La biblia de barro : [novela]
R M Ballantyne was said to have made it his rule to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described in his books but I can find no evidence of his having visited Brazil, in whose forests and besides whose rivers 'Martin Rattler' is set.
But that does not mean that Ballantyne has not captured the flavour of the country for in parts this novel reads rather like a volume of Francis Buckland's 'Curiosities of Natural History'. This is because Ballantyne's descriptions of R M Ballantyne was said to have made it his rule to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described in his books but I can find no evidence of his having visited Brazil, in whose forests and besides whose rivers 'Martin Rattler' is set.
This is because Ballantyne's descriptions of the flora and fauna of the country are exceptionally well described and his detailed description of the countryside certainly transports the reader to the hinterland of Brazil. In addition, interwoven with the story, Ballantyne gives a lesson on the history of that country I could be wrong, however, for, perhaps surprisingly I have noted that 'Martin Rattler' has been republished a number of times in the 21st century so publishers must think there is a modern day readership.
by Julia Navarro
As for me, I enjoyed every minute of it even though it is not the type of boys' story that has red hot action on every page. Martin Rattler grew up quietly in a village called Ashford where he lived with an aunt, Dorothy Grumbit, who was occupied with her business of knitting stockings, for which orders regularly poured in.
When his schooldays were over, Martin wanted to go to sea, and go to sea he did but not quite in the way he anticipated. Anyway he ended up on board the 'Firefly' as it sailed for foreign climes. On the ship he befriended the Irish cook Barney O'Flannagan and when pirates attacked their ship and it was wrecked, the pair of them managed to get away after swimming away from one of the lifeboats that was about to be re-taken by the pirates. Martin and Barney ended up on a Brazilian beach and from there they made their way through dense jungle until eventually finding a hermit's cottage.
There they made acquaintance with monkeys, iguanas, jaguars, armadillos and all the other curious birds, beasts and reptiles, plants, trees and flowers [thank you, Mr Buckland] that live and flourish in the Brazilian jungle. In addition they sailed up the mighty Amazon, shooting alligators on its banks, spearing fish in its waters, paddling through its curious Gapo a forest near a river and swinging in their hammocks under its luxuriant forests.
They encountered wild Indians from whom they eventually escaped, with Martin's escape being particularly dramatic, but in the process they found themselves separated so Martin continued his travels alone. After many months he came across the diamond mines in Minas Gerais where, most fortuitously, he met up again with Barney, then in disguise as one of the managers of a mine. The pair did some mining for themselves and when they decided to make their way back to England they had amassed a small fortune by selling their diamonds in the markets in Rio de Janeiro. And once they had done that they arranged passage back to England.
My bedside book is The Odyssey , which in my opinion is the best book of adventures ever written. The Odyssey also describes an internal quest for truth, a cerebral adventure. I am a compulsive reader.
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I can not imagine myself without a book close by, and for me there is nothing like reading; to read and to travel is what I prefer more than anything else. Reading is to dream, to reflect, and to know…. What is the status of the film that is to be based on your book? How involved are you in adapting the novel for the screen? Is the film scheduled for U. I know that they are finishing to work on the screenplay, and they have not involved me because I sold the rights of the novel.
How has your own religious experience influenced this novel and the two others you are already working on? I try to deal with religion with great respect and independently of my own beliefs.
I have had no problem with the Roman Catholic Church. In any case, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is not a religious novel: it is a novel of adventure, of mystery, that has the objective to entertain but I believe that also result in some readers reflection on fanaticism, and on the hidden powers that moves society; when I refer to "hidden powers" I refer to "economic powers. The Bible of Clay is my second novel and it is set in Mesopotamia during the time of the Patriarch Abraham, as well as in the Europe leveled by Nazism, especially in Berlin and Mahaussen, and also in present day in the months prior to the war in Iraq.
It is also a novel of adventure and mystery; it invites readers to reflect on the war and the business of war; it is true that there are many who have benefited materially from the current war in Iraq. Some of these newly rich people are those who see the economic advantage of a war without seeing the suffering and pain it may bring. This novel too has become a best seller thanks to European and Spanish readers and I trust that when it is published in the United States, it will be similarly popular. It is my great hope that my novels will published in the United States.
In a few months my third novel, The Blood of an Innocent, will be published in Spain, and I am already thinking about a fourth… But first I am impatient to know if The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud pleases American readers. I hope so! Read An Excerpt.
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