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Reality Check: Life in Brazil through the eyes of a foreigner Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3656 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXBM4X8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ilan Chamovitz on September 16, 2013
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I started to read Mark's articles in 2012. I like his writting style, as the content, as well. When he suggested me to read the e-book Reality Check: Life in Brazil through the eyes of a foreigner I just took a look inside and decided to download it. Mark is a real example of entrepreneur!!! He has moved to Brazil and started a new business there, dealing with different cultures in a giant country. In his book he gives lots of information, according to his personal view. Good for foreigners who will move to Brazil, good for Brazilian who will deal with foreigners arriving.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on September 7, 2013
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I am from Brazil and as a Brazilian I have no idea what a foreigner have to do in order to live in Brazil. I loved Mark's perspective, and how patient he was with the country and the culture yet giving an honest view of possible improvements that can be made. His honesty will help other to know what they might have to go through to get things done in Brazil. I believe that having an expectation will help foreigner to be prepared. I have a few friends that have mentioned that they would consider living in Brazil and I am definitely recommending them to read this book. I was pretty tired of reading books with just the overused stereotypes of Brazil, this one is fresh and seems realistic to me. Very useful read if you are moving to Brazil.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Monk on September 26, 2013
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Reality Check should be required reading for any foreigners planning to move to Brazil! I read it in one sitting and found the information to be spot on and the content to be captivating. I am from Atlanta Georgia and have been living in Belo Horizonte Brazil for 6 months. Like the author Mark Hillary I have truly fallen in love with this country and it's people. I have also experienced the frustrations of learning Portuguese and adjusting to life in a new country. Mark shares his personal experiences in acclimating to Brazilian life and tries to prepare the reader for some of the positive and negative things they are likely to encounter. It's easy to feel like a stranger in a strange land and become overwhelmed with how different life as a foreigner in Brasil can be and Mark holds back nothing in his honest portrayal of his stay here. Brazil is an amazing place to live and I have found that the positive aspects of life here far outweigh the negative. I also agree however that anyone planning to move here should prepare themselves in any and every possible way and this book "Reality Check" is a great place to start!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Hopkins on January 11, 2014
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Not bad, and gives you what it says it says...."life in Brasil through the eyes of a foreigner." I bought the book to catch up on what I have missed in the years since I lived there, and while all of the advice and info was useful, there wasn't much new. I was surprised at the author's assessment of crime, not as bad as publicized, but equally wondered why he never mentioned "despachantes" in the pages on getting documentation. I don't know anyone, foreign or Brasilian, who tries to make it through the bureaucratic jungles without the "jeito" that the despachantes can offer. They are specialized and so you go to one for your tax docs, and another for your car registration, etc. Yes, it costs, but not that much when you consider the hours you can spend waiting in lines that are constantly moving back to let in the "malecas" standing in line for the agencies. Details on this are significantly lacking in this otherwise worthwhile book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maira C. on February 4, 2014
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I'm a Brazilian (from the central region of the country) living abroad with a foreign partner and thinking about moving back home with him. I bought this book to see Brazil through the eyes of a foreigner and to try to see how living there would be for my partner.

The book delivers what it promises, and I found it quite accurate. So accurate that it was even a little bit boring for me - nothing was new. But isn't that exactly the point? For Brazilians, what he writes there is just common sense. For someone who has never lived there, it is exactly what is needed to go past the stereotypes and learn what is it that the country (or, at least the southeast area, the richest region of Brazil) offers.

It is a self published book, and I think that this really shows. I caught a few wrong sentences here and there (I'm not a native English speaker but I'm quite sure the sentences had to be reviewed). The rhythm of the book was a bit weird, some very short chapters and some long ones; articles published elsewhere put in the middle of the book when they could be just links or appendices (especially because the topic - the June 2013 unrest - is dated and very complex to be discussed in full there).

Overall, the book felt to me like a huge blog post. I think that the content is accurate, clear and very useful, but in my humble opinion this book could be so much better with some more careful editing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott F Ennis on November 2, 2013
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I am a expat, living in Brazil, a culture that is very much like a onion, with many, many layers of depth. Mark Hillary, not only gave me many tips and explanations I was foggy on, but his style of writing is top notch and most enjoyable. If you live in Brazil, this short book is a must, if your curious about this wild and fun country, he lays out the landscape with flare and helpful tips.
Actually, these types of books are hard to come by, so I highly recommend it. Its a bargain, short, and when you finish it, your way ahead of the game, as Brazil is much more than it seems on the surface. Boa sorte!
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