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The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  279 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 1880)
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Ana
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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Jim
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
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Maria Carmo
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
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
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
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
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.
Tadzio Koelb
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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Jessica
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
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.
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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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