Jaguars and Electric Eels

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Penguin UK, Feb 1, 2007 - Travel - 112 pages
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A great, innovative and restless thinker, the young Humboldt (1769-1859) went on his epochal journey to the New World during a time of revolutionary ferment across Europe. This part of his matchless narrative of adventure and scientific research focuses on his time in Venezuela - in the Llanos and on the Orinoco River - riding and paddling, restlessly and happily noting the extraordinary things on every hand.

Great Journeys allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries – but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things: Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science. Reading these books is to see the world afresh, to rediscover a time when many cultures were quite strange to each other, where legends and stories were treated as facts and in which so much was still to be discovered.


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Alexander von Humboldt details his adventures and explorations in Venezuela in 1800 in a beautifully written little travelogue. His intellectual curiosity knows no bounds and his skills at recording ... Read full review

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This rough-and-ready handful are among the first titles in the publisher's new "Great Journeys" series, which excerpts parts of larger travel journals. The Shackleton, for example, was culled from his ... Read full review

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Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a Prussian naturalist and explorer. Between 1799 and 1804, von Humboldt travelled South and Central America, exploring and describing it from a scientific point of view for the first time.

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