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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,054 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Matthiessen Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a malarial outpost in the South American rain forest, two misplaced gringos converge and clash. Martin Quarrier has come to convert the fearful and elusive Niaruna Indians to his brand of Christianity. Lewis Moon, a stateless mercenary who is himself part Indian, has come to kill them on behalf of the local commandante. Out of their struggle, Peter Matthiessen has created an electrifying moral thriller, a novel of Conradian richness that explores both the varieties of spiritual experience and the politics of cultural genocide.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Has nearly everything--a powerful plot, a rich variety of characters, a perceptive, deeply felt view of man’s yearnings and his essential ironic tragedy and a prose style that is vivid, sensuous and disciplined by his intelligence.”

    New York Times

  • “Inventive and extremely well-written…incredibly moving and disturbing…a remarkable performance.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Matthiessen has produced, in expertly crafted and sometimes deeply affecting prose, an entertainment full of glittering color, nose-to-nose conflict, and heroic gestures.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Anthony Heald delivers all the zest and passion in Matthiessen’s well-known novel about the hypocrisy, condescension, and self-delusion in the white man’s efforts to “civilize” the indigenous peoples of the South American jungle. Heald’s characterizations are as lively and vivid as they are varied. From South American despots to American mercenaries to self-righteous missionaries, Heald’s characters are fully realized, full of complexity and contradiction. Even if the characters are not remotely sympathetic, in Heald’s narration they’re always recognizable. And though the novel is unmistakably tragic, Heald also renders the comedy uproariously. His rendition of Wolfie—the American Jewish soldier of fortune who is a force of nature—is a marvel.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anna Cabrera | 2/20/2014

    " listened to the first eight chapters -- and then gave up. Not nearly as interesting as In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ana | 2/18/2014

    " This book is on my top favorites of all time list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Koblos | 2/17/2014

    " Culture clashes with nature, the native people encounter the arrival of civilization. This book gives a few examples in the same story how this could happen. Unfortunately, the outcome is not good for either participant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 2/16/2014

    " An excellent and well written book. It was made into a movie but it quite typically didn't do the book justice. "

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