I had to read this book for a class, and the storyline was upsetting to me. This man who's expenses were all paid for by a missionary organization, who was sent to share the gospel, gave up on his faith. He also drags his family along then ends up leaving the wife who stood by his side and supported him in going to the Amazonian jungle. It's like having a front row seat to the deterioration of a man's life. There may be some interesting points linguistically, but it is hard to enjoy a book when you dislike the main character.