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The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers

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Considered to be Portugal's finest novelist, Eca de Queiroz was a master of satire who set out to expose the hypocrisy of his day. He accomplishes this magnificently in The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers"
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 29th 2000 by Dedalus (first published 1980)
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César Lasso
Sep 21, 2016 César Lasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela más que leo del genial Eça de Queirós, aunque esta vez no me ha entusiasmado tanto. Quizás se debiera a un estado de ánimo menos inclinado a la lectura en mis últimos tiempos, y a que ya conocía el desenlace antes de acometer su lectura.

El argumento gira en torno a amores ilícitos entre un joven de 23 años y una mujer mayor que él y que, durante gran parte de su vida, no ha sido mucho más que una meretriz de lujo.

El ritmo se me ha hecho lento y el final se resuelve repentinamente, en
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Jim Fonseca
Sep 06, 2015 Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing
This book focuses on the relationships between men and women in late 1800's Portugal. Our main character, Vitor, has a girlfriend who sleeps with her landlord to pay the rent, but neither she nor Vitor consider her to be a prostitute. These are the days of horse-drawn carriages, calling cards, maids, elegant dining. Vitor is a lawyer who never spends any time in his office. Vitor's friend, the stereotypical crazy artist, give us diatribes about the emerging modern art movement. We are treated to ...more
Ana
Apr 12, 2013 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Eu gosto dos livros de Eça de Queiroz. Gosto da maneira como ele escrevia, das suas personagens e dos cenários de todos aqueles romances e intrigas e por isso foi com algum entusiasmo que peguei na Tragédia da Rua das Flores. Contudo, agora que o acabei, não consigo deixar de me sentir um pouco desapontada apesar de, em geral, ter gostado do livro.

Durante grande parte do livro parecia que não ia acontecer nada de mais; parecia ser uma simples história de intrigas amorosas, com dois homens a tent
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Núria
'La tragedia de la calle de las Flores' no fue publicada por primera vez hasta 1980, 80 años después de la muerte del autor, el bueno de Eça de Queirós (antiguo conocido y admirado mío). Probablemente porque era demasiado fuerte para la época. Ahora, sin ser escandalosa, no deja de ser sorprendente y valiente, además de crítica y sarcástica, pero sin dejar de ser un novelón realista decimonónico de los que a mí tanto me gustan y, encima, relata tan bien las angustias del amor, desde una distanci ...more
Tadzio Koelb
Jul 27, 2012 Tadzio Koelb rated it liked it
From my review in the Guardian:

"Even as a literary curiosity, The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers is a fascinating visit to a period with a very different approach to morality, both more structured in its minutiae and more chaotic in its general form. The translation is extremely readable, neither annoyingly modern nor embarrassingly archaic, although readers are strongly advised to skip the translator's introduction, which gives away the story."

Read the whole thing at http://www.guardian.co.uk
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Anna
Aug 19, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, fiction, translation
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Maria Carmo
Jan 10, 2012 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Set at the heart of Lisbon (one can still walk down the street and try to imagine what it must have been like in Eça' s time) this novel brings with it the sounds and pictures of an European capital where culture was changing and characters who are confronted with impulses and rules.
A must read,

Maria Carmo
Magda Pais
Aug 20, 2016 Magda Pais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, 2016
E, aos 46 (ou será 47?) tenho a minha primeira experiência com Eça. Uma tragédia. Ou teria sido uma tragédia se eu não tivesse adorado ler A Tragédia da Rua das Flores. Percebi, com esta leitura, que afinal a minha impressão da adolescência, de quando somos obrigados a ler Os Maias, de que não iria gostar de ler Eça de Queiroz, era completamente errada e, com isto, fiquei com vontade de ler mais deste autor português. Talvez não Os Maias, para já, uma vez que este livro é o primeiro esboço do au ...more
Carmen
Desde os tempos do liceu que Eça nunca me apaixonou. Li os Maias por obrigação, sem grande paixão e, reconheço, sem lhe prestar a atenção que por certo mereceria. Anos mais tarde falava-se sobre leituras e uns amigos espantaram-se dessa minha “lacuna” queirosiana e ofereceram-me este livro. Uns tantos anos mais tarde finalmente pego nele e me dedico a folhear-lhe as páginas de letra dactilografada e meia borratada tão característica dos livros da editora Livros do Brasil e que já não se vê (feli ...more
Sofia
Jun 07, 2012 Sofia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, classicos-pt
Escrito dez anos antes de Os Maias e nunca publicado enquanto o autor era vivo, A Tragédia da Rua das Flores mostra-se como um ensaio dos temas que viriam depois.

Não tendo o humor e a sátira mordaz do seu sucessor em espírito, A Tragédia da Rua das Flores destaca-se pelo tom mais grave e pela crítica mais acérrima e carregada de desprezo pela sociedade fútil, materialista e de total hipocrisia.
Embora hoje, tirando o fulcro do enredo, não pareça nada de muito chocante, não admira que não tenha s
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Robert Sweet
Jul 15, 2014 Robert Sweet rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. Notwithstanding the beautiful prose, the author, in my opinion, revealed the ending in a very subtle way...however, one can be remiss and totally ignore it. If detected, in retrospect, it does not diminish the quality of the work. I am glad that I arbitrarily grabbed this book off the shelves in my library.
Ana
Jan 18, 2016 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, portugal, love, social
Parecerá banal o comentário, mas é a versão reduzida de "Os Maias".
Jessica
May 09, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
My second from this author, and my second favourite of the two. I felt that the pursuit section dragged a little, and the romantic language was a little too much...I guessed the tragedy and what would happen, but felt cheated that it all ended with a bit of an anti-climax in a slightly rushed way. Aside from that it was an interesting glimpse into the pretensions of the Lisbon society of the time, and a lovely reminder of my time spent exploring the areas mentioned in the book.
Queirosiana
Aug 29, 2013 Queirosiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fenomenal!

Na sequência de livros como "Os Maias", "O Primo Basílio" e "Crime do Padre Amaro", "Tragédia das Flores" surge como episódio da vida doméstica.

A história é de nos colar às páginas do livro. Toda a obra é o exemplo culminante da Tragédia Romântica versus Realismo.

O Tio Timóteo é uma das grandes personagens da obra.

Este é daqueles livros que dava um excelente filme, desde que bem realizado, para não se cair numa novela.
LaisseTomber
Jan 06, 2016 LaisseTomber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nada há mais delicioso que as figuras de estilo e descrições vivas de Eça.
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Novelist committed to social reform who introduced Naturalism and Realism to Portugal. He is often considered to be the greatest Portuguese novelist, certainly the leading 19th-century Portuguese novelist whose fame was international. The son of a prominent magistrate, Eça de Queiroz spent his early years with relatives and was sent to boarding school at the age of five. After receiving his degree ...more
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