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BRAZIL, A NOVEL

 

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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."

— 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     


READERS' GUIDE TO BRAZIL

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"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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MAKING OF A NOVEL

 

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LITERARY ARCHIVE

 

BRAZIL

 

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.

I explore the exhaustive processes that go into the writing of a novel with a first draft of three-quarters of million words penned in the old-fashioned way, by hand.


LA FORTERESSE VERTE

 

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Paris, 2007

"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."

Le Figaro, Paris   


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RIDING THE RAILS

 

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Teenagers on the Move

During the

Great Depression

"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."

Tulsa World              

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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

 


MEMORIES OF THE

BOXCAR KIDS

 

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Read a selection of letters from men and women who rode the rails during the 1930s. 


DOCUMENTARY

 

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RIDING THE RAILS

a film by Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell

 

Peabody Award

"Best Documentary"

Directors Guild of America

Los Angeles Film Critics

19 national/international awards



THE GOOD SOLDIER

 A DOCUMENTARY

BY

Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys

Directed by Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys

The Good Soldier follows the journeys of five combat veterans from different generations of American wars as they sign up, go into battle, and eventually change their minds about what it means to be a good soldier.


THE COVENANT

 

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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

 

ASSIGNMENT

PLOTTING THE NOVEL

RESEARCHING THE NOVEL

 MANUSCRIPT

 

"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


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PROPOSALS

 

 

IMAGINING BOSTON

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, March 2014


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