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mobi µ Green Mansions ó Paperback ´ reflectionslisburnltd ä A failed revolutionary attempt drives the hero of Hudson's novel to seek refuge in the primeval forests of south western Venezuela There in the 'green mansions' of the title Abel encounters the wood nymph Rima the last survivor of a mysteriousT published in 1904 and a bestseller after its reissue a dozen years later Green Mansions offers its readers a poignant meditation on the loss of wilderness the dream of a return to nature and the bitter reality of the encounter between savage and civilized ma Considered W H Hudson's masterpiece and promoted as an exotic romance Green Mansions lived up to its reputation An old man Mr Abel tells his tale to a close friend Mr Abel a Venezuelan had become embroiled in a political plot to overthrow his government back when he was an unwise young man of twenty three The plot was discovered forcing him to flee for his life Conseuently he spent some years wandering the jungle and living with savages Mr Abel met a mysterious young woman who besides her great beauty also spoke an unknown language and had a mystical relationship with the flora and fauna of the jungle Between the bird girl Rina and Mr Abel a passionate love grew and though he did everything within his power to bring her happiness tragedy was the result of their relationship The most amazing aspect of the novel is the telling of the story with not one word of dialogue It is all description of the jungle the natives the bird girl and her strange grandfather and of the states of mind along with the adventures of Mr Abel Never have I read a novel in this form that was so compelling It is full of action emotion danger passion extreme adventure and continuous suspense as though the reader were also in the jungle and in the mind of Mr Abel I became aware of Green Mansions years ago and have had a yellowed used paperback on my shelves for almost two decades Thanks to one of my reading groups I have read it at last and understand why it appears on so many reading lists An investment of 250 and two evenings of reading time brought me entertainment than I ever expected

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The love that flowers between them is soon overshadowed by cruelty and sorrow One of the acknowledged masters of natural history writing W H Hudson forms an important link between nineteenth century Romanticism and the twentieth century ecological movementFirs In my recent review of Frank Aubrey's lost race novel The King of the Dead 1903 which transpires in the jungle depths of Brazil I mentioned that the author in an attempt to add realism to his descriptions of the terrain had uoted liberally from works by the famed Argentinian writer William Henry Hudson And well he might Hudson at that point was 62 years old and well known for being both a naturalist and ornithologist his specialty being the birds of his native South America; he'd already written any number of books on the subject as well as his first piece of fiction a dystopian novel entitled A Crystal Age 1887 One could hardly do better than uoting from a W H Hudson book when describing both the flora and fauna of Brazil But today of course Hudson is best known for his second novel which was released one year after The King of the Dead The book was Green Mansions which since its first incarnation as a Gerald Duckworth Co hardcover in 1904 has seen dozens of various editions around the world; a perennial favorite that has rarely if ever been out of print This reader had had the 1959 Bantam paperback cover price 50 cents sitting on his shelf unread for ages; at this point I cannot even recall when or where I acuired it But it is a very nice edition indeed the movie tie in edition and featuring charming illustrations by Sheilah Beckett throughout A beautifully written piece of magical realism as it turns out Hudson's most famous work has been captivating the hearts and minds of readers for well over a century nowand for very good reasonThe book is narrated by an old man named Abel Guevez de Argensola in an attempt to explain to an English friend of his how he became the person he is today It seems that back in the mid 1870s Abel a young Venezuelan had been a member of a faction that was involved in a failed takeover of the government in Caracas Fleeing for his life Abel had decided to indulge an urge of his that he'd had for the longest time an exploration of the largely unmapped region south of the Orinoco After many wanderings and hardships he’d tried to locate the gold deposits supposedly residing near the Parahuari tribe in the largely unexplored area where Venezuela Colombia and Brazil meet Failing in this attempt he'd resided with the Parahuari themselves and made rough friends with their chief Runi as well as one of the young warriors Kua ko Abel was given the liberty to come and go as he pleased only being warned against venturing into the nearby forest on the other side of a desolate savannah But Abel had gone exploring in that forest anyway drawn back repeatedly after hearing the call of a bird such as he’d never heard before He was warned by the Parahuari that the forest was haunted by the daughter of the Didi a monstrous spirit of sorts and ultimately Abel did indeed encounter the dreaded woman herself after he'd attempted to kill a poisonous coral snake The woman turned out to be named Rima in actuality a 17 year old child of nature who talked to the birds and other animals wore a gown made of spun spider silk and was wholly averse to the destruction of any living creature Rima had been living in the forbidden wood with an old man named Nuflo who claimed to be her grandfather And soon enough Abel had fallen in love with the beautiful forest girl and had helped her and her grandfather search for the land Riolama where her mother had come from thus angering the nearby natives and resulting in tragedy for all concernedI mentioned a little earlier that Green Mansions is a very fine example of magical realism and indeed there is very little in Hudson's book that could not actually transpire in real life Rima of course is the book's foremost element of fascination and wonder but even this charming creature who runs along the uppermost branches of the trees subsists on berries and various gums and befriends even the lowest and most dangerous forms of wildlife spiders and snakes for example is not necessarily outside the bounds of credibility To add realism to his conceit Hudson regales us with his hard won knowledge of South American wildlife we get to hear of the camoodi troupial accouri campanero bird sakawinki cotinga the exotic flora the mora tree the cecropia the greenheart and the native beliefs dress weapons and drink the Curupita monster the ueyou loincloth the zabatana blowgun the casserie liuor made of masticated cassava His book is remarkably well written the sopho novel shows every sign of being penned by a master and much of the book's appeal rests in the lyrically written poetic passages that Hudson showers upon the reader When describing the sounds emitted by a passing flock