Best Books and Novels about Ecuador

Best Books and Novels about Ecuador

Novels, History and Natural Sciences

Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon : A Chronicle of an Incan Treasure by Peter Lourie. As the coutless men to tread before him, young Lourie is fueled by an unstoppable desire for the lost treasure of the last Inca emperor Atahualpa. Likely the largest undiscovered treasure reamaining on earth, he tracks down old time treasure hunters that have the knowledge and the maps that will lead him to it. The history of the conquest, ledgends, and characters (and characters they are!) that he encounters come alive in his persuit. The story in part parallels theSearch for Inca Gold, a documentary that aired on A&E network in November 1998.

Savages, by Joe Kane. Don’t leave home without it – or at least don’t go to the Amazon without reading this one. A tale of Moi, a leader of the Huaorani indigenous tribe and his quest to save his culture from extinction. Kane managed to make his way into the lives of these tribesmen, entering a different world intimately linked with the rainforest and the spirit of the Jaguar. In doing so, he uncovers a hilarious band of “Savages” struggling to make sense out of the modern world. Highly recommended…

Running the Amazon by Joe Kane. An account of the first descent of the full length of the Amazon River that makes even the most hard core seasoned adventurer feel like a whimp. Starting literally at a glacier, they follow the longest tributary of the Amazon through extreme whitewater and numerous dramatic near death experiences and mutinies. This is a great study of group dynamics under extreme stress and a classic adventure novel.

Ecuador in Focus : A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture (2nd Ed., November 2000) by Wilma Roos and Omer Van Renterghem. It briefly covers topics from Ecuador’s early history right up to present day politics, people and enviroment. Not a travel guide book but a guide to culture.

Waorani: The Contexts of Violence and War (December 1997) by Clayton and Carole Robarchek. The book portrays the way of life of the Waorani, also known as “Auca” (savages) by their neighbors;they were, until recently, considered the most warlike people on earth. The authors sketch Waorani history and culture and describe the events that led the Waorani to abandon violence after countless generations of warring.

Green Fires: Assault on Eden: A Novel of the Ecuadorian Rainforest by Marnie Mueller. Fiction that makes you wonder if its real or not at times. A former Peace Corps worker revisits Ecuador and ventures off into the Amazon on an adventure to finds unimaginable horrors inflicted upon the indigenous communties by a twisted marriage of oil companies and missionaries. Great characters and realistic depictions of indigenous people and a political situation that lingers to this day. An exceptionally human beautifuly written novel.

Amazon Stranger, Non-Fiction, Biography. Mike Tidwell About Randy Borman, white man, son of missionaries, leader of the Zabalo tribe of Cofan in far North Eastern Ecuador. Borman is an incredibly intriguing character, and the book as well is intriguing. You’ll get a good idea of the life, history and struggle of the Cofan with several dramatic events and stories of adventures in the jungle and the constant struggle to fend off the oil company.

Children’s Books

We’re Sailing To Galapagos: A Week In The Pacific
by Laurie Krebs

A Visit to Galapagos
by Katie Lee

Amazon: A Young Reader’s Look at the Last Frontier by Peter Lourie, Marcos Santilli (Photographer).

Lost Treasure of the Inca by Peter Lourie. A wonderful 48-page photo essay about hunting billions of dollars of lost Incan treasure.

Penguins of the Galapagos (Amato, Carol A. Young Readers Series.) by Carol A. Amato, David Wenzel (Illustrator), Patrick O’Brien (Illustrator) A boy and girl step into the world of Galapagos penguins guided by their biologist parents, and a thirst for adventure.

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