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Encontro à Beira Rio

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Encontro à Beira-Rio é uma história de dois irmãos britânicos que, justamente, personificam os anseios espirituais e sexuais do próprio Isherwood. Um dos irmãos, Oliver, que vive nas margens do Ganges, escreve ao outro, Patrick, anunciando-lhe que se tornará monge de um mosteiro hindu. Patrick, por sua vez, decide partir de imediato para a Índia, numa tentativa de dissuadi...more
176 pages
Published 2012 by Quetzal (first published 1967)
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Miro
On the one hand, I enjoyed reading A Meeting by the River. Isherwood's eloquent excellence aside, the portrayal of the love-hate relationship inherent in (some) familial relations I found to be extremely well executed, if a bit forced, for its (un)bridled passion, character exploration - or rather, exposition - as well as candour. As is to be expected from such a subjective form, the narrators are very trustworthy and it is up to the reader to see through their truths and lies, go beyond their w...more
Anna
A sketch, written as a series of letters (how quaint) and Isherwood's last book.

It would be tempting to undervalue the skill of the author here - the tone seems casual, with subtle changes in pitch depending on who will receive the letter that is written. Character and action are set both by reportage and conspicuous absences.

The counterpoint between the two brothers can easily be read as the complex split in each person's desires; to be ascetic and mindful, at the same time as wilful, selfish...more
Chris
"Marriage [is] an inhibition which automatically makes possible the concept of adultery."

Even as one of my all-time favorite authors, I have avoided some of Isherwood's late works, those in which he wrote of his conversion to Hinduism and close spiritual involvement with Swami Prabhavananda. I needn't have worried, at least with his A Meeting at the River (1967). Isherwood was a master craftsman who treated his readers with more respect than any author I can recall. In any case, this book is not...more
Son of Sam Quixote
Christopher Isherwood is a writer I’ve been meaning to read for a while and when my Pa gave me a copy of A Meeting by the River as a gift - a book he read while a young man though today has completely forgotten - I thought now was the time. I wouldn’t have picked this Isherwood if it’d been up to me, I was more interested in A Single Man, which was made into a film a few years ago starring Colin Firth, or the even more famous Berlin Stories which became Liza Minnelli’s Cabaret, but A Meeting by...more
Jane
The river is the Ganges, and the meeting is between two brothers, Oliver and Patrick. Or, fine, I’ll say it, the meeting is between two worldviews.

This novel relies on letters and journal entries, some of which are penned by at least one very unreliable narrator, and the simple plot delivers some elegant surprises.

One of the two brothers is very hung up on sex, and is not honest with himself about matters sexual, but the opposition here is not the flesh against faith: this book is about what be...more
Alice
I loved this book about the relationship between two English brothers, Patrick, the older one who works in the publishing and the film industry and is married, and Oliver, the younger one, who after having worked with the Quakers and for the Red Cross, is about to take his vows to become a swami — a buddhist monk — in a monastery in Calcutta. I don't know Isherwood that well — I have only read A Single Man, and know of his life what was on the back of the book and in the bibliography — but it se...more
Louise
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Kris McCracken
Exploring the ambiguities inherent in sexuality, religious devotion, and sibling relationships, the story is constructed from the letters and diary entries of a pair of brothers, and features enough twists and turns to keep you hooked.

To be frank, in terms of characterisation, everyone bar the Oliver and Tom – the brothers – is one dimensional. That is always a risk of this kind of narrative construction, and people might be right in bemoaning the crude representation of the usual suspects – ‘Mo...more
Summreen
The letters written by the subjects in the book make up the story, with some extra additions from journals. I found this fascinating, as indeed, all books are someones personal percpective on something but in this case, it was purposely evident how limiting this point of view is.

Anyway, I found the story of siblings and their complicated relationship quite interesting and a reflection on my own misinterpretations with people. It did seem that one of them was more sinister than the other, but I...more
Stubby Girdle
"It didn't progress or change, it was simply a situation."
Patrick Ryan
One of a kind -- a beautiful book.
Steven
Deep and wide as the Ganges River. Two brothers try way too hard to understand one another's choices and philosophies in life, then realize they are standing on the common ground of human imperfection. A beautiful reminder that sometimes the best we can do is try to understand our siblings and hope that the effort is interpreted as "love". The brothers are easy to relate to, although it's hard to imagine anyone writing such length, florid letters in our world of instant communication.
Dan Bee
My least favorite of Isherwood. Despite the supposed character development and their personal revelations by the end of the story, it all felt static and predictable. For the first time reader of Isherwood I would suggest pretty much anything other than this one.
Michael
This is the first Isherwood I've read. I'd like to read more, but this reading didn't compel me to rush out to get his other work. It's written in the style of each character writing letters to others (or personal diary entries). I always think that style is hard to pull off compellingly, but I find Isherwood does it well.
Julie
I hadn't read any Isherwood beyond one or two of the Berlin Stories. After reading this I just want to read more. Truths about each character were wound out softly and gradually through their letters and diary entries. I also appreciated the spiritual dimension of the book. A straightforward and gentle read.
Chris
I love Christopher Isherwood's writing style. His sentences are beautifually crafted and they flow so well. Not only that, but they can contain a lot of information, very pithy, very thoughtful. This story was quite entertaining and there's a lot of underlying humor. It's genuinely a good read.
Mimi
this is Isherwood's last book, after he has become involved in the Vedanta society. It is an insightful look at two brothers who in some ways are like different aspects of Isherwood.
Mario Rufino
O meu texto, no Diário Digital, sobre o último livro de Christopher Isherwood : "Encontro à Beira-Rio"

http://diariodigital.sapo.pt/news.asp...
Sonya
A fascinating portrait of two brothers, different facets of their relationship and personalities shown through letters, diaries and conversations.
Kiarakgill
set partially in India...love the exploration of Eastern philosophy and the grappling with identity and sibling relationships.
Ade Bd
Quick book, not very deep, no suprises, but a nice relaxing read, play at tea time kind of material, entwined lives and all that.
James
A tale so unique and told so convincingly that it felt like a true story rather than fiction.
Jeffrey
Beautiful imagery, though the characters and their development were weak (for Isherwood standards)
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Christopher Isherwood was a novelist, playwright, screen-writer, autobiographer, and diarist. He was also homosexual and made this a theme of some of his writing. He was born near Manchester in the north of England in 1904, became a U.S. citizen in 1946, and died at home in Santa Monica, California in January 1986.

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