Green Mansions

A Romance of the Tropical Forest

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Author: W.H. Hudson
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,667 / 245 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,027 3745

An exotic romance about a traveller to the jungle of Guyana in Venezuela. After befriending the local tribes the traveller meets a girl in the jungle when she saves him from a poisonous snake bite. Rima, the girl, is at home in the jungle and treats the animals as her friends, but is viewed by the local tribe as an enemy. Forced out of the village, the traveller and Rima search for her lost tribe.

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life and culture have got away from things that really matter; how instead of making civilization our handmaid to freedom we have set her heel on our necks, and under it bite dust all the time? Hudson, whether he knows it or not, is now the chief standard-bearer of another faith. Thus he spake in The Purple Land: "Ah, yes, we are all vainly seeking after happiness in the wrong way. It was with us once and ours, but we despised it, for it was only the old common happiness which Nature gives to all her children, and we went away from it in search of another grander kind of happiness which some dreamer--Bacon or another--assured us we should find. We had only to conquer Nature, find out her secrets, make her our obedient slave, then the Earth would be Eden, and every man Adam and every woman Eve. We are still marching bravely on, conquering Nature, but how weary and sad we are getting! The old joy in life and gaiety of heart have vanished, though we do sometimes pause for a few moments in our long forced march t


Average Rating of 3.3 from 6 reviews: ****

A beautiful story, very well written. Great characters, and very descriptive writing especially here nature is concerned.


A most excellent book. Very descriptive, not only in atmosphere and location, but emotions, too. Catches your interest and doesn't let go.

Gary Anderson

A great story of the jungle. Does anyone know the name of the movie it was made into ? Recommend.


I love the book from the beginning, because of the rich olden Anglo-Saxon English format of writing, the romance in the green woods, etc. What totally turned me against he book was the [ending].

Recommendation? If you know true love, and has just failed in one, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! It'll kill you. I never had a pleasant sleep last night, and I'm likely to have a bad week-end... I take novels that seriously.

God bless and keep you. Thanks to Project Guetenberg though for all these books.


The movie title was Green Mansions :)


Turned into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn.

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