Monday, June 09, 2008

Reading around the world - Brazil

A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions (John MacRae Books) A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions by Peter Robb

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I went into this book thinking it was a just a novel (maybe I should read the jackets more often). The good thing was that it read like a novel at first... which I think speaks well for a travelogue of any kind.

Reading this as a piece of non-fiction turned my fragile little world upside down though.

Let me backtrack to say that once when I was having a conversation with a Brazilian friend of mine I let a bias come out of my mouth that I was not sure why it even existed or even where it came from. This has crossed my mind a few times over the years. This book explained it in a way. As someone who grew up in Latin America I was often exposed to Brazilians... and it seemed like most were in exile of sorts... since I was so young I never understood that it was most likely that they were escaping a political government/regime. I suppose my attitude never grew out of that 10 year old girls assumptions and I carried Brazil around in the "do not ever visit" list in my head. I learned a lot from this book... chiefly that the Brazilian government I somewhat disdained with a young expat mind was in truth not all that different from the ones I had lived in to that point in my life.

The book is written fairly well, I did skim some parts as there was a tendency to go on and on in parts, but those were few and far between. I enjoyed it and re-learned a lot about Brazil and its history.

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noble pig said...

What an intersting insight you put out there about your experiebce as a child. Nice.

Blair said...

You know, I just have to thank you for commenting here.. every time you do, I do a little happy dance in my head and then cringe if I was thinking about doing a recipe post because yours all look so darn yummy.
But that is all a good thing!