Friday, March 26, 2010


A Land of Ghosts. The Braided Lives Of People and the Forest in Far Western Amazonia.
By David G. Campbell. 2005.

Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston.

It is a bit difficult to decide just how to categorize this book. It is an adventure, in fact a scientific adventure, but it is also an achingly beautiful distillation of feelings, thoughts, and experiences. The author’s descriptions of river, forest, flora, fauna, and above all the people whose lives are intertwined with the place make for what we feel is the finest piece of nature writing ever produced. We have spent over three decades in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins and Campbell has told the story we feel inside, but he has done it with an eloquence we could never emulate.

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