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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 6th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1572)
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Joseph
Dec 05, 2007 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classics lovers
Shelves: fiction
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
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Owlseyes
Oct 13, 2011 Owlseyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



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.
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 10, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  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,
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David
Jan 07, 2017 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good friend on GR sent me a list of the top books to read from Portugal. Top of the list was the most famous poem in Portuguese history, Os Lusíadas. As I asked for a copy, the woman in the bookstore looked at me very puzzled and said it's got some hard parts. It took me awhile to build up my language skills, and as the snow fell outside my window, I was transported to far off lands.

It was absolutely amazing read. This is a poetic story of Vasco de Gama and his quest to find a route around the
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Joana
Esta é a terceira vez que estudo esta obra. Porém é a primeira que a leio na íntegra.
Ainda não sou capaz de escrever uma "crítica", uma "opinião". Apenas consigo dizer que Camões era um génio e que as entrelinhas e personagens que ele criou mostram uma grande consciência social, política, bem como um brilhantismo literário!
Para quem nunca leu a obra na íntegra o meu conselho é: Leiam. Não se deixem ficar pelas análises redutoras do ensino secundário. Leiam, raleiem e aproveitem o grande brilhant
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Laura
Jun 14, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011, favourites
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.
Frank
Mar 10, 2012 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Louisa
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
Joao Vaz
Jan 29, 2012 Joao Vaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Portugal existe porque existiu e existiu porque Camões o salvaguardou na sua memória, ..." - Eduardo Lourenço.

Os Lusíadas, a nossa Bíblia.
Luis A R Branco
May 03, 2015 Luis A R Branco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2015
Sem dúvida uma obra espetacular. É impossível dimensionar a capacidade intelectual de Luís de Camões até lermos esta obra. Sua capacidade ultrapassa os limites da poética e alcança os limites da história, da mitologia grega, romana e indiana. Além do seu profundo conhecimento da história e da cultura do seu povo. O livro revela o orgulho deste lusitano em ser português.
Paul Haspel
Jul 25, 2011 Paul Haspel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: portugal
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
Richard
Jul 05, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Czarny Pies
Oct 14, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone willing to make the effort to read a text from a different era of our culture.
Recommended to Czarny by: Prince Henry
Shelves: portuguese-lit
This long narrative poem of the 17th Century which recounts the epic voyages of Vasco da Gama is It is a truly a thing of wonder. It includes a history of Portugal, a war with the Muslims, a description of Neptune's Palace, a description of Vasco da Gama's voyage to India, the devastation of scurvy, the experience of seeing St. Elmo's fire, the sighting of the Southern Cross, and many other aspects of da Gama's extraordinary career.

Being a work of the Renaissance, the personages and motifs Class
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Bárbara
Jun 28, 2009 Bárbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: em-português, by-men
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.
Joana Silva
Mar 25, 2017 Joana Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Até daria mais estrelas se pudesse, foi muito mais do que aquilo que estava à espera. As expectativas já eram altas, mas depois de o ler na íntegra e analisar em aula percebi o quão "mestre da épica" Camões é. Quando a maioria pensa que é uma obra que exalta os feitos dos portugueses, o poeta prova o contrário, sim também os exalta, mas estabelece críticas à sociedade da época que podiam muito bem ser ditas actualmente. É uma obra difícil de ler, com tantas inversões de frase e figuras de estilo ...more
Chesapeake Bae
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
Fernanda
Oct 01, 2013 Fernanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-livros
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.
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.
Katrinka
May 20, 2011 Katrinka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2012 Tiago Loureiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epopeia
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.
L.C. Lavado
May 04, 2010 L.C. Lavado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Também é a minha opinião de que este livro é a maior obra da literatura portuguesa de todos os tempos!!!
Filipa
Tenho orgulho em ser portuguesa. E mais quando vejo que esta grande obra intemporal pertence à cultura do nosso país.
Deanne
Aug 27, 2011 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books-2008
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.
Inês
Jan 14, 2015 Inês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

Not as bad as I thought but quite boring at the end.
Pedro Pacheco
Sendo um livro tão português, não faria sentido, como português que sou, escrever uma opinião noutra língua que não fosse a camoniana. E é assim que a língua portuguesa é conhecida, como a língua de Camões, porque se de outra maneira fosse, ainda estaríamos a falar latim ou, quem sabe, espanhol ou italiano. É que Camões não só criou o português moderno (que, ainda assim, foi evoluindo ao longo dos anos), como também criou a maior obra da literatura desta ocidental praia lusitana. "Os Lusíadas" s ...more
Jenn
Nov 19, 2016 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
The Lusiads was written to celebrate Vasco Da Gama’s circumnavigation of Africa in 1497. Camoes had evidently read The Odyssey, for he tries to link Da Gama’s story to the Homerian epic, complete with assorted Greek gods and nymphs. It must have taken considerable mental gymnastics to equate the pantheon of Greek gods with the Catholic faith but I suppose he had the excuse of it being a literary device.
Da Gama travels around Africa encountering terrible storms and unfriendly natives along the wa
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Craig
Apr 08, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
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
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Yann
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
Fil
Feb 27, 2011 Fil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics
Strange and beautiful. The intertwining of Christianity and Greek mythology is gracefully done. This 1880 translation would have been a more difficult read if not for my fluency in French.

The use of Latin names for the Greek deities is annoying but (considering it's original publishing date) understandable and the 'errata' section is misleading as it lists corrections up to page 423 and the poem itself spans 250 pages.

If you are not versed in Classical mythology this might not be the version f
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Kelly
In the Lusiads the author does something different: he uses his passion and love for his country by creating a story of a true adventure by someone from his country to give them credit and recognition. The actual adventure might be true, but the author creates the story from the travelers point of view, which is hard because no one really knows what went on. The author went off of his own experiences and journals. I think this is tough to do because it’s hard to portray what one thinks someone w ...more
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Luís Vaz de Camões (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ vaʃ dɨ kaˈmõȷʃ]; 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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