qBeyond the completion of a 3, 000-mile journey, mostly under amusing conditions, through a little-known part of the world, and the discovery of one new tributary to a tributary to a tributary of the Amazon, nothing of importance was achieved.q Nothing indeed. In 1932, Peter Fleming, a literary editor, traded his pen for a pistol and took off as part of the celebrated search for missing English explorer Colonel P.H. Fawcett. With meager supplies, faulty maps, and packs of rival newspapermen on their trail, Fleming and his companions marched, canoed, and hacked through 3, 000 miles of wilderness and alligator-ridden rivers in search of the fate of the lost explorer. One of the great adventure stories, Brazilian Adventure is as fresh a story today as it was when originally published in 1933.A small, resolute, and properly organized expedition could, I am convinced, make the cross-country journey from the headwaters of the Tapirape to ... as a billiard table, and :t might even be possible to do a lot of good work with an ordinary Ford car, if you could get it to your jumping-off point. ... Even in the inhabited parts of the interior petrol is very THE FAWCETT COUNTRY scarce and prohibitively dear .
|Publisher||:||Northwestern University Press - 1999|