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Uttermost Part of the Earth 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1585679560
ISBN-10: 1585679569
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Product Details

  • 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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No other book has been written, to my knowledge, that is similar to the "Uttermost Part of the Earth." The book is well and evocatively titled. The author was the third white child to be born in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina in 1874. Ushuaia has become today the southernmost city of the world -- a place where 60 degrees F is a hot summer day and the wind never stops blowing.

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.

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A year ago we visited Ushuaia and Estancia Harberton, where memories of the Bridges family are very much alive. (We were shown about Harberton by the great-great-grandson of Thomas Bridges.) We were very anxious to acquire a copy of Lucas Bridges's book, but it was out of print, even in its Spanish edition. So we were delighted when we discovered on Amazon that it was about to be published in a new hardcover edition, and even more delighted when we received the book and realized that Natalie Goodall (the grandmother of our 2007 tour guide) had written a new introduction and epilogue for it. The book will be doubly treasured, for the information it contains and the associations it brings. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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Lucas Bridges' book is an acknowledged masterpiece of historical anthropology and impressive personal enterprise. A classic for anyone with an interest in adventure and travel in wild places.

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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This is a must read if you ever decide to visit this part of Patagonia. I have. Published by an "off" brand house, this book not only is a true adventure account by a member of the 1st family that successfully settled in the Tierra del Fuego area in the 1800's, it accurately describes the geography, various indian tribes, hunting & survival techniques and as well as the development of this incredibly beautiful part of the earth. Put this book at the top along with "Rounding the Horn" by Dallas Murphy and "Endurance" by Shackleton if you ever plan on sailing, trekking or visiting the End of the World.
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This book is about the colonization of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world. Although every account is 100% non-fiction, reading it was a magical journey between the real and surreal. One moment you're taken on an exploratory expedition, and the next you're learning the mysterious and mythical ways of the native Ona indians and the author's fantastic ability to befriend them, penetrate their culture and become a real life "Running with Wolves" character. A must read for anyone thinking about visiting Ushuaia.
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Es quizá el libro más inspirador que se haya escrito sobre Tierra del Fuego, su historia, sus habitantes originarios, el encuentro de dos culturas. Entrega una lección para las futuras generaciones sobre cómo enfrentar nuestra presencia actual en la zona, de manera de proyectar un futuro cooperativo, sustentable y positivo no sólo para Tierra del Fuego, sino para gran parte de este planeta.
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UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH is one of those books that will endure forever. It recreates a time and place in vivid detail and is written in polished prose (by someone who was home schooled). Bridges' devotion to this place of his birth and his compassion for its original inhabitants seep through on every page. If only we could all learn from his and his family's approach to dealing with those whose cultures and traditions are different from ours, our world be a much more humane and safer place. Considering this book was first published in 1948, it is a staggering accomplishment. The additions to the 2008 edition help bring it up to date, but even without those, it stands as a masterpiece in human creativity.
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