Brazil

Overview


Michael Palin journeys to a vast country of unimaginable contrasts—Brazil. An economic powerhouse, it is host to a staggering variety of peoples. He starts his journey in the north, in the remote mountains and forests on the border with Venezuela, and finishes in the south at the legendary Iguaçu Falls. He travels by river–boat, float–plane and foot to visit tribes deep in the jungle, samples life in the agricultural and mining heartland of Brazil, experiences the modernism of Brasília and the heady mix of Rio ...
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Overview


Michael Palin journeys to a vast country of unimaginable contrasts—Brazil. An economic powerhouse, it is host to a staggering variety of peoples. He starts his journey in the north, in the remote mountains and forests on the border with Venezuela, and finishes in the south at the legendary Iguaçu Falls. He travels by river–boat, float–plane and foot to visit tribes deep in the jungle, samples life in the agricultural and mining heartland of Brazil, experiences the modernism of Brasília and the heady mix of Rio de Janeiro, and ventures into the favelas. He travels down the northeast coast, with its African–inspired culture; to São Luís; Recife and Salvador, where Michael is swept up in Candomblé. He heads to São Paulo, where the super–rich commute by helicopter; tastes German beer served from a motorcycle sidecar and tries his hand at being a cowboy before journey's end beneath one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
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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: 9781445873206
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Palin established his comedic reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, and Fierce Creatures. He has also written books to accompany his very successful travel series Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, and now, Brazil.

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