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The Club of Angels (Plenos Pecados)

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Luis Fernando Verissimo's Club of Angels is an irresistible, enticing book -- almost as irresistible and enticing as the exquisite meals prepared within -- about the sin of gluttony. Written by one of Brazil's leading authors and columnists, Club of Angels was an immediate success there, and has been on the bestseller list since 1998. It tells the story of ten privileged m...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1998)
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miaaa
Jun 11, 2009 miaaa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lamya, klub pengunyah GRI
Shelves: favourites
An ultimate pleasure to read. The Beef Stew Club probably is the most wicked and disturbed not-so-secret society in the world. Each of the peculiar members possessed the very same passion, which is to enjoy the best meals specifically served by the mysterious Lucídio.

The mysterious Chef however had dragged the Club back from the brink, although with one sexist requirement: Don't bring the women to the supper! and here is where I couldn't resist to quote the bold theory Ramos had created under c...more
Stacia
Aug 27, 2014 Stacia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gourmands & gluttons...
An entertaining, ghastly little tale, filled with delicious food & dark humor. The mystery is not so much in the 'who', but in the 'why'. Probably recommended for gourmands, gluttons, & fans of non-traditional mysteries. Quick & easy to read in one sitting.

I read this one because I loved Verissimo's book Borges and the Eternal Orangutans. The books share some similarities of style, but I loved the Orangutans book because it featured Borges, Poe, & surrealism (very much my style),...more
David
One by one, the portly members of the Beef Stew Club are dying. They are fairly certain of their poisoner – a gourmet chef who is preparing their monthly banquets - and even can predict the chosen sacrifice, whose last supper will be graced with their favorite dish. And yet, and yet… the food is so good, that the Ten Little Gourmands just go on indulging their recurring desires, eating themselves to death and trading quotes from King Lear as grace notes to their sated fates. One quote that does...more
Julia
This review contains spoilers.

I enjoyed Borges and the Eternal Orangutans so much I decided to try this slim volume, just 133 pages. The Amazon blurb says: "A literary mystery about cooking and gourmands by one of Brazil's most popular authors. The Club of Angels is an irresistible, enticing book about the sin of gluttony. With wit and dark humor, Verissimo tells the story of ten well-to-do men who meet every month to dine fabulously. When their leader and chef dies of AIDS, he is replaced by a...more
Rowland Bismark
The Club of Angels isn't quite a mystery, though it is filled with murder. Daniel tells the tale, and right from the beginning he lets the reader know: Lucídio "is obviously the guilty one, given that he was the cook and everyone died, in one way or another, from what they ate." It is not quite that simple, in the end, but nearly so. Meanwhile, Verissimo packs in a great deal of social satire in this slim volume.

Daniel is a member of the Beef Stew Club. Get-togethers he and his friends used to...more
El
Jan 15, 2009 El rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Josiah & maybe Russ
I loved this book. As far as what I consider to be "perfect" books, this one ranks pretty high up there. Daniel, the narrator, is a member of the Beef Stew Club, a gentleman's club of 10 members who dine together once a month. When one of the members dies of AIDS, Daniel meets Lucido in a wine shop who fills the deceased's place; in addition Lucido insists on cooking each of the meals, preferring to serve each man's favorite meal once. The "surprise" of the story is evident very close to the beg...more
Coinboy
What a weird little book, about a group of diners who are killed off as in an Agatha Christie novel, one per month. The culprit, method, and next to die are obvious to all of them, but they carry on relentlessly, because they have meaningless bourgeois lives, they value the possibility of a death by gastronomical ecstacy, and other reasons particular to each character. The book is brief, and can be devoured (ha!) in one sitting.
Christi Cassel
The book is about a group of ten rich men, friends since childhood, who are in an extravagant supper club. They call themselves “The Beef Stew Club” (after the first meal they enjoyed together—before their tastes developed and they became gastronomes).

For the past twenty-one years, the men have gotten together once a month (from March to December) to dine together, savoring huge, delicious meals accompanied by copious amounts of wine, cognac, and cigars.

