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TE Peters, January 8, 2012 (view all comments by TE Peters)
I admit that I picked this book assuming it would be one of the many non-fiction travel books that I was either unimpressed by or bored by. I doubted I'd even bother finishing it. I started it on an airplane, assuming that as soon as the trip was over I'd put it down or trade it for something more interesting.

Instead, I found myself snatching moments while my friends went to primp their hair or find their wallets. I devoured the story of the culture, language and people.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in anthropology, linguistics or humans in general. Dr. Everett's lifelong relationship with the people of the Amazon gives this travel novel a true depth that doesn't exist in those novels which are written by experts after only 2 weeks. His compassion for his subjects and his desire to truly understand and empathize with them is inspiring and is something that we can surely learn from.
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Jason Straight, August 23, 2009 (view all comments by Jason Straight)
Imagine a language with no numbers, no colors, no cardinal directions; imagine a people with no leaders, who rarely sleep, and have no gods or creation myths. You would be envisioning the Pihara and their language. In Don't Sleep, There are Snakes, Dan Everett provides a fascinating account of his life among the Piraha people and his long process to learn their language and culture. Everett provides an entertaining and enlightening account of a way of a unique way of life, in the process he takes the accepted wisdom of modern linguistics to the cleaners, chipping away at the foundation of Chomsky universal grammar. Don't Sleep also provides the personal account of a one time Christian missionary, who rethought the universe and his place in it after confronting a people whose view of the world caused him to question his own. If you are at all interested in language, traditional culture, anthropology, or merely in need of some enlightenment, read this book.
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