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by John Gledson,Ruy Castro

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ISBN: 074757331X
Author: John Gledson,Ruy Castro
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st edition (August 2004)
Pages: 244
Category: South America
Subcategory: Travels
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 850
Size Fb2: 1938 kb
Size ePub: 1788 kb
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Those who loved Castro's book about Bossa Nova, might find his book about Rio a bit thin. No photos, less details and not many anecdotes from the last decade. Still "Carnival under Fire" offered interesting knowledge about Rio's fascinating history. And Ruy Castro knows how to write.

Those who loved Castro's book about Bossa Nova, might find his book about Rio a bit thin. One person found this helpful.

With his own Carioca good humour and spellbinding storytelling gifts, Ruy Castro brings the reader thrillingly close to the flames. See all Product description.

Drawing on Rio De Janeiro's past, this work shows that even in periods of comparative calm, there has always been a palpable excitement in the air - the feeling of a carnival under fire.

Ruy Castro is a writer and journalist whose books include two classics about Bossa Nova, a biography of the immortal footballer Garrincha and an encyclopaedia of Ipanema.

Часто встречающиеся слова и выражения. Ruy Castro is a writer and journalist whose books include two classics about Bossa Nova, a biography of the immortal footballer Garrincha and an encyclopaedia of Ipanema. His book Bossa Nova: The Story of Brazilian Music that Seduced the World was published in the US in 2001.

by Ruy Castro & translated by John Gledson

by Ruy Castro & translated by John Gledson. Castro makes only the briefest mention of the city’s dire poverty and organized crime; his is a glorious fantasy of his ideal hometown. Fantastically successful travel propaganda.

Translated by John Gledson. Even for the cariocas, who for centuries have been putting this spectacle on and starring in it, Carnival 2003 was one for the record books. It was Carnival under fire – but there was nothing new about that. That’s the way Rio has lived during the centuries of its history – and not just in February.

Translated by John Gledson (Bloomsbury) Castro, wielding his literary brush so masterfully, has painted a vibrant portrait of the city he knows and understands like none other – a city that arguably stands today as one of the most beautiful in the world.

Ruy Castro, Rio de Janeiro: Carnival under Fire, trans. J. Gledson (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2004), p. 102. Other subjects include ‘shoot-outs with the police’ (p. 1); ‘honest, poor people’ (p. 15); tourists in Rocinha (p. 18); capoeira (p. 57); samba schools (p. 100); and even cats (p. 83. oogle Scholar.

By (author) Ruy Castro, Translated by John Gledson. Interweaving stories from his life with tales of Rio's colourful history, Castro paints a portrait of one of the most passionate cities on earth.

Occupying what is arguably the most breathtakingly beautiful site in the world, the people of Rio - the Cariocas - tell their stories: of cannibals charming European intellectuals; of elegant slaves and their shabby masters; of how a casual chat between two people drinking coffee on Avenida Rio Branco could affect world coffee markets; of an awesome beach life; of faveals, drugs, police, carnival, football and music. With his own Carioca good humour and spellbinding storytelling gifts, Ruy Castro brings the reader thrillingly close to the flames.

Comments:

Munigrinn
Castro is a fair writer, presenting an honest view of the city. I've never been, so I cannot base this on my own experiences. The book presents a little bit of everything which seems to be central to Rio: the nightlife, Carnival, the cuisine and, most importantly for me, the history. The problem with small books such as this one, which in a standard layout would maybe top 130 pages, is that the writer is prohibited from straying from the main path of introducing the city to the reader. I would say this book is the equivalent of spending two days in a major city - seeing the major sights, creating opinions and generalizations without really getting to know any citizen or neighborhood too well. However, the book did succeed in what I took as its major goal: to get the reader to go to Rio. Brazil is now definitely near the top of my travel list.
Timberahue
I love books like these over a typical guidebook when preparing for a trip to a new place. This book did not disappoint and I am now even more excited for my trip to Rio!
Endieyab
Those who loved Castro's book about Bossa Nova, might find his book about Rio a bit thin. No photos, less details and not many anecdotes from the last decade. Still "Carnival under Fire" offered interesting knowledge about Rio's fascinating history. And Ruy Castro knows how to write.
Gashakar
The city has an eclectic past that comes to life in Castro's virtual historic tour of the last 500 years
Rko
brilliant little book. too bad the author has become a fascist in his old age.
Ferri - My name
Ruy Castro's slim volume on Rio de Janeiro provides the casual reader a compelling portrait of that most intriguing of cities. Providing a rapid history of the city from the first Portuguese explorers to the celebrations of the dawn of the 21st century, he tells the tale of a city that has at times been the height of fashion, that has provided the world with at least its share of memorable movie scenes, more than its requisite portion of compelling rhythms, and a plentiful supply of legends, scandalous and otherwise.

Seemingly influenced by the flaneur approach to writing on cities (though not adopting the majority of that form's conventions) and with the long memory that comes of living in and loving a city for his whole natural life, Castro gives plentiful insight into a genteel experience of the city. He tells how Rio rose over its first few centuries, and then fell into the same morose situation that afflicted so many metropolises through the Cold War years, a conflation of the effects of over-exposure that turned an exciting, exclusive experience like early Copacobana into the banality of over-exposure, and a structuralist approach to cities that sucked them of life. Alongside the allusions to many a scandalous encounter, there are nods to the less glamorous aspects of Rio's underbelly, but the favelas, the drugs trade and Brazil's notorious crimeworld are skipped over with only the scantest of mentions.

Despite the vivid picture he draws, for all the talk of hypnotic rhythms, the book never quite grips the reader or imparts the carnival spirit on which its first half is almost entirely focussed. It may be that that detachment is telling of a divorce that has taken place between the Rio of legend and the Rio as experienced by a man who has lived through the city's awkward middle years and is still trying to work out a place in a new age, but it results in a less engaging book than one might hope this city would inspire. As a quick read, Rio is worth a look, but its not quite the mesmerising experience readers may be looking for.
Gela
Rio is every carioca's mistress.

As a true lover of the city, I was amazed by Ruy Castro's profound and inspired view of Rio. He makes this book as interesting for someone just looking for a travel guide as for the most serious and passionate student of the city's soul.

Rio is more than just a beautiful accident of geography and history. This one place that, so stubbornly and yet, so rightfully calls itself "the wonderful city", like a being greater than its buildings, streets, beaches and mountains, is a major character of our lives.

This is no trivial book about Rio. Ruy Castro writes, in a good-humored and elegant style, a guide to the carioca soul: a fresh, original and colorful view of the city and the people that make it the best place to live in the world.
Ruy Castro's chronicle of Rio takes you through the city's centuries long history to where it is today: the marvelous city. Castro has great wit and humor and has knack for telling a story. Excellent quick read before visiting Rio before the Carnival.

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