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i am thriilled that the author wrote about an area ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2014
I am thrilled that the author wrote stories of the 'cerrado', an area i know well. His understanding of the harsh landscape, compassion for the people who inhabit the 'cerrado', and ability to dig under the outward surfaces, to get to the hearts, the fight for survival, and daily struggles of both nature and persons show a deep connection to both. The stories are only strengthened by a very simple and gentle style.
His story, entitled Claudio, is a masterpiece, woven through daydreams in a pocket of isolation, among desolation, happenstance, and the vagaries of a fast changing country. Written from a woman's point of view, the story portrays her escape valve, dissatisfaction with the crushing present before the jolt back into reality. Since it is done in the South American mystical style, it is not for everyone. It is, however, for any reader who is interested in small snippets of Brazilian highland culture.