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The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale Of Love, Murder, And Survival In The Amazon
地圖繪制師之妻
版本: 平裝368頁  2016 年 3 月 1 日  Basic Books; Reprint edition出版
ISBN:9780465057948
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內容介紹

十八世紀初期,一群法國科學家前往南美洲進行大膽長達十年長的探險,欲測量地球精確的形狀。如同發現美國西部的路易斯與克拉克遠征,這群法國科學家將鮮為人知的南美大陸揭密給全世界渴望發現新大陸的人們。在秘魯測量高達4,000公尺高的安地斯山脈,和南美美洲豹、美洲獅、昆蟲與吸血蝠面對面的對抗,這些科學家好幾次都差點命喪黃泉無法完成任務。

探險隊裡有人被謀殺、有人因為發高燒死亡,近三分之一的隊員情緒失控而死。在探險旅程的末端,Jean Godin與他秘魯妻子Isabel Gramesón因為詭譎的政治局勢受困於亞馬遜兩端。後來Isabel花了二十年才和她的先生重逢的故事讓十八世紀的歐洲嘖嘖稱奇。Isabel堅強活下來的故事展現人類耐力、女性的智慧策略以及信仰帶給人的能量。

作者羅伯特•惠特克從十八世紀法國地圖繪制師的親筆文獻加上他親身去南美體驗Isabel的探險路線,寫出充滿冒險、陰謀、科學成就的故事。《地圖繪制師之妻》是世界有史以來最驚天動地的探險與愛情故事。

作者介紹

羅伯特•惠特克(Robert Whitaker)曾寫過四本書 Mad in America, The Mapmaker's Wife, On the Laps of Gods以及Anatomy of an Epidemic。他最為人知是關於心理疾病以及分析醫藥業的文章,這些刊登在報紙和雜誌上的專文拿了很多寫作獎項,包括《喬治•波爾卡新聞獎》(The George Polk Awards)以及科學作家協會頒發的最佳雜誌報導獎(National Association of Science Writers Award)。1998年羅伯特•惠特克幫《波士頓環球報》(Boston Globe) 所寫的一系列關於精神病人受虐報導讓他入選普立茲獎決選名單。

書評

From Publishers Weekly
As was customary for girls from elite families in 18th-century colonial Peru, Isabel Gramesón was barely a teenager when she married Jean Godin, a Frenchman visiting the territory as an assistant on a scientific expedition. Planning to bring his wife back to France, Godin trekked across South America to check in with the French colonial authorities, but was refused permission to return up the Amazon back into Spanish territory to retrieve Isabel. So they remained a continent apart for 20 years until 1769, when Isabel started making her way east. Her party ran aground on the Bobonaza River (which feeds into the Amazon), and though almost everyone perished, she managed to survive alone in the rainforest for weeks. Although science journalist Whitaker doesn't directly refer to his own modern trek following Isabel's route down the Bobonaza, his descriptions of the conditions she would have encountered convey his familiarity with the territory, often quite viscerally, ("There are giant stinging ants, ants that bite, and ants that both bite and sting"). His account of the French expedition that brought Godin to Peru and then separated him from his new wife is equally vivid, with exhilarating discoveries and petty squabbles-and richly illustrated with contemporary drawings. Though an early, long digression tracing the history of attempts to measure the size of the earth may establish the context a little too solidly, making some readers impatient, they'll certainly be hooked once the story really begins. Isabel and Jean's adventures are riveting enough on their own, and colonial South America's largely unfamiliar history adds another compelling layer to this well-crafted yarn.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–Whitaker merges a gripping account of scientific exploration with an amazing story of survival in the wilderness. For those who think of the Enlightenment only in terms of sedate Paris salons, this book will alter that image forever. The best minds of Europe in the 1730s knew that the Earth was not perfectly round, but the exact size and shape were in hot debate. Someone figured out that to nail down the answer certain data was needed, and that the best place to get that data was at the equator. Given the technological and political realities of the time, that meant one place: Peru. A scientific expedition was organized in Paris and sent to the New World in 1735. After 10 years of incredible hardships and setbacks, it accomplished its mission (and a host of other enlightenments along the way). As captivating as this story proved to be, another developed: a young member of the party met, fell in love with, and married an upper-class, 13-year-old Peruvian girl. Due to a tangled swirl of unfortunate events, this couple became separated for 20 years (beginning just before the birth of their only child). Finally, in 1769, Isabel Gramesón set off on a trek through the most inhospitable of jungles to rejoin her husband in French Guiana. The author's depiction of that harrowing journey is the crowning jewel of this outstanding volume.–Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA