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Brazilian Adventure by Peter Fleming
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Brazilian Adventure

by Peter Fleming

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"Beyond the completion of a 3,000-mile journey, mostly under amusing conditions, through a little-known part of the world, and the discovery of one new tributary to a tributary to a tributary of the Amazon, nothing of importance was achieved." Nothing indeed. In 1932, Peter Fleming, a literary editor, traded his pen for a pistol and took off as part of the celebrated search for missing English explorer Colonel P.H. Fawcett. With meager supplies, faulty maps, and packs of rival newspapermen on their trail, Fleming and his companions marched, canoed, and hacked through 3,000 miles of wilderness and alligator-ridden rivers in search of the fate of the lost explorer. One of the great adventure stories, Brazilian Adventure is as fresh a story today as it was when originally published in 1933.… (more)
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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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