Princeton University Library Catalog

Along the Inca road : a woman's journey into an ancient empire / Karin Muller.

Author:
Müller, Karin [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2000.
Description:
295 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary note:
  • "Along the Inca Road shares the stillness of sunrise in the haunted aerie of Machu Picchu, clings to the roof of a ratteltrap bus skirting the vertiginous precipices of the Andes, carouses through the streets of an Altiplano city on Carnival, and inches warily forward as Ecuadorian soldiers probe for land mines with bayonets.
  • Muller's ready for just about anything, whether it's challenging the Pacific surf in a traditional Inca reed boat, locking horns with a bull in a cheering Peruvian arena, or joining a crack Bolivian anti-narcotics team on a hunt for clandestine cocaine labs deep in the jungle. She initiates us into the mysteries of the spirits at a shaman's rite involving hamsters, hallucinogens, and copious libations of moonshine, and high in a mountain meadow captures a struggling vicuna, whose prized fleece was once reserved for the Inca god-king alone.
  • And these are only a few of the traveler's tales from a 3,125-mile odyssey encompassing four countries and every form of transportation under the sun, from footslogging, mule train, and motorbike to state-of-the-art military vehicles.".
  • "As she spins the wool of her stories into a modern tapestry of faces and memories, Muller intertwines a chronicle of the ancient Inca from their race's mythical birth on an island in lofty Lake Titicaca to their sudden plunge from the height of imperial power at the hands of a ragtag band of Spanish soldiers of fortune. We learn how they lived, worshipped, and warred, and why such a magnificent culture proved so vulnerable to invaders."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
079227685X
OCLC:
44786207
RCP:
C - S