Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon

Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon Review

For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie's extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon--a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.

In the Madre de Dios--Mother of God--region of Peru, where the Amazon River begins its massive flow, the Andean Mountain cloud forests fall into lowland Amazon Rainforest, creating the most biodiversity-rich place on the planet. In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life.

Venturing alone into some of the most inaccessible reaches of the jungle, he encountered giant snakes, floating forests, isolated tribes untouched by outsiders, prowling jaguars, orphaned baby anteaters, poachers in the black market trade in endangered species, and much more. Yet today, the primordial forests of the Madre de Dios are in danger from developers, oil giants, and gold miners eager to exploit its natural resources.

In Mother of God, this explorer and conservationist relives his amazing odyssey exploring the heart of this wildest place on earth. When he began delving deeper in his search for the secret Eden, spending extended periods in isolated solitude, he found things he never imagined could exist. "Alone and miniscule against a titanic landscape I have seen the depths of the Amazon, the guts of the jungle where no men go, Rosolie writes. "But as the legendary explorer Percy Fawcett warned, 'the few remaining unknown places of the world exact a price for their secrets.'"

Illustrated with 16 pages of color photos.

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  • Petra-X

    I was very eager to read this book as I had spent three months up the Amazon living in a settlement of Caboclo Indians. These are mixed race from the rubber boom of the 19th century. They hadn't gone ...

  • Becky

    I cannot even write this review. This book was perfect. It was everything. So far this is hands-down the absolute best book out of my 2015 Winter Adventure Read. Rosolie’s style of writing is passio...

  • Sarah Beth

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. Paul Rosolie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but always struggled with school and dreamed of a day when he could immerse...

  • Shawn

    The self-aggrandizing in this book is nauseating....

  • Richard

    I definitely have mixed feelings about this book. I like that it gives a good perspective on what it's like on the ground in the Amazon rain forest in the 21st Century. And I appreciate its message ab...

  • Tyson Titensor

    I read this as part of my new project to read everything I can about rivers in the Upper Amazon. This book didn't disappoint with exciting tales of river travel, conservation, wildlife encounters, and...

  • James Sorensen

    I won this book as part of the Goodreads first-read program.Paul Rosolie was an unusual child. He hated school, not because he was stupid or didn't like to learn, but because he felt confined inside t...

  • John Caviglia

    In a not-so-distant-time there were blanks upon the face of maps, tempting men with the riches and dangers of the unknown. Today, satellites have “pixelled in” the entire surface of our globe. Non...

  • Rob

    I found this to be an easy, quick, and very fun read. It is not academic, but it is a true adventure story, told from the perspective of the adventurer. Also a commendable first book for the author, w...

  • Ludmilla

    This review is from Michael Edelstein, Paul's professor from Ramapo college:Through his first book, Mother of God, Paul Rosolie takes us to places few others have ever been and where we are unlikely e...