LibriVox World Tour 2012: SOUTH AMERICA

Posted on August 31, 2012 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off

Welcome to the fifth leg of our Librivox World Tour, where we are taking a trip through South America with 10 gems from our catalog.

We are coming from the North into South America, just like the cocoa plant. Chocolate: or An Indian Drinke, our recording of the 17th century book by Antonio Colmenero des Ledesma, sings the praise of the drink of the Gods in a lovely poem at the beginning.

The early men living in The Lost World were probably too busy fighting for survival to sit down and drink chocolate. Read the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, involving dinosaurs and vicious apes, set in Venezuela.

From Venezuela to the forest in Guyana flees Abel, and eventually he takes up residence with an Indian tribe. In a wood that is taboo for them, he finds Rima, and they fall in love, in W. H. Hudson’s novel Green Mansions, a Romance of the Tropical Forest.

However, their luck does not last long, and just like in the story of Adam and Eve, the fall comes oh too quickly. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning retells the well known biblical story.

Brazilian Tales contains six lovely short stories by various authors, representative of Brazilian literature at the end of the 19th century.

Brazil was also the endpoint of the 1867 expedition through The Andes and the Amazon. James Orton tells about the journey, starting in Ecuador, going through the mountains and the forest, and producing one of the first maps of equatorial America.

A scientific sensation was the rediscovery of Machu Picchu in summer 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Inca Lands gives a detailed description of the expedition into the Highlands of Peru, as well as of the excavation of the ancient city in 1912.

An interesting discovery is made by Capt. Delano off the shores of Chile, where he finds a Spanish slave ship in distress. Offering help to its captain Benito Cereno, he is to find out that not everything is as it seems on the surface in Herman Melville’s novel…

Thankfully, slavery is Far Away and Long Ago, just like the childhood of W. H. Hudson, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the 19th century, and recounts his memories of the times in this autobiographical book.

A Victorian gentleman stumbles upon a tropical world on Antarctica. He finds there a highly developed society, but can he cope with a complete reversal of his values, where being poor is good? Have fun with James de Mille’s interesting utopian novel A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder.

Enjoy – and send a postcard!

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