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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Joel Burns has always believed his father is still alive. His mother Jackie has long been glad to know Gilberto is dead.When a sighting on a news report from Rio de Janeiro suggests Joel might be right, he travels to Brazil determined to find his long-lost father. Nelson, a down-and-out musician guided by the spirits of Jesus, Yemanja and his late Aunt Zila, helps Joel ret ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Myriad
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Novel set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (feel the beat of the country)

Joel is a young dentist, now living in Brighton. He lost his father in traumatic circumstances in his younger years, when the family lived in Rio. And this is the story of his personal quest to discover whether his father is actually still alive or not. It is a poignant account of longing, loss and hope. It forms a strong central narrative, as Joel abandons his life in England after he believes he sees his Father as a bystander on
Full of suspense, funny, serious, tragic. Aptly depicts Joel's frantic search for his father and cultural differences between England and Brazil. Could hardly put the book down.
It was with a heavy heart that I finally gave up on this book last night. I'm a huge fan of Myriad Editions, and I was looking forward to reading this book, and I really wanted to like it. But I just couldn't get into it. I liked the early descriptions of Brighton, because I could picture them having lived there for a while. But I just found the writing a little stilted perhaps, and I didn't really like the characters. I've given it 2 stars because it's not terrible, but it just wasn't for me. A ...more
Parts of this book are beautifully written, many of the characters feel alive and complex, and the dialogue throughout is funny and vivid. The story moves smoothly, if not always convincingly, and I found the book engaging and readable without sacrificing subtlety. However, some of the scenes set in Brazil seem to rely for atmosphere on italicized Portuguese words and neighborhood names -- tokens of exoticism that don't always convey real insight into the place.
December book for the Broadway Book Club.

Book choices for this Book Club haven't always been ones I've liked but I loved this book. Some of the group wanted to go to Brighton after reading it.
It's well written, good characters, my favourite being Nelson.
Published by a small publisher called Myriad, they advertised some of their other books at the back and they looked interesting so we may read some of them.
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