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Nine Nights

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  264 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This powerful, award-winning Brazilian novel is reminiscent of Naipaul, Faulkner and Conrad in its exploration of human behaviour on the edges of civilization.

In August 1939, a twenty-seven-year old American ethnologist, brilliant and from a solid background, mysteriously commits suicide in Brazil while studying among the tribes of the Amazonian basin. He leaves behind him
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by William Heinemann (first published 2002)
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Tea Jovanović
Divan brazilski autor i knjigu koju od srca preporučujem pravim ljubiteljima dobre knjige...
Luiza
Dec 13, 2015 Luiza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A leitura não eu das mais fáceis -- não pelos termos utilizados pelo autor, mas sim pela complicada ordem em que as peças do quebra-cabeça são dispostas ao longo da leitura. É um livro rápido de ler, mas confesso que achei ele simplório, sem grandes reflexões.
-- o que é curioso, dado que o personagem central da história parece sofrer de uma angústia terrível.

A maior parte das páginas é dedicada a pontuar fatos aqui e acolá, montando o mosaico em que se baseia o romance. E quando o narrador tem a
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Kamila
Jul 04, 2011 Kamila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book may be a bit difficult to read (in other words, not generally likable), but its style is certainly interesting. The story line is simple: the narrator is investigating a suicide of a young American anthropologist committed some 60 years ago in Brazil (this is the non-fictitious part of the story). The narrator's account of events alternates with letters written by a local friend of the deceased researcher, addressed to someone who was expected to come. The reconstruction of Buell Quain ...more
Ilyhana Kennedy
Apr 06, 2013 Ilyhana Kennedy rated it really liked it
When I finished reading this novel, I immediately returned to the beginning and read it again. It's extraordinarily complex and convoluted. It took two careful readings to fully grasp the intricacies of the storyline.
It's a very strange unusual novel in its construction. In the first reading it took a long time to "get into" the story. The writing style is stiff and formal. As the plot began to open up (but not without mystery) so did the writing style. It's hard to grasp who is talking at times
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Fernando Hisi
Esse furou a fila. A resenha começa com "na noite de 2 de agosto..." pô, meu aniversário. Sobre o suicídio de um antropologista no meio do Brasil e um jornalista que decide escrever um livro.

Eu fiquei bem preso nesse, deixei de lado tudo o que estava lendo junto.
A escrita é boa, mais pro tradicional, pro limpo, quase transparente. Dessas coisas que quem não sabe fazer inveja muito. Curti o mistério, como ele constrói, mas ele é tão bom que a resolução fica meio fuén. Ele canta a bola da "morte
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Gláucia Renata
Nov 10, 2014 Gláucia Renata rated it liked it
Passei boa parte do livro tentando descobrir que é o narrador da história, no final percebi que isso não muda muita coisa. É criado um bom clima de suspense em torno do motivo que teria levado o etnólogo estadunidense Buell Quain a cometer suicídio entre os índios brasileiros em agosto de 1939, após uma troca de correspondência. Toda minha atenção se focou nesse ponto, li avidamente a fim de elucidar esse grande mistério. Li o final 2 vezes, gosto de livros que te permitem chegar a suas próprias ...more
Sal
Feb 06, 2008 Sal rated it it was amazing
An amazing book. read it and fast. I'm hoping to write about it at so-called greater length soon.
Gunni Thorvalds
Horribly boring. Reads like a report.
Luiz da Motta
Jan 29, 2015 Luiz da Motta rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-forest
Adorei!

Terminei há pouco e ainda sinto vertigem pela mistura que o autor faz entre realidade e ficção. Quando encontrar com ele vou questionar onde está a fronteira entre ambas.

Talvez ñ... Melhor deixar essa discussão pra Rancière, que Bernardo tanto curte.

Até porque mitos sempre fecundam a realidade.

Nove Noites é prova disso. Mais uma vez, em 500 anos, a Amazônia é retratada como o paraíso (ou inferno) de incontáveis mistérios.
Suellen Rubira
Apr 26, 2015 Suellen Rubira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma narrativa envolvente, dinâmica, misteriosa e ao mesmo tempo reveladora, misturando histórias ditas reais e as ditas de ficção. A história de Buell Quain parece interessantíssima por si só, a literatura apenas a deixou maior e mais intensa.
Macarena Garcia
Jan 26, 2015 Macarena Garcia rated it really liked it
Difícil de seguirle el ritmo pero deja aprendizajes sobre culturas que hasta ahora no conocía. Podría haber tenido un final más polémico pero es entretenido para salas de espera...
Michaela
This is somewhere between a 3 and a 4. I did really like it, but at the same time, it was a difficult read. Quite disjointed. Granted, that may be part of its plot-line. Everything is a disjunction between truth and lies in this book and Carvalho clearly wants his reader to be as confused as his narrator is. Still, there are parts where it gets a bit fuzzy even given that assumption. Intriguing look into reality, though. Good book, even with the fuzzy parts.
Beatriz
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Simon Barton
Mar 16, 2012 Simon Barton rated it it was ok
It was ok but not one of my favorite reads. A story of a ethnologist who committed suicide whilst studying a tribe in Brazil leads to a an obsessive seeker of the truth investigating the suicide. Didn't really grab me.

Author was born in Brazil
Paulo Fehlauer
Jul 07, 2012 Paulo Fehlauer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, memory, benjaminian
Como define o próprio autor, trata-se de "uma combinação de memória e imaginação - como todo romance, em maior ou menor grau, de forma mais ou menos direta". E tal combinação é tecida com maestria por Bernardo Carvalho.
Andy Weston
Apr 10, 2013 Andy Weston rated it it was ok
Could not get to grips with this. I kept waiting for something to happen. The writing is enjoyable however.
Elida Z
Apr 19, 2011 Elida Z rated it really liked it
Nice story, hard to remember characters. The ending wasn't impressing , though
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Bernardo Carvalho (Rio de Janeiro, 1960) é um escritor e jornalista brasileiro.

Foi editor do suplemento de ensaios Folhetim, e correspondente da Folha de São Paulo em Paris e Nova Iorque. Seus dois primeiros livros foram editados na França.

Bernardo Carvalho teve o seu livro Mongólia distinguido com o prêmio APCA da Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Arte, edição 2003, na categoria romance, depois
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