By Konrad Guenther
Boston 1931 Houghton Mifflin. Translated by way of B. Miall. Hardcover. eightvo, 400pp., picture illustrations, index, fabric. VG, hide frivolously dirty and shelf worn, no DJ.
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And this chiefly because this part of Brazil is more strongly individual than the south, which is already only too far modified by European influences. The north-east is genuinely Brazilian. OUnda, Parahyba, and even Bahia, have a character of own. Here the old colonial style, best adapted to the country, and most harmonious in effect, is still frequent, giving the streets a charm of their own. In the matter of architecture, therefore, I find Olinda and Bahia more pleasing than Rio or Sao Paulo.
If one trudges up the sandy escarpment of the beach of Pernambuco and makes one's way between the shafts of the groves of coconut- palms, one comes, as a rule, to a dense wood, springing from the sand, in which cashew-trees are in the majority (Plate 9). The large oval leaves of these trees are bright green, with yellow ribs ; the younger leaves have a reddish hue, but all alike are thick and leathery in texture, and have the glossy upper surface which is common most of the tropical trees. But the light, rather bluish green of the crowns of the cashew-trees in such a wood is especially beautiful, and if one looks along the coast from one of the hills about Olinda, the emerald sea and the yellow sand, bordered by the coconut-palms of the dunes, and behind them to the foliage of make up the expanse of light green foliage of the cashew-trees, a most cheerful and harmonious scene.
All the windows and doors are open; even in the railway-carriages no one is afraid of draughts, and the windows are open on both sides. Even in the cloisters I was surrounded by the fresh air and by living creatures. There were all sorts of animals which were only waiting to be caught, and which I kept for a while in order to observe them. In my room were a boa-constrictor, a coral-snake, lizards and frogs a lively land-crab clattered all in suitable cages with his claws under my bed, and once I had for a guest a peccary, who behaved like a little dog.