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Karen Keilt
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The Parrot's Perch

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Brazil...Electric. Exciting. Hot. Brazil is famous for its world class beaches, beautiful women, Samba and soccer, but even its gently swaying palms and sultry nouveau beat can't cover up the sound of screaming.

Soon to be a major motion picture The Parrot's perch scores high marks as it weaves together a chilling tale based on actual events in a triple play of greed, decep
Hardcover, First, 374 pages
Published July 28th 2011 by Xlibris (first published June 28th 2011)
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Eric Cousineau
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a former schoolmate of Karen’s and a classmate of her husband, Rick Sage, this story brings back many uncomfortable memories of growing up in Brazil during the 1964 Revolution. A period that saw an authoritarian military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from April 1, 1964 to March 15, 1985. The legacy of these corrupt generals, ineffective and corrupt justice system where bribery takes precedence over dignity and human rights, and dirty police who rape and torture with no oversight still persis ...more
Jill Dobbe
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A memoir that's almost too graphic and horrible to be believable. Keilt and her husband, an American, were held against their will, tortured, raped, physically and mentally abused for over a month by a sadistic and evil Brazilian government. Nearly left for dead they were finally allowed to leave after a large ransom was paid. Never fully understanding why they were abducted, Keilt is told not to ask questions, put it behind her and get on with her life.

So many secrets existed within Keilt's fam
Divya Mahajan
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Parrot's Perch by Karen Keilt is a memoir of the testimony she gave before The Brazilian national Truth Commission (whorrich was constituted to find the truth of the atrocities committed in the time of military rule.
The account is chilling, graphic in detail as Karen narrates the sequences that turned her fairy tale life that any girl dreams of. The tortures , the beatings and rapes perpetrated by the corrupt police on Karen and her newly wed husband who were arrested on a false charge and n
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book really rocked my world. I had no idea what went on in Sao Paulo, Brazil and probably is still going on today. The depth of depravity experienced by the author is shocking as well as frightening, but the truly amazing thing is how well she survived 40+ days of torture, degredation and torment to become the woman and author she is today. I highly recommend reading this well written memoir by Karen Keilt for those who have any interest in traveling or moving to Brazil, or just enjoy ...more
Debi Curle
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea

Thank you Karen for all that it took for you to bring your experiences to all of us readers. Your story is of course very hard to read in parts. As well it should be. Your story speaks to me in so many different ways, including: cherish my USA democracy, not tolerate corruption or lies from our elected officials, demand transparency, be strong, be open, be honest. Thank you for all you revealed so that we might learn. Your book is wonderfully written
Linda Duttlinger
Parrots perch

I can say that I started this book about 10 pm and was still reading it at 1:45 am. Not sure when it was lights out. One of those books that you just can’t put down. I felt I was right there with the author and experiencing some of her moments, good and horrific. I felt she wrote wi5h honesty and deep feelings
Leanne S. Howard
Truly an amazing and well-written book. Thank you Karen for sharing you life with all its ups and downs. You have led a very often disturbing and painful life and have come through with love and compassion for others. Forgiving yourself was a big step and hard to do sometimes. What an amazing woman!
Cathie Breed
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if I ever wrote a review before. The Parrot"s Perch is a heart wrenching true story of Karen and her first husband's imprisonment.

Karen is such a strong woman and sometimes I think she didn't believe it.
Quite the story! I cannot understand why that happened. It shouldn't have.

Well written memoir.
Leanne Stinson Rohn
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I picked this up at the library because I needed something from non fiction for the summer reading program. I read it in a day. The story is that gripping. It is horrific what this woman went through and at the same time heroic how she came out of it. Wow.
Kaytee Cobb
I ended up having to kind of skim this book. It is brutal. It didn't draw me in enough to merit the gory/sadistic details. I get that this is someone's genuine life story, and I appreciate that, but it's really hard to read. And I'm not an HSP or anything. It's just rough. ...more
Susan Corrigan
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I gave the book five stars because it is well written. She went through a terrible ordeal as well as her ex-husband. From reading her book, she did not have a great childhood.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a disturbing memoir. I felt so sad for the people and the trials they went through. It’s a difficult book to read, but it’s good.
Jeanne Blasberg
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Karen Keilt’s story blew me away. An inspiring memoir of resiliency and recovery. Such an important revelation around how terrible political situations effect real people. I was shuddering.
Chrisann Justice
This was worth reading but was very disturbing.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal recount of one woman's experience in Brazil, a tale of government and family betrayal. There is a lot of descriptive torture, so it's not for the weak. ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parrot's Perch is a novel based on a true life experience in a Brazilian jail. Catlin, an equestrienne training for the 2016 Olympics, has a black sheep brother who gets entangled in the drug trade while going to Harvard. He thinks he can move back to Brazil and get away from it because he comes from a wealthy and privileged family. Two dirty cops follow him to Brazil and begin surveillance on him, as well as his family. Catlin unwittingly becomes involved.

This story will haunt you long after y
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down. ...more
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Parrot's Perch by Karen Keilt is the tale of a wealthy American family living in the high society of Brazil who falls victim of political plotting and ultimate torture at the hands of corrupt officials seeking revenge and monetary gain.

The story opens with Freddy Lauria who attends an Ivy League school in America, gets involved in drug dealing, then brings trouble back to his hometown of Sao Paolo. His sister,Catlin Lauria, an award winning equestrienne training for the upcoming Olympics, be
Mar 14, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I met and heard Karen tonight at a book review in Scottsdale, AZ. She is an amazing lady, articulate, great communication skills and did a wonderful job sharing a painful
part of her life with us. You can tell that she is very well informed about what is goinging on in Brazil and wanting to do all she can to make changes happen to save and protect so many. She is delightful and very comfortable with herself and being infront of an audience. She opened my eyes to corruption and abuse that is goin
This book does have a very different world. The summary tells the reader nicely what to expect. The point of view varies, it seems like it's more from the author's point of view than the characters. The characters all have at least one, if not more, quirk that will make them stand out in the readers' memory. The events are fast-paced, colorful, and almost surreal. The book moves quickly from one scene to the next in an almost helter-skelter way.

The characters are not always likable, but they ar
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
An incredible read. The last hundred pages I just wanted to devour them reading to get to the end of the ordeal. One can tell that the author had a hard time in this ordeal and in Her writing it transpires her deepest emotions with regards to what she went thru.
Her brother, man did I want to "bash" him up...and I certainly hope as it is implied in the end that it becomes so.
As far as the ending, Truly appreciated the release as represented by the release of the much as a release emot
Evelyn LaTorre
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a perfectly orchestrated memoir that I couldn't stop reading. The very difficult subject matter of horrendous torture in a Brazilian prison is made palatable because of the say this skilled author handles the painful subject. The reader, like the author, keeps searching for the "why" of such cruelty meted out to other humans. Though at times it didn't seem believable that a UN investigator would need to know so much about Karen Keilt's life, I found the entire sixty years the book covers ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
given the really high rating on good reads, I found the quality of writing to be incredibly poor and the story dragged on, only finished it so I could find out what happens in the end-The subject matter at the end regarding corruption of the legal system in Brazil and corrupt cops/prison officials was the most interesting part of the story yet only a small part of the book was devoted to it. The rest read as a trashy novel!
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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