Peter Mattiessen has long been known for his travels to some of the remotest lands on earth, most notably recorded in The Snow Leopard. The Cloud Forest brings to vivid life a South American journey that took him from the Sargasso Sea to the jungles of Amazonia, from the Inca city of Machu Picchu high in the Andes to the bleak rocks of Tierra del Fuego and the winds and vast skies of Patagonia.
The result is an incisive and marvellously well-observed journal by a born writer and naturalist, a voyage of exploration among the people, places and fading wildlife of this most exotic and mysterious of continents.
"[A] passionately observed and argued blend of natural history, ethnography, philosophy and mysticism written in a style for which the closest comparison is that of Joseph Conrad"
"A completely delightful book... An extraordinary perception... Nowhere in The Cloud Forest did I come across a false note"
"His book deserves as long as life as the records of such earlier naturalists as Darwin, Bates and Hudson"
"Probably the best writer in America"