Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’

Fordlandia – Greg Grandin

In 1927, Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, bought a 5,000-square-mile area of the Amazon rain forest. He wanted to combat rising rubber costs by creating his own supply and to bring his idealised version of America to a remote area of Brazil. Ford created a small town in the middle of the rain forest. […]

Heliopolis – James Scudamore

Long listed for the Booker Prize 2009 For the third time this year the Booker long list has produced an amazing book that I would otherwise have missed. Heliopolis is set in a futuristic Sao Paulo and follows Ludo, who was born in a shanty town, but then given great wealth after being adopted by one of the […]