With the eyes of the world turning towards Brazil and the FIFA World Cup in 2014, to say nothing of the Olympics in 2016, Regis St Louis book Brazil is timely indeed.
It is big, heavy, and fascinating. It is often said that a picture is worth 1000 words. This book offers over 300 colour photographs plus countless black and white pictures depicting the mix of cultures that go to make up this vibrant and rapidly developing country.
From its rainforests and mighty Amazon River, to its pampas and its cities, along with samba, carnival, beaches and its people the high gloss pictures take the reader on fascinating journey of discovery through this vast country.
But Brazil is more than a glossy book of photos. Each collection of images is accompanied by an excellent and informative introduction written by Regis St Louis, an acknowledged expert on Brazil.
We were particularly fascinated by the text relating to Brazil’s rich architectural heritage, so much of it inspired by the early Portuguese explorers and later its royalty, through to the Modernism of the 20th century interpreted by the likes of Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer.
For would-be visitors to Brazil, or indeed anybody eager to learn more about this rapidly developing and fascinating country Brazil is an absolute ‘must’.
Brazil by Regis St Louis. Goodman Fiell. ISBN: 978-1-84796-052-8. £30. www.goodmanbooks.co.uk