Bem, o que dizer sobre este livro? Quando o comecei a ler, eu estava longe de imaginar quão extenso e explícito seria o seu conteúdo. Mas, convenhamos...moreBem, o que dizer sobre este livro? Quando o comecei a ler, eu estava longe de imaginar quão extenso e explícito seria o seu conteúdo. Mas, convenhamos, um livro cujo título é construído com recurso ao prefixo “Porno-” só por si já era suficiente para ter uma ideia do que aí viria. No entanto, por outro lado, olhar para o título seria extremamente redutor, e levaria o leitor a deixar de lado um livro cheio de surpresas (sim, e sexo também).
Reinaldo Moraes conta a história de Zeca, um ex-cineasta marginal com uma vida completamente descontrolada, numa espiral de sexo, álcool e drogas, que se vê involuntariamente envolvido na morte de Miro, um pequeno traficante de drogas. Com medo, foge para uma pequena localidade à beira mar onde dá continuidade a sua epopeia de sexo e álcool (aqui, o acesso a drogas era muito mais complicado). Ao virar de cada, assistimos impotentes aos desvairos que levam o Zeca cada vez para o fundo de um poço sem fim. A cada capítulo, quando pensamos que pior não pode ficar, ele se excede e vai ainda mais ao fundo.
Um livro cheio de surpresas, de linguagem divertidíssima e extremamente inventiva (é impressionante o número de palavras novas criadas), de uma crueza atroz e MUITO explícita. Mas divertido, muito divertido, se bem que talvez peque por excesso. De sexo. Se se espremesse este livro, retirando todas as cenas de sexo, álcool e drogas, a história resumir-se-ia a meia dúzia de páginas. Mas não seria a mesma coisa.
Não recomendado a almas puritanas, fechadas e extremamente sensíveis.
An interesting thriller, well written, with a few common ingredients in this type of narratives, and that was able to catch the reader attention. I co...more An interesting thriller, well written, with a few common ingredients in this type of narratives, and that was able to catch the reader attention. I considered it a good book until I reach the end of it… but one step at the time.
Vivian, a New York police detective is called for the investigation to find out the author of a series of bomb attacks, which brings back some of the ghosts of the 9-11. During the investigation, the journalist Russell, who had meanwhile fallen in disgrace, gets also involved. I think I don’t have to add the fact that these two characters form the romantic couple of the story (of course!). Throughout history we are confronted with the past of the Vietnam War, as well as with a set of personal issues that concerns Vivian and Russell.
And of course, the assassin - who claims himself as God - is discovered.
However, the end, as presented, left me a bitter taste by the way it sounded artificial. If, on the one hand, the author takes us through devious ways, casting some confusion about the identity of the author of the attacks, on the other, the outcome sounds too forced to please. Of course, I will not reveal anything more about this. I don’t want to spoil the pleasure of those who want to read this book. Despite this my opinion, I think it is a book for those who like thrillers.
As I was reading the book, I was convinced to give 4 stars. However, this opinion faded, leaving therefore the rating of 3 out of 5.
Um thriller interessante, bem construído, com alguns ingredientes comuns neste tipo de narrativas, e que consegue em certa medida prender o leitor. O livro até foi bastante interessante até chegar ao final... Mas vamos por partes.
Vivian, uma inspectora da polícia de Nova Iorque vê-se a braços com a investigação que tenta chegar ao autor de uma série de atentados bombistas, trazendo de volta alguns dos fantasmas do 11 de Setembro. No meio desta investigação acaba por envolver-se o jornalista Russel, que entretanto tinha caído em desgraça. Não será necessário acrescentar que estes dois formam o par romântico da história (não podia faltar, não é). Ao longo da história somos confrontados com o passado da guerra do Vietnam, assim como com os diversos problemas pessoais que assolam as personagens principais desta história.
E claro, o assassino - que afirma que é Deus - é descoberto.
Mas o final, tal como foi montado, acabo por deixar um certo amargo de boca, pela forma artificial como ele se apresenta. Se, por um lado, o autor nos leva por caminhos tortuosos, lançando alguma confusão sobre a identidade do autor dos atentados, por outro, o desenlace soa demasiado forçado para agradar. Naturalmente, não irei revelar mais nada a este respeito para não estragar o prazer de quem queira ler este livro. Apesar desta minha opinião, penso que é um livro para quem gosta de thrillers.
