This was a beautifully written epic story about life, death, love and self-discovery as Jaki Gefjon struggles to unite the teachings of both the jungle and the sea. I especially liked Jaki's interactions with his mentors Jabalwan and later Captain Pym.
A. A. Attanasio weaves wonderful adventure tales. Since it has been so long since I read this book, I am borrowing a review from Amazon:
Humble words are not enough to describe this masterpiece..., April 15, 2000
Reviewer: ANDREW FINNIGAN (London, UK)
An incredible epic adventure, involving cultural clash, piracy and buccaneering, mysticism and fantastic journeys into the psyche. Words are hard to find to describe this book adequately. Undoubtedly one of the greatest adventures ever written with a horde of brilliant and fascinating characters, locations and situations to boot. It's a crime that this book is out of print, someone should really sort that out!
Excellent, Excellent book, I would read another book by this author.