Paradise with Serpents: Travels in the Lost World of Paraguay
In 1537 a group of Europeans founded Asuncion on the banks of the Paraná River in modern day Paraguay where they were enthusiastically welcomed by the Gurani people. An extraordinary fusion of New World and Old was created, a place where magnificent baroque cathedrals were built of carved stone in the heart of the jungle, and solemn Catholic masses were performed on European instruments by Gurani Indians and their Jesuit mentors. Today Paraguay is the only South American country which is truly bilingual: Spanish and Gurani are both spoken and every citizen is proud of his or her dual heritage. Long fascinated by Paraguay due to childhood stories of his great-uncle Charlie—who vanished into the Amazonian jungle of old north Paraguay in search of Inca silver Carver—Robert Carver travels into this forbidden lost world in search of his own golden city of outlandish experience in this enrapturing travelogue. The physically reckless journey takes him from mule trains high in frozen mountains to steamers up remote rivers in dense tropical jungles. Fascinating and original, this is first-hand look at one of South America’s most unique and engrossing nations.
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I asked the clerk what they did do. He shrugged and smiled. Maybe he was
waiting to be told. The Gran Hotel had told me they would accept travellers
cheques, but at a rate 20% lower than cash - an unattractive proposition. No one
When I returned to Europe no one ever even asked me what I had done in
Australia, let alone asked for any references: no one cared - I could have spent
the whole of my stay on the beach as far as they were concerned. Australia
Marcello and I talked very frankly, more frankly than we ever had before, for now I
was leaving and we would never meet again. I asked him why there was no leftist
opposition in the country. 'It was crushed and wiped out in the long years of ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nandadevi - LibraryThing
A sort of anti-travel book. After reading this you'd wonder why anyone would want to travel there. Carver's eventual exit from the country reads like a war time escape story. For all of that, there's ... Read full review