OS Lusiadas (the Lusiads)
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OS Lusiadas (the Lusiads)

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 10th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1572)
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Apr 07, 2012 Joseph rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classics lovers
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It always surprises me to realize just how large a world my ignorance of world literature encompasses. Case in point, I made it through college without even once hearing about the Portuguese epic poem, The Lusiads.

It's a damn shame, because it's a fantastic poem, making me yearn to reread The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid. It's also one of the weirdest classical poems I've ever read. It's a Christian epic, with da Gama and his sailors calling upon God and Jesus for salvation, yet at the sam...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 11, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
This 1572 epic poem tells the story of the voyage of Vasco de Gama particularly his pioneering route from Portugal to India. You see, during De Gama's time Portugal was a world superpower rivaling Spain and many nations around the world became their colonized territories. They spread Christianity and they searched endlessly for spices to make their cooking more palatable.

For two months now, I have been attending technical workshops with my teammates in the US. Since we have a 13-hour difference,...more
José-contemplates-Saturn's Aurora

Five stars ain't enough,maybe six will suffice.
Only those who read Portuguese can fully appreciate the vastness and full depth of this poetic work.

Of course, The Lusiads are the Portuguese people, and the Camões masterpiece is about the epic of the Discoveries; about men and women,Kings and Queens,and the Gods favoring and those against,... that enterprise: the pride of my nation....been so long.
Let me assure the Goodreads community that I regard Camoes' Lusiads as a certifiable five star classic. As a unique entry into the genre of Renaissance epic and a celebration of events that pointed the way to modern global trade, Camoes' epic deserves the attention of Early Modern scholars and of the wider reading public. Of the poem's lasting worth I am well convinced; however, I considered awarding four stars to Landeg White's translation. This edition of the Lusiads is truly a wonderful volum...more
You know, I don't even care if other people don't consider this a master piece, I don't care I had to study this at school, I don't care people look at me weird in the subway when they realize I'm reading The Lusiads and I certainly don't care about those people that say this is boring and stupid just because they don't understand it.
This is a master piece. Period.
Paul Haspel
The Lusiads is the Portuguese national epic, and its author, Luís Vaz de Camões, is a national hero throughout Portugal. When you travel in Portugal and see a painting or statue of a man in medieval armor with one eye closed, you can pretty much count on it being a painting or statue of Camões, who lost an eye as a Portuguese soldier. The Lusiads tells a story of Vasco da Gama successfully making his way around Cape Horn and voyaging to India to begin the creation of Portugal's overseas colonial...more
I can't believe I've been to Portugal twice without having read the Portuguese national epic. This is a wonderful tale. The darkest aspects of imperialism and religious conflict are here, cloaked in glory. But the courage of the small groups of men who sailed the Portuguese caravels to unknown corners of the world is also lauded. The story is dressed like The Odyssey, filled with classical gods and nymphs, especially Venus, looking out for her Portuguese, and Bacchus, equally determined to destr...more
Para conhecer a literatura e história portuguesa, onde melhor começar do que com a epopeia Os Lusíadas? É surpreendente a facilidade com que Camões escreveu sobre a história de Portugal, descrevendo em detalhes a tragédia de Inês de Castro, o cerco de Lisboa de 1147 em que os cruzados ajudaram o rei Afonso para expulsar os mouros; a batalha de Badajoz, em 1169, onde o mesmo rei Afonso teve a má sorte de quebrar a perna, e muito mais - e tudo isso enquanto se encontrava num barco em caminho para...more
Tatiana Rodrigues
When we are told to read The Lusiads, around 8/9th grade, it's obvious that no teenager with, approximately, the ages of 13-15 years old has the mental capability nor a more matured sensibility to even comprehend the extention of what this epic poem is and portraits, as a national work, as one of the most important epic poems in a international level and, last but not least, its' representation of Portugal's "Golden Age" of Discoveries.
Although I am not particulary keen on Camões' poetry work ou...more
Kevin de Ataíde
Não é este o mais fácil poema de comprender, mas a narração da história é excelente, também o metro e o ritmo. Vasco da Gama e o seu irmão são tal importante pela história de Goa e Índia Portuguesa como a de Portugal. Por aprender esta história e a língua portuguesa, lei em vez primeira a tradução inglesa e faz mui útil.

