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Millions of people worldwide share a great fascination with waterfalls. In this first and only book about Jamaican waterfalls, Dr Brian J. Hudson looks at the unique appeal of waterfalls, their portrayal in words and image, their roles in recreation and tourism, and their use as sources of mechanical and electrical energy. Although this book refers to all well known falls of the island and to many of those known only to a few, it is not a descriptive guide. Rather, it examines the aesthetics of Jamaican waterfalls and the problems of competing uses and excessive exploitation in the context of the wider issues of environmental conservation and sustainable development. In addition to thirty years of observation in the field, Dr Hudson draws on extensive secondary research, including literature from the mid-eighteenth century to date, topographical writings, prints, photographs, films, guidebooks, tourist brochures, and official reports. In both content and style, this book appeals to a wide readership of geographers, tourism planners, environmentalists, Jamaican residents and visitors, and anyone with a special interest in Jamaica.
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Studio: University Press of the West Indies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.64" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.89 lbs.
Publisher University Press of the West Indies
ISBN 9766400830 ISBN13 9789766400835
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More About Brian J. Hudson
Brian J. Hudson has published widely on the subject of waterfalls, including "Waterfalls of Jamaica: Sublime and Beautiful Objects".
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Waterfalls of Jamaica Jun 13, 2003
I must declare an interest in having been a friend of Brian Hudson's for 45 years. As an occasional member of that notorious University of Liverpool fraternity which lodged at Rigby's, just off Myrtle Street, then regarded as being at the cutting edge of popular culture, years ahead of Carnaby Street,we shared many scrapes. Although grudgingly acknowledged to be one of the very few scholars at the School of Geography at that time, Brian had much greater claims to fame as the resident drummer of the University Jazz Band, and perhaps, more significantly, a founder member of the very first of the Liverpool "groups", Cass and the Cassanovas, which paved the way of the Merseysound of the 'sixties, playing at The Cavern well before those bands which grew to greater fame. A colourful character then, and as anyone who knows him would have expected, Brian has written a colourful book. Not inclined toward the academic myself, I was expecting to grow bored of the subject very quickly, but I was sufficiently enthused, in the event, to read the book in one sitting. I would use the hackneyed phrase "thought- provoking" were it not to mean the certain kiss of death. But Brian does ask some important economic and environmental questions as well as making a fair attempt to provide answers. His book is elegantly written though I did recoil at his use of the verb "eventuate". Those long-suffering tutors of geography during the 'fifties and 'sixties, most of whom were awarded Chairs at other universities in later life, should be proud of at least one of my contemporaries : personally, I failed to be inspired by "a waterfall is simply falling water" uttered by one luminary. A larger-scale work on waterfalls is warranted. More please, Brian!...