of birds we’re told there was something ethereal too in those drops of melodious sound which fell into my heart like raindrops falling into a pool to mix their fresh heavenly water with the water of earth When describing the bell like notes of the campanero bird Hudson writes so bell like so like the great wide travelling sounds associated in our minds with Christian worship And yet so unlike A bell yet not made of gross metal dug out of earth but of an ethereal sublimer material that floats impalpable and invisible in space a vital bell suspended on nothing giving out sounds in harmony with the vastness of blue heaven the unsullied purity of nature the glory of the sun and conveying a mystic a higher message to the soul than the sounds that surge from tower and belfryWhew In one of the book's rapturous moments the smitten Abel tells his lovely nature woman this is love Rima the flower and the melody of life the sweetest thing the sweet miracle that makes our two souls one And I just love when Abel during his initial four page description of Rima who enters the story roughly at the novel's one uarter point asks us why has Nature maker of so many types and of innumerable individuals of each given to the world but one being like this?Although boasting any number of tremendous set pieces Abel's first glimpse of Rima the trio's journey to Riolama the multiple tragic incidents that occur back to back to back near the book's end Abel's descent into madness and hallucinatory wandering as the story draws to its close it is Hudson's beautiful verbiage his engendering of a magical poetical atmosphere his uintet of sharply etched characters his evocative descriptions and of course the one of a kind Rima that combine to make Green Mansions the classic that it remains today Hudson makes only one misstep in the course of his tale when he tells us that Runi's archenemy Managa dwells to the southwest; 234 pages later Managa is said to live to the northwest But other than this one gaffe Hudson's novel is sheer perfection; a book that I devoured with relish Not for nothing does my 1959 Bantam movie tie in edition call it pure enchantmentone of the most romantic and enthralling in all literature I could not agree And ohas long as I have broached the subject of that film which was released in May 1959 a uick word on that topic It is a perfectly decent little film one that I watched the day after I finished the Hudson book that simply pales into insignificance when compared to its classic source Screenwriter Dorothy Kingsley who had previously been responsible for the scripts for Kiss Me Kate Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Pal Joey and who would go on to create the screenplays for Can Can and uh Valley of the Dolls adds much incident not present in the Hudson book and sadly deletes still ; even the novel's tragic ending has been changed to shoehorn in a patently phony happy ending The film strips away all the magic and poetry from Hudson's book and leaves us with a typical Hollywood jungle adventure replete with dancing natives and a chase over a swaying rope bridge Thus the movie feels closer in spirit and DNA to something like the great 1954 thriller The Naked Jungle than its source novel Still neither the film's director Mel Ferrer nor its small cast of excellent actors can be blamed; it's just that Kingsley's script ticking off the bare plot points of Hudson's story as it does lets them all downAs for the actors they are probably all miscast although I cannot say who I would have replaced them with in a story that may well be unfilmable Thus playing the Venezuelans we have Belgian Audrey Hepburn as Rima she'd been married to Ferrer for five years at this point and would remain married to him for nine ; L A born Anthony Perkins as Abel how odd it is to hear Rima tell him that her dead mother feels so near that I talk to her as the very next year Perkins would gain eternal fame playing a character who does the exact same thing in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; the great NYC born Jewish character actor Lee J Cobb practically unrecognizable here behind a thick white beard as Nuflo; the terrific NYC born SicilianPortuguese character actor Henry Silva as Kua ko; and the Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa as Runi All give it their professional best but again can only do so much with that Kingsley script Perhaps only Jerusalem born Nehemiah Persoff seems apt here in his role as a shopkeepera character not even present in Hudson's bookDespite Hepburn's participation an actress who was riding high after 1957's Funny Face and who two months later would appear in July 1959's smash hit The Nun's Story Green Mansions was a box office flop and a critical failure Still the news is not all bad The film looks fairly impressive and many of the picture's outdoor shots were indeed filmed in British Guiana Venezuela and Colombia although it is patently obvious that none of the principal actors traveled there And OMG that Audrey Hepburn I don’t think I've ever seen her look beautiful than she does here and that one shot of her cuddling a baby fawn is one that you'll want to freeze and marvel at Still the film and the book are vastly different entities My friend Debbie tells me that when she had to read the book in high school she cheated and watched the film instead and then wrote an essay based on that Her teacher busted her for it immediately so different are the two creations As mentioned the film is a perfectly decent romantic action film but the book is where the magic poetry and true beauty reside Three stars for the film and a perfect five for Hudson's most enduring workBy the way this review originally appeared on the FanLit website at a most ideal destination for all fans of magical realism type fare

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Green MansionsA failed revolutionary attempt drives the hero of Hudson's novel to seek refuge in the primeval forests of south western Venezuela There in the 'green mansions' of the title Abel encounters the wood nymph Rima the last survivor of a mysterious aboriginal race A nice romantic and unusual story set in Victorian era in the forests of Venzuela Interesting narrative a bit difficult to get into however it's worth it if you are patientI am actually revising this review After being done with this book after a few days I realize that I am still thinking about it and when that happens I need to re evaluate my feelingsI think I finally get this story This is about nature vs man Rima is our representation of nature SHe is everything beautiful innocent and pure Her relationships with all around her including man is how it should be for everyone However man's ignorance and greed and corruptability know only how to do one thing well and that's destroy and kill all beauty around them We see it everyday with logging companies destroying our forests animals go endangered or extinct due to the man's destruction nature Our oceans are full of pollutants and we kill for profit daily with corporate machines This is a story of man told in it's simplest most heartbreaking way Highly recommend