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Carnival of Hope is a story that should be on reading lists everywhere as a wake-up call to conditions that really exist in our modern world. Not all carnivals lead to good things for everyone and Carnival of Hope; shows it as it is. 5* Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers' Favorite

I found this book extremely compelling and intelligently written. I highly recommend this book to all readers who want to be immersed in a story that will take you on a journey that you would otherwise never have taken. Kindle Book Reviews Marilou George's full 5* review at and

As with his previous book Secrets from the Dust, this wouldn't have been one I would have looked at twice, but I'm so glad I did. I was thinking of Tomas and Thereza long after finishing the book. Kuforum reviewer Joo's full 5* review at  and

In the end, CARNIVAL OF HOPE is a love story that examines a society, warts and all, with an ending that allows room for the reader's imagination and sense of wonder. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be immersed, not only in a love story, but in the culture of the Brazilian favela during carnival season, the superstitions and longing of its people. Susan Russo Anderson's full 4* review at and

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  • File Size: 1112 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Browsing Rhino Ltd (November 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ARNIB0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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George Hamilton likes to know what's going on around the world, to delve into the customs and practices of different cultures, and this is often a feature of his novels. His tales are based on people's intense personal or family dramas, with major social or political events strongly impacting their story. In addition to World Literature, he also writes multi-genre novels which include: Historical, Suspense/Thriller, and Contemporary. He currently lives in London, England.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Saved on January 13, 2012
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Meet a boy, a girl. Be immersed in their love story, their fleeting moments of ecstasy beautifully handled by the author.

Enter the world of the Nordestinos of northeastern Brazil. Feel their squalor, the meanness of life without freedom, the impossibility of liberation. Add villains. Mix in action and a story with twists and turns that keep the reader wondering what happens next, and you've got CARNIVAL OF HOPE.

CARNIVAL OF HOPE by George Hamilton is the love story of Tomas and Thereza, their struggle to create a better life for themselves, the story of Tomas's journey from a shanty in northeastern Brazil to the south, to Rio, a city with its own set of corruption, in search of the woman he loves. But the hero, Tomas, has feet of clay and through his mistakes, seems to lose the love of Theresa. She leaves. He searches for her.

Main characters include Seu Giomar, the mayor's henchman, a not-so-subtle villain who epitomizes the corrupt world of small-time thugs who feed on the poor.

The book is also the love story of Tomas for learning and for teaching literacy, of his hardships, his striving, his journeys.

George Hamilton paints a picture of the slums of northeastern Brazil that left this reader feeling the hopelessness of the people, their worship of strange gods, the chains of their poverty. There is a haunting image of a young boy, Salgado who "played with his soiled toes." But these scenes are punctuated by breathtakingly beautiful descriptions, for instance, the view of Rio seen for the first time by Tomas.

In CARNIVAL OF HOPE, the author presents an almost Dreiser-like view of the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on December 16, 2011
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This remarkable story takes place in the slums of Northeast Brazil and centers around the main characters Tomas and Thereza. Teaching is banned in their town and Tomas teaches in secret hoping to bring knowledge to the people. Thereza hopes to discover a better life with Tomas in the South. The carnival is the only hope that the people of the slums believe they have in a realizing a better future for themselves. This story gives you a heart wrenching view of how the people are forced to live and the everyday tragedy's they are forced to endure.

Thereza is determined to secretly enter the carnival dance competition to win her way out of the unbearable situation that is her life. Tomas believes that educating himself and others is really the only way to a respectable future. Unknown to the carnival entrants Mayor Don Giovanni, with the help of his henchman Giomar, controls the outcome of the carnival and also the mind-boggling future of the winners.

This story takes you into the world of Tomas and Thereza, their life in the slums and their individual journey from the slums to their unbelievably staggering realizations of the future. Their journeys collectively and individually will pull at you from all directions. The descriptive picture painted of these characters as well as all the supporting characters in this book will place an unforgettable image in your mind.

The physical descriptions of their town and the elements surrounding them on their journey will provide you a tangible view of their circumstances. You will find yourself still contemplating the lives of Tomas and Teresa even after the final page is read.

I found this book extremely compelling and intelligently written. I highly recommend this book to all readers who want to be immersed in a story that will take you on a journey that you would otherwise never have taken.

Marilou George ~ The Kindle Book Review

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan A. Adamak VINE VOICE on September 11, 2013
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This story, based on true conditions, could be depressing for any reader who cannot face a new type of ugly facts that desperately poor people face. It takes place to start with in northern Brazil where there is a multitude of people who live under the meanest of conditions because there is no work and if it wasn't for human nature's instinct to survive, most would give in and just pass on. Northerners in Brazil were called Nordestinos and Tomas, a teenage boy, was in love with a beautiful teenage girl, Thereza, but Tomas couldn't even find enough work to feed himself, let alone his mother and two sisters. Tomas father had taught him to read and write, but then disappeared. Reading and writing was banned where he lived because the corrupt men in charge did not want those people living in "shantys" to learn such for they might become strong and revolt against their conditions. There were a few young adults who paid Tomas to teach them, but they could pay very little and because of the danger involved, everyone had to be very careful. Tomas' mother was a priestess for a religious cult that had come with the slaves from Africa and although Tomas had been raised in it, he didn't practice it. But it pops up in his wild thoughts in how to make Thereza his wife.

Thereza's mother forbade Thereza to see Tomas for she knew Thereza's beauty could attract a suitor who could afford to support Thereza's family. She actually sold her to one man, but Thereza couldn't stand him and ran away before he could take her to bed. Tomas despaired as to how he could support Thereza as a wife, but he never gave up that desire, nor did Thereza.

It was the thought of the Nordestinos that if they could get to the carnival held annually in Rio that they could find work and live decently.
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