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Mapmaker's Wife, The : A True Tale Of Love, Murder And Survival In The Amazon - Whitaker, Robert

Mapmaker's Wife, The

A True Tale Of Love, Murder And Survival In The Amazon

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Published: 2nd May 2005
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"In the early 18th Century a group of scientists set off from France to discover the unknown land of South America in a trip that nearly ended in disaster. Scaling the 16,000 foot Peruvian Andes, the scientists faced the depravations and dangers of the rain forest wild cats, insects and vampire bats and barely ended the mission. Some went mad, others succumbed to smallpox, one was stoned to death by locals and another was killed in a bullfight. The youngest, Jean Godin, fell in love and married beautiful local girl Isabel Grameson. earing the end of the expedition, Godin headed out alone to ensure the passage back was safe to take his family home to France. Disaster struck as Spain and Portugal closed their territorial borders to the French and Godin found himself stranded in French Guyana, unable to return to Isabel. hat followed was an extraordinary and heart rending 20 year separation that culminated with Isabel, determined to be reunited with the man she loved, setting out to find him. Thirty others set out with her and 10 horrific weeks later Isabel emerged from the Amazonian wilderness naked, alone and near starvation. The story of her journey and survival held 18th centur

"'Gripping...one of the best books I have read this year'" * DAILY TELEGRAPH * "'An unlikely page-turner...as a testament to frustration, endurance and mutual devotion, this takes some beating'" * SUNDAY TIMES * "'Enthralling...Full of mystery and danger, bravery and tragedy, with a rapturous love story at its core that transcends both time and continents. A marvellous read'" * DENNIS LEHANE * "'In the brilliant tradition of Dava Sobel's Longitude...combines powerful storytelling with excellent historical research in a book that reads like a novel'" * ALAN LIGHTMAN, author of 'Einstein's Dreams' * "'An exemplary narrative history and a fascinating tale of science, love and survival'" * MARK HONIGSBAUM, author of 'The Fever Trail' *

ISBN: 9780553815399
ISBN-10: 0553815393
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 2nd May 2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1