37. “Brazilian Adventure,” Peter Fleming

A newspaper editor explores the Amazon in search of Peter Fawcett and the legend of El Dorado.

I found this book really amusing. It was written in 1933, but has a very contemporary tone and is very readable. Flemming says in his foreward that he’s sorry that the book isn’t more interesting, as exploring the Amazon is actually extremely easy and anyone who says otherwise is lying. He wasn’t bothered by bugs, was rarely hungry, and was never afraid. I estimate that this book caused 1.1 million people to run into the Amazon and perrish. Good thing he’s English; they don’t seem much for tortes and, at any rate, would soon find themselves occupied.

Page count: 371
Page total: 9,375
F2515 .F742 1999

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