It is fascinante to say the least. View all 3 comments. Oct 11, Morgan Turbo rated it it was amazing Shelves: foreign-language , nonfiction-history.
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First, the version I read was in Portuguese, which makes sense after all because I live in Brazil and the book is about the Portuguese royal family fleeing from Napoleon's invading army. The journey was 69 days, much longer than my journey from Oregon to Brazil 32 hours with 3 connections. I was continually amazed by this book and the wild history of Brazil before independence. One thing that I've read about since being in Brazil is Anglo cultural invasion into Brazil both British and America First, the version I read was in Portuguese, which makes sense after all because I live in Brazil and the book is about the Portuguese royal family fleeing from Napoleon's invading army.
One thing that I've read about since being in Brazil is Anglo cultural invasion into Brazil both British and American.
This book took it several steps back and it was interesting to see how Portugal was so much in the hands of the British. Not only did the British navy escort the Portuguese royalty to Brazil but they also evicted Napoleon's army from Portugal and set up a protectorate state while the royalty was away. It was extremely interesting to read comparisons from America's colonies and the explicit intent of the Portuguese authorities to stifle any communication between the Brazilian colonies.
It was illegal to build roads! Not only because of concerns for communication but also because of smuggling of diamonds out of the country. The best though was reading about the regent prince and later king D. He fled Napoleon's armies but in all likelihood would have won if he staid and fought.
He was extremely religious, possibly a homosexual, and was completely afraid of thunder! Another interesting part to the book was that much of the information about this time came from a series of preserved letters from the royal librarian, Luiz Joaquim Santos Marrocos. The king made it a priority to transfer the bulk of the Royal Library to the new continent. In the librarian's letters we get a personal account of life in Rio de Janeiro during this time, as well as an inside look into the royal court. I only wish there were more testimonies about this fascinating time in Brazil's history.
I look forward to reading , the next book by the same author. Jun 05, Cristina rated it really liked it. The story of the Portuguese royal family moving to Brazil Rio de Janeiro in Running from Napoleon, the royal family had no choice but to choose Brazil, its colony then, as its new home. The book speaks of the changes in the economy and society due to this fact. Changes that would paved the pathway to Brazil's independence in Eventually the royal family leaves Brazil and Dom Pedro I stays behind to command the colony.
Dom Pedro declares independence from Portugal in September 7, After the independence, Brazil becomes an empire and Dom Pedro its first emperor. Very well written book, with important information about Brazilian history.
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All very pleasantly put together. Not in any moment the book becomes a treatise of History. The facts are lined up, intermingled with the small personal stories of each character. Elegant and easy to read, took me only 4 day to finish the book. One more thing, this book could appeal to anyone, not necessary Brazilian or Portuguese, interested in international history. My favorite part about this book was that neither historical accuracy and narrative interest were sacrificed. The author tells an incredibly well-sourced and well-researched story, full of primary as well as scholarly sources.
The tone of the book is not academic, and I just found it to be a really fun read. As someone who studied mostly medieval and early modern history, my knowledge gets pretty vague after that point -- I had no idea that the events described in this book had happened. I learn My favorite part about this book was that neither historical accuracy and narrative interest were sacrificed.
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I learned a lot and really enjoyed reading this book. Jul 10, Charlie rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads. The Author sent me this book to review the new version thank goodness it is the new English version. This is an Advance Reading Copy and won't be on sale till Sepember of this year according to the Author, Laurentino Gomes, that's what the front cover says anyway. I better get busy. I Read the New English version that I think came out in september.
I just wrote the correct Review for the Inglish version. I need to drink more Apple Cider. Given my limited knowledge of Portuguese, I don't know the equivalents of "hubbub" and "hillbillies" in that language, but these and other colloquial expressions enhance this translation. Thank you Andrew Nevins.
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The book depicts the royal family as inelegant in appearance; Portugal's King Joao VI is described as overweight, filthy, greasy, obese, with a dead look in his eyes. Yet he was beloved by the Brazilian populace. Also, without his presence in this colony in the early 19th Century, Brazi Given my limited knowledge of Portuguese, I don't know the equivalents of "hubbub" and "hillbillies" in that language, but these and other colloquial expressions enhance this translation.
Also, without his presence in this colony in the early 19th Century, Brazil would not likely today exist as a unified whole. Because many in the home country thought it unfitting for a king to be ruling from a colony, the king, under pressure, returned to his country of origin Portugal proper in Soon after, in , Brazil became an independent nation, ruled by King Joao's son.
May 05, Maria Petrova rated it it was amazing. Really easy to read book, full of interesting facts on royal family's journey to Brazil in If you have intermediate lever of portuguese, you will read it at ease. Dec 04, Raul Guarini rated it really liked it. Great book about the move from Portugal to Brazil by the Royal family in The references are really amazing the author writes very well. Very interesting book. Jan 24, Sibele De Lima rated it really liked it. It starts in with the Portuguese court leaving Portugal and going to Brazil running away from Napoleon until their return in Interesting reading and an eye opener of how the past influences the present and will definitely influence the future of a whole nation.
Dec 08, David Meditationseed rated it it was amazing. A history book of one of the most important periods of the formation of Brazil told by a journalist. The book exposes the years that the Portuguese royal family fled the Napoleonic invasion in the years and arrived in Brazil under the protection of England.
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It also describes in quick and precise language what Brazil was like and what it became in the 13 years that the Portuguese royal family lived in Rio de Janeiro. It is a work of easy reading. The impression you have is of a great report of A history book of one of the most important periods of the formation of Brazil told by a journalist. The impression you have is of a great report of unmatched quality.
The author invests in some central and peripheral characters - all of them who actually existed and contributed to the history of Brazil and the Portuguese crown.
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For anyone who likes history books, it is an excellent choice. Mar 24, Marina rated it it was amazing. I heard that there is some debate behind this book. Some say it is a history book, others say it is not, given the over sensationalism. I particularly consider this one a history book. Given that I am no particular historical junkie, this book really sparked my interest in the history of my country: given their cultural, social and economic habits.
For the first time, I clearly saw the bridge between and Jul 08, Yuri rated it it was amazing.
This book is just wonderful when it comes to know how Brazil works. It's sad to admit, but things didn't change that much in people's mind in the last years. Acceso Clientes. Formatos de Extrato.