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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Author Essentials (Indepenpress) (21 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780033311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780033310
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By parachute adams on 7 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
...yet I know it's all true. An excellent read, full of atmosphere and vibrancy. The author saw the lighter side of things but also took a serious interest in the lives of his hosts, all captured with great affection, and a lot of laughs. I enjoyed it greatly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IGM on 28 Sept. 2012
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This is a very interesting account of how the African Slaves' Pagan beliefs, deities and practices were tolerated by the Catholic Church provided all the Slaves were baptised and instructed in Christian beliefs. There are numerous illustrations of direct links between Christian Saints and African deities. Thus was honour satisfied for both parties !
This acceptance of African culture and beliefs persists to the present day
There is an interview with a woman well into her nineties who could remember the time when slaves were liberated in 1888 and who could recall her father "plodding wearily back from the sugar-fields with cumbersome shackles on his ankles" Also with another woman who rolled cigars in the tobacco factory until mechanisation made such workers redundant.
There are many illustrations of the poverty that existed in the sixties. Bank clerks who did all the work being paid a small fraction of the salary of trainees with little or no useful work to do. Bar tenders whose weekly pay was roughly equal to the cost of a round of drinks. Worst of all - whole families surviving on hand-me-downs and unwanted scraps of food from garbage containers. All these experiences caused the author to ponder deeply, and prompted him to examine further what life was like in remoter parts.
He attended and described in detail how a cult healer performed exorcisms and healings which reminded one that similar "faith healings" used to be part and parcel of Christianity, but the skills have in most cases wasted away over the years. As the author puts it: "You cannot but believe that there are forces, still not properly understood, that can and do work for the good of all".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EdWill on 18 Mar. 2013
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Fascinating account of Brazil as it could never be described again. Who would have thought that in the relatively recent past, slinging the body of a dead tramp onto the back of a lorry with a pitch fork would be an acceptable way of clearing the streets? This is an intriguing, honest account of Brazil which will change the way you think about the country and its people forever. Loved this book - couldn't put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Winefride2 on 17 Mar. 2013
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A delightful, fast-moving read, full of humour and the little details that make one want to see this country as it was, and hold on to the appeal it had for a young man in the 1960s. "Voodoo" is an insight into the folklore of Brazil; "Banker" is the solid profession that made the author's love of Brazil possible. I recommend it highly. Leave it on the bedside table in your guest room - they'll love it too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margot Konitzer on 2 Mar. 2013
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I recommend this intriguing book. It is atmospheric and humorous with some thought provoking insights into the life and ancient customs of the native inhabitants of the Amazon. The start of the book takes the reader through the colourful Ex-Pat life of a British Banker who is sent out to work in Brazil in the 1960's. The amusing and descriptive passages bring a vibrancy and pace to the story about the life and adventures of the Author and his wife. The latter half of the book is about the couple returning to Brazil. The author has given up life as a banker and is now a penniless researcher with an enquiring mind, determined to study and find out about voodoo rituals and healing practices. The revealing studies are compelling and profoundly refreshing and believable. The age old African and Christian influences provide the reader with a great deal of knowledge about life in darkest Amazon with some rich, illustrative narrative to keep you totally gripped, enthralled and mesmerised to the end. Overall a moving story with some great anecdotal thoughts from the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clarrey on 7 Sept. 2012
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A really evocative and hilarious account of an amazing time and place. Paul Williams recounts his extraordinary adventures in Brazil with enormous warmth and humour, I simply loved it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlitos Castor on 23 Aug. 2012
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A highly readable and entertaining book about life and culture in Brazil in the late 60s and early 70s. As someone who lives in Brazil today, many of the observations are still very true, even though the country has changed dramatically since then. The book contains an unusual mix of comedy, history, anthropology and sociology. For this reason, it has something for almost everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parker51 on 17 Aug. 2012
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Think being a trainee banker or researching for a PhD sound dull? Think again! Paul Williams vividly portrays his life-changing experiences in Brazil and illustrates them with the atmospheric black and white photographs he took at the time. The enthralling tale follows Paul's adventures as he forsakes his absurdly well-paid but ultimately stifling position at the bank for near-starvation coupled with intellectual fulfilment amongst Brazil's native people. There is everything here - love story, murder, sudden death, tragic accident, unexpected acceptance. And then there are the traditional cures...
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