Around Brazil on the "International Adventurer"
A Fictional Panegyric
About the Book
Around Brazil on the “International Adventurer” – a Fictional Panegyric is the story of Professor Mike Gaherty in a new “gig” as Cultural Speaker for Adventure Travel’s small ship expedition around Brazil, a thirty-plus day trip from Manaus in the Amazon Basin to Rio Grande in the South with major stops in Belém do Pará, Recife, Salvador, Ilhéus, Rio de Janeiro and Parati. Adventurers will experience nature on the entire trip, birds, animals and plant life, but will be exposed to the history and culture of a good part of Brazil. The date is 1972 and the political undercurrent of Brazil’s Military Regime and its battle against Leftist Subversion affects the expedition. This however is the old, fun, colorful and entertaining Brazil of years past. Mike and his new colleagues of staff and crew of “Adventurer” mesh well, and there is time for an amorous relationship with Amy, the Assistant Adventure Leader on the ship. Surprises are in tow.
About the Author
Mark J. Curran is a retired professor from Arizona State University where he worked from 1968 to 2011. This is his 24th book at Trafford Publishing. Sixteen books deal with his research specialty, Brazil's "Literatura Popular em Verso" or the "Literatura de Cordel." Several under the rubric "Stories I Told My Students" are based on classes taught at A.S.U. and deal with Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Two are autobiographical - "The Farm" and "Coming of Age with the Jesuits." Experiments in ficiton based on the farm in Abilene, Kansas are "A Rural Odyssey I and II." More fiction based on Curran's experience in Brazil is in the trilogy "Letters I, II, and III." A retirement experience on the National Geographic Explorer - Lindblad Expeditions is in "A Professor Takes to the Sea I and II. And now "Around Brazil on the 'International Explorer' - A Fictional Panegyric" is a fun, travel adventure.