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Samba Paperback – July 30, 1991
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is fascinating and the author admirable, because in order to learn and effectively represent the culture of the Samba and black Brazilian society (which she pretty effectively demonstrates are in many ways largely synonymous) she not only joined a Samba club in order to participate in Carnival, but also moved into the favelas of Rio.
Guillermoprieto depicts the injustice of the blacks' fate in Brazil in a dispassionate, yet also very poignant and sympathetic manner. She allows the compelling facts to represent themselves without embellishing them with personal assessments, which makes her writing that much more powerful.
This is really a great book: a fascinating story about the complex organization and serious part of the Brazilian economy that the Samba and Carnival comprise, and a distinctive and holistic representation of black Brazilian society and the rest of that nation in its reflection.
Guillermoprieto writes in a very engaging, enjoyable style, which occassionally seems more like an engrossing novel than a non-fiction work. If you have ever been curious to learn more about Brazilian culture, this is the book to start with!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good product. Would recommend buying it if this is what you need.Published 21 months ago by kyashack
I was required to read this for a class, and it was honestly a waste of time. It's high on poorly written "flavor" and low on actual factual meat. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Archgeneral
The title of the book "Samba" (either picked by the author or by the publisher for marketing purposes) is misleading. The book has nothing significant about Samba, music or dance. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Abraham Gale
As a student who had to read this book for a class and think critically about it in terms of Anthropology and race, this book was a pain to sludge through. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Brittany Salagean
For an author whose first language is spanish, her skill in writing in english has to be commended -but she ain't Borges. Read morePublished on September 2, 2001