From a review by Ryan Tucker Jones in the Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies:
"In this short book, Mary Soderstrom combines history, anecdote, travelogue, and autobiography to sail briskly through 500 years of Lusophone history. In ten chapters, she moves from the first Portuguese discoveries in the Atlantic to the current worldwide distribution of the Portuguese language. Along the way she considers places as widely separated as San Diego and Mozambique, as well as many other spots in between where the Portuguese settled. Such remarkable geographical breadth, paralleling, of course, the Portuguese’s own historical experience, constitutes one of the principal strengths of the book."
""an engaging, enjoyable read – take it with you on the plane to any place the Portuguese once sailed and you will receive a quick orientation into the continued vibrancy of the world-spanning culture they created."
Warning: This is the latest in the reviews I've come across of my book that was published in 2010, so I've got a vested interest in letting people know about it :)
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Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her new collection of short stories, Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography, will be published by Oberon Press in November, … more