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History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil (Latin American Literature and Culture) Revised Edition

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ISBN-10: 0520082745
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"Whatley has done English readers not versed in French a major service by providing an annotated translation of Lery's fascinating text."--"Virginia Quarterly Review

From the Back Cover

When the famous anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss arrived in Rio de Janeiro, he had one book in his pocket: Jean de Lery's History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil. Lery had undertaken his fascinating and arduous voyage in 1556, as a youthful member of the first Protestant mission to the New World. Janet Whatley presents the first complete English translation of one of the most vivid European accounts of life in the New World.
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Product Details

  • Series: Latin American Literature and Culture (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Revised edition (March 11, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520082745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520082748
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very important first hand account of the French expedition to Brazil in 1555, sent by King Henry II to counter Portuguese hegemony over Brazil. DeLery gave a detailed account of the geography, flora-fauna, anthropology, and culture of the savage Americans of Rio de Janiero bay he observed. As a writer in Christian missions, I find it fascinating because it shows the error of the misrepresentations of this expedition as a Huguenot missionary venture. There were a few Huguenot refugees among the hundreds of soldiers and workers building a fort for Admiral Villegaignon on Guanabara island in the bay. Most fled back to France because of his treachery, but three Protestants were executed as heretics by the Admiral. It is important to read history first hand!
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Masterpiece and it should be read by all. Not enough history teachers add this text to their syllabus, and they should!
Original and insightful ideas and observations and to think it was one of the first books about first contact. Interesting
also in terms of the how Lery approached his subject with a great dosage of admiration and respect not common to ethnographic writing for the centuries to come...
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The one thing I found really frustrating is that this translation doesn't contain Lery's transcriptions of Tupinamba melodies. I mean, what a fascinating thing that is for musicians, and for non-musicians, well, they only take up a few pages, so I can't understand why they were left out.
Otherwise a great translation of a fascinating book.
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