The Cloud Forest

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1962 - South America
Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed 10,000 miles of the South American wilderness, from the Amazon rain forests to Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, down to Tierra del Fuego and back. He followed the trails of old explorers, encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins, and discovered fossils in the depths of the Peruvian jungle. The Cloud Forest is his incisive, wry report of his expedition into this vast world to the south.

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Adventure travel writing at its finest, absolutely enthralling, especially when you stop to contemplate the logistics of travel in the Amazon, pre-roads, telephone, etc. A wonderful read, by one of my favorite authors. Read full review

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Beautiful and meticulous: a travel book without any manufactured drama, just close and absorbing observation. Read full review

Contents

Sargasso Sea and Southward
9
Amazonas
27
Sierra
62
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About the author (1962)

Nature writer and novelist Peter Matthiessen was born in New York City on May 22, 1927. He graduated from Yale University in 1950. He worked as a commercial fisherman and the captain of a charter fishing boat and made several scientific expeditions to Alaska, Peru and New Guinea. He and Harold L. Humes founded the Paris Review, and Matthiessen was its first fiction editor. Matthiessen's nature books include "Wildlife in America," "The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness" and "Under the Mountain Wall." His fiction includes "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," which was made into a movie starring Tom Berenger and was nominated for the National Book Award. Matthiessen's other awards include the John Burroughs Medal and the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation Award.

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