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A Land Of Ghosts: The Braided Lives Of People And The Forest In Far Western Amazonia

by Campbell, David G

First Edition

Price: $28.00
from: Rose's Books, IOBA


  • Seller Inventory #: EM-B1195-01
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: New
  • Jacket condition: New
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 039571284X
  • ISBN 13: 9780395712849
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Place: Boston, MA
  • Date published: 2005
  • Keywords: INDIANS SOUTH AMERICA BRAZIL HISTORY PERU URUA RIVER VALLEY SOCIAL CONDITIONS ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEMS RAIN FOREST ECOLOGY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Boston, MA, Houghton Mifflin, 2005. First edition. 8vo. Dark brown quarter cloth over rich, tomato-orange boards with gilt lettering on spine, light brown endpapers, 260 pp. The western Amazon is the last frontier, as wild a west as Earth has ever known. For 30 years David Campbell has been exploring this lush wilderness. In this account he travels to the town of Cruzeiro do Sul, 2800 miles from the mouth of the Amazon, to collect three old friends: Arito, a caiman hunter turned paleontologist; Tarzan, a street urchin brought up in a bordello; and Pimentel, a master canoe pilot. They travel together even farther into the rainforest, set up camp, and survey every living woody plant in a land so rich that an area of less than 50 acres contains three times as many tree species as all of North America. Campbell knows the trees individually, has watched them grow from seedling to death. He also knows the people of the Amazon, and introduces us to two remarkable women: Dona Cabocla, a widow who raised six children on that lonely frontier, and Dona Ausira, a Nokini Native American who is the last speaker of her tribe's ages-old language. These people live in a land whose original inhabitants were wiped out by centuries of disease, slavery, and genocide, taking their traditions and languages with them-a land of ghosts. New in a new dust jacket, protected by a mylar cover.. First Edition. Quarter Cloth. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.