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The Portuguese: The Land And Its People
Superficially familiar but still little-known, Portugal is undergoing a vibrant social and political transformation as it grows into a full-fledged, modern European state. Combining history, geography, cultural study, and travelogue, this engaging look at Portugal is a fascinating introduction to its rich, turbulent history and people. This newly revised edition contains p...more
(first published January 2nd 1992)
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Large book, fine print, quite detailed. I find the historical part of it, approximately the first third, the most interesting. The book certainly feels like a comprehensive survey of modern Portugal by one who has lived there for a long time. However, it still feels like an outsider's perspective (although that may be deliberate) and I would dearly like to see an English-speaking Portuguese write a book of this sort. The target audience seems to be non-Portuguese. The political section is again ...more
This book was given to me as we prepare for a trip to Portugal. The author is very knowledgeable and cares greatly for the subject. The style however left me confused too many times to be thoroughly enjoyable. From beginning the book with a chapter on how other countries influenced Portugal's culture, to the non-linear jumps through history, I found myself struggling to understand what she wanted me to know.
This book tried to do too much (or rather its author did). Covering the entire history of Portugal as well as commenting on its social structure, the arts, economics, etc. in one book is overwhelming, and many paragraphs consisted basically of lists of facts, loosely related but not too meaningful to the non-Portuguese reader. Interesting, but like a netful of various fish, not of much use.