A Naturalist in Brazil: The Record Of a Year's Observation by Konrad Guenther

By Konrad Guenther

Boston 1931 Houghton Mifflin. Translated via B. Miall. Hardcover. 8vo, 400pp., picture illustrations, index, textile. VG, disguise flippantly dirty and shelf worn, no DJ.

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Over the see and and sea, in the dissolves into white meanwhile, the sky begins to clear; the mist diaphanous clouds the slanting rays of the sun ; pour down upon sea and coast. The city yonder takes plastic shape as we look above the house-fronts rises a forest of towers and steeples to the right gleams the dome of the Benedictine abbey, with the ; two towers of ; its west front, like uplifted forefingers. Beneath it the houses descend to the lower city like a stairway of coloured cliffs interrupted by funicular railways and slanting streets.

Employees in business houses have to much more exhausting ; the work of an agricultural labourer in tropical Brazil is forced to realize that such work is difficult for the strongest man, and imis possible for any other, and that he can never work so hard, and live so frugally and cheaply, as the native-born agricultural labourer. Despite all fascination. such drawbacks, however, the tropics exert a magical I think of Brazil it is not Rio de Janeiro that rises When before me, with its proud coronal of mountains and its incomparable bay: the north-eastern coast of Brazil has engraven itself more deeply on my heart.

Even in to the sea. mode its The of propagation the coconut-palm is adapted a man's head, is enclosed in a brown nut, as large as husk, and under this is a dense layer of fibres, which serves as a sort of lifebuoy, in which it may float far oversea without being injured by the force of the waves. For the real nut fibrous husk, and which three holes may 38 lies embedded in the of a thick and very hard shell, in be perceived, and a kernel. Two of these itself consists THE OCEAN SHORE holes are overgrown ; beneath the third Hes the germ of the nut.

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