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On the Amazon - Diary of an Irish Emigrant: 1: The Lean Years (Volume 1) Paperback – June 23, 2016
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About the Author
Keir Farrell, a UK accountant in a previous life, has lived in the Brazilian Amazon for more than ten years. He is a guide, teacher, writer and frustrated starship captain.
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Navigating the Amazon is indeed a work of art and patience and requires a person who is willing to take chances.
There are people in this world who refuse to sit at home watching the TV in their comfort zone and Keir is one of them and I am glad he is.
Thanks for the great read and sharing your life and river trips with us. It makes me want to come back for more.
this book to any reader with a river in groove.
From the banks of Ms. Sippi - I profoundly approve!
I have been devouring Keir's book on my daily commute for the last few days (and again in my lunch times) and it is indeed, compelling reading. Keir has produced a number of delightfully written vignettes of his boat trip adventures in the Amazon and cleverly woven into this a narrative of his life in Brazil along with its various joys and frustrations (of which there have clearly been many). Keir has certainly had some interesting adventures and it was fascinating to read about them.
Having spent some three years living in the north of Brazil,and having spent time in Manaus and its surrounds, I can say that Keir evokes the true spirit of the region in his writing. The descriptions of the river and rainforest aside, he insightfully captures the nature of the people who live in and around Manaus. I was transported back there every time I picked up the book and twice almost missed my train stop as a result. Having also read Don't Sleep there are Snakes and the Lost City of Z, (both of which I enjoyed) this was in my opinion a more engaging read than either of them.
This is most definitely a gringo's eye view of Brazil and the Amazon, and Keir has fully embraced the experience. The result is akin to his experience picking up a sloth, but you'll have to buy the book to know exactly what I mean by that.
Overall, if you are looking for a great escape, or love to live vicariously through the experiences of a (slightly mad) Irishman I highly recommend this book.