Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise
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FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by JF, 2001 Jun 24
He makes me want to believe, makes me gleefully toss away my incredulity and ride with him along the Rio Putumayo, high as a kite on fine Columbian Gold. Thanks to McKenna's able pen, a dumb hippie dope story metamorphoses into a strangely fascinating and compelling tale of a mythical voyage to the heart of the Jungle (oh, the archetypes!) that leads to an eschatological transformation of human consciousness. . . . (more)
BACK COVER #This mesmerizing, surreal account of the bizarre adventures of Terence McKenna, his brother Dennis, and a small band of their friends, is a wild ride of exotic experience and scientific inquiry. Exploring the Amazon Basin in search of mythical shamanic hallucinogens, they encounter a host of unusual characters -- including a mushroom, a flying saucer, pirate Mantids from outer space, an appearance by James and Nora Joyce in the guise of poultry, and translinguistic matter--and discover the missing link in the development of human consciousness and language.
BLURBS #"Mr. McKenna is like a lovely psychedelic sophist . . . a sure sign that Reagan-Bushism is dead and in the ground, and that a wilder social moment may be upon us."
-- New York Times
"Plenty of down-to-earth reasons for preserving the planet, going beneath the surface of scientific inquiry into the psychedelic experience, and some truly amazing dope tales."
-- Village Voice
"Terence McKenna presents a wryly knowing, studiously updated, wholly passionate version of the Psychedelic Revloution, circa 1992. . . . It would be hard to find a drug narrative more compellingly perched on a baroquely romantic limb than this passionate Tom-and-Huck-ride-Great-Mother-river-saga of brother bonding. . . . Put simply, Terence is a hoot."