Joam Garral, a ranch owner living near the Peruvian-Brazilian border, is forced to travel down the Amazon when his past begins to catch up with him.
signaled from afar by the monotonous concert of voices, so like the psalm-singing of some church choir. But if nature has not made him vicious, it is none the less necessary to attack him with caution, and under any circumstances a sleeping traveler ought not to leave himself exposed, lest a guariba should surprise him when he is not in a position to defend himself.
This monkey, which is also known in Brazil as the "barbado," was of large size. The suppleness and stoutness of his limbs proclaimed him a powerful creature, as fit to fight on the ground as to leap from branch to branch at the tops of the giants of the forest.
He advanced then cautiously, and with short steps. He glanced to the right and to the left, and rapidly swung his tail. To these representatives of the monkey tribe nature has not been content to give four hands--she has shown herself more generous, and added a fifth, for the extremity of their caudal appendage possesses a perfect power of prehension.
The guariba noisel
I found this book quite tedious.
There really wasn't enough in it for a full novel, though it might have made a good short story. About 60 pages in I started to skip 10 pages at a time and found I could pick up the thread no problem at all - not much was happening.
Having spent time in the Amazon, it also quickly became apparent to me that the author hadn't been there.
Only for keen Jules Verne fans.
I really enjoyed this novel, as I do with most of Verne's work. Not his typical science-fiction type of book, but a good read nonetheless.