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ErrolLincolnUys’s last login was Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
I have always felt indebted to Michener for The Covenant. Through it, I first became acquainted with the many tribes, races and nationalities that contributed to the formation of South Africa, and the unique political and social problems there. Now, it is a great pleasure to be able to thank you for your part in researching that book, which was so important to me. Thank you! I look forward to reading Brazil. Regards, Craig
Errol, I just requested your Brazil book from our local library and plan to read it on vacation. I served as a Visitadora/Community Develpment worker in Mato Grosso, near Cuiaba with the Peace Corps from 1964-66. Fortunately, I also visited as far south as Iguacu, north to Manaus, east to Salvador. I really loved Ouro Preto. I read your synopsis which brought back a day trip we took from Manaus by steamer & dugout canoe into some interior places--a rubber plantation, a family's 2-story home whose first floor flooded every year. The tour guide/boat owner took a swim in the river to cool off in the afternoon. I got to steer the boat. Lunch was beautiful fresh fruit. During the entire trip the Rio Negro ran black and the Salimoes ran brown. Of course, people told couple of good stories about close misses with anaconda--fortunately no snakes appeared during the trip. My partner swung on a rope ala Tarzan. There weren't too many animals about--I seem to remember a white monkey. The plant life I remember included a huge decaying red flower and HUGE lily pads. The remarkable thing to me was how dark it was in the rain forest there.Clearly you've had many similar experiences. Can't wait to start your book. I like your Web site. Thanks.
Hi Errol: Are you back from South Africa? Will you be writing about your impressions of the current situation there? You may recall my leaving you a comment months ago about our six week adventure there in 2004.
My husband is reading "The Covenant" and is totally absorbed in it. I am about to order "Brazil" from Amazon. Each of your books is on my reading list for 2008.
I wish you a happy and inspired writing life in the New Year.
You're such an accomplished writer and author, I'm in awe of you.
And to think that you worked with Michener is dreamweaving. Forgive me, but WOW!!!!!
I haven't gone to your website as yet, but will as soon as I finish this note to you.
I'm honored to have you as a friend, even so distantly.
I'm still a glorified wannabe.
If you've looked at my profile you've seen that I write romance/adventure novels, but my main characters are lesbians.
I was taught to write what you know, hense...
But what I add is Faith and Hope.
Our lifestyles have trudged us through some harsh and demeaning scenarios...so I try to point to the light.
Nelehrolyat - but my friends call me 'Taylor'. Hope you will too.
Thank you for accepting my friendship.
Life is fragile. The only thing that is guaranteed is this very moment that we’re in right now. So, live each moment as if it is your last! Living life with passion, purpose and joy!
Latrina L Johnson
Thanks, Errol, for alerting me to the article in The Los Angeles Times about Michener's affair.
I'm still determined to read your books within the year, but for now I'm still mostly immersed in all things Iraq, I have been reading your fascinating Brazil journals on line - also Michener's comments re your extraordinary research skills and your brilliant ways with plot.
I still haven't read "Riding The Rails", "Brazil" or "The Covenant", altho' I will. Have you read "Islands" by Dan Sleigh? Publisher's Weekly described it as a magisterial epic and I agree. Unfortunately, I set it aside after several hundred pages because of its immensely tragic focus - indigenous societies vanquished by interlopers from advanced civilizations - an inevitable outcome, of course. I took a breather by reading comedy - David Sedaris, as I recall - and never got back to it.