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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Word: Outstanding, 28 Sep 1998
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This review is from: The Book of Embraces (Norton Paperback) (Paperback)
A riveting account of the simple things which make the human race what it is. A must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books..., 7 Aug 2007
This review is from: The Book of Embraces (Norton Paperback) (Paperback)
You know that rare event when you come across one of those books that speaks exactly what you feel, taps emotions you've never felt and seems to have some sort of biblical significance in a cold modern society.

This book is outstanding. The aphoristic story-telling style is emotive and sensitive, as well as educational, and has the power to open the eyes of anyone living in the ultra-modern, decadent and complacent West to the social injustices for which they are all tacitly responsible.

Required reading for anyone who wants to have a heart.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Americas, seen and told with passion and poetry, 12 Jan 1998
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This review is from: The Book of Embraces (Norton Paperback) (Paperback)
I may be the only Galeano 'groupie' in existance. That fact is a result of my being introduced to this extraordinary writer in "The Book of Embraces". Since then I've bought used and 'remaidered' copies from Portland to Cambridge to NYC, saved them for awhile and then gave them away as presents to my best friends. I regularly quote his fables and words in a weekly newsletter I publish for the school I direct. Several years ago (definitely before Amazon.com time), I heard him at an author's reading at the (ill-fated) Endicott Bookstore in Manahttan where he signed my tattered copy of "The Book of Embraces". Boy was that an experience! I gave him an envelope full of my newsletters and invited him to visit our school but, alas, he's never written or called. I guess he stays away from groupies. No matter - a real groupie holds no grudges. It's clear that I am biased; there's no reason not to be. Galleano's work gives you a greater appreciation of the human condition, especially as it affects the Latino world in the Americas. The history, wisdom, politics and rich culture of the peoples indigenous to the Americas as well as the suffering of their decendants hits you in your gut, your head and your heart again and again as your read The Book of Embraces. This book uses understated, simple stories to enlarge your political perspective. That can make a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 20 Oct 2013
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This book is passionate, brilliant, and full of mystical realism. All of the short vignettes come together for a magnificent whole. Galeano is a master of the art of story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection, 1 July 2013
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This review is from: The Book of Embraces (Norton Paperback) (Paperback)
The Book of Embraces comprises a couple of hundred vignettes and musings (and many peculiar illustrations). Some are very funny. Some offer profundity, politic, sadness, reflection, clever observations: all with a distinctly Latin American flavour or perspective.

Eduardo's offerings are surprising in range, and despite brevity satisfying in their power.

Sharp and playful - I'd recommend it.
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