The Brazilians, People of Tomorrow

The Brazilians, People of Tomorrow

The Brazilians, People of Tomorrow

The Brazilians, People of Tomorrow

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IN a book that undertakes to introduce the Brazilians, as people, the description of little habits, quirks, and customs ranks with that of basic institutions toward helping to make clear the psychological climate of the country.

Many readers of this book may take it in their hands not because of its intrinsic interest and merits, which are mild, but because they are planning a trip to Brazil and hope that it may be of some value to read what a Brazilian has to say about his country. For such a reader an important practical consideration will be how to meet and establish relations with Brazilians once he reaches their country.

He will be confronted from the outset with a minor but unexpected difficulty -- how to establish social intercourse without knowing people's names and how to address them. Such a matter, which would be considered quite simple and easy in the United States, acquires in Brazil a spice and variety that leaves the visitor from the States torn between puzzlement and awe. Brazilians would never subscribe to the monotonous rule of people being always known by their last names. Instead, they have created a much more lively situation.

To begin with, there is a small minority of people who . . .

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