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Verne, Jules

Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (1881)

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Joam Garral, a ranch owner who lives near the Peruvian-Brazilian border on the Amazon River travels with his daughter on a raft called Jangada to Belém where she is going to marry Manuel Valdez in the presence of his invalid mother. For this journey he builds a huge raft on which a village is floating with houses, domestic animals as well as church.

Many adventures and obstacles must the raft's crue overcome to safely arrive to the Amazon's river mouth where the city Belém is located.

Unlike many other Verne's novels, this story does not have any science fiction elements. It is an adventure novel.


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