Brazil

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Michael Palin has traveled around the world, exploring countless countries for the BBC. Now, Palin treks Brazil for the first time for a new BBC series, which went on the air in October 2012, and discovers the incredible diversity of this nation, one of four new global superpowers. From the Venezuelan border and the forests of the Lost World to the headwaters of the Xingu, Palin encounters a diverse group of people, including the indigenous hunter-gatherers of the interior, the descendants of ...

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Overview

Michael Palin has traveled around the world, exploring countless countries for the BBC. Now, Palin treks Brazil for the first time for a new BBC series, which went on the air in October 2012, and discovers the incredible diversity of this nation, one of four new global superpowers. From the Venezuelan border and the forests of the Lost World to the headwaters of the Xingu, Palin encounters a diverse group of people, including the indigenous hunter-gatherers of the interior, the descendants of African slaves with their vibrant culture of rituals, festivals, and music, a large community of German descent who celebrate their patrimony at the biggest beer festival outside Munich, and the wealthy guachas of the Pantanal. His journey ends at the border with Uruguay and the spectacular Iguacu Falls. A potent mix of races, religions, and cultures, of unexplored wildernesses and bustling modern cities, Brazil comes to life through Palin's eyes, and readers looking for an escape will be unable to resist this beautiful and informative look at one of the most interesting and dynamic countries in the world.

From the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the bustling metropolis of São Paulo, Michael Palin explores the diverse country of Brazil in this new book featuring gorgeous color photos throughout

 

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Michael Palin:

"Witty and entertaining." —The New York Times

"Charming and often hilarious." —The New York Daily News

"Ever affable and eclectic, Palin disarms and delights. He has an unerring eye for the bizarre. His book is sheer escapism, pure entertainment, and I love it." —The Sunday Times (UK)

 

"Italy, Paris, back to Africa, and on to Cuba and Key West, Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure works on many different levels: There's Palin's charm and self-deprecating style. There are his keen insights on life, balanced nicely by pure silliness from time to time . . . A delightful travelogue." —The Baltimore Sun

Library Journal
Though seemingly a coffee-table companion to the 2012 BBC series of the same name, this book stands alone as an engaging account of Palin's 74-day tour through more than three dozen Brazilian cities. With his enviable vocabulary and economy of words, Palin conveys much information and history while keeping the prose witty and light. Though less riotous than might be expected from a Monty Python alum, the book introduces a quirky cast of characters—a telenovela star, a witch, a Yanomami shaman, a sex show host, a boxing champ, and Gaby Amarantos (the Brazilian Beyoncé), to name a few—and recalls moments of culture shock with good-natured self-deprecation. In some of the more suspenseful scenes, Palin cooks manioc pancakes before an amused audience and, later in the trip, catches and eats a piranha. Basil Pao's full-color photographs comprise roughly half of the book and complement Palin's skillful, descriptive writing. VERDICT The book's upbeat style will appeal to audiences who have enjoyed travel writings such as Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and J. Maarten Troost's Lost on Planet China and The Sex Lives of Cannibals.—Chrissy Spallone, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250032065
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 669,705
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL PALIN established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. A self-confessed dromomaniac (travel addict), he has written books to accompany seven very successful travel series, including Himalaya, and hosted many travel television shows. He lives in London, England.

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