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Brazilian Adventure by Peter Fleming

Brazilian Adventure

by Peter Fleming

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Re-read this old edition from 1933 once again in Oct' 2012. It is a fascinating book, so easy to follow along. More often than not, hard travellers are not natural writers. Peter Fleming comes out top in both schools. ( )
  Novak | Nov 9, 2012 |
For a brilliant review of Brazilian Adventure, see the July/August 2010 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. "Second Read" is my favorite column in the CJR, and it led me to this wonderful book. ( )
  Chalkstone | Aug 11, 2010 |
This one is pretty excellent.

Fleming's personal character permeates this particular view of early-20th-century Brazil. He's got a cleverly critical opinion of just about every one and every thing to cross his path, and his talent for comical-- and unintentional-- understatement is masterful. He makes the trip sound like a jolly sort of hop through the woods, and by the end I was wondering to what extent he was being 'more truthful' than other writers, as he claimed, or if he was simply using his powerful gift of understatement. In every respect, this is a beautifully constructed travel book with a great sense of character and period. Fascinating, anyway. Read it. ( )
  lmichet | Nov 21, 2008 |
A treasury of throw-away observations that reveal the core of the country. e.g. (from memory) "Rockets are to Brazil what exclamation marks are to the prose of a debutante". (!) ( )
  ElizabethPisani | Apr 19, 2008 |
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A unique book of exploration, which defies the canons and sets up a new standard for itself. Throughout one is conscious of sincerity, integrity but withal a gentle spoofing and poking fun at serious explorers, and at the paraphernalia, impedimenta, stage properties and backdrops which characterize most books in this field. With delicious irony and undercurrent of humor, the young author tells of the ill-considered, casually planned trip into central Brazil, in search of evidence concerning the disappearance of Colonel Fawcett.
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While novelist Ian Fleming is best known for bringing adventurer James Bond to life, his writer brother Peter Fleming, a reporter for The Times of London, survived South American misadventures so challenging they make 007's high-risk existence seem placid in comparison. Lured by a mysterious newspaper ad, Fleming sails with an expedition to Brazil in the 1930s, attempting to answer unresolved questions about a team of explorers, headed by a British Colonel Fawcett, that disappeared in 1925. Once arrived in Brazil, Fleming's expedition falls apart, being equipped with few provisions, erroneous maps, and a despotic leader who proves to be less than fearless in the Amazon jungles. The team soon splits, with former colleagues battling the elements and competing with each other in a race for time and a search for truth. A finely crafted travel tale, with prose that's sometimes as dense and colorful as the jungles it's set in, Brazilian Adventure manages to turn the harrowing into cheeky commentary and barely contained comedy. --Melissa Rossi

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TRAVEL WRITING. This title presents new Foreword by Simon Winchester. In the summer of 1925 Colonel Fawcett - soldier, spy and legendary explorer - embarked on a journey into the dark and uncharted heart of Brazil in search of the lost 'City of Z'. He was never seen again. Rumours abounded - that Fawcett had been killed by Indians or wild animals or that he had lost his memory and become chief of a cannibal tribe - and many became obsessed with discovering what had become of him. In 1932, when "The Times" advertised for 'guns' to join an expedition to find Fawcett, the lure was too great for a young Peter Fleming and he immediately signed up, intending to send dazzling dispatches from the jungle. The expedition set out from Sao Paulo and, following tributaries of the Amazon, headed to Fawcett's last-known position. What followed was, in Fleming's words, 'a venture for which Rider Haggard might have written the plot and Conrad designed the scenery'.… (more)

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