Errol Lincoln Uys

 

Brazil by Errol Lincoln Uys

 

"A masterpiece! Brazil has the feel of an  enchanted virgin forest, a totally new and original world for the reader-explorer to discover."

L' Express, Paris

 

"Pulsing with vigor, this is a vast novel to tell the story of a vast country. Uys recreates history almost entirely "at ground level," through the eyes and actions of an awesome cast of characters."   — Publishers Weekly

 

"Uys has accomplished what no Brazilian author from José de Alencar to Jorge Amado was able to do. He is the first outsider with the total honesty and sympathy to write our national epic in all its decisive episodes. Descriptions like those of the war with Paraguay are unsurpassed in our literature and evoke the great passages of War and Peace."

— Wilson Martins, Jornal do Brasil 

 

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"As gripping, as it is well-researched, Uys so thoroughly recreates the  wretched conditions the boxcar boys and girls endured  that the reader can all but hear the cadence of the  trains on the tracks and the lonesome wail at every  whistle stop."  Boston Globe

 

"With more than 500 interviews and stunning archival photographs, Uys thoroughly recreates the wretched conditions the boxcar boys and girls endured." — Chicago Tribune 

 

 

This is an elegantly presented and quietly moving  collection of firsthand reminiscences, capturing a unique  moment in American history. Uys, a veteran writer and  editor, is the author of the historical novel Brazil.  Enthusiastically  recommended for all public libraries. —  Library Journal 

 

Errol Lincoln Uys and James Michener

 

A unique look at what went into the making of The Covenant, providing an intimate view of Michener's controversial collaboration with Errol Lincoln Uys that produced an epic of South Africa.

 

ASSIGNMENT

PLOTTING A NOVEL

RESEARCHING A NOVEL

 WRITING A NOVEL

 

"Every excerpt, every page you have written for my book these past weeks shows that you are a writer with a superb use of the English language, a remarkable vocabulary and a very special turn of phrase... You unquestionably have the talent to write almost anything you direct your attention to." — James A, Michener

 

"Michener committed a scarlet literary crime and used his celebrated influence in publishing to get away with it."

Stephen J. May,  Michener - A Writer's Journey

 

Imagining Boston

 

Imagining Boston depicts Boston’s history through the centuries. These jottings derive from work on a novel outlined in the past, the interwoven stories of four families, bringing to life the passion and pageant of a town that gave birth to America.

My musings follow the generations who inhabit Shawmut peninsula: Massachusett Indians combating terrifying Abnaki raiders; Quakers hoisted aloft on Boston Common; Puritan souls lost in the brothels of Mount Whoredom; cudgel boys beating Redcoats black and blue: Irish mothers scrambling for a foothold on Jacob’s Ladder; broadcloth mobs storming Tremont Temple to smash Abolitionists.

African-Americans marching down Beacon Street going to fight for the Union; Brahmin “Goo-Goo’s” buttressing the ramparts of State Street; World War II heroes braving the Atlantic to Murmansk; Catholic bullies chasing down Jews on Blue Hill Avenue; yellow buses driving black and white students across a divided city: workers from thirty nations coming together for the Big Dig.

 

 

 

READERS' GUIDE TO BRAZIL

Brazil Readers' Guide

Description, Table of Contents, Plot Summary, Characters & People, Settings and Places, Glossary, Maps, Family Trees

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GUIDE TO BRAZIL, THE NOVEL

 

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BOXCAR BOYS AND GIRLS LETTERS

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Read a selection of letters from men and women who rode the rails during the 1930s. Many letters are handwritten, as from old friends sharing honest-to-God stories. Time and again, I held a letter in my hand and felt a connection to a lonely boy or girl standing beside the railroad tracks 60 years ago. It left me with a deep sense of the inner strength and faith of ordinary Americans and their belief in this land.

 


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THE MAKING OF A NOVEL

 

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I searched for the story of Brazil for five years, a literary pathfinder in quest of the epic of the Brazilian people. I share my mighty journey of twenty thousand kilometers across the length and breadth of Brazil. A quest driven by a passion for writing and storytelling.

I explore how to write a book with a first draft of three-quarters of million words penned in the old-fashioned way, by hand.

 

 


 

RIDING THE RAILS ARCHIVES

Boy Hopping Freight Train in Great Depression

 

The story of the 250,000 boxcar boys and girls of the Great Depression is one of the vital sagas of America in the 1930s.  These archives derive from 3,000 letters written by men and women who rode freights on America's railroads between 1929 and 1941. A rare insight into what caused the Great Depression and how ordinary Americans survived those hard times.

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EXCERPTS

 

BRAZIL

 

Battle of Tuyuti

 

"THE GREATEST WAR FOUGHT BETWEEN NATIONS IN THE AMERICAS"

 

A BRAZILIAN BOY'S WALK TO SLAVERY

 

 

RIDING THE RAILS

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OUR NATIONAL PARKS AND THE CCC — HOW THEY SAVED A LOST GENERATION OF AMERICA'S YOUTH

 

 

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE DURING

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

 

HOW YOUNG AMERICANS

SURVIVED THE HARD TIMES OF

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

 


 

 

 

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