Tomou me seis meses de ler só quatre capítulos, porque é tão difícil de concentrar. Mas espero que poder acabar muito em breve.
Eu sei que me devia sentir mal por só dar uma estrela a isto, mas convenhamos: é uma imitação barata de clássicos gregos; está escrito de uma forma tão rígida, sempre com as mesmas sílabas e número de versos, que se calhar o próprio Camões gostaria de ter dito outra coisa nalgumas situações; e é mais uma das obras que contribui para a tão conhecida mentalidade do "ai coitadinhos de nós um dia tivemos um país tão grandioso".
Não me sinto mal, não.
As duas estrelas são pra minha compreensão, não pra obra em si.
Essa foi a experiência mais próxima que tive do analfabetismo funcional, seja pelas orações em ordem indireta, seja pela linguagem hermética.
Desde “As armas e os barões assinalados / Que da ocidental praia Lusitana, / Por mares nunca de antes navegados” até “De sorte que Alexandro em vós se veja, / Sem à dita de Aquiles ter enveja.” entendi pouco, quase nada.
I have no idea how to rate this one; it's a huge piece of literature, but it's also a gigantic (and conscious) imitation of Homer and Virgil-- fine and dandy, but doesn't really fit the time or place. A not-unenjoyable read, and an interesting take on colonialism as it was happening-- but I don't need to read it again.
Tiago Loureiro
Absolutamente magnífico. Revela uma notável astúcia na escrita. É o livro que me orgulha como português. O esquema rimático é mantido com uma coerência formidável do início ao fim da obra. O mais interessante é a forma como se endeusam os portugueses através da referência à matriz greco-latina.
Joao Vaz
"Portugal existe porque existiu e existiu porque Camões o salvaguardou na sua memória, ..." - Eduardo Lourenço.

Os Lusíadas, a nossa Bíblia.
Interesting read if only for the fact that it was written over 400 years ago and provides an insight into what was thought and believed at the time.
Tenho orgulho em ser portuguesa. E mais quando vejo que esta grande obra intemporal pertence à cultura do nosso país.
Elijah Kinch Spector
Read this for a class, and it was pretty much the weirdest thing I've ever read. A Renaissance poet decides to show how great Vasco da Gama was by telling the story of his voyage in such a way that extols Christianity while using the Roman gods as regular characters greatly invested in the future of the Portuguese...? Fuckin' weird. It's pretty crazy, really, but very much worth reading. This translation felt pretty good (although I know nothing of the Portuguese) because it maintains some amoun...more
It's an arrogant piece of work. But considering it was written and published in the 16th century, one can understand the national chest-puffing-and-thumping nature of it. For readers who know Portuguese history, or those who want to know a grand historical narrative (and have Google handy or simply remember everything about world history, sophomore year). Classical references abound. A better choice is Camoes: The Collected Lyric Poems of Luis de Camoes (trans. Landeg White), which is far more r...more
Vale sempre a pena apreender melhor Os Lusíadas e alguma da História dos Descobrimentos Portugueses...
Sempre que penso n'"Os Lusíadas", penso numa célebre citação de Pessoa: "Deus quer, o Homem sonha e a obra nasce." É realmente o que melhor descreve o que se passou aqui (tirando a componente religiosa, mas mantendo a denotação de algo superior, que o Homem não compreende, mas que o obriga a escrever).
Admito que não li o livro todo, mas a minha professora de Português do 9º ano disse-me que esta era uma obra para ser lida como a Bíblia: aos bocadinhos. E é assim que eu tenho feito; às vezes lá o...more
As 5 estrelas são dedicadas à edição em 10 volumes (1 por canto) do Expresso de 2004, comentada pelo Prof. José Hermano Saraiva. Para quem quer perceber absolutamente tudo o que é escrito no poema, incluindo referências a autores clássicos (Homero e Virgílio), assim como às divindades ou heróis (incluindo portugueses) mencionados, está edição oferece, além dos comentários, os poemas "desconstruídos" em linguagem moderna (pessoalmente não liguei a esta última característica). Encontra-se também,...more
Publicado em 1572, é, sem dúvida, uma obra prima da literatura. Eu digo isto não pela história em si, a qual é a viagem de Vasco da Gama pelo Cabo da Boa Esperança a fim de alcançar as Índias pelo mar, mas pela estrutura da narração épica: são 1.102 estrofes, todas escritas em oito versos e rimadas na forma abababcc. Além disso, todos os 8.816 versos são decassílabos, ou seja, todos têm dez sílabas poéticas. É impressionante, comparável a contos épicos como A Ilíada e Odisséia de Homero (século...more
The Lusiads by Luis Vaz De Camoes, is considered to be "the national epic of Portugal". It was originally published in 1572, the epic celebrates the achievements of the Portuguese people. It tells the story of their heroic voyage to India, of the explorer Vasco de Gama. Gama is the protagonist of this poem, he's the one that tells the story of the Portuguese people to the the king of native tribe in Africa.

