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`Бразилия`. Сентиментальный рассказ о любви - или острый, необычный взгляд на традиции бразильской культуры во всем ее `черно-белом` многогранном своеобразии?
Почти античная трагедия, где людьми ПРАВИТ РОК, - или блистательно написанная мелодрама?
Ответить на эти вопросы трудно. Но - таков уж Джон Апдайк...
Серия: Мировая классика, 320 pages
Published (first published 1994)
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This is fantastic.

The language is brutal and lush, hot and humid. You can feel the rain forrest, even when the main characters aren't physically there.

The story could be reduced to one of interracial love, but it goes so much farther then that. The novel spans about twenty or so years of the lives of the main characters, Isabel, a rich white woman and Tristao, a poor black man (exactly! Tristian and Isolde.)
The tone of this novel is bleak and desperate and dirty. The sex is prolific, loving, ab
Having only previously read Updike’s superb ‘Rabbit’ novels, this Brazilian-set tale of passionate and all consuming love was something of a surprise. Taking ‘Tristan and Iseult’ as a jumping-off point, Updike weaves a love story of social divides, magic realism and some truly dreadful sex scenes.

A poor boy meets a rich girl on a Rio beach and they fall instantly in love. Their family tries to separate them, circumstance throws all it can against them, but they stay together until the end.

The op
I found the character development of Tristao and Isabel to be a little far-fetched. At the beginning, how is it that Tristao and his brother seem to talk and act in an educated manner, discussing communism, etc, having attained "only enough education to read street signs?" How is it that an upper class Isabel would immediately fall for this slum dog? Why was she so immediately accepting of Tristoa's mother, in spite of her slovenly life style? It didn't add up.

The development of Tristao's shant
Crystal Belle
there is so much to say about this novel. at first, i round it interesting the way updike paints a picture of interracial love between a poor black man and a rich white woman. i really thought the novel would address a lot of the issues of race/class in brazil, along with telling an enriching love story. although it was in many ways a social commentary, the addition of fantasy along with a terrible plot really drove me insane. the characters switch places/roles in the end in terms of race which ...more
Съвременен, мрачен и еротичен прочит на легендата за Тристан и Изолда, емоционално пътуване към Бразилия в периода 1966-1988, задъхваща се между репресиите на военната диктатура и икономическия подем, граничещ с чудо и последвалите стачки, криза и неуправляаема инфлация.

Тристао и Изабел са събирателни образи на тогавашното поколение, носещи не само контрастите на телата си, черно и бяло, но и в манталитетите на двата паралелно съществуващи свята, на мизерията и охолството. Бягайки от оживеното к
Fritz Graham
I just finished reading "Brazil" by Updike. I don't like how I feel about it. in all honesty, I can't sit here and say it wasn't well written. I think that the story's pace, plot development and overall structure (while obviously being a transposed Tristan & Isolde) was well done. Additionally, Updike does a decent job of making his elite, upper class characters sound remarkably similar to what many individuals in other western countries sounded like at the time, and perhaps even now. Namely ...more
The plot of the book was not according to my liking.
Two people from different extremes fall madly in love and the only thing we know of why they love each other so much is because they are sexually insatiable and have found each other to be compatible in that area. I was honestly expecting much more.
I was not at ease at the stereotypical attributes Updike to the characters depending on their skin colour, e.g. Isabel being a shy and docile sexmate, whereas when she became black she all of sudden
Nov 05, 2008 Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Lynn by: Natalie Shea
Such a wonderful read - I couldn't and didn't want to put it down. I cherished each moment I got to pick it up and get lost in it's world. I saved this book for my recent vacation to a tropical Caribbean island and it couldn't have been a more perfect read for my trip. As I sat on a beach the first day and opened the book, the first chapter was so fittingly titled "The Beach". Doesn't get much more perfect than that.

