O profesor Ryan Tucker Jones escreve em O Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies:
"In this short book, Mary Soderstrom combines history, anecdote,
travelogue, and autobiography to sail briskly through 500 years of Lusophone
history. In ten chapters, she moves from the first Portuguese discoveries in the
Atlantic to the current worldwide distribution of the Portuguese language. Along
the way she considers places as widely separated as San Diego and Mozambique,
as well as many other spots in between where the Portuguese settled. Such
remarkable geographical breadth, paralleling, of course, the Portuguese’s own
historical experience, constitutes one of the principal strengths of the book."
"Making Waves is an engaging, enjoyable read – take it with
you on the plane to any place the Portuguese once sailed and you will receive a
quick orientation into the continued vibrancy of the world-spanning culture they
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