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Brazil is the first work of fiction to depict five centuries of a great nation's remarkable history, its evolution from colony to kingdom, from empire to modern republic. With a stunning cast of real and fictional characters, the story unfolds in South America, Africa and Europe.Two families dominate this extraordinary novel. The Cavalcantis are among the original settlers ...more
Paperback, 776 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Silver Spring Books (first published 1986)
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Oct 24, 2013 Alida rated it really liked it
I did it! I finished it! Some of it was tough slogging but then compared to slogging through the Amazon jungle or the cactus forests of Brazil it is a minor feat that I finished reading it. Don't get me wrong; I really enjoyed this book and learned alot about Brazil and South America. Uys (pronounced Ace) did an amazing amount of research especially considering that he is not a native to the country. The book format is similar to James Michener books, not surprising since Uys worked as a researc ...more
A. Fedosia
Apr 27, 2011 A. Fedosia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Epic
I immensely enjoyed reading this narrative on the Kindle edition, from which it is possible to connect on WiFi to the author's Illustrated Guide to the novel. Although I initially could not find the genealogies of the Cavalcanti and da Silva families that had been in front and end pages of the hardcover edition, they are also in the online Illustrated Guide. The narrative's effect on me was almost always compelling except occasional passages about the Paraguayan War and the late twentieth centur ...more
Aug 28, 2010 Ang rated it liked it
This book desereves four stars except that the writing style fluctuated so much that as you were reading you hit dry patches that were really hard to get through. This book did help me to understand the culture a bit more. Given that it is a fiction novel--the author/reporter did well in capturing moments of the complex history and culture of Brazil.
Richard Klein
Jan 02, 2015 Richard Klein rated it it was amazing
Brazil is an epic 800-page historical novel written in English by Errol Lincoln Uys, a South African author based in the US. Unusual as this may seem, the book amazes the reader by the depth of the research put into it, by the skilful writing and by the creativity used in blending history with storytelling. The way the author manages to condense five hundred years of history in just one book is downright amazing. The story orbits around the tale of two families, one in Pernambuco, in the Northea ...more
Joanne Garbato
Sep 14, 2014 Joanne Garbato rated it really liked it
It took Errol Lincoln Uys 5 years to write Brazil and I was afraid it would take me that long to read it!Brazil is a 700+ page heavily researched historical fiction.It covers a 500 year span and introduces us to many different generations,characters and locations.Setting the scene and portraying the characters for each of these was boring at times and made the book drag on.The novel opens with a Brazilian Indian boy named Aruana before the Portuguese settlers arrive and ends with one of my favor ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
I received Brazil as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Admittedly, I'm a fan of huge, sweeping historical epics that can double as doorstops, so it came as no surprise that I loved Brazil.

Uys masterfully weaves the story of Brazil told through the points of view of several families over 500+ years. Beginning just before the arrival of Europeans in the late 15th century and concluding with an afterword at the turn of the 21st, he effectively weaves together the story of Brazil's diverse population ove
May 01, 2016 Sijal added it
Sijal Adnani
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Book: Brazil

The nonfiction book "Brazil" written by a talented but an unknown author. It is an informative book about the magnificent country of Brazil, the people, climate, animals, tourism, history, and much more. This book explains in detail all the information a person needs to know to obtain a good understanding of Brazil'. In addition, the book also includes a good number of interesting and colorful pictures and fun facts about each topic. Firstly, the book starts off
Jun 01, 2009 stan rated it it was amazing
Brazil is a huge book of massive proportions a truly epic adventure I would highly recommend not only as guide and history of a massive country but a sad reflection of what the conquerors from Portugal did to the indigineous tribes and land.
I regard this as a must for reading
MaryJane Rings
Feb 21, 2016 MaryJane Rings rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent historical account of the settlement of Brazil. Starting in the 17th century depicting the arrival of the Portuguese and the reaction of the indigent peoples. It follows 2 families basically throughout this period and then down through to the modern times. At times it is fun to read but at others a tragedy in regards to the greed of the Portuguese for gold, land development not always welcomed by the climate or the native tribes, the enslavement of the many poorer and indig ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I received this book from a Goodreads give away quite some time ago... I was super excited to read it since this was a new area of culture that I had not explored from a historical fiction standpoint. The book is quite large (772pgs) and unfortunately came at a time where I was unable to spend much time on it and it is not an easy book to take on the go! I tried in vain to find it from the library either on CD or via Kindle (for free) but did not have luck. The only books I have been able to rea ...more
Don O'goodreader
One of the things I find extremely interesting about Brazil is that the different races (indigenous natives, European colonizers, and African slaves) seem to get along better then the corresponding groups in North America - United States and Caribbean islands are obvious examples with significant African slave populations.

