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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There was an AMEX bureau, but it only sold traveller's cheques, not redeemed
them. There was a bureau called 'Paraguay Express' but they neither bought nor
sold any traveller's cheques. 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 wanted anything to do with credit cards either, at any price.
As the ...
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
simply wasn't a real place for Europeans, just a holiday destination. The wife of
the mayor of Darwin, on her first visit to Europe, wondered why no one in Rome
knew who her husband was: she said she thought it showed 'ignorance'. She
also commented on ...
Anne Whitehead in her excellent book on the Australian communists in Paraguay
has a good chapter on Robin Wood. His cartoon strips were to be found in the
Paraguayan and Argentinian papers every day, usually with pithy if simplistic
political and moral content. 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 ...
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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