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For one year, Alma Guillermoprieto lived in Manguiera, a village near Rio de Janeiro, to learn the ritual of samba--the sensuous song and dance marked by a rapturous beat--and to take part in Rio's renowned carnivale parade.
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"May well be the single best book ever written about the central place of music in the life of the Third World."--Washington Post Book World
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Black Orpheus springs to life in this description of Rio de Janeiro's annual carnival. Viewers of the famous foreign film will recall the thousands of costumed dancers and musicians who plan, design and practice for the lengthy displays in carnival parades. In depicting the slum people of Rio who prepare for the annual samba competition, Guillermoprieto, formerly Newsweek 's South American bureau chief, vividly presents the individual stories of principal participants, analyzes the feelings they express in their music and dance, describes the contributions of the various samba schools and offers his interpretation of black Brazilian history and culture. Feb.
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Every year the favela poor sections on the hills of the city of Rio organize teams of Samba dancers to compete in the yearly carnival. The author follows the preparations from the perspective of the champion Manguiera team, 5000 strong, and finds a serious community project to which all contribute despite their poverty and the high cost of costumes. The Manguiera team honors its African roots in its themes. Tempers and emotions escalate, leading to inevitable disasters which last for months, until finally all collapse into a black and white mass of unfettered sensualism at carnival. This delightful book gives a glimpse into a culture of poverty and its art form, about which too little has been written in English. Photographs would have added to the fun of reading; nevertheless, this will be popular with general readers.--Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679732563
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Series: Vintage Departures Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,077,565
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    Afro- Brazilian culture in all its glory!

    I purchased SAMBA out of a life-long interest in Rio da Janeiro, its carnivalesque culture, and the glorious music that emanates from Afro-Brazilian tradition. I was pleased to find in SAMBA much detailed information about Afro-Brazilian culture and history, yet SAMBA is anything but an academic book. In fact, it makes you want to dance! The author lived for a year in one of the poorest, most dangerous shanties in Rio, in order to understand her subject through and through. But what happened was that her subjects understood her through and through, and with her we end up throwing caution to the winds as she dances up a storm. Folded into all this is an intriguing discussion on the 'exotic' as percieved by Americans, and the roots of such racist sentimentality. The book is marvelously written, and shows a singular depth of understanding of the Afro-Brazilian world of Samba. Gostoso!

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