The sea and the jungle

by H. M. Tomlinson

Other authorsGarrick Palmer (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1971




Barre, Mass., Imprint Society, 1971.


The author's travel narrative aboard a freighter bound for the Amazon in the winter of 1909.

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LibraryThing member Stbalbach
A travel narrative classic about the first English "tramp steamer" to traverse up the Amazon river, going nearly 2000 miles. Great insights on life, the jungle, the early days of Amazon pioneer settlements. Some of the personal insights, themes of civilized man versus the wild man, mans exploitation of the environment and each other. Written with a very cheeky humor, parts are absolutely hillarious (fishing with dynamite is a highlite). Parts are very atmospheric, right out of Heart of Darkness, such as the story of the old man in the gin bar. Wonderful sense of place and time, natural lore and human emotion, well worth the journey. Authentic Indian Jones period.… (more)
LibraryThing member hailelib
In the fall of 1909, Tomlinson "chucked" his job at a London newspaper and signed on to the crew of the steamship Capella as purser. The ship was bound for the upper Amazon bearing a load of coal to the men building a railroad in the interior of the continent. This is his account of that journey, first published in 1912. In the beginning, I found The Sea and the Jungle a bit slow but once I became accustomed to Tomlinson's style the book picked up and I enjoyed the journey. He sprinkles his account with tales (some of the tall variety) told by his shipmates and later those told by some of the people he met after reaching the Amazon. This was worth reading for both his descriptions of life at sea and of the Amazon region as it was a hundred years ago.… (more)


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