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Travels on the Amazon

Alfred Russel Wallace

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. . .is kind of country, along a track which was often quite imperceptible to us, till at length we reached an extensive morass covered with aquatic plants, with some clumps of bushes and blackened clumps of trees.

Our Indians, without saying a word, plunged in up to their knees, and waded after the ducks, which we could see at a distance, with egrets and other aquatic birds. As we could do nothing on shore, we followed them, floundering about in mud and water, among immersed trees and shrubs, and tangled roots of aquatic plants, feeling warm and slimy, as if tenanted by all sorts of creeping things. The ducks were far from easy to get at, being very wild and shy. After one or two ineffectual long shots, I saw one sitting on the top of a stump, and by creeping cautiously along under cover of some bushes, got within shot and fired. The bird flew away, I thought unhurt, but soon fell into the water, where I picked it up dead. It had been shot through the head, and flo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Quite a remarkable book this is. Wallace tells an adventure story on his unfortunate travel to Brazil, with lots of narratives on the local tribes at that time living along the great rivers, but also on the wealthy flora and fauna, of which he collected a huge number, to be shipped to Engeland, but

I read this along with some other writings by Wallace and a lot of writings by Darwin for my research assistantship in the philosophy department at Loyola University Chicago. Between the two, I thought Darwin the more systematic, Wallace the better writer. This is primarily a travel and adventure bo