Errol Lincoln Uys
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"A masterpiece! Brazil has the feel of an enchanted virgin forest, a totally new and original world for the reader-explorer to discover."
"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."
READERS' GUIDE TO BRAZIL
Description, Table of Contents, Plot Summary, Characters & People, Settings and Places, Glossary, Maps, Family Trees
"Since Brazil is larger than the United States, it merits a full-length novel which richly dramatizes its remarkable history.
Errol Lincoln Uys, a distinguished writer, has written such a book. His characters and the flow of his narrative are compelling, and he has produced a novel that both captivates and instructs."
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THE MAKING OF A NOVEL
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.
Teenagers on the Move
"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
"Riding the Rails sets out to tell about a few of the 250,000 teenagers who hopped freights and lived the hobo life in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash ... paints a brisk, colorful, fast-paced portrait of lean times and high hopes."
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RIDING THE RAILS ARCHIVES
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 the rails between 1929 and 1941; follow-up questionnaires and interviews complete a rare first-hand account of Americans living through one of this nation’s bleakest eras.
RIDING THE RAILS
a film by Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell
Directors Guild of America
Los Angeles Film Critics
19 national/international awards
THE GOOD SOLDIER
Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys
Directed by Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys
James A. Michener's Covenant
The Secret History of a Best Seller
A LITERARY ARCHIVE
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 African
"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." -- Michener to Uys
"1,.004 rhinos killed by poachers
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Sleeping rhino, Sabi, South Africa
Photo: Harvey Barrison, Wikipedia
Presses de la Cité
"No one before knew how to bring to life Brazil and her history. Uys's characters are brilliant and colorful, combining elements of the best swashbuckler with those worthy of deepest reflection."
Travel, Tours & More >>>>
When James Michener and I began work on The Covenant, our first task was to brainstorm an outline for the novel. The same plotting went into planning my epic of Brazil. The Internet makes it possible to share publicly my early ideas for Boston. This outline tells the story of Boston over the centuries, a saga of four families sharing the stage with the real-life heroes and rascals of the city. Your comments and suggestions are very welcome.
Errol Lincoln Uys
(C) Stephanie Martins
Random musings on the
digital world, the street where I live and far beyond.