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The Grand Peregrination: Being the Life and Adventures of Fernao Mendes Pinto (Aspects of Portugal) Hardcover – 1 Feb 1990


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd; New edition edition (1 Feb. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856358509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856358500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,784,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederico Munoz on 23 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Peregrination" is a immersive, absorving and peculiar book. It's the report on Fernao Mendes Pinto, a Portuguese that in this book records the adventures (some of them unbelivable!) that he had travelling troughtout the Portuguese Empire (and beyond!).
It's a refreshing view on the aftermath of the Discoveries since it's a first person account and as such the ammount of detail on what really could happen at the time is enourmous.

It's also brilliant because it can be viewed as an "adventure book" and it casts some light on the motivations and conditions of the people that made this kind of journeys. It's not a cold look at the historic merit of portuguese expansionism, it's a book where the main character is captured, enslaved, travels troughout the world, seeks gold and richness, has interactions with distant Kingdoms, all this written in short sequential chapters (of the kind that starts "Where it will be told how we encountered Pirates near the coast of Malaca, and how we survived" ).

People that like historic novels and/or are interested in a first-person view account of this great adventure should get this book. The ammount of historical wealth in it and the different view it presents are worth reading it. Add to this the fact that the book is very interesting by itself even if it was fiction and you won't regret reading it.
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