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"Brazil" is a spellbinding saga on a truly epic scale that brings to life Brazil and her history.

It 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.

Paperback, 776 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Silver Spring Books (first published 1986)
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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
Asma Fedosia
Apr 27, 2011 Asma Fedosia rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
Joanne Garbato
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Paul Fisher
heavy but worth 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!
Robert Bannon
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.
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
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
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.
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.
One of my all time favourites reads Highly readable lots of information on history, geography, demographics, and the people>Make a good Movie
c1986: 800 pages worth but really interesting as this is an unknown slice of history and culture for me. Very informative.
Richard Small
Fascinating story about the aboriginal peoples of the Amazon in Brazil. It is definitely a 4-star book.
Matt Foster
Great introduction to Brazilian history for my trip to Brazil.
was a really fun read IF you like history
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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.

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