Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

By Daniel L. Everett

  • Release Date: 2008-11-11
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings
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A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil. Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirahã with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became obsessed with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications. The Pirahã have no counting system, no fixed terms for color, no concept of war, and no personal property. Everett was so impressed with their peaceful way of life that he eventually lost faith in the God he'd hoped to introduce to them, and instead devoted his life to the science of linguistics. Part passionate memoir, part scientific exploration, Everett's life-changing tale is riveting look into the nature of language, thought, and life itself.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Great read!

    By DaLoon
    I read this book on a whim, and was thoroughly pleased. Part adventure, part philosophy and wholly (no pun intended) meaningful.
  • Cover to cover!

    By thunderwhelmed
    This is the first nonfiction book I have ever read cover to cover. At times funny, this was overall a poignant and moving discussion on culture, better than most that come before it.