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Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon
 
 

Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon [Kindle Edition]

Paul Rosolie

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"Rosolie delivers an old-fashioned jungle adventure, one with rare immediacy and depth of feeling for the people and creatures he encounters" (Wall Street Journal)

"Paul Rosolie's solo adventures in the heart of the Amazon jungle, up close and personal with giant anacondas and jaguars, are gripping. And his dedication to preserving one of the earth's last wildernesses is where he really sets himself apart. Mother of God is an awe-inspiring read." (Bear Grylls)

"An extraordinary book ... gripping, sometimes disturbing and always satisfying. There are parts that will haunt you, scenes you will never forget." (Jane Goodall)

"A gripping adventure story filled with plenty of adrenaline-filled encounters. A vividly written narrative of an amazingly diverse world still to be explored." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This is old-school nature writing, unabashedly romantic and free of alienation. Rosolie's powers of description are so vivid and engrossing that readers will be swept along in his passion." (Publishers Weekly)

Werbetext

One man's extraordinary adventures in the uncharted depths of the Amazon rainforest

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 6467 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 340 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0062259512
  • Verlag: Harper (18. März 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DB39Y6E
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully written, totally engaging, vitally important 5. Januar 2014
Von Trudie Barreras - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The first thing I need to say about Rosolie's incredible book is that I'm profoundly glad I didn't allow myself to be turned off by the title. Admittedly, the subtitle, "An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon" casts a different light on the author's topic. But still, if anyone is expecting a fairly traditional theological or spiritual treatise, they will be very far from the mark. Actually, what Paul Rosolie describes, in brilliant and gripping detail, is his immersion in the incredible world of the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian jungle.

All of the usual superlative adjectives - amazing, epic, magnificent, heart-breaking, terrifying, astonishing - even the more vernacular ones like "mind-blowing" and "awesome" - can be applied to this book without in any way overstating its impact. I have to confess to a tendency in my own mind to keep thinking, "NO WAY!" No way that these incredible adventures can have actually happened; no way that, beginning as a dyslexic 18-year-old, the author could, in seven short years, have lived or experienced so much and rendered the description in such vivid terms. And yet, this is a true-life adventure, verifiable from other current sources if one needs the verification. This is real and vital and stunningly important.

In his introduction, Rosolie admits that his story sounds more like fiction - fantasy fiction at that - than fact. He also states that he was careful to avoid his book becoming a scientific text or historical summary of the Amazon, but none-the-less he weaves in an astonishing amount of detailed information of great scientific, historical, ecological and sociological value. He obviously "knows his stuff", and despite the fact of his youth, deserves to be credited as a naturalist of high qualifications.

Although Paul Rosolie began by thinking that all he was searching for was a great adventure, and fearing that he had been born too late to make "great discoveries" of the once-abundant unexplored wildernesses of our planet, he came to the realization that, in his own words, "I was not born in the wrong century, or even the wrong decade. This is exactly where I was meant to be, rafting beneath the tall emerald canopy, pulled by the swift current, on the long, winding, wild heart of the Madre de Dios." This quote, in fact, brings to mind the statement made by Mordecai to Ester as she debated confronting the King and risking her life to save the Jews: "Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this." The challenge facing all of us at this moment in history is more than saving just one race; it is saving an entire planet as a habitat for humans as well as others. In another place, Rosolie quoted Carl Sagan: "Anything else you're interested in isn't going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water."

This is, above all, a beautifully written and totally engaging narrative of why and how humankind will either change our greedy, cruel and destructive ways, and begin to accept our true calling to the stewardship of the magnificent planet with which we've been gifted, or go down in the holocaust which we have indeed perpetrated and permitted. Although there is hope, there is indeed dire warning. We need to heed, or die!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Paul Rosolie is the 21st Century's John Goddard 14. Januar 2014
Von C. William Anderson @theseinspire - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In the real world, as opposed to Hollywood's Indiana Jones, explorers are rare and seldom live long enough to author books to record their journeys.

Until Paul Rosolie's Mother of God, an extraordinary journey into the uncharted tributaries of the western Amazon, the most recent similar books were written by my hero, John Goddard, who, last May 11th, entered the hereafter.

Rosolie, in 2006 at age 18, is reputed to be the only, or, at least, the first white man to travel into the wildest place on Earth. Unlike Goddard, Rosolie writes in a more prosaic fluency. The following excerpt should explain what I mean, and why this is such a fun book to read:

"I feel like I am on ayahuasca," JJOHNB said, looking around after forty silent minutes on the strange terrain, "Me, too," I whispered, though I had never taken the hallucinogenic at that time. This was farther down the Amazon rabbit hole than even JJ had ever been. It looked like we had reentered the Jurassic. The blazing moonlight only accentuated the phantasmal archipelago of floating islands. This was Dr. Seuss on acid.

The paragraphs following the above excerpt report their finding of giant Anaconda trails...

Again, Mother of God is an outstanding adventure...I can't wait for the Major Motion Picture!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read It Even If You Think You Don't Like Nonfiction. 18. Februar 2014
Von Someone Else - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I unreservedly recommend this book for all readers, including those who don't usually read nonfiction. Paul Rosolie manages to combine tales of derring-do and real peril with arguments for the preservation of what remains of the Amazon ecosystem. He skips all the history of other Amazon explorations and dives right into his own experiences, so the boredom factor here is zero. Rosolie's writing is easy to read and understand, and he keeps up a good pace throughout the book.

My review copy does not have the photos that will be part of the final version of the book, but I was able to find quite a few photos just by putting the author's name into a search engine. I'm looking forward to the finished edition so I can see what other photos will be included.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I Wish I Could Hear More About This Young Man's Adventures Into The Untamed Amazon Forest 3. Februar 2014
Von Wilhelmina Zeitgeist - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon" by Paul Rosolie is a magnificent book that has the author, at only 18 years of age, traveling for the first time through the Amazon. I thought this young man was crazy. Where were his parents? But it turned into a wonderful story or adventure, exploration, bravery, and the curiosity to go into the wild forest no man has stepped into before.

It's an amazing story that will keep you up into the night and sneaking extra bathroom breaks at work to finish a chapter. Unbelievable to imagine anyone having the "you know whats" to take on this adventure as Rosolie did. This brave adventurer is not only a young trekker into the unknown reaches of the Amazon forest, wow, he's also an extremely talented writer.

I do believe the next time someone asks, "What three people, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with?" I am putting Paul Rosolie at the top of that list. I would want to hear more about his exploration into this untamed territory.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow. Now I know the Amazon. 20. Februar 2014
Von Jesse D. Walker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm an ecologist. A decade ago, I spent a month living in remote, coastal, forested Panama, walking among the swampy mangroves every day as a field assistant to an experienced researcher there. I miss that life. What Rosolie describes in this book is that life, and yet it's so much more. He's had adventures most of us wouldn't dream of as he's explored one of the most remote, pristine, natural ecosystems on the planet. I'm jealous, and yet thrilled to have found this book. "Nature" is my thing, and this is about as wild as it gets. I haven't been to the Amazon (yet; fingers crossed), but the book really helps you feel the place. The author is good. He's a storyteller, and the book is one I didn't want to put down. It's nature, but this isn't a pedantic science book. It's adventure, but this is no novel. This honest biography of adventuring is an excellent way to convey the spirit of the place. The spirit of the wild.

Anyway, I liked it. A lot. You probably will too. If you know anyone with a passion for the outdoors and a sense of adventure, this would make a great gift. Just don't be surprised if they end up wanting to go spend some time in the Amazon.
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