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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US; Lst Ed edition (4 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821227041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821227046
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,438,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful gift book on one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America - the historic Inca city of Machu Picchu.

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Pablo Neruda is one of the most famous twentieth-century poets. Isabel Allende is the internationally best-selling author of THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS and many other novels.


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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Whether or not you ever visit, or think you might want to visit Machu Picchu, I highly recommend this gorgeous book to you. The combination of its poetry, photography, and design wonderfully connect us to a distant and mysterious culture which we understand little about today.
Machu Picchu, hidden high in the Andes, was never found by Pizarro and his conquistadors. The city was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Recently, landslides have made entry much more difficult, and the whole area is at risk to being lost. Should that occur, this wonderful volume will serve as a fitting tribute.
Other than the fact that the rocks themselves were considered sacred, we know little about the purpose of Machu Picchu. Clearly, it was very important to the Incas. Otherwise, no one would have put such an enormous effort into creating a city among the clouds, carved out of solid rock. Because some walls have holes cut in them that allow light into certain interior spaces only on one day a year, it is thought that the area, in part, served an astronomical purpose.
The Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, created an emotional poem called "The Heights of Machu Picchu" in which he captured our connection to the thousands who lived and toiled to make Machu Picchu . . . and are no more. In 1984, photographer Barry Brukoff hiked in over the original Inca road, to capture the scene with Neruda's poem in his backpack. The result of this trip are the remarkable, spiritual photographs in this book. You will feel like you have been there, will identify with what you see, and will make closer contact through Neruda's poem:
"True being was threshed like kernels of corn in the inexhaustible/granary of lost deeds, of memorable efforts . . . .
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ae05d5c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ae2b5d0) out of 5 stars A Moving Spiritual Connection to the Incas 21 Nov. 2001
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Whether or not you ever visit, or think you might want to visit Machu Picchu, I highly recommend this gorgeous book to you. The combination of its poetry, photography, and design wonderfully connect us to a distant and mysterious culture which we understand little about today.
Machu Picchu, hidden high in the Andes, was never found by Pizarro and his conquistadors. The city was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Recently, landslides have made entry much more difficult, and the whole area is at risk to being lost. Should that occur, this wonderful volume will serve as a fitting tribute.
Other than the fact that the rocks themselves were considered sacred, we know little about the purpose of Machu Picchu. Clearly, it was very important to the Incas. Otherwise, no one would have put such an enormous effort into creating a city among the clouds, carved out of solid rock. Because some walls have holes cut in them that allow light into certain interior spaces only on one day a year, it is thought that the area, in part, served an astronomical purpose.
The Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, created an emotional poem called "The Heights of Machu Picchu" in which he captured our connection to the thousands who lived and toiled to make Machu Picchu . . . and are no more. In 1984, photographer Barry Brukoff hiked in over the original Inca road, to capture the scene with Neruda's poem in his backpack. The result of this trip are the remarkable, spiritual photographs in this book. You will feel like you have been there, will identify with what you see, and will make closer contact through Neruda's poem:
"True being was threshed like kernels of corn in the inexhaustible/granary of lost deeds, of memorable efforts . . . ."
"In you, like two parallel lines,/the cradle of lightning and humanity/rocking together in a thorny wind."
" . . . [Y]ou imploded as in a single autumn/into a single death."
"Today the empty air no longer weeps . . . ."
"The dead kingdom lives on."
"Stone upon stone, and man, where was he?"
"Give me back the slaves you buried!"
"Come up, brother, and be born with me."
" . . . [A]nd let my tears flow, hours, days, years,/through sightless ages, starry Autumn."
If you can read Spanish, the poem is published in both languages, side by side.
The photographs make great use of the high mountain air, changing weather conditions, and the differing light of day and night. Brukoff has also created some very stylish effects with filters and tints, in addition to breathtaking color. Many photographers are good at duotone or color, but few are masters of both. Brukoff is the rare example of this dual skill. A nice tough is the way that the book is bound in linen, and there is a rough edging to frame each image . . . to give the book an almost scrapbook-like feel. The photographic reproductions are superb and well worth the price of the book.
My favorite images included: Morning Sun and Fog; The Temple of the Moon; The Grand Rock Shrine (two views); Royal Mausoleum beneath the Torreon; Central Plaza through Three Windows Wall (first version); Sacred Plaza; Central Plaza and Fog; Agricultural Terrace; The Inti Huatana; The Condor Stone; View of the Inti Huatana Area -- Sacred Rocks Echoing the Mountains to the East; A Stone Ring; Machu Picchu at Sunset; and The Watchman's Hut at Dawn (cover image).
The book also has a helpful prologue by Ms. Isabel Allende which sets the scene for the book's contents.
The feeling of connection to the Incas, to the mountains, and to the sky are strong here. I felt a calmness fill my mind and heart as I caressed each part of the poem and each image with my eyes.
What great things we can accomplish . . . when we have a mighty purpose and connect to our sense of beauty!
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b346cc0) out of 5 stars splendid photography 18 Feb. 2002
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Barry Brukoff has done a truly fine job of capturing the essence of Machu Picchu. I've told many that you cannot convey the feeling of this place in photos, but Brukoff proves that you can. His photos made me feel as though I was back there, discovering the majesty of the site and indulging in a leisurely and personal exploration of the details that delighted me during my visit, details that those on quick tourist jaunts usually miss. Visually, this book is five stars. Neruda's poetry, however, missed the mark for me. An earlier reviewer picked out the best of it and included those lines in his review (see below). I only wish it all worked that well. Personally, I would have preferred excerpts from Neruda's work and excerpts from the writings of Hiram Bingham (Bingham was the man who discovered the site in 1911).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cdafb28) out of 5 stars Buyer Beware: Only buy it at the Used Prices 19 Dec. 2009
By ATLY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
From the reviews and the illustration, one expects the book format to be spectacular. However as priced new at $140 - $180 dollars, the type media is not supported by it's new price. Enjoy all of the comments above at a $45 - $65 range new, anything paid above that range will result in severe disappointment when the end product is received.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ade045c) out of 5 stars Machu Picchu 24 Feb. 2006
By R. K. Wittenstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Purchased this book after just getting back from our first trip to Peru and Machu Picchu. Wonderful photographs. Pablo Neruda's poem, "Heights of Machu Picchu", helped to bring even more meaning to our Machu Picchu's memories. This text is a wonderful way to enhance your experience of actually being at Machu Picchu. It also makes a great coffee table item.
HASH(0x8b699600) out of 5 stars A real Adventure 27 Nov. 2012
By Happy Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Three years ago I had the opportunity to visit Peru & Machu Piccu.. I found this book so exciting and spot on as to the wonder and the beauty
of this beautiful country.

The narrative makes you feel as if you were on the trek with the author.. He has captured the whole experience.

I recommed this book to anyone dreaming or thinking of a trip tp Peru..
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