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The Travels of Mendes Pinto

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  207 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This text, ostensibly the autobiography of Portugese explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto, came second only to Marco Polo's work in exciting Europe's imagination of the Orient. Chronicling adventures from Ethiopia to Japan, Travels covers twenty years of Mendes Pinto's odyssey as a soldier, a merchant, a diplomat, a slave, a pirate, and a missionary, and continues to overwhelm que ...more
Hardcover, 752 pages
Published May 29th 1990 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1614)
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A book first published in 1614.
Fact or fiction? Truth or part of it?

What to say of a 16th century Portuguese man who travelled over large areas of Africa and Asia (Gulf of Siam, Japan, India, China...) as merchant, as warrior,...in company of the Jesuits...imprisoned turned into slave...,as occasional physician,ambassador,...a pirate in the China seas,...a soldier, a business agent and... 20 years later in Portugal recalled his trips?



I think Mendes Pinto has the stature of Da Gama, the only
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Samuel Viana
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comecei a lê-lo hoje, penso que se citar os parágrafos iniciais não trarei mal nenhum ao mundo, de forma que estou apenas a acicatar o vosso interesse por este épico:


Do que passei om minha mocidade n'este reino ate que me embarquei para a índia.

Quando ás vezes ponho diante dos olhos os muitos e grandes trabalhos e infortunios que por mim passárão, começados no principio da minha primeira idade, e continuados pela maior parte e melhor tempo da minha vida, acho que com muita razão me posso queixar
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Larissa
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all time favorite Portuguese books. It's a little hard to tell what is genuine personal history versus sailor swagger but that just makes it all the harder to put down. Fernao Mendes Pinto was a real person who wrote this as his autobiography. It follows him from his youth, to his first ship, through worldly travels and 3 shipwrecks across 21 years in the 16th century. The Portuguese at this point in time saw themselves as masters of the world. So it is a shock when they come a ...more
Joao Pinto
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, portugal
Follow the travels of Fernão Mendes Pinto through the Google maps link
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Bill Johnston
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Pinto wrote this book of travels after returning to Portugal after more than 20 years in the orient, from India to Japan. It isn't an autobiography; it deliberately includes adventures in the first person that were performed by other people instead of Pinto himself. It can be seen as a collection of the sorts of things that happened during the 16th century Portuguese conquest of the orient.

The reason it gets only two stars from me was due to the translator, not the original text. The translator
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Francisco Câmara Ferreira
Apesar do texto ser às vezes um tanto difícil de ler (português do século XVI) e de algumas contradições gostei muito destas crónicas da muito dura e incerta (mas emocionante) vida da nossa gente lusitana pela Ásia do séc. XVI. "A mais pura glória do passado de um povo é ter tido humanistas como (Fernão) Mendes Pinto, que o ensinam a aferir os seus próprios actos pelos princípios supremos do verdadeiro e do justo. Por essas estradas de fulgor eterno é que se traçam as rotas de um provir melhor". ...more
Bin Santos
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classicos
Perspectiva completamente diferente da época dos descobrimentos. Fernão Mendes Pinto expõe as atrocidades que foram cometidas supostamente em nome do cristianismo, ao mesmo tempo que incrivelmente não morre (quando toda a gente à sua volta morre) nem nas várias prisões, nem nos vários naufrágios que sofre.
É uma autentica peregrinação ler este livro... 800 e tal páginas escritas em antigo português com tanta navegação e tanto naufrágio que por vezes me deu a volta à barriga.
Tiago Loureiro
Um dos melhores livros que já li! Melhor livro sobre a era de expansão ultramarina e o diálogo entre culturas. Mostra bem a essência do típico português e o nosso desenrascanço.
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Fernão Mendes Pinto (Date of Birth, unknown c.1509 – 8 July 1583) was a Portuguese explorer and writer. His voyages are recorded in Pilgrimage (Portuguese: Peregrinação) (1614), his autobiographical memoir. The historical accuracy of the work was, for many years debated due to the many events which seemed far fetched and unreasonable to western cultures. Some aspects of the work can be verified, p ...more
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