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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro [Kindle Edition]

Ruy Castro , John Gledson
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'Interweaving stories from his life with tales of Rio's colourful history, Castro paints a portrait of one of the most passionate cities on earth.' Express

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Occupying what is arguably the most breathtakingly beautiful site in the world, the people of Rio - the Cariocas - tell their stories: of cannibals charming European intellectuals; of elegant slaves and their shabby masters; of how a casual chat between two people drinking coffee on Avenida Rio Branco could affect world coffee markets; of an awesome beach life; of favelas, drugs, police, carnival, football and music. With his own Carioca good humour and spellbinding storytelling gifts, Ruy Castro brings the reader thrillingly close to the flames.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1582341907
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (15 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L2KFEE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging account 15 Jan 2006
This book is one of a series devoted to major cities. I had already read the ones on Paris, Florence and Sydney, and while each was interesting in its own way, found a common weakness that the author, rather than the city, tended to dominate the narrative. Castro’s book was therefore a welcome change. Like any good travel writer, he is not absent, but his focus remains on the charms and foibles of Rio. He provides a potted, at times humorous, history, explains the shape of the modern city, traces the growth of samba and the modern face of Carnival, and showcases some of the highlights and lowlights of carioca culture. Castro is a journalist with an engaging style and clearly loves his home town. The other books I’ve read so far in this series left me with no great desire to see the cities they described, but after reading Castro I was giving serious thought to putting on my dancing shoes and flying down to Rio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!!! 11 Aug 2010
Very interesting book. Great to learn more about the cariocas. A good book to read before or after going to Rio. It was so good I didn't want it to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspired view of the carioca soul 26 Sep 2004
By Rafael Pertusier - Published on
Rio is every carioca's mistress.

As a true lover of the city, I was amazed by Ruy Castro's profound and inspired view of Rio. He makes this book as interesting for someone just looking for a travel guide as for the most serious and passionate student of the city's soul.

Rio is more than just a beautiful accident of geography and history. This one place that, so stubbornly and yet, so rightfully calls itself "the wonderful city", like a being greater than its buildings, streets, beaches and mountains, is a major character of our lives.

This is no trivial book about Rio. Ruy Castro writes, in a good-humored and elegant style, a guide to the carioca soul: a fresh, original and colorful view of the city and the people that make it the best place to live in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Looking for more Ruy Castro (in english.) 12 Jan 2006
By S. Bennet - Published on
I first read Ruy Castro's 'Bossa Nova' and wanted more! Then I found this book, and loved it. I also went on to read Ruy Castro's next book (translated into English) Garrincha which is about a Futebol star. I am not into soccer but I loved the book.

I recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great 29 Mar 2007
By Reid W. Wyatt - Published on
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Castro is a fair writer, presenting an honest view of the city. I've never been, so I cannot base this on my own experiences. The book presents a little bit of everything which seems to be central to Rio: the nightlife, Carnival, the cuisine and, most importantly for me, the history. The problem with small books such as this one, which in a standard layout would maybe top 130 pages, is that the writer is prohibited from straying from the main path of introducing the city to the reader. I would say this book is the equivalent of spending two days in a major city - seeing the major sights, creating opinions and generalizations without really getting to know any citizen or neighborhood too well. However, the book did succeed in what I took as its major goal: to get the reader to go to Rio. Brazil is now definitely near the top of my travel list.
5.0 out of 5 stars excited for my trip to Rio! 28 Oct 2013
By Sarah Spar - Published on
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I love books like these over a typical guidebook when preparing for a trip to a new place. This book did not disappoint and I am now even more excited for my trip to Rio!
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-read for every Rio fan 20 Jan 2012
By gatorjos - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Ruy Castro's chronicle of Rio takes you through the city's centuries long history to where it is today: the marvelous city. Castro has great wit and humor and has knack for telling a story. Excellent quick read before visiting Rio before the Carnival.
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