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The story of a daughter's longing for her absent father and her determination to piece together the past and the future

The setting of this extraordinary novel is an old farmhouse in Portugal-a house far enough from the Atlantic not to hear the breaking waves during a storm but near enough for the walls to be corroded by the salt in the air.

With most members of her large fa
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1998)
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Raquel
Desconhecer o trabalho de Lídia Jorge fez-me reflectir sobre a enormidade de autores e de literatura portuguesa que ainda tenho para conhecer. Estive para me cruzar com ela no café, mas nunca calhou. Calhou antes cruzar-me com a sua escrita neste 'O Vale da Paixão' e apaixonar-me pela mágoa, pela apatia, pela inevitabilidade das coisas. Do alto da casa de Valmares para a superfície da Terra, onde tudo é sentido com mais intensidade.

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Sonia Gomes
It is raining hard, water beating on the roof with ferocity, no one can hear anything, silently oh so silently, we feel Walter climbing the stairs, at the landing he removes his shoes, like a shadow flat on the wall, prepares to enter the room, the young girl inside looks forward to seeing him and we scream, No, No, it is dark, it is silent, why are you entering that room so furtively, Walter replies, to meet my daughter and you scream louder, no, no you cannot enter a young girl’s room at night ...more
Cathy
Jan 29, 2014 Cathy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone traveling to Portugal
Though it took me some time to get into this book about a disintegrating family in rural Portugal, I ultimately got caught up in the sad but lyrical tale of a daughter trying to piece together something of her father, Walter, who abandoned her, and her mother, shortly after she was conceived. In 1951 and again in 1963, the daughter, who remains nameless throughout the novel, meets Walter, her father in name only. She remembers these two visitations to her room in the middle of the night; she als ...more
Tanya
This book is hard to get into and boring. Seriously, pick a timeline and stick to it for longer than 2 paragraphs. I hate when authors try to be too lyrical and unique, especially when it doesn't work. I'm all for new writing ideas and techniques but this one just did not work.
Isabel Maia
Passada em São Sebastião de Valmares, no Algarve, a trama desenvolve-se a partir de uma visita que a narradora, de quem nunca se sabe o nome, recebe do seu tio, Walter Dias, que na verdade é seu pai biológico. Esta visita desencadeia uma profunda reflexão sobre raízes, onde o passado e o presente são baralhados, como no início de um jogo de cartas. Ao longo da história ficamos a conhecer a família Dias. Walter, o filho mais novo, revolta-se contra o atraso, o autoritarismo e o moralismo da Casa ...more
Kerri Zezulinski
This was a tough book to read. I am not sure if it was something in the translation but it just didn't seem to work.
Toocreatives
Once you finish the book you realize how simple the plot is but the writing style made it harder to read and even understand at times. It is not a writing style I'm used to, I'll admit.
Although it was enjoyable to read at times, it could test you patience at times when the author decided to explain something in an entire paragraph filled with metaphors instead of explaining exactly what she wanted (which would've lasted only a sentence). Towards the end of the book they start to slow down and th
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Elena Druta
...un final deschis, ce oferă spațiu de gândire și reprezentare pentru cititor, cât și o ușoară urmă de melancolie după ceva, sentiment ce este, de altfel, impregnat în paginile și personajele cărții. Mi-a plăcut foarte mult povestirea pentru că are o urmă ușoară de tristețe și lectura lasă un gust dulceag-amar, pecetluind un univers aparte, plin de mister și miros de flori de smochin din Valmares…
Gabriela
Li em menos de 24h. Dormi pouco e porque teve mesmo de ser, que já via as frases umas em cima das outras :). Adorei! Nunca me tinha dado para ler nada da Lídia Jorge... que falha :) Achei brilhante o vai e vem da narrativa, no tempo, a fazer-me devorar páginas e delicioso o enredo. Aconselho vivamente!
Marie
Est-ce dû à la traduction ? ... Écriture empesée, qui cherche délibérement à faire effet mais qui, à la longue, agace le lecteur ... Cela dit, la matière du roman demeure intéressante.
Linda
I felt more like I was ready a poem with a character based story. Although I enjoyed it, it was not the type of book I would normally read.
Mady
First book I've read of a new Portuguese writer :)
Kendra
Poetic. A quick read with nice complexity.
Maeyu
1960's Portugal
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LÍDIA GUERREIRO JORGE nasceu em Boliqueime, Loulé a 18 de Junho de 1946. Concluído o curso de Filologia Românica, dedicou-se ao ensino liceal (Angola, Moçambique e Lisboa). Publicou os romances O Dia dos Prodígios (1980, Prémio Ricardo Malheiros), O Cais das Merendas (1982, Prémio Literário Município de Lisboa), Notícia da Cidade Silvestre (1984, Prémio Literário Município de Lisboa), A Costa dos ...more
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