The real jungle, deep between the tributaries of the Amazon, unbroken for thousands of miles, is only fit for men with bulldozers and tankers of diesel or indigenous hunter-gatherers. Everything else despairs, dies, and rots: fauna, flora, homo sapiens, dreams, buildings, machinery, everything.
Director Warner Herzog made a very ambitious movie about a would-be Amazon rubber baron called ‘Fitzcarraldo’. The real story was the making of the movie, chronicled in the must-see documentary ‘Burden of Dreams’: difficult jungle locations, losing the lead Mick Jagger to nut-case Klaus Kinski, a border war complicated by a tribal war, and Herzog slowly going mad from rain, humidity, delay, stench, and rot. Herzog wrote a fascinating book about it called ‘Conquest of the Useless’ (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️).
In a way, this is the same book, but with different adventurers and dreamers. It ended in betrayal, confusion, and final despair about one day too early. But on another level, like Deighton's book 'Bomber', the forces and decision makers not in the jungle continued on as if nothing happened.
- Publisher: HarperCollins (1 August 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060179368
- ISBN-13: 978-0060179366
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 23.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 794 g
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