- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (August 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452298261
- ISBN-13: 978-0452298262
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. One Step at a Time. Paperback – August 28, 2012
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"One of the boldest modern-day adventures ever taken."—Bear Gryllis, host of Discovery Channel's Man Vs. Wild
“[Walking the Amazon] stands elbow-to-elbow with adventure classics from Thesiger to Krakauer.”—Mark Adams, author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu
"All generations need heroes; it's lovely to have a real one for a change."—The Times (London)
“Totally, completely and utterly mad.”—Michael Palin, author and actor
"Vicariously joining this 860-day trek through extremely inhospitable terrain—made all the more challenging by hostile tribes, lethal animals, food scarcities, and extreme weather—has made for an exhilarating adventure."—National Geographic
About the Author
Ed Stafford is the current European Adventurer of the Year; he was also finalist for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2010, and he is a Guinness World Record holder for his feat (feet?!). Ed Started running worldwide expeditions after retiring from the British army as a captain in 2002. When not leading trips, he worked alongside the United Nations in Afghanistan assisting with the running of their first-ever presidential elections. Prior to this journey, Ed was in production with the BBC on its conversation series Lost Land of the Jaguar. In August 2010, he became the first man to walk the length of the Amazon River, accompanied by forestry worker Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera, for all but four months of the twenty-eight-month journey. Ed is planning future projects and he travels the world speaking about his adventures. To follow Ed, visit his website: edstafford.org.
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What's there - A readable account of the physical act itself. Walking for a couple of days is tough. Walking for a couple of years is hard to imagine. THe mental toughness, the physical hardships, the dealings with those whose land you are walking on, and the boredom! The author does a serviceable job of describing this aspect of the journey. While not top-notch prose and a bit short on adjectives, it does get the point across and the unusually prolonged nature of the hike and the places through which he goes makes it worth turning the page.
What's missing - History, current events, nature, back story of partners... in short any color commentary on the land he's walking through and the flora and fauna he encounters. There are mentions here and there but they are limited to one sentence or so. What about the tribes? What is their history? What about your travel partners? What is their story? How about the history of the land? Interesting anecdotes from years past? Nada. Just more grinding through the same soggy forest.
I'm also not really sure why he went. He raised next to nothing in donations, did not seem to bring much attention to the effort for the indigenous people or the land. THere was little no equipment sponsorship spoken about. And even the walk often turned into a wade as there were many days in the flood season. Besides, it's a river, why walk it? Swim, paddle, etc. I get. It's like swimming across the United States.
What's too much - TOo much whining. Bitching at his partners. Worried about his finances. Self-pity in large doses. DId I mention bitching at his partners? Enough to drive a couple of them away? You get the definite impression that aside from the mind-numbing monotony of the journey, it wouldn't have been too much fun to be with this guy. When I later saw, he was earning his keep doing motivational speaking, I let out a hoot. Something about how to succeed while trashing your colleagues and pitying yourself while rationalizing the death of the native fauna because, well, just because? I think I'll skip that one.
I'll finish the book but grouse the whole time. IN a way, I will just be emulating the author on his journey.