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The Dictator and the Hammock

by Daniel Pennac

If you like a straightforward narrative, this book is not for you.

If you like an author that goes off at tangents, explores themes, stops to think, goes back to re-examine an idea and constantly keeps you on your toes by forcing you to think, read Daniel Pennac.

Oh yes, and there are verses in Portuguese.

Extract

The Brazilian Serao is three Frances of loose stones and greyish thorn bushes under a white sun, and here and there that gold-fringed red blaze - a flame tree! The most beautiful tree in the world, which does not even enjoy the luxury of being rare.

Parallels

Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
The Outsider by Albert Camus
 

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