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The Ventriloquist's Tale

by Pauline Melville

This is a fascinating book mixing history, writers and magical myths. It has a great sense of place and conjures up the steamy heat of South America with a cast of warm and very fallible characters.


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I invite you to my homeland, the parched savannahs that belong to the Indians on either side of the Kanaku Mountains north of the Amazon, the plains where, it is said, people have so little that a poor man's dog has to lean against the wall and brace itself in order to muster the strength to bark.


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