If nothing else it has made me NEVER EVER want to venture into an insect ridden swamp. The list of predators was awesome. Not just hostile Indians with poison tipped arrows who seek to enslave you, or torture you, or kill you, or cannibalise you. Not just Piranhas but fish that lodge themselves into your ureter causing such pain that penilectomy is required. Not just mosquitoes and death from malaria but a bug that 'kisses' you on the lips inserting a protoplasm that, in the next twenty years, will cause your heart or your brain to swell fatally. Not just maggots who eat you from the inside out but vampire bats.
October 2011; 275 pages
Other books about exploration that are reviewed in this blog:
- Stanley: The Making of an African Explorer by Frank McLynn: The horridest hero
- Barrow's Boys by Fergus Fleming: Africa and the North-West Passage
- 1421: The Year China discovered the world by Gavin Menzies
- Prince Henry the Navigator by John Ure: the Portuguese prince who started the European exploration of Africa