I 've loved this book so much because the author was able to blend together a story telling of cultures, his honest thoughts, his intentions as a writer, and the technic he's using, all of it expressed fluently and with a rich and sophisticated and yet simple language. You just don't want to stop reading. It is one of the few books where I read the notes with the same interest and eagerness that i have for the main text because are necessary to understand the whole mission. I appreciate the fact that he speaks out with honesty and fearlessness about his points of view. He is a model for me and a reference point for my own writings. it is a book that you need to read over and over if you are following the travel writing path. A great teacher.
¨In the 1955 book Tristes Tropiques, Claude Levi-Strauss noted how anthropologists might miss the true dynamic of a culture if they focus too closely on its perceived purity. “While I complain of being able to glimpse no more than the shadow of the past,” he wrote, “I may be insensitive to reality as it is taking shape at this very moment.… A few hundred years hence, in this same place, another traveler, as despairing as myself, will mourn the disappearance of what I might have seen, but failed to see.”READ MORE