I had the infinite privilege of indexing this coffee table photo adventure book (I do not receive any compensation for reviewing) about the Ocean Futures Society’s (OFS) return to the Amazon (Captain Jacques Cousteau’s crew had made this journey some thirty years before).
PBS has already released a documentary film on this trip, and this book, which will come out shortly in print in Portuguese and as an ebook in English, is a great companion on the adventure. Jean-Michel Cousteau and his co-author, Line Abrahamian, did a great job of weaving together the personal and educational aspects of the various adventures the team experienced, from almost getting obliterated by the Pororoca wave to dealing with the waves of mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies of the rain forest; from highlighting both the devastation to the rain forest from unfettered development and the pressures on traditional cultures, to profiling the positive work of different groups to mitigate these damages and bring the rain forest and its peoples back to wholeness and balance.
The environmental sustainability mission of OFS has been well-documented in this fine book, but I also advise reading it for the adventure story itself and to enjoy and be awed by the fine photography (which you can see here in the OFS gallery) from Carrie Vonderhaar. I’m glad I wasn’t there to experience having to shake out one’s bedding to avoid critters crawling on you in the night, but it was a fun ride in my imagination to journey with the Cousteau family (Jean-Michel and his two children, Fabien and Céline) and the entire team through their many adventures from the coast of Brazil to the Qori Kalis glacier in neighboring Peru.
Keep an eye out for the English ebook version when it comes out, hopefully by the holiday season this year; it will be well worth the wait. 🙂
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