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Brazilian Adventure [Hardcover]

Peter Fleming
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Jan 1934
In 1925 Colonel P. H. Fawcett embarked on a journey into a dangerous and largely unexplored region of Brazil in search of a Lost World and was never seen again. Fleming's interest in Fawcett's disappearance leads to him answering an advertisement to join an expedition to explore the rivers of Brazil with the aim of ascertaining Fawcett's fate.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Scholars Reference Library; Eleventh Impression edition (Jan 1934)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0686172345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0686172345
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,670,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the Top 20 Best Travel Books of the Past Century' --The Times

'An observer of great wisdom and learning...' --Simon Winchester

'One reads him for literary delight and for the pleasure of meeting an Elizabethan spirit allied to a modern mind... but he is also an observer of penetrating intellect.' --Vita Sackville-West, Spectator

In his foreword Giles Foden suggests that Fleming belonged in a John Buchan novel, but there is also a touch of Bertie Wooster in his insouciant haplessness, delicious turns of phrase and sly wisdom. --Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph

'One reads him for literary delight and for the pleasure of meeting an Elizabethan spirit allied to a modern mind... but he is also an observer of penetrating intellect.' --Vita Sackville-West, Spectator --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Peter Fleming, OBE, (1907-1971) was a journalist and writer and one of the great travel writers of the twentieth century. He began his career as a special correspondent with The Times and later wrote for The Spectator. He served with the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War and from 1942 was in charge of military deception operations in Southeast Asia. He is the author of several classic books, which include Brazilian Adventure, To Peking (The Peter Fleming Collection, Tauris Parke Paperbacks), One's Company and News from Tartary. Later he wrote accounts of historical events in lands through which he had travelled, namely The Siege at Peking, Bayonets to Lhasa and The Fate of Admiral Kolchak. In his memory, The Royal Geographical Society established The Peter Fleming Award for projects that seek to advance geographical science. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing adventure 22 Sep 2004
I initially bought this book from a second hand bookstore because I was firstly intrigued by the title and secondly amused by the very English picture (trousers belted almost under his armpits, pipe in mouth and a jaunty smile) of the author Peter Fleming on the inside of the front cover.
When I finally got round to reading this book I was amazed at how quickly I became absorbed in his witty and descriptive narrative. Far from being a read with a sense of duty this became I book that I read for the sheer pleasure of absorbing every moment of this mans fascinating journey through Brazil.
The real wonder of this story is not what they did or didn't discover in their quest to find the missing Colonel Fawcett but more what they discovered of themselves and the unique insight that Fleming gives us in recording a trip into the wilderness for which they were at best ill prepared for. Fleming's descritions of the people and places they encounter in their journey gives the feeling of the journey unfolding before you, which in turn transports us to beautiful places that many of us will never be lucky enough to see. The sights, sounds and smells that he encounters are long gone now and were it not for his evocative writting they would be truly lost.
Overall I would say that I love this book because of the vivid descriptions, the beautiful vocabulary, Fleming's wry observations and overall the sheer delight with which it is written. If this book doesn't inspire you to explore the world (even just a tiny part of it) then nothing will.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling reading 29 April 2006
A hilarious, gripping account of 1930s Englishness facing the wilderness of the Pantanal. A great adventure from cover to cover, which also details the beauty of the wildlife they encountered and compels the reader to visit, in the hope that some of it is still there today. The book is also fascinating from an historical point of view, showing awful colonial attitudes towards the indigineous people of Mato Grosso and the tendancy to shoot everything that moves whether for food or fun. Flemings unceasing competitive nature and determination to succeed in every mission are a great inspiration to all travellers. Extremely entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trespassers in Fairyland... 7 Jun 2009
Peter Fleming, the brother of James Bond creator Ian, and reputedly an inspiration for his more famous sibling's iconic character, was a traveller, explorer, and very talented writer in his own right. Brazilian Adventure is his thrilling, hilarious account of a peculiarly pointless expedition into the jungles of South America in the 1930s. If you enjoy real-life adventure stories dating from times when men really were men and our world wasn't yet fully explored, you'll love this. In my view, it is a far more rewarding read than any of his brother's books.
Peter's books describing his travels in the Far East, entitled One's Company and News from Tartary, are just as good, and worth seeking out. Also worth a look if you enjoy this kind of thing is Julian Duguid's obscure Green Hell, which tells an almost identical story to Fleming's Brazilian Adventure, and if anything, is an even better read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book! 31 Oct 2000
A cracking adventure, written in a beautifully tongue-in-cheek style. Think the bastard offspring of PG Wodehouse and Douglas Adams (if that were physically possible. Or desirable) venturing into the depths of unchartered Brazil on little more than a whim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Adventures in Brazil! 10 Feb 2001
I read Peter Fleming's, excellent "News from Tartary" and wanted some more. These tales are from a lost time, when parts of the world were still untouched by all of us. Made me laugh out loud so many times. But what did happen to Colonel Fawcett?? Does anyone know?
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