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Brazil (1994) [Novel]
by John Updike Rating: Weighted - 7.1 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (3 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

They meet by chance on Copacabana Beach: Tristão Raposo, a poor black teen from the Rio slums, surviving day to day on street smarts and the hustle, and Isabel Leme, an upper-class white girl, treated like a pampered slave by her absent though very powerful father. Convinced that fate brought them together, betrayed by families who threaten to tear them apart, Tristão and Isabel flee to the farthest reaches of Brazil's wild west—unaware of the astonishing destiny that awaits them....

Spanning twenty-two years, from the mid-sixties to the mid-eighties, Brazil surprises and embraces the reader with its celebration of passion, loyalty, and New World innocence.

Original title: Brazil
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionRomanceEthnic Romance
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Brazil

Brazil (1994)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A tour de force... spectacular." Time
  • "Steamy... breathtaking... In Updike's novel, our vast South American neighbor emerges as a country both ancient and new." The New Yorker
  • "Insightful, smooth, as addictive a verbal drug as exists on the modern market... Mr. Updike's characterizations are quick and deadly.... Unforgettable." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Updike's novel, as tender as it is erotic, becomes a magnificently wrought love story.... Beautifully written." Detroit Free Press
  • "A tour de force... a work of faultless perfection." The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Astonishing... Brazil is the most absorbing and unsettling novel that John Updike has written for some time." New York
  • "Nothing Updike has written before prepares the reader for this book.... Updike draws a panoramic picture of Brazil over the past three decades, depicting a country in social and economic chaos with a huge, despairing underclass and a largely heedless wealthy population.... An intriguing story that takes Updike into a new territory in many senses of the word." Publishers Weekly
  • "A cunning fable of love and society in the tropics... Wonderfully crafted." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Erotic joy is at the core of Updike's Brazil. Happily for us. What other writer limns so luminously the life of a couple?" New Woman
  • "Stunning... Updike is clearly having a wonderful time with this romance." USA Today
  • "Thrilling... Brazil is a richly patterned metaphysical cliffhanger. It's also a dark, disquieting meditation on what it is to be male and female, black and white, rich and poor, at one with the world and at odds with every man." The New Criterion
  • "Mythic... [A] depiction of a dauntless love that transcends mere passion." The Washington Post Book World
  • "Engaging and worthwhile." The Miami Herald
  • "There is a wonderful drive to the novel, true lyricism, real drama in the trials and tribulations the lovers face. The exotic landscape of Brazil, its flora and fauna, is evoked, but a deeper, more elemental country beckons. Updike has rare insight into the psychology of sexual behavior and the mysterious, almost otherworldly devotedness Tristão and Isabel share." Chicago Tribune
  • "Beautiful writing." The Boston Globe
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Brazil (1994)

ISBN: 0449223132

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