- By Henry Walter Bates

The Naturalist on the River Amazons

  • Title: The Naturalist on the River Amazons
  • Author: Henry Walter Bates
  • ISBN: 9781589761971
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Naturalist on the River Amazons Charles Darwin encouraged Bates to write this book about his year experience exploring and collecting insects in the basin

    Charles Darwin encouraged Bates to write this book about his 11 year experience exploring and collecting insects in the basin.

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    1. Wonderful 1863 classic by the famous naturalist after whom Batesian mimicry is nmaed. An into by Charles Darwin himself. It must have been on a later trip that Bates' home-bound ship caught fire and he lost almost all of his specimens (dead and alive) and his drawings. He was apparently 3 days in a lifeboat and was lucky to have been rescued.

    2. The tales of English naturalist and explorer Henry Bates. He spent 11 years in the s, ending 1859. That's a quite remarkable time to have travelled the world. During this time he had "collected over 14,000 species, of which 8,000 were new to science." That's quite something.The book is not, I admit, an absolute pleasure to read. Some of it is tedious. But the wonder it instills is quite something. Just imagine what it must have been like in that day and age, to experience that amazing river, the [...]

    3. Extraordinary and very readableI read the Kindle edition which is the edition from 1864. It came out five years after the publication of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species.” (I believe all the editions offered are very much the same; after all, this is public domain book.) It includes “An Appreciation” by Darwin and numerous typos and archaic geographical names; however I wasn’t the slightest bit distracted. The lengthy narrative is a masterpiece of its kind coming from one the [...]

    4. 3.5 stars for this one. A sometimes fascinating, sometimes tedious look at the region in the mid 1800s written by a naturalist who lived there for about 10 years, travelling around the area quite extensively. Unfortunately, he also comments frequently on the Indians of the area from the mindset of the mid 1800s, calling them "savages" and comparing them negatively to "civilized" races. He doesn't have much problem with the tribes that enslave other tribes, and even at one point "acquires" a hou [...]

    5. Henry Bates was a very famous mid-19th century English naturalist who spent 11 1/2 years in the River area, eventually going from the outlet at the Atlantic at what is now Belem to the border of Brasil with Peru. He collected thousands of specimens of EVERYTHING--birds, mammals, especially insects, many of which were unknown at the time. Many of his specimens now reside in the British Museum.[return][return]In those days, a "naturalist" was no specialist. It is a marvel to me to read today of s [...]

    6. Overall excellent, very well written and engaging. A great first-hand introduction to the natural history of the basin and the character of the river and surrounding neighborhoods. Bates writes in a very immediate way about his life during those years (mid-nineteenth century): difficulties and triumphs, and many personal experiences. His knowledge of the wildlife and the effort that he put into his studies are humbling. This book also serves as a good travel guide: anyone planning to be on the [...]

    7. OK, stalled out halfway through. Boring. He does not describe the plants and animals enough to get an image of them. He seemed to only scratch the surface of the peoples, animals, bugs he runs into, gaining little perspective into their behavior or culture. Does give an interesting glimpse into a world where multiple cultures are living side-by-side effectively and some of the logistical issues in travel along the River area.Not a hard read, considering when it is written, just not worth my tim [...]

    8. I found Bates' travelog quite interesting especially for his descriptions of the people and cultures. He describes much of his travels on the s and its natural history which is a bit difficult to follow due to a lack of maps and his list-like recitation. This edition has many annoying typos. The edition also suffers from its format -- small print and little white space making the reading stressful on the eyes. Despite all, well worth a read.

    9. I found the descriptions of people and places very interesting, however all references to plants and animals were in latin.Unfortunately I am not that well versed in the latin names to know what he was talking about. With maybe a few pictures I could have figured it out.

    10. One of the most fun true adventure stories I have ever read. His time, this place, and his discovers were probably the most exciting possible anyone could experienc ever!

    11. Often self-serving autobiography on motherhood, irritated the crap out of me often but other parts rang true hugely.

    12. This wasn't what I was looking for. I'd really like to read a biography of Mr. Bates' adventures on the , but I can't find one.

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