Se, a medida que ia lendo o livro, estava convencido em dar 4 estrelas, essa opinião esmoreceu bastante, ficando, por isso, pela classificação de 3 em 5.(less)
Não, decididamente não é o meu género de livro. Sem dúvida um livro imaginativo, com personagens densas e complexas mas… a história em si não me conse...moreNão, decididamente não é o meu género de livro. Sem dúvida um livro imaginativo, com personagens densas e complexas mas… a história em si não me conseguiu cativar, tendo-me arrastado penosamente nas últimas páginas. Da leitura de “Lodolândia!”, admito que é Karen Russel tem uma excelente escrita criativa mas, na minha opinião, não chegou para poder considerar este como um bom livro.
No, definitively this is not my kind of book. There is no doubt that this is a creative book, with complex, dense characters but… the history itself did not get to me. I dragged myself along the last pages of this book wishing it to end quickly. Judging “Swamplandia!”, I admit that Karen Russell has a great creative writing but, in my opinion, it was not enough to consider it a good book. (less)
A bit disappointed with this book. The synopsis as well as the fact of this book entered the final lists of the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize 2011...moreA bit disappointed with this book. The synopsis as well as the fact of this book entered the final lists of the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize 2011 drew my attention to this book. However, I was expecting more. It has a slow narrative that only gains considerable breath in the last third of the text, when the amazing survival story of Jaffy is disclosed. This is the main reason why I rated this book with 3 stars.
Um pouco desiludido com o livro. Tanto a sinopse como o facto de ter sido finalista do Booker Prize e do Orange Prize em 2011 captaram a minha atenção mas, no final, fiquei à espera de mais. Uma narrativa lenta que apenas ganha verdadeiro alento sensivelmente no último terço do texto, ao revelar-se a verdadeira história de sobrevivência de Jaffy, motivo pelo que ainda chega às 3 estrelas na minha avaliação.(less)
Um livro que me deixou sentimentos ambíguos: se por um lado gostei bastante da parte histórica do romance, a parte da história que decorre no dias de...moreUm livro que me deixou sentimentos ambíguos: se por um lado gostei bastante da parte histórica do romance, a parte da história que decorre no dias de hoje é extremamente monótona, a raiar quase o género de novela cor-de-rosa, e que apenas serve para introduzir a história passada no século XVII. Catherine, uma jovem serviçal a morar no Cornualha, acabaria por ser raptada por corsários muçulmanos, e levada para o Norte de África para ser vendida como escrava. É nas páginas de um livro de bordados que encontra algum refúgio pessoal, usando as margens para descrever o seu dia a dia e os seus pensamento mais profundos, tornando-o num diário muito particular. É esse mesmo livro que mais tarde viria a ser descoberto, revelando-se um registo sem precedentes de um fragmento da história que opunha o ocidente cristão com o oriente muçulmano e as visões diferentes destas duas culturas.
Sem dúvida, o relato de Catharine 'Cat' prendeu a minha atenção, mas a folhetim cor-de-rosa que se desenvolve paralelamente com a Julia e o triangulo amorosa que a acompanha e quase digna de um Nicholas Sparks (ainda estou traumatizado com este, eu sei). Dispensável na minha opinião.(less)
This is nothing much more than a thriller about the war against terrorism. It works fine as summer reading but that’s it. It presents a very american...moreThis is nothing much more than a thriller about the war against terrorism. It works fine as summer reading but that’s it. It presents a very american view over the middle east, where the USA always represents the “good guys”, which is not surprised if one takes into account who the author of the book is. It is just what I call a “chewing gum” book: the through away after enjoying it. There is nothing much more to say about it. (less)
This is one of those books that end to be in something that one was not expecting. Somehow, I had some expectations over this book. In fact, at the be...moreThis is one of those books that end to be in something that one was not expecting. Somehow, I had some expectations over this book. In fact, at the beginning it did look like it was interesting, but, as the story unfolded, it became boring and very predictable. Also, there is no mystery because everything is kept out of the reader until the very end of the book! In my opinion, this is a bad built plot that misleads the reader, turning this book in a frustrating