Based on a true story, this acclaimed novel offers an account of a group of Baptist missionaries who trekked into the Amazon rainforest during the 1950s in hopes of converting isolated native people to Christianity. This quest results in failure and death, leaving those left behind struggling to understand what went wrong. The story demonstrates both the courage of believers willing to sacrifice their lives for what they understand to be a ‘higher calling’ and also how fundamentally misguided they are in their assumptions about the Amazonian tribes they encounter. This is a well-written and fair-minded story about faith: how it can draw people together in a shared cause and how it can also distort reality and lead to tragic consequences for everyone involved.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)