I first read this book in Portuguese for one of my history classes. I enjoyed it then, an...more
In Portugal's de facto 'national poem' Camoes celebrates the Lusiads - the Portuguese - and their golden era of exploration and discovery.

The poem was inspired by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's voyage to India, which serves as the subject matter. The epic is magical and syncretic in that it celebrates the Christian heritage of the Portuguese whilst, at the same time, several pagan gods and goddesses from the classical era feature prominently: This certainly isn't dull Catholic liturgy...more
Camões ne mérite pas moins d'honneurs que Dante, Molière, Cervantes, Goeth et Shakespeare. "Arrière, grandes navigations du Grec avisé, du Troyen! Silence à la renommée qu'Alexandre et Trajan durent à leurs victoires! Car je viens, moi, chanter l'illustre cœur lusitanien, à qui se soumirent Neptune et Mars. Silence à tout ce que chante la Muse antique! Car une autre valeur s'élève plus haut." Voici l'épopée non pas légendaire, mais véritable, du périple de Vasco de Gama. Cette édition bilingue e...more
The Lusiad is an epic poem about Portugal���s Vasco de Gama���s voyage from Portugal, to India. The author was a Portuguese sailor who also fought for Portugal against the moors. The book is an interesting blend of Christian themes and classic Roman mythology.
This was not the easiest read. In order to fully understand and appreciate this poem, I think you need to have a strong understanding of classic mythology and a love of reading history. I have a moderate understanding of classic mythology...more
Jaqueline Miguel
Finalmente, passado tanto tempo de ter estudado a obra na escola, consegui lê-la completamente. Sempre tive curiosidade em ler tudo porque na escola só damos os episódios mais importantes do livro. Eu sempre gostei particularmente do episódio da Dona Inês de Castro e da Ilha dos Amores, sendo que deste último nem sequer cheguei a falar.
Todos sabem que este é um livro complicado de se ler por causa da linguagem e escrita antiga, mas quando se gosta isso supera-se bem com um pouco de paciência e...more
Kevin de Ataíde
This is not quite what I expected. I wanted a history of the Portuguese conquest of the Malabar coast, but I got an abruptly concluded exploration on the part of Vasco da Gama. This book, sometimes described as an expression of the soul of Portugal, properly describes the pride of this nation. In more than one place is sung the the glowing history of the early kingdom and the heroic figures that led her in battle. Dom Luis uses Roman mythological figures to dramatise all manner of things: human...more
Vikas Datta
A forgotten epic that has to get its due... slightly dated and reflective of its time but still a dashing good read for all that. Seems to have some correspondences with Sindbad's tales as far as the marine voyages go and the marrying of the Greek pantheon to the voyages of discovery is a masterful step...
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Luís Vaz de Camões (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ vaʃ dɨ kaˈmõȷ̃ʃ]; sometimes rendered in English as Camoens; c. 1524 – June 10, 1580) is considered Portugal's, and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil, and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry (in Portuguese and in Spanish) and drama but...more
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“No mar tanta tormenta, e tanto dano,
Tantas vezes a morte apercebida!
Na terra tanta guerra, tanto engano,
Tanta necessidade avorrecida!
Onde pode acolher-se um fraco humano,
Onde terá segura a curta vida,
Que não se arme, e se indigne o Céu sereno
Contra um bicho da terra tão pequeno?”
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