Forest of the Pygmies – Isabel Allende

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This novel by Isabel Allende is an easy addictive adventure-thriller of superior quality. For the general reader it is the story of a band of completely different peopleĀ (A missionary, two preteens, a raunchy pilot, a bold photographer in search of his big moment and a journalist) exploring Ā the unexplored riverines of Ngobe in search of theĀ missionary’s missing colleagues.

But for some others it is the story of the Pygmies, their exploitation, their suffering and their utter de-humanization by those more powerful than them. It is for them the story of slavery, of deception, of oppression and the malice of power. It is in all a melancholic travelogue about the liberation its uncertainties, its inherent hope and that pinch of magic that we all so desperately desire.

The book is a beauty to read, easy to fall in love and amazingly capable of transferring the reader to theĀ darkest deepest most beautiful magical forests. The visual devices takesĀ this journey to another level of addictive ecstasy altogether. Isabel Allende is a marvellous writer, one for the ages.

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