When one of their members, Ramos, who was...more
Ruta
Verissimo turi fantastišką literatūrinę vaizduotę. Apmaudu tik, kad vertimo iki galo nesužiūrėjo geras redaktorius.
Lamski Kikita
"We were bastards, yes, but great bastards, princely bastards"

The Beef Stew Club consists of 10 rich men who love food, but who have in one way or another caused their own ruin and loss of fortune, with that deterioration of their personal, professional, and love lives, their relationship with each other and their long-lasting friendship is also hurt.
LFV knows how to turn simple facts of life into a great story of friendship, vengence, and the quest for inner peace. This story is dirty, funny,...more
Luíse Bello
MEU LIVRO FAVORITO. PONTO.

Uma amiga me emprestou e eu o DEVOREI DUAS VEZES antes de devolver. Depois nunca mais o encontrei à venda e acabei desencanando de comprar. Até que um dia encontrei a versão de bolso e finalmente eu pude levar pra casa o livro mais sensacional que eu já li.

É chato jogar as expectativas lá no alto, e eu sei que, se alguém ler esse livro pensando no meu entusiasmo, provavelmente vai se decepcionar. Mas o que eu amo em Clube dos Anjos é a passividade de seus personagens di...more
Prowisorio
Luc���dio is een fantastische kok, zo ervaart Daniel, de schrijver van De Engelenclub. Ze ontmoeten elkaar bij een slijter, besluiten samen wat te gaan drinken en eindigen de avond in Daniels appartement, waar Luc���dio een overheerlijke omelet bereidt voor Daniel. Het brengt Daniel op het idee om de eetavonden van zijn vriendengroep, de Picadinhoclub, weer nieuw leven in te blazen met de hulp van een diner dat door Luc���dio zal worden bereid. De etentjes van de Picadinhoclub zijn sinds het ove...more
Sherry (sethurner)
"Lucidio is not one of the devil's 117 names, nor did I conjure him up from the depths so that he could punish us." The opening line of this slender book suggests the black humor of the novel's narrative. The story is set in Brazil, and the set-up is that there are ten friends, united primarily by their gluttony lust and slothful habits, who have established the Beef Stew Club. Once a month the ten men meet in a member's home for a gourmet meal - until one of them dies of AIDS. After this sad ev...more
Gláucia Renata
Este livro foi encomendado para compor a coleção Plenos Pecados e LFV foi convidado a escrever sobre o seu predileto, a gula. Ele deve ter se deleitado ao escrever, misturando ao seu romance policial ingredientes dos mais variados como humor, vingança, sangue, risos, sabores, ódio, vinhos, manjares e suspense.
A receita resultou num prato leve e delicioso.
Joe
Jan 24, 2012 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jeanne, Carly, Chad, Marjan
Recommended to Joe by: Tetske
Excellent read, as usual the South American, in this case Brazilian, writing, is really entertaining as well as thoughtful and engaging. Although a short book, it had a lot to it. The description lived up to it's story. A great book for a plane ride or an afternoon at the beach or in the yard. I'm going to find more of Luis Fernando Verissimo's books and check them out. The Club of Angels is an irresistible, enticing book about the sin of gluttony. With wit and dark humor, Verissimo tells the st...more
Bart Van Loon
This is a nice tale of gluttony and death, a parable of some sort. However, I felt that near the end, the platitudes of a detective story were becoming too apparent for what is essentially a non-detective story.

Upfront, I was expecting more from this book and when I finished it I felt a bit disappointed. However, since then I have discussed the story with a friend (who recommended it to me in the first place :-)) and found that there was more into it than I first thought. Perhaps I should reread...more
Dani
My second novel in Portuguese: again twisted and crazy. I guess I need that in order to reach the end...

