Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

By Daniel L. Everett,

Book cover of Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Book description

Part passionate memoir, part scientific exploration, a life-changing tale set among a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in Brazil that offers a riveting look into the nature of language, thought, and life itself.

"Immensely interesting and deeply moving.... One of the best books I have read."—Lucy Dodwell, New Scientist


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1 author picked Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

The authors of books about language don’t always have great stories to tell. But Dan Everett does. His riveting account of the language and culture of the Pirahã people of the Amazonian rainforest is astonishing on many levels: the personal (Everett arrived in Brazil as a Protestant missionary, but in losing his faith he gained a new vision of life), the linguistic (Pirahã breaks so many rules, it gives traditional linguists nightmares), the philosophical, even the political. Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes is an exhilarating intellectual adventure. 

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