BEYOND THE GREAT FOREST by Virginia Prewett

BEYOND THE GREAT FOREST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The sharp contrast as the scene of this biographical adventure shifts from the political arena of Argentina to the primitive frontier of Brazil heightens the intensity of the telling. Miss Prewett, a newspaperwoman whose reputation for clear-sighted interpretation of the march of dictatorship in the Argentine had brought her considerable recognition, began to feel bitter disillusionment as she found herself combatting not only the Peron forces but the ""soft policy"" of the American Embassy. Finally, with the added factor of a break with her man- she chose the escape to the Brazilian forest acreage she had purchased. The bulk of this account follows her new struggle against the forces of nature, the intractability of primitive man, and records-along with the glory and exhilaration- the frustrations and failures of a white woman seeking to build a going plantation in the midst of a forest. Most of it is fascinating reading, but there is a sense of disappointment in her final defeat, and at the end she marries Bill and finds in the rejection of her battle the peace she has sought. A penetrating study of unfamiliar phases of life and the people in B.A. and the Brazilian jungle, as well as an honest self-portrait. But not everyone's meat.

Pub Date: April 17th, 1953
ISBN: 0548438285
Publisher: Dutton