As the writer of Brazil, may I share a few of many comments I've had from readers. You can see more at www.erroluys.com
"A great work of fiction and a profound and scholarly knowledge of five centuries of Brazilian history. Your research truly depicts the life and soul of a people about whom not much has been written in the English language.
Brazil is a classic which will be enjoyed by many in the years to come."
— Agenor Soares dos Santos
I want to thank you for one of the most fascinating books I have read. I am married to a Brazilian and admit I probably wouldn't have cracked the cover if that were not the case. But I did and am grateful for that.
I am about one third of the way through but I have read from the beginning to that point three times now. I am mesmerized by the characters and their exploits in the early chapters, but I will push on now.
I find it easy to place myself in the jungle, hamlets, towns and estates, meeting the Indians, Dutch, Jesuits and others. Thanks again for a marvelous work. -- Tony Rubolotta
"I am an avid reader of novels which try to humanize the history of a country by telling it through fictional family lines, whose lives are enmeshed is real, bona-fide historical events. But for a book truly to work, two pre-conditions must be in place: the characters in question should be drawn from dissimilar backgrounds, which depends mostly on the appeal of the country depicted (Michener's Hawaii springs to mind) plus the author must be highly conversant with its social history and have enough flair to sustain interest over the multitude of characters, episodes and, ultimately, pages.
Brazil and Errol Lincoln Uys fit the bill perfectly. The country is a fascinating amalgam of colonizers, native Indians and slaves and Uys has a compelling narrative style with down-to-earth dialogue, a first-rate selection of events to illustrate, leading to many a sub-climax, and a wealth of representative individuals to portray. You will be spellbound by the detail of the life and customs of the Tupi Indians, you will shake your head with disbelief at the Boy's Own adventures of the bandeirantes and you will be carried away by the treachery of the first failed movements for independence, mirroring those in the United States.
The section on the devastating Paraguayan War is my favorite in a continuous stream of highlights, with its cinematic sweep from bloody battlefields and wounded soldiers to corrupt dictators and their beautiful mistresses.
Just as a postscript: this book inspired me to learn Portuguese, travel to Brazil and study its history; I can not personally praise it more than that. — John Malathronas
"I enjoyed your outstanding novel Brazil as much as the great classics of Brazilian literature by Jorge Amado or Gilberto Freyre's Master's and Slaves and Mansions and Shanties.
I don't think that the late, great James A. Michener or Edward Rutherford, author of the well-written Sarum and Russka could have written about Brazil as well as you did." — Craig H. Lockard