fine and funny book that will be relished by anyone who has dreamed of disappearing into the rainforest' --Anthony Satin in The Sunday Times

`... a genuine traveller's tale, realistic... in its description of extreme jungle life' --Robin Hanbury-Tenison in The Field

`... the last authentic account of a journey through the incomparable wonders of the Amazonian world' --Dervla Murphy

`At times hilarious, at times terrifying... the best book on the lure of truly wild places since... Into the Wild.'
--Matt Dickinson, author of `The Death Zone'

`... the excitement, delight, hardship, beauty and danger of paddling into unexplored Amazon forests... told with charm and knowledge.'
--Dr John Hemming, former Director of the Royal Geographical Society, and author of Tree of rivers: the story of the Amazon, and Red Gold: the conquest of the Brazilian Indians


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A very good read although I don't know why they punished themselves so hard. Those who have read this might also enjoy John Man's book Survive written in collaboration with Jan Little whose true story it was.. Jan was blind and deaf yet survived the death of her daughter Rebecca and husband Harry and was left alone in the snake ridden jungle to fend for herself. How she survived marriage to Harry is equally miraculous.. Another great read, again, based on truth and with an Amazon background, is Petru Popescu's book Amazon Beaming, researching Loren McIntyre's quest to find the source of the Amazon.
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Brilliantly written, funny in parts, kind of frightening in others, and also sad at times, I totally loved it.

I learned so much about the history and the economics of the area too.

Thanks to the author for sharing his journey, what a privilege.
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An absorbing adventure. At times it became a little repetitive in the middle of the journey, but this was only a reflection of what happened. It certainly made it possible to experience every nuance of this extraordinary undertaking. Thoroughly recommended reading for those who love travel and Amazonia in particular.
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Into the Amazon
I like travel but do not usually read travel books but am delighted that I decided to read this one. It is probably wrong to refer to it as a travel book for it is really a true life adventure story told by a serious explorer. On this occasion John Harrison is accompanied by his wife Heather, the fact of which, at times, adds extra stress to a stressful journey. This journey takes them down rivers and rapids and hacking through dense jungle with all the risks laid bare and clearly described just to get from Molocopote, in the Brazil upper Amazon region, over the French Guiana mountainous hills to Maripasoula a small town in French Guiana. To do this amazing trip all they had was a lightweight canoe, a shotgun, a fishing line and a very poor map.Indeed the poor map nearly resulted in a tragic end for both John and Heather but they made it. The book is well written and includes extracts from previous trips as well as extracts from Raymond Maufrais' notes from a similar journey which cost him his life. I found the book informative, interesting, amusing and very easy to read.
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Personally I like an author who tells warts and all stories, this doesn't disappoint.
Some of the descriptive work goes a little too far but it's an easy read.
After printing such "delightful" points about his wife I did wonder if they remained together after publication

Like he says himself times of stress do bring out the worst in people and it does tend to show here.
The way previous and historical material is included really adds to the effect you can tell he's a survivor
If Godzilla and he went into an alley I wouldn't bet on Godzilla coming out.
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An absolutely fantastic read, they must have been mad to have even thought about doing it! An incredible story fraught with danger from all points of view, snakes, insects, hostile natives, hostile locals, wasps, hornets and heaven knows how many others, all life threatening, i could not put my Kindle down it was that good and exciting read. Highly recommended
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It took me a little while to get into this book but I got there. It's a good combination of adventure and excitement with some hardship, in the Amazon (river not website). John Harrison and his wife set off to paddle up the tributaries and sub-tributaries of the Amazon. They battle upstream over fallen trees blocking their way, and cut paths through the jungle to circumvent the rapids. Sleeping in hammocks and under mosquito nets to stay above and cocooned from all forms of insect and mamallian threat.

Their objective is to cross the watershed between Brazil and Surinam, then descend the rivers of Surinam and French Guinea. Unfortunately that means they have to portage their canoe and supplies through the Brazilian jungle and over the hills, machetes in hand to cut a route. Back and fro they go searching for the right way through, thwarted by marshes and starting from the wrong place was not a great help either. Then repeated journeys through the jungle to establish camp and backpack all of their necessary supplies. Phew! Lost or nearly lost more than once, and contemplating admitting defeat. The book is dotted with pointant extracts from the diary of Raymond Maufrais the young Frenchman who perished in the same Brazillian jungle in the 1950's.

This is not a tale of unrelenting hardship and misery, it is saved from that by John Harrison's witty writing style. It is a very enjoyable account of a rather tough way to spend a few weeks.
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Being an arm chair traveller I have read a number of adventure books and travel literature.
I would put this in the top half dozen without doubt. The suspense and humour, together with
the ups and downs of mental state make it a compelling read.
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