The Afro-Brazillian Art of Coping Floyd Merrell

ISBN: 9781625108555

Published: October 8th 2013

Paperback

316 pages


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The Afro-Brazillian Art of Coping  by  Floyd Merrell

The Afro-Brazillian Art of Coping by Floyd Merrell
October 8th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 316 pages | ISBN: 9781625108555 | 9.63 Mb

How presumptuous the author of this book! Thus Coping begins. The author happens to be a white guy from the United States writing about Afro-Brazilian poor in the city of Salvador, Brazil, where he and his Mexican wife have made a second home. ButMoreHow presumptuous the author of this book! Thus Coping begins. The author happens to be a white guy from the United States writing about Afro-Brazilian poor in the city of Salvador, Brazil, where he and his Mexican wife have made a second home.

But the viewpoint guiding this book is neither Anglo-American nor Mexican nor Afro-Brazilian, but something else: an ongoing coalescent tri-cultural process. If you will, let the following opinions qualify this process: Coping is a jargon-free literary expression that is as informative and unsettling as it is entertaining. --Silvia Oliveira, Rhode Island College Combining partly fictional and partly factual accounts involving Afro-Bahians from various walks of life, Merrells text manages to be both informative and puzzling. --Jos dos Santos, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil The book is poignant and profound, yet it is written in a fluid prose that will be appealing to a general audience.

--Araceli Tinajero, City College of New York A profound sensibility underpins the entire book, as Merrell flows through his own invisibility as observer to become a formidable fighter for the invisible people he has come to know so well. --Patrice Rankine, Purdue University On every page Merrell becomes someone else, and with each becoming he makes visible the invisible people of Baha. Coping is the invisible Bahians story. It is Baha. It is Floyd Merrell. --Tracy Brandenburg, Cornell University Merrells book helps us understand what it feels like to be Afro-Brazilian and poor.

This is a significant accomplishment because it gives a public voice to folks who otherwise are seldom heard. --Paul Dixon, Purdue University



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