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From Angola, a country riddled with civil war and it’s aftereffects for the last 30 years, comes a surprising story of hope, passion, and magical realism from a groundbreaking, young African novelist. A young man arrives at the church of a small African village and starts whistling so beautifully that the priest is left in tears. As his weeklong stay continues, the whistl
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Paperback, 117 pages
Published 2002 by CAMINHO
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Harry Rutherford
I have read several books recently that felt like a bit of a chore, so the first point to make about The Whistler is that it is gloriously short. With the help of generous amounts of white space the publishers have padded it out to 100 pages, but it’s probably more like 60 pages of actual text. I’m not a fan of short stories and I’m usually suspicious of very short novels, but this time I was in the mood for it: how nice to get a book finished in a couple of short sittings.

It’s about a man with
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Julie  Webb
Poetic prose, descriptive and atmospherically detailed. This book is very short but a nice quick read. I feel as though rereading will give new details that I missed the first time through. The whistler is a mysterious character, but he really is not the main story. The little village, full of characters, is the main event here. High sense of magical realism throughout makes this a fantastic little read. Recommended.
Ana
Jan 01, 2015 Ana added it
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"um livro com um mar secreto no coração de uma personagem-lágrima, um comboio de doçura num caixeiro convidado, e tantos mistérios que compõem a solidão na voz densa de um homem que assobia..." são palavras do próprio autor sobre o livro e eu creio que bastante esclarecedoras do seu conteúdo, cabe ao leitor seguir o rasto encantatório do assobio...
Maria Carmo
A prosa de Ondjaki envolve-nos como as liambas da floresta tropical, penetra-nos como o cheiro a sal da casa de Dissoxi, infiltra-se em nós como a hipnotizante música do Assobiador.
Excelente! Aler.

Maria Carmo

19 OUT 2011.
Pequete
Jan 04, 2017 Pequete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Este é o segundo livro que leio de Ondjaki, e, decididamente, fiquei adepta da sua escrita. Aliás, embora a história seja interessante, gostei do livro mais pela forma como está escrito, do que pela história propriamente dita.
*atenção, spoiler mais adiante*
Embora o início seja bastante promissor, aquela orgia geriátrica final, se assim lhe posso chamar, pareceu-me um tanto exagerada. Mas admiro, ainda assim, a forma como está descrita. Por várias vezes me veio à memória o final do livro "O Perfu
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Roberta
Non posso dire che mi abbia entusiasmato, ma è una sorta di rustica favola piuttosto gradevole.
Un uomo, il fischiatore del titolo, col suo passaggio migliora la vita di una comunità che sembrava leggermente sospesa, irrigidita nei suoi ruoli. L'unica a sfuggire all'incanto e alla comunità stessa è Dissoxi, una ragazza dal passato sconosciuto di cui avrei voluto sapere qualcosa in più.
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"Nada, cansada, nada, nada consegue agarrar, agarra-se consecutivamente a nada. E nada, nada, sentindo a exisrência esvair-se, seus cabelos pesarem-lhe mais e mais. No afogado instante, acorda calma mas sem ar na respiração"


Obra lírica, de palavras inventadas entre o sonho e a realidade...
Craig
Feb 26, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ele cria uma atmosfera singular que enfoca bem no personagem titular e a beleza possível em audição. Gostava de procurar mais informação do simbolismo do livro porque acho-o deceptivamente simples.
Val
Sep 02, 2012 Val marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Ndalu de Almeida (born 1977) is a writer from Angola, writing under the pen name Ondjaki. He lives in Luanda, the capital of the country, and has written poetry, children's books, short stories, novels, drama and film scripts.

Ondjaki studied sociology at the University of Lisbon, and wrote his graduation paper about Angolan writer Luandino Vieira. His literary debut came in 2002 with the novella O
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“... after daybreak is when I will already have died. At that moment I will only know of beautiful things: the certainties, the desires. When the sun bathes me, I will be something else: without mirrors, without sadness. I will have passed away, but will have been reborn. I will whistle mellifluous melodies. Discredited but, in the end, light.” 2 likes
“The morning was, therefore, a mixture of a plenitude of densities, from the presence of the placid birds, to the mundane premonition, to the spring of small glisters which accompanied that autumnal rain. The music, in a simple whistle, recreated a new universe with the parish and all the hearts that were witness to it- padre, pigeons, swallows, the world!- were clothed in a new carnivalesque colouring: a celebration from within.” 2 likes
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