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Vanished Arcadia

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  3 reviews
It was Cunninghame Graham's passionate attachment to justice that drew him to tell the story behind the iniquitous destruction of the Jesuit missions in South America. This sad tale of calumny and intrigue inspired David Puttnam to make the award-winning film The Mission, directed by Roland Joffe. The Jesuits, from their first arrival in South America in 1550 until their e ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 6th 2005 by Long Riders' Guild Press
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With all that is happening to the book publishing industry, this is an interesting time. It used to be difficult to find such public domain works as R. B. Cunninghame Graham's A Vanished Arcadia: Being Some Account of the Jesuits in Paraguay, 1607 to 1767. Graham cut quite a swath through his time, being the founder of the Scottish Socialist Party, a picturesque Member of Parliament dressed in gaucho garb, and the inspiration for some of George Bernard Shaw's characters and for Joseph Conrad's N ...more
I picked up this book at a bookstore on 18th that was going out of business, because I was looking at it and I realized that I knew literally nothing about the entire continent of South America. I know that the Incas lived there and they got conquered by Pizarro, and I know the names of the countries that are there now, but that was the extent of my South American knowledge, which is pretty sad, when you think about it. It is an entire continent, after all.
Sadly, this book did not enlighten me
Kamil Salamah
Intersting history: opening a window on the work,life, struggles of the fascinating Jesuits in South America. A very educational work on the subject from all aspects and angles
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