Brazil by Errol Lincoln Uys, a massive historical novel (almost 800 pages of small font) begins to answer the question ... why such different outcomes in similar plantation-bas
Mar 14, 2010 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelved
Actually, I only got to page 700 (of 1000), but not because I wasn't enjoying it! I had already renewed it 3 times and finally had to acknowledge that once the holidays were over my schedule would not allow me to finish this interesting novel in a reasonable time frame. I enjoyed this book WAY more than the one Michener novel (Caribbean) I tried to read. Uys humanizes historical figures and events plausibly and provides a wealth of historical information. I wish that I had started this book well ...more
Jody Darden
Aug 30, 2016 Jody Darden rated it liked it
Requested this after I finished reading a mystery novel set partially in Brazil. Some of the geographical and societal references interested me. I did enjoy the book, though it took some months to get through it off and on. There are some dry descriptive and historical passages to muddle through, but I enjoyed the overall story and most of the characterizations. It is rather an epic, which I do enjoy occasionally. It is a welcome relief to have a lengthy standalone rather than having to get pull ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Naomie rated it really liked it
This was a vivid, rich read that presented a detailed image of Brazil and its culture.
The intricacy of the book, and how details were fine-tuned to a sensory experience often made the plot blur or even just a bit slaggy to read but overall the energy and vivaciousness of the book made it worth it. And it has a bird on the cover!
I was very excited to receive this book from Goodreads First Reads and it made me so happy to receive a message from the author - the entire reading experience was so tho
Feb 12, 2015 Randi rated it it was amazing
A great read if you're going to visit Brazil
Paul Fisher
Jan 29, 2014 Paul Fisher rated it really liked it
heavy but worth it
Jan 28, 2014 Tiffany rated it liked it
I received this book as a goodreads win. I must start off by saying how impressed I am with the amount of research went into the writing of this book! I loved the accuracy and all of the small details that Uys has put into this novel makes it all the better! There are parts within the book that seem to drag on, but just when you think you want to put the book down something comes up and recaptures your full interest!
Nancy Baker
Feb 10, 2016 Nancy Baker rated it liked it
I started this at the wrong time of year. I think it would have been better if I had time to just sink into it. There were parts I really enjoyed and other parts that read like a text book. I got to like the characters and then it would jump ahead to another part of history and I had to learn new people and try to remember where some of the old characters fit in. I may try this again down the road.
Brenda Schneider
Feb 07, 2015 Brenda Schneider rated it really liked it
Brazil's history in the form of a novel. I found the book fascinating and entertaining.
Robert Bannon
Jan 23, 2012 Robert Bannon rated it liked it
Shelves: stopped-reading
I must admit that I am finding this to be a challenging read. I was reading it on my Kindle around the pool on a recent vacation and it would be easier having a wall map of Brazil handy for reference ( I know there is an online aid available but that's not convenient on vacation without easy wifi access). I may finish this book at some point but not right now.
Nov 14, 2011 Alexander rated it really liked it
This tome has its dry sections (the Paraguay War being the biggest), but it is, overall, a good to excellent series of snapshots of the country’s development, which does a great job of focusing on social issues as well as covering the larger context.
Michael Aaron
Apr 06, 2012 Michael Aaron rated it it was amazing
Stunning historical epic in the same vein as James Clavell's series on Japan. Fabulous, sprawling story with multiple characters and fascinating information on the history of this amazing country, from the Original Amazonian tribes to the modern day.
Julie Witte
Sep 06, 2015 Julie Witte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, top-shelf
Wow, just wow! I recieved this book through GoodReads First Reads. Amazing read. A true saga, very detailed without being boring. I read this in over a month, it was easy to jump right back into the story...what an amazing author. On my Top Shelf.
Vincent Bouyssou
Superbe fresque de la colonization du brésil jusqu'à nos jours, à travers l'épopée de quelques grandes familles brésiliennes, de 1500 à nos jours... Parfois un peu dur à suivre, mais très instructif et parfaitement documenté.
May 13, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it
Sometimes difficult to get through the ponderous amounts of historical data in this 1,000-page-long saga. Would have preferred more character development! In the final analysis, a rewarding read!
Dec 21, 2009 stan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favourites reads Highly readable lots of information on history, geography, demographics, and the people>Make a good Movie
Jan 21, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
c1986: 800 pages worth but really interesting as this is an unknown slice of history and culture for me. Very informative.
Richard Small
Sep 18, 2012 Richard Small rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-history
Fascinating story about the aboriginal peoples of the Amazon in Brazil. It is definitely a 4-star book.
Matt Foster
Dec 04, 2007 Matt Foster rated it really liked it
Great introduction to Brazilian history for my trip to Brazil.
Vicki Lathim
Feb 16, 2015 Vicki Lathim rated it really liked it
Excellent read with a mix of fact and fiction.
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I was ten when I penned my first novella, 'Revenge,' on the back of stock certificates tossed out by my mother. My journey to a writing career was anything but conventional. I sold teddy bears on the streets of Johannesburg, worked at a dolls’ hospital, ran a missing persons’ bureau, made cane furniture, and spent two years as a law clerk – all before the age of 21.

When I joined the Johannesburg ‘
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