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This is a classic children's adventure novel from 1949. John Hunt is a zookeeper for a zoo on Long Island, and he spends much of his time traveling the world to rescue and acquire animal specimens for the zoo. As the story begins, he has decided that his two sons, Hal (nineteen) and Roger (thirteen) are finally old enough to join him on an expedition. This expedition will take them deep into Western Brazil, in the unexplored sections of one of the Amazon's tributaries, where they will hire nativ This is a classic children's adventure novel from 1949. John Hunt is a zookeeper for a zoo on Long Island, and he spends much of his time traveling the world to rescue and acquire animal specimens for the zoo. As the story begins, he has decided that his two sons, Hal (nineteen) and Roger (thirteen) are finally old enough to join him on an expedition. This expedition will take them deep into Western Brazil, in the unexplored sections of one of the Amazon's tributaries, where they will hire native guides to take them downriver. But while they are in Quito, preparing to fly through the Andes, an emergency calls John away, and his sons convince him to let them continue with the journey. It is possible, however, that the emergency was fabricated by a mercenary hired by enemies to scuttle the expedition. The enemy follows the Hunt boys through the upper peaks of the mountains and into the lower slopes of the Andes where the rivers begin to flow down and east toward the ocean. A number of attempts are made on the boys' lives as they travel downriver, eventually moving from tributaries to the great Amazon river herself. As the rivers widen, so they increase the size of their vessels, in order to store more and more of the exotic animals that they encounter and claim for the zoo.
This book was definitely written in a different era, with a different sense of what is appropriate for young readers. I read this first when I was in sixth grade, finding it in my grade school library and taking it home because I couldn't bear to put it down before I'd finished it. There's a lot of slapstick (usually at Roger's expense) but also some very grim, very gory vignettes, including the indelible image that burned its way into my young brain...(view spoiler)[the bad guys, who have been chasing the boys through most of the book, step up their pursuit with hijacking, kidnapping, gun fights, which culminates in a narrow escape for the boys and a relentless, days-long chase sequence down the river. But the villains run afoul of a native tribe, attempting to fight their way through rather than deal peaceably, and in the morning the boys are dismayed to see the villains still following them in their canoe...but as the canoe comes closer, they see that all of the men have been beheaded, and the canoe drifts past them crewed with dead men on its way out to the sea...that image, of the drifting canoe of headless men, will remain with me to the end of my days. (hide spoiler)] My mom glommed onto my interest immediately, and in addition to providing me with plenty of additional information about the Amazon, she drew a rendition of a map of the entire Amazon basin with all the cities and major tributaries marked in color, and pasted it into that book on the inside cover. Like so much of my mom's artwork, it exists somewhere in the public space, for all to enjoy. At least, I like to think that it hasn't been recycled in the intervening years.
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An american woman, after the unexpected death of her husband, moved to Paris--it's a GREAT read and incredibly informative--her way is not the only way to go, but you sure need to know most of what is in this book--reads like a novel.
called C'Est La Vie, by Suzy Gershman and here is the link to it on Amazon---what's nice about Amazon is that under the reviews, are other books on the same topic, so you can read about other experiences before starting your own adventure! Also, further down are the "customers who bought this book also bought these books" list and there are a few books on there I'd read before moving to France for sure
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