Goyaz Conquers Hollywood: Records of an Adventure in Central Brazil

Goyaz Conquers Hollywood: Records of an Adventure in Central Brazil
Dmitri Kessel - 1957 / Brazilian Essay “We are living in the Sertão, where women weave the pants and men wear them.” This is the line that opens The Promised Land (1952), Joan Lowell's memoir about her life in Brazil. At the time of writing such notes, the up-and-coming actress known for her career as a journalist, a cameo in a Charles Chaplin film, and later for her best-selling autobiography Cradle of The Deep, was tramping through the forests of São Patrício alongside her husband, sea captain Leek Bowen, in the interior of the central Brazilian state of Goiás. The year is 1937. Lowell exercised her daily writing by recording recent adventures. Her stories were not just fiction, for she was actually traversing the wilderness in the middle of nowhere. In the previous weeks, as self-proclaimed pioneers, the couple had embarked on a journey to build a hundred-mile road in exchange for land
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