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History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil Paperback – Mar 11 1993

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Revised ed. edition (March 11 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520082745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520082748
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #893,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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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Perfect to understand the French attempt to colonize Brazil in 1555. Subject which I am very interested in. Great buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e37f6c) out of 5 stars French 1555 expedition not a Protestant missionary venture March 6 2013
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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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HASH(0xa2bf37d4) out of 5 stars A must!! March 9 2013
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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...
HASH(0xa2e3a4ec) out of 5 stars Otherwise a great translation of a fascinating book Nov. 8 2015
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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.
HASH(0xa2e3a384) out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 2 2015
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HASH(0xa2fedeb8) out of 5 stars Too much protestant religion, too much exposition. Jan. 28 2014
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I read these books mostly for the narrative and this one didn't have a lot of narrative.

It did have some interesting bits from time to time.

It was also interesting to read about a tribe that was openly, indisputably cannibalistic instead of just strongly-suspected.

Very short, about 200 pages of primary text. Beautifully introduced, translated and annotated, for sure.

I still don't know what a breviary is and I don't want to.