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The End of the River: Strangling the Rio Sao Francisco Paperback – Nov 1 2008


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (Nov. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550228455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228458
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,916,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quill & Quire

In the past decade, readers have been bombarded with literary diatribes against clear-cut logging, habitat loss, overfishing, pollution, and species extinctions. Brian Harvey knows we’ve had enough, so in his new book, he lures us in with more literary means. In the process, he may have created a new literary genre: science travel writing. In this book, it’s Rio São Francisco, Brazil’s second largest river after the Amazon, that takes centre stage. Already choked by seven dams, it’s under threat of still another, this one the brainchild of President Lula da Silva. The locals, including those who ostensibly would be “served” by the dam, don’t want it built. Harvey’s book opens with the thousands of thrashing fish he sees on his first voyage to Brazil in the 1990s, hurling themselves against one of those dams in their thwarted efforts to spawn. It ends with Harvey concluding that while science can provide facts and figures, common sense is more important if people want to effect positive change. We rarely expect a scientist to be a great wordsmith; frequently, we don’t even expect him to be comprehensible. But this West Coast fish biologist writes entertainingly in a variety of modes. Travelogue, autobiography, history, and even fantasy romp alongside the biology. Kooky characters, real and imaginary, pop up throughout the book. While some of the digressions feel unnecessary and forced, and the vitality of the writing thins to a mere trickle in the last quarter of the book, I was still swept along.

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"A wonderful and engaging read with a samba beat, on the plight of the planet`s living waters. The End of the River is the book Nemo would write if he could. A great way to open peoples` eyes."  —Thomas E. Lovejoy, president, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment

"[A] freewheeling and vividly written essay on the mysteries and longings of what it is to be human in a world of cynicism and loss—and more significantly, what it is to be hopeful, to persevere, in the search for redemption and beauty....The End of the River is a brilliant and instructive book, alive with the author`s seditious intelligence, his inner compulsions and restlessness, the lot of which are wedded to his literal journey in a way that recalls the travel writing of one of Harvey`s heroes, Sir Richard Burton."  —Globe & Mail



"Transports the reader to the riverbank....Those who depend on the river are fortunate to have Harvey as their advocate."  —Victoria Times Colonist



"[Brian Harvey] may have created a new literary genre: science travel writing.... We rarely expect a scientist to be a great wordsmith; frequently, we don’t expect him to be comprehensible. But this West Coast fish biologist writes entertainingly in a variety of  modes. Travelogue, autobiography, history, and even fantasy romp alongside the biology."  —Quill & Quire

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