A voyage down the Amoor: with a land journey through Siberia, and incidental notices of Manchooria, Kamschatka, and Japan

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D. Appleton and Company, 1860 - Amur River (China and Russia) - 390 pages

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I am not a book reviewer! Although this book is written as a diary, the author put me right there with him in all his adventures and descriptions of the country through which he traveled. Lovely book! and even though it took me a very long time to finish it, I enjoyed every minute of it. The book peaked my interest in the Amur river in Russia along with the cultures and peoples it describes. I recommend it for anyone who loves to read - either fiction or nonfiction.  


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