In 1925 Colonel P. H. Fawcett embarked on a journey into a dangerous and largely unexplored region of Brazil in search of a fabled lost city and was never seen again. Journalist Peter Fleming's interest in Fawcett's disappearance led him to answer an advertisement to join an expedition to explore the rivers of Brazil with the aim of ascertaining the explorer's fate. Though Colonel Fawcett's disappearance remains a mystery to this day, Peter Fleming's wild adventure in the jungles of Brazil is recognized as one of the 20th century's best-loved travel classics.
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Bought this on a chance, as I'd never heard of the author, who turns out to be Ian Fleming's brother. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I'll definitely be picking up the rest of his books. Marvellously written with a P.G.Woodehouse/Jerome K. Jerome wit and Bill Bryson-esque chumminess. He starts by warning that this will be a very boring adventure-- "‘As chapter gives place to chapter, and still no arrows stick quivering in the tent-pole, and still no tomtoms throb their beastly summons to the night assault, the observant reader will get pretty fed up." Instead, they are generally helped along by bemused and kindly locals, and the whole expedition has the air of summertime punt down the Thames.
Caveats: there's some thoughtless racism to be expected of the period but pretty mild; and painful oblivious use of the n-word. The pointless slaughter of masses of animals isn't described in any detail but is present.
That said, the wit and self-deprecating charm of Fleming utterly disarmed me. He's marvellous company. The reader adopts a plucky period accent that doubles the pleasure. Delightful.
I live in Rio de Janeiro and the characters and the difficulties...are unchanged since PF's adventure. It is superficial but still highly entertaining, even if in an opinionated british public schoolboy way. Nothing much dramatic happens in this adventure, which makes it feel very true. You wont learn much about Brazil, unless of course its to recognise things, situations, people, as i do... but you will laugh. The narrator fits the bill well enough.
This is a real gem! The adventures of Indiana Jones as lived and most delightfully described by a character out of PG Wodehouse, and splendidly read by William Gaminara. It is a dream cocktail - Peter Fleming is as cool as his brother Ian Fleming (of James Bond fame), but writing factual journalism. Just picture Bertie Wooster in the jungle, on a mission to discover the whereabouts of a British explorer lost a few years back...pure joy! Yes, yes, you politically-correct bigots, I know that reading (listening to) this material in the XXI Century is occasionally shocking, but I promise you, as a Latin American myself and a great lover of all things Brazilian, this is the story of a man who fell in love with Brazil from the moment he first set foot there (and he makes us fall in love with Brazil too). I learned so much and laughed out loud so often that I unflinchingly give this gentlemanly masterpiece five stars!
Audible is a whole new world of interest, delight, insight, and hilarity! I don't know how I'd live without it!
Flemming has a magical way of painting a vivid picture of his trials and tribulations during his trip to Peking, A must listen for those interested in travel.
a REAL story
No way. This is a great genre
Narration is quite good. Story is staggeringly boring
The entire first half of the book could be readily turned into one brief chapter. Boring minutia extraordinaire!
This should never have been put into a book. A short story, such as is found in National Geographic would have made slightly interesting reading. If you want adventure read "Into Africa" - THAT is a 'can't put it down' adventure book. This book was awful, just awful.
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