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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
a REAL story
Has Brazilian Adventure turned you off from other books in this genre?
No way. This is a great genre
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Narration is quite good. Story is staggeringly boring
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brazilian Adventure?
The entire first half of the book could be readily turned into one brief chapter. Boring minutia extraordinaire!
Any additional comments?
This should never have been put into a book. A short story, such as is found in National Geographic would have made slightly interesting reading. If you want adventure read "Into Africa" - THAT is a 'can't put it down' adventure book. This book was awful, just awful.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Bought this on a chance, as I'd never heard of the author, who turns out to be Ian Fleming's brother. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I'll definitely be picking up the rest of his books. Marvellously written with a P.G.Woodehouse/Jerome K. Jerome wit and Bill Bryson-esque chumminess. He starts by warning that this will be a very boring adventure-- "‘As chapter gives place to chapter, and still no arrows stick quivering in the tent-pole, and still no tomtoms throb their beastly summons to the night assault, the observant reader will get pretty fed up." Instead, they are generally helped along by bemused and kindly locals, and the whole expedition has the air of summertime punt down the Thames.
Caveats: there's some thoughtless racism to be expected of the period but pretty mild; and painful oblivious use of the n-word. The pointless slaughter of masses of animals isn't described in any detail but is present.
That said, the wit and self-deprecating charm of Fleming utterly disarmed me. He's marvellous company. The reader adopts a plucky period accent that doubles the pleasure. Delightful.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Brazilian Adventure in three words, what would they be?
I live in Rio de Janeiro and the characters and the difficulties...are unchanged since PF's adventure. It is superficial but still highly entertaining, even if in an opinionated british public schoolboy way. Nothing much dramatic happens in this adventure, which makes it feel very true. You wont learn much about Brazil, unless of course its to recognise things, situations, people, as i do... but you will laugh. The narrator fits the bill well enough.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful