Books: Master of the Eye

THE GOLD OF THE RIVER SEA by Char/fon Ogburn Jr. 534 pages. Morrow. $6.95.

The Brazilians sometimes call it "the River Sea," and in fact the Amazon is like an inland sea. It holds nearly one-fifth of all the fresh water in the world. In places it is so wide that a steamer sailing up the middle cannot keep both banks in sight. Even 800 miles inland, dolphins arch through its surface and cormorants skim its waves. For Author Ogburn, the River Sea is both setting and protagonist for a rousing, sprawling, splendidly old-fashioned...

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