Considered a masterpiece of travel literature for nearly a century, The Sea and the Jungle is a wise and witty book of firsts: ostensibly a lighthearted story of a Londoner's first ocean voyage, it is also a carefully crafted journalistic account of the first successful ascent of the Amazon River and its tributary, the Madeira, by an English steamer. First published in 1912, The Sea and the Jungle remains one of the most popular accounts of a traveler's experience in Amazonia. As Peter Matthiessen observed fifty years later, " The Sea and the Jungle is one of the few level-headed works in the literature of this region. . . . accurate and difficult to improve upon."
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Considered a masterpiece of travel literature for nearly a century, The Sea and the Jungle is a wise and witty book of firsts: ostensibly a light-hearted story of a Londoner's first ocean voyage, it is also a carefully crafted journalistic account of the first successful ascent of the Amazon River and its tributary, the Madeira, by an English steamer. One rainy morning in November 1909, Henry Major Tomlinson bid farewell to his family and set off to find his berth as purser aboard the Capella, where he would spend many storm-driven days until landfall at Para on the Brazilian coast. But his travels had only begun, as the steamer continued its journey 2,000 miles up the Amazon. Encountering tiny jungle villages and exotic flora and fauna of awesome beauty and ferociousness - the meddlesome insect life in particular attracted his attention - Tomlinson recorded all he saw in cleverly humorous style: never condescending, but always aware of the inherent inappropriateness of his presence in this strange land.About the Author:
Henry Major Tomlinson (21 June 1873 – 5 February 1958) was a British writer and journalist. He was known for anti-war and travel writing, novels and short stories, especially of life at sea.
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Book Description Penguin, 1985. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 287pp,the paper browning a little with age, illustrated softback covers by Liz Moyes. Internally clean. A reprint of the classic account of Tomlinson's voyage in 1909 to the heart of the unexplored Amazon jungle. Bookseller Inventory # 6441
Book Description Penguin, 1985. Reprinted. The magnificent Tale of a Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon Jungle. 287 pages pb. Edges tanned. Address stamp and name on prelim. A sound tight copy. VG. Bookseller Inventory # 10854
Book Description Penguin Putnam~trade. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0140095381I5N00
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