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Engaging, witty, and fun.,
This review is from: Brazil (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I noticed that this book received quite a number of less than wonderful reviews. This was the first of Updike's books I read so I came to it with no opinion or expectation. I also hadn't checked any reviews of it so read it with quite a fresh mind.
Firstly, It isn't a plot driven book. It often seems to be a vehicle for social, political and economic insight. Sometimes it was very witty and it was full of interesting musings on race, sexuality and social status. I found it to be quite a fun adventure and just the right amount of magical realism to not irritate me.
A major gripe seems to be the implausibility and lack of knowledge on the authors part. This didn't bother me though both are fair criticisms, he even says in the back that he used travel guides as a reference, the sort of travel guides people who go to India to discover themselves would read. I don't really care how authentic the Brazil in the book was, I don't think that was the point.