Man Who Swam The Amazon: 3,274 Miles on the World's Deadliest River by Matthew MohlkeMan Who Swam The Amazon: 3,274 Miles on the World's Deadliest River by Matthew Mohlke

Man Who Swam The Amazon: 3,274 Miles on the World's Deadliest River

byMatthew Mohlke, Martin Strel

Paperback | October 1, 2007

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On Sunday, April 8, 200 7, 52-year old Martin Strel completed the first-ever swim of the 3,274-mile-long Amazon River. The Fish Man, as he was called by locals, almost died in the process several times; he encountered deadly piranha, crocodiles, anaconda, river sharks, blistering, relentless sun, dangerous currents, river pirates and drug runners, and the insidious candiru. At the finish his blood pressure was at heart attack level, his entire body full of subcutaneous larvae, and besieged by dehydration, diarrhea, and exhaustion. Strel, who holds multiple Guinness world records for long-distance river swims, undertook this epic Amazon swim to call attention to deforestation and river pollution. His journey was covered by national media around the world, and followed by tens of millions of readers on a website tracking his progress (www.amazonswim.com). A documentary film of his journey will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.Drawn from the eloquent and evocative trip diaries of writer Matthew Mohlke, who guided Strel armed with buckets of blood to divert piranha, The Man Who Swam the Amazon is a gripping and inspirational story of perseverance, passion, and endurance: A real-life odyssey of a rare and driven man.Martin Strel is one of the most elite athletes in history. He holds three Guinness world records in distance swimming, and is about to earn his fourth for his Amazon swim.Matthew Mohlke is author of Floating Down the Country, an account of his Mississippi River paddling adventures.
Martin Strel is one of the most elite athletes in history. He holds three Guinness world records in distance swimming, and is about to earn his fourth for his Amazon swim. He earned his first Guinness in 2000 for swimming the entire Danube river, 1,867 miles, over 58 days. He then broke his own record in 2002, by becoming the first per...
Title:Man Who Swam The Amazon: 3,274 Miles on the World's Deadliest RiverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:October 1, 2007Publisher:Lyons PressLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poorly written An interesting story but not at all well written. Matthew Mohlke writes from a very "young guy" perspective and could have stood to have a lot more editing done to his work, not only because of the numerous typos. I was aghast that he described one of the Amazon women he saw on his journey as "incredibly ugly". I had to read the sentence over a few times to make sure I read it right. An unnecessary and gratuitous comment. The telling of the story would have been much better served if it had been written as a straight account of the swim, and not drawn from the Mohlke's diary entries. Usually I think the book versions of stories are much better than the movie versions, but this is one story that I look forward to seeing the movie version of (filmmaker John Maringouin's upcoming "Big River Man") and hope that it is a much better documentation of Martin Strel's swim than Mohlke's account. As an admitted "armchair adventurer" this book was a big disappointment and it was only because of wanting to find out how Strel finished his swim that I even finished reading it.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU ARE THERE! Hear the jaguar & howler monkeys. Smell the fear. Feel the agony & triumph. Stroke with slightly heavy, booze swilling crazed Strel toward a world record documentary in the making.
Date published: 2007-10-26