Brian Harvey

The End of the River

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The End of the River (2008) was my first trade book. The heart of

the book is my experience with an environmemtally calamitous

attempt to divert a major river in Brazil, against a backdrop of the

folly of ignoring or misusing science. The End of the River is

published by ECW Press.

The End of the River made the Globe and Mail's list of TOP 100

BOOKS OF 2009.  This annual selection represents the "best and

most influential books of the year", published in Canada and the U.S.

The Globe and Mail said:

"Harvey has. . . a fascination and deftness with language and its

effects, and with the memorable luminescence of a story well told."

"The End of the River is a brilliant and instructive book, alive with the

author's seditious intelligence, his inner compulsions and restlessness,

the lot of which are wedded to his literal journey in a way that recalls

the travel writing of one of Harvey's heroes, Sir Richard Burton, who

during the mid-1800s explored the Sao Francisco River that so

obsesses Harvey today."

"The book is founded on the author's lifelong fascination with fish, an

attraction that began in the "bottle room" of the British Columbia

Provincial Museum when Harvey was a child, and eventually extended

to fish and fishing cultures as far away as Japan, the Philippines and

South America. Harvey's book sweeps across continents and oceans,

taking us to hand-wringing conservation conferences in Europe, to his

home river — the Fraser — in British Columbia, to the fish hatcheries

and markets of the Far East — visiting in the process seedy Thai

hotels, Amazonian outposts and Brazil's raucous Carnaval."

More praise for The End of the River

“A wonderful and engaging read with a samba beat, on the plight of

the planet's living waters. A great way to open peoples' eyes."

Brian Harvey is that rare fish, a scientist who can write.” —Dr.

Thomas Lovejoy, founder of the Public TV program “Nature”

Provides a new way to appreciate the aquatic life we so voraciously

consume.” —J.B. MacKinnon, author of “Dead Man in Paradise” and

“The Hundred Mile Diet”

Harvey may have created a new literary genre – science travel

writing.” —Quill and Quire