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Brazilian Adventure (Marlboro Travel) Paperback – 31 Oct 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; New edition edition (31 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081016065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810160651
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,795,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr. Fleming has a really exciting story to tell." --Evelyn Waugh


"One of the most amusing and engaging travel records ever written. . . . If Max Beerbohm had been sent out to search for Dr. Livingstone and had written a book about it, the result might have been something like "Brazilian Adventure."" --"The New Yorker"


"[I]f not the best travel book every written--though I think arguably it is--remains hands-down the funniest." --"The Financial Times""

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"In 1932, Peter Fleming, a literary editor, traded his pen for a pistol to engage in the celebrated search for English adventurer Colonel P.H. Fawcett, who had gone missing in the jungles of central Brazil. With meager supplies, faulty maps, and a pack of rival newspapermen on their trail, Fleming and his companions marched, canoed, and fought through 3,000 miles of wilderness and alligator-ridden rivers in search of the fate of the lost colonel. One of the great adventure stories, Brazilian Adventure is as fresh a story today as it was when originally published in 1933."--BOOK JACKET.

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By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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; Fleming'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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I first read this book around 10 years ago, prior to a lengthy stay in Brazil. Aside from the pure interest of an adventurer's tale set in an era when the world was a much bigger place, I thoroughly enjoyed Fleming's dry wit and perceptive analysis of the Brazilian psyche. The gung-ho English are also well observed, as is the expedition's descent into near chaos. It is a wonder they got out of there alive!
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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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Anything by Peter Fleming is a joy. But I particularly recommend One's Company - a Scoop-like journey through China in 1934 with some hilarious moments described in his inimitable wit and fluency. Read his The Siege of Peking. A fascinating accout of a little known hstorical event, with a wonderful portrai of the Dowager Empress visiting the City after the end of hostilities. Absolutely anything by Peter Fleming is worth finding, be it in Amazon or in the second-hand bookshops.n
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