I had some sympathy for the guys at the beginning, but as the main character told more and more about himself and his friends, I started despising them to a certain point. At the beginning I thought, "Oh no, they are going to die" and at the end "They deserve it". I guess it was mainly about obsession, temptation and wasted life. The point I didn't understand was, how knowing your own death m...more
Adam
This little novel is the perfect weekend or vacation read for anyone who likes clever, experimental variations on the mystery genre. Very early on, you clue in to the "who," the "how," and even the "what next"? Verissimo, though, has everything he needs to keep a stranglehold on your attention--wonderful characters, a decadent portrait of Brazilian culture, and that most puzzling of all mysteries: the "why" of human beings and their choices.
Bill Fletcher
I'm not sure why I liked this book as much as I did. It doesn't really have much of a story and you pretty much know where it's going from the start, but I was more than happy to follow it through to the end. Each death (and there are a lot of them) builds on the last and the way the characters react as things progress is kind of, well, existential.
Becca Loo
glorious, plot was simple yet had a pleasant swirl at the end. most importantly the book cut open the belly of gluttony. it made you simultaneously want to indulge, no gorge yourself and showed you how wrong that was at the same time. i love this author. he'll be my new vonnegut, that i can returnwhenever i want but still never read them all.
Caro Márquez
Pone Verissimo, muito obrigado už šią knygą!

Labai smagi knyga, ir nors tokia trumpa, nuostabiai sugebanti savyje sujungti šitiek visokiu atspalvių ir minčių - nuo komedijos iki tragedijos, nuo vakarienės menių iki Šekspyro citatų. Ypač rekomenduoju Lotynų Amerikos literatūros mėgėjams. A, ir dar - neskaitykite and tuščio skrandžio... :)
Tuck
somebody dies each time the beef stew club has a dinner. you know what's going to happen next. or do you? superb little parody and social commentary. just like his also short, but brilliant "Borges and the eternal orangutans". Sure, this is no "cooking with fernet branca" but it is maybe more profound in looking at social ills.
Laura
Such a pleasurable delight to read. I consumed (pun totally intended) the book in such a short time, captivated by the delicious plot. And though, being a tad obsessed with foodie books, I wished the luscious dishes had been meticulously described, I thoroughly enjoyed this quick morsel of wicked fun.
Iana
Perdi o livro no meio da leitura, acho que estava na metade dele... Uma pena! Até onde pude ler, estava legal, mas nada muito instigante, pelo menos para mim. Não está na minha lista de prioridades, então acho que não continuarei a leitura.
LSF Xavier
Perdi o livro no meio da leitura, acho que estava na metade dele... Uma pena! At�� onde pude ler, estava legal, mas nada muito instigante, pelo menos para mim. N��o est�� na minha lista de prioridades, ent��o acho que n��o continuarei a leitura.
Karin
A fun quick read. This book is like a gluttonous version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (which happens to be my favourite Agatha Christie).
Isabel
I read this book so long ago, ever since, I've been wanting to read something else from Verissimo but it's been imposible.
Hwydiva
One of the best food books I have read. Food versus man. One of the few books I will read again.
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Nascido em Porto Alegre e filho do também escritor Érico Verissimo, Luis Fernando Verissimo é famoso por suas crônicas cheias de ironia humorística. Além de escritor, ele também é jornalista, publicitário, cartunista e tradutor. Entre suas paixões, estão a família, o time de paixão, Internacional de Porto Alegre, e o jazz sendo praticamente inseparável de seu saxofone.
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“It isn’t everyday that we want to see a syrupy Van Gogh or hear a piquant fugue by Bach, or make love to a succulent woman, but every day we want to eat; hunger is the recurring desire, the only recurring desire, for sight, sound, sex and power all come to an end, but hunger goes on, and while one might weary of Ravel for ever, one could only ever weary of ravioli for, at most, a day.” 1 likes
“[A]ll gastronomic pleasure [is] a co-opted form of sexual desire. We interrupt the organic process of a plant or animal in order to eat it and we exhaust our own voluptuousness, our own perverted sexual desire, in the pleasure of eating.” 1 likes
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