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The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

 
 
 
 
The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon
Author: Robert Whitaker
ISBN 13: 9780385337205
ISBN 10: 385337205
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Delta
Publication Date: 2004-12-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 353
List Price: $16.00
 
 

An adventure story and a love story set in the heart of the Amazonian jungle

The New York Times - Andrea Barrett

Whitaker makes excellent use of Jean's narrative as well as of his correspondence, the journals written by four members of the expedition and the testimonies gathered in 1770 by the Peruvian authorities. As he attempts to integrate these elements, it's hard to know where the book's center lies -- the expedition itself? Jean's difficult decades alone? Isabel's dangerous journey? -- or how to adjust to the different tones in which we hear these stories. Then again, this is a far from insurmountable problem: each element of The Mapmaker's Wife offers its own distinctive pleasures.