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20,000 Leagues Behind the 8-Ball
20,000 Leagues Behind the 8 Ball


Publishing History

  • New York: Random House, 1951
  • As With a Knife and Fork Down the Amazon London: Arthur Barker Ltd., 1952

Illustrator: Irv Koons


   The Dodges go “from Arequipa in the southwestern Peruvian desert to Iquitos in the northeastern Peruvian jungle, down the length of the Amazon River to Belém on the Atlantic, south along the Brazilian coast by way of Fortaleza, Natal, Bahía and way points to Rio de Janeiro, on to Montevideo in Uruguay and across the River Plate to Buenos Aires, west over the railroad line which runs through Mendoza in Argentina and across the Andean cordillera to Valparaíso and Santiago in Chile, north via Iquique, Arica and Tacna to Arequipa again ... before doubling back to Buenos Aires to take off for Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Lisbon, Barcelona and finally Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera.” They make this trip with their Peruvian maid—and Kendal’s best friend—Carmen, who has never been more than 30 kilometers away from Arequipa, much less around the continent.

With a Knife and Fork Down the Amazon
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