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I love it,
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This review is from: A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions (Paperback)
I guess you love Peter Robb's approach or you don't. I love it. As in 'Street Fight in Naples' he flips backwards and forwards between personal reminiscences of his time hanging out in Recife, rather good and concise explanations of recent Brazilian political events, well-told historical episodes and reviews of some important Brazilian literature. Robb is the sort of travel guide who will buy you a cachaca in a seedy dive, treat you to lobster, discuss books in an intelligent way and take you to places that explain things. He is costing me money as I have ordered three more books on his recommendation. I recently read FH Cardoso's 'Accidental President of Brazil' and he covers some of the same ground. Obviously FHC is the insider but I think Robb's account stands up very well against the ex-President's book, and Robb's is a more interesting read.