- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Overlook/Rookery; 1 edition (December 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585679569
- ISBN-13: 978-1585679560
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author's missionary family came to Ushuaia to convert the Yahgan Indians who eked out a cold existence around the waters of the Straits of Magellan. Growing up, the author became even more fascinated with the Ona Indians who lived in the interior of Tierra del Fuego and hunted guanaco, a wild version of the llama. The author spoke the languages of both tribes, lived with them, and recorded their culture and lifestyles. These two peoples are now culturally extinct. In 1947 the author estimated that their numbers had declined from more than 7,000 when he was born to about 150. Disease brought by the White Man along with White settlement of Tierra de Fuego for sheep herding, mining, and fishing doomed the Indians.
The "Uttermost Part of the Earth" is also an adventure tale, told in a dead-pan understated style that accentuates the extraordinary events in the author's life. There are tales of sailing in waters that probably have the worst weather in the world and of being the first to cross Tierra del Fuego on foot. One does not doubt Lucas's veracity; there is little of the contrived excitement lesser adventurers try to generate. Indeed, he seems guilty of understatement. One would welcome from him more forthright expression of his views.
This book deserves a place on the short bookshelf of travel and adventure classics. "Uttermost" is one of the finest and most unique reads you will find, and one of the most informative also.
Natalie Goodall is the wife of Thomas Goodall, grandson of Lucas Bridges' brother William. Natalie continues to live at original 'Estancia Harberton' in Tierra del Fuego and is actively engaged in many local projects to do with nature conservancy.
This hardback edition has over 100 black and white photos and a number of maps. It has a helpful Epilogue written in 2007.
This edition is superior to the paperback published by Century Travellers in 1987 and is a 'must' for anyone interested in this fascinating and enigmatic region of South America.
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After visiting Tierra del Feuago in 1998 and 2001 was so fortunate to be able to get a first edition copy of this amazing book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary
Fascinating book! I highly recommend it if you plan on traveling to Ushuaia. It gives you much needed perspective and a greater appreciation for the area. Read morePublished 2 months ago by arv
Fascinating history of early encounters between very different cultures. Written in a matter-of-fact, understated style, but surprisingly personal. A worthy read.Published 3 months ago by Calvin Olsen
I~m so excited that my book has finally arrived! It looks in perfect condition! Thanks a lot!Published 5 months ago by PeaPrincess
This is an incredible, unforgettable journey of real life in the most -the uttermost- circumstances. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joed Jackson
As an avid reader this the best book I have ever come across. I say the best in the sense you feel immersed in the storyline, I came to regard Lucas Bridges as a friend because he... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andres Soto
This is the kind of book that people need to read to understand how society came to be where it is today. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Richard
A good book for the traveler to Tierra del Fuego. Intermittently interesting account of pioneer sheep-farming/missionary family in Tierra del Fuego, including interactions with... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steve Derne