the book reviews
In 1987 three men met on a boat on the Amazon. The three men were: Petru Popescu, a writer, Jean-Michel Cousteau, a photographer, and Loren McIntyre, an explorer for National Geographic Magazine. During the voyage, Loren spoke of his travels. Loren discovered the true source of the Amazon River. He accomplished this in 1971. During that expedition he was captured by the Mayoruna, locally known as the Cat People. Popescu was inspired and wrote a fantastic book. Amazon Beaming. It is a strange and magical story. This primitive tribe communicated telepathically. Loren became involved in the tribe's attempt to reach the beginning of time. The experience changed McIntyre. I believe that this book has the power of change. This is its worth. In a literary sense, Popescu has been compared to Joseph Conrad. English is not his first language, but he writes it excellently. Petru wrote this book from notes, tape recordings, and articles. The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Some passages were written in the first person. This serves to make the action more immediate to the reader. This approach would certainly not be condoned by a writing teacher. There are many fascinating experiences that people carry inside their heads, hearts and souls. These would never be shared, if writers were not willing to lend their talent. Bravo, Petru and Loren. Their book is another answer to the question: Why do men climb mountains? After I read the book, I went to my local sauna. I spoke about the book to a man there. A grand conversation began. All the men and women in the sauna participated. After the sauna, we continued the discussion. The topics included communication, language development and aboriginal culture. I wager, half of these people stopped at a library or a bookstore afterward. This is the mark of a good book. It induces hunger. Amazon Beaming will do that. You might try telepathic communication. Huxley tells us that humans have an array of chemical filters. The purpose of these filters is to trap useless information. So we will not be overwhelmed by sensory input. When our environment becomes less natural, these filters become stronger. Only information that is pertinent to the acquisition of basic needs is allowed. More sensory input is needed to accomplish these tasks in a primitive environment. Drugs that are ingested in order to gain visions, are a chemical method of removing some of the filters of urban man. Then they become aware of information they do not usually have. Aboriginal people are very comfortable with this extra information. In fact, they require it for survival.
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.