I have so far read two other books by Updike and I'm very glad I read them first
while definitely well written, it also seems old fashioned and of a later time period than it actually is. It is about this intense love story between a white girl and a black boy in Brazil in a time where that is not excepted, especially by the girls wealthy and powerful family. its a common story, but his detail of their love is very honest about the balence of power in a couple and this impenetrable selflishness we all have. it was interesting to learn about brazil through the context of this ...more
Carlos Manzano
El primer mérito de esta obra es el cuidado y la brillantez con que está escrita. Updike es un maestro en el arte de la narración, y aquí da sobradas muestras de su talenta. La novela nos cuenta el viaje existencial de dos jóvenes que, contra sus propios condicionantes de clase (él es negro y ella es blanca, el viene de las favelas de Río y ella de una familia de clase alta brasileña), deciden por encima de cualquier otra circunstancia vivir su vida en común como pareja, como marido y mujer, lo ...more
Stephen Phillips
I think I've said this before, but its hard for me to give John Updike's books less than four stars most of the time. His writing is always so eloquent even if his plot is lacking or pacing seems slow. In Brazil's case, I did find it to be a bit dull at times, but only because I felt like the two main characters were just reincarnations of the classic Tristan and Isolde/Romeo and Juliet mold, which I later found to be true. I was at first intrigued by the interracial romance, but then became fru ...more
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Pedro Varanda
Livro preenchido de clichês e lugares-comuns, onde tudo se torna previsível desde a primeira página. Daqueles livros que entram depressa em esquecimento. Felizmente.
D.L Parker
So...Updike, he really writes about sex a lot.
This was my introduction to Updike, afterwards, I read a election of his poetry and one short story. I plan to read a few other of his novels (Couples probably), but Brazil was my first and it stood out to me.
Updike is a brilliant writer, his prose is luminous, rich, and a tad-bit purpley at times, which isn't a bad thing. Its almost shocking how good he writes even about the most mundane things, which in the hands of another writer would have come o
Chad Bearden
John Updike's 'Brazil' is a strange blend of emaculately detailed reality and ridiculously artificial melodrama, which, based on what I've read about the country, is a pretty accurate description.

When mood-setting is called for, Updike employs inventive and lavish metaphor as only he can to paint pictures dripping with imagery that is virtually tangible. By the halfway point of the novel, he has introduced readers to the three major cities of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Sau Paulo, and Brasilia) and
Theddy Blanc
Some novels carefully tug at the strings of readers emotions. They gently caress the pathos, coaxing reactions with surgical precision. John Updike’s “Brazil” tears it away without asking as it throws the reader into the perturbed love life of Tristao and Isabel. Vivid debauchery and heart wrenching tests of love infest the fates of the young Brazilians with the reader in every bar, slum, mansion, mine and brothel bed. Updike explores their woeful plight as he proves love can exist in a world o ...more
Michael Burroughs
The story in a nutshell: Brazilian street-kid meets privileged white girl. They fall in love. Privileged white girls' father forbids it. The two young lovers run away into the Brazilian wildernesses. Jungle shaman works some magic and privileged white girl becomes a black woman while black street-kid becomes a white man. They make their way back to civilization where they are now accepted as a couple. They settle into a somewhat stereotypical nuclear family. Black street-kid now turned into a wh ...more
This tale of love across social and racial barriers is also Updike's brief flirtation with magic realism. When Tristao, a black thief from the slums, comes across diplomat's daughter, Isobel on Copacabana beach, their mutual sexual attraction leads to them challenging her family's disappoval and their society's prejudices as to skin colour. Having sought refuge in the favelas, been tracked down and forcibly separated, their passion is such that it drives them to abandon the urbanised coast for t ...more
Apr 14, 2010 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lusophiles, gold prospectors
Recommended to Kate by: General fiction stacks
"Roads are progress, miss, and the man who can drive them is a man of the future."

"We adjust to circumstances quickly, so quickly the spirit thinks the body is a traitor."

"We move forward into darkness, and darkness closes behind."

"Yet the stories, which she could rarely follow to a conclusion, on the scraps of creased and wadded paper, were timeless--the same five or six basic facts of human existence endlessly revolved, like arrows the wounded animals bring back to the hunter's hand in their c
Starts simply as dirt poor hormonal black boy meets rebellious rich convent educated white girl on Rio beach. After falling in love, unlikely couple run from girl's elitist father to take up simple life together in Sao Paulo where father soon rediscovers daughter and seizes her back.

At this point Upton takes off and goes wild, his story escapes into gold mining jungle escape adventure. He conjures up some interesting sorcery, makes a foray into slavery, naturally, sexual encounters continue unab
Ira Bespalova
My second experience with Updike again had very little success. I'm beginning to worry 'cause every time I read his books we simply have no points to agree on.
I took Brazil because I was tempted to read some nice and sweet love story taking place in that picturesque sunny country full of adventures, danger and love. From the beginning it was the very thing I was longing for. The passionate love between a black guy from slums and a rich white girl seemed impossible. The society, their parents wer

One of those few books I can't quite decide whether I liked - at least not yet. I think I did.

The settings are exotic and vividly drawn, the writing is downright gorgeous in places, the story (a retelling of Tristan and Iseult) is interesting enough, the use of magic realism is acceptable to at least one reader suspicious of magic realism. My main problem was that I didn't find the main characters at all involving and couldn't muster any real concern about their fates. Otoh, some of the subsidia
Pam Bergeson
A rather bazaar tale of two lovers, one black and one white, whose deep devotion, adoration, respect, and love for each other keep them together for 22 years.
The plot is ridiculous, which troubled me as I read, however, Updike is such a good writer, it kept my interest.

I don't view this book as a simple love story. As the title suggest, the protagonist is Brazil and its diverse, vibrant and multicoloured soul. For me, Isabel and Tristao are collective characters, symbols, representing the whole of Brazil in all its hues and social statuses. I really enjoyed how Updike played with colour throughout the book and also the perfect circle that the two lovers' story formed. Although at times it did feel like Updike was drawing too much on his foreigner's impression ...more
I'm only on page 110, but I'll have to be very bored to finish it. I gave it two stars because of the scenic descriptions. But I can't believe these two are very much in love, when they both fall into bed with whoever when they're apart. We're supposed to excuse that, because it's Brazil. But you're not supposed to act like a dog, nowhere. I always think you supposed to know someone, before you decide you love them. It's also plain that we're supposed to think the hero, Tristao, is tough and bra ...more
Лелеееееееее... каква Бразилия! Въобще не знам хареса ли ми!!! По-скоро не...
Много брутално написана! Това въобще не е онзи Ъпдайк, който познавах досега, и определено не ми се четеше такъв тип книга.
Абсолютна лудница е Бразилията! :)
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Read this when I was 17 or 18 and really enjoyed it at the time. Look forward to rereading it to see if the sentiment rings true.
Ok - so John Updike just died. He's one reason I read this. The other is that my brother-in-law is Brazilian. I first thought I would read this and then leave it at his beach house. Now ... not so much. I read it, but should have stopped. The paper in reporting on Updike's death (I've never liked "passing") included this - "Brazil (1994), brimming over with undigested research and bad dialogue, stood as an embarrassing effort to translate the Tristan and Iseult legend to South America." They wer ...more
Because of this book, I will never look at a yam in quite the same way.

This is the first book by John Updike that I've read, and I now understand why The New Yorker magazine expressed such a deep sense of loss following his somewhat recent death. His rich, powerful writing simply amazed me, and I felt compelled to continue reading this story, however unbelievable it became--particularly (as my husband put it) when the book "jumped the shark" following a certain shamanic-induced reversal.

I would
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John Hoyer Updike (born March 18, 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania) was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for hi ...more
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