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BookWrym
Crooked Plow: A Novel | Itamar Vieira Junior
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#InternationalBooker2024 #Brazil finally one of my library holds has arrived.

Weekend reading sorted!

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Dilara
Posie et chanson brsiliennes | Aline Ahond, Claire Chevalier-Leibovitz
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Pickpick

A fully-illustrated collection of Brazilian poems and songs, nominally for children, but not really. I don't think the editor/translator's tastes align with mine, but I enjoyed the art.

#poetry #Brazil

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Dilara
Mort et vie svrine: dition bilingue | Joo Cabral de Melo Neto
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People will think I am obsessed w/ cribs. I swear I'm not! I didn't know when I started this book that it was a kind of riff on nativity plays. It tells the story of Severino, a poor dispossessed peasant who follows the river to try his luck in Recife. All he finds along the way is death and poverty. And a carpenter called José who's just had a child. It is a Brazilian classic & deservedly so. A play in verse that's deep, moving, powerful.
#Brazil

Dilara I don't think the full play is available in print in English, but there are numerous videoed staged versions, including musicals (music by Chico Buarque), at least 1 movie (w/ an Emmy Award) & 1 animated film available on Youtube with subtitles (possibly automatic - but that's better than nothing).
Link to the most famous song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF_YGEAeQgw

The French translation is v. readable & immersive, the intro is invaluable.
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Ruthiella Your creche looks very much like the one I grew up with. 5mo
Dilara @Ruthiella A classic design 😁 5mo
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Pickpick

15 stories and essays comes from young adults whose backgrounds are rooted in diverse Latinx countries. A range of issues are addressed, including multiracialism, racism, LGBT issues, immigration and refugee struggles, & more.
Favourites include #Julian4spiderman by Julian Randall and Half In, Half Out by Saraciea Fennell.
#Nonfiction2023 #BlackSheep
#ReadingtheAmericas2023
#Mexico
#Haiti
#Cuba
#Honduras
#Panama
#DominicanRep
#PuertoRico
#Brazil

Librarybelle Sounds very good! 6mo
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Dilara
Pomes choisis | Joo Cabral de Melo Neto
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A chance find at the library: the selected poems of Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto, newly translated into French. I don't know if it's me, the work or the translation, but it didn't click, & I was so sure it would.

Statue of Cabral in his home town, Recife, #Brazil, photographed by Marcus Guimarães via Wikimedia Commons

Dilara Here's a link to Chico Buarque's 1966 song Funeral De Um Lavrador https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF_YGEAeQgw - lyrics taken from Cabral's play in verse The Death and Life of a Severino, which I still want to read. It was also made into a film in the 70s 7mo
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Pickpick

Coffee or black tea? I‘m the latter and I enjoyed very much the history of caffeine and all about its good and bad effects on mankind. The author and I don‘t share the same political points of view, but how fascinating that caffeine had a massive role to play in the advancements in math and science as caffeine was introduced right before the subjects flourished. The point: caffeine gave humans the ability to focus like never before. ⬇️

5feet.of.fury Interesting! I liked his “This is your Mind on Plants” which is about Caffeine, poppies & mescaline. He goes off on very thorough tangents. 7mo
Librarybelle Great review! 7mo
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Singout
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Pickpick

Revisit to one I studied in teachers‘ college (my choice!) years ago. Still relevant: students aren‘t empty vessels, there shouldn‘t be a split between “leaders” and “followers” when organizing for social justice, the political left can be just as guilty as the right for self-righteously neglecting to include everyone in work for change, space for love and creativity is needed.
#ReadingTheAmericas2023 #Brazil
#Nonfiction2023 #MasterofPuppets

Librarybelle Hooray for covering a couple of prompts! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
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Pickpick

Initially I had mixed feelings about Roosevelt, as he was unable to accept he lost the election & he ran again with an oversized ego, and pouted when he lost again. But it turns out, he was brave and selfless, in endless quantities. He and native Brazilian Rondon set out to map a lengthy deadly uncharted Amazon river, one that promised danger and treachery. This book reads like a thriller of the highest order. #Brazil #readingtheamericas

kspenmoll Sounds fascinating! 10mo
Librarybelle I really liked this one. I had no idea about this adventure, so it was so interesting to learn something new about Roosevelt! 10mo
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RamsFan1963 I need to read this. I really enjoyed her book about searching for the source of the Nile 10mo
TEArificbooks I really liked this book 10mo
CSeydel @RamsFan1963 I thought this one was even better than River of the Gods. My favorite of hers, though, is 10mo
RamsFan1963 @CSeydel I read that, and also enjoyed it very much. 10mo
Librarybelle This is a good one! I learned so much from reading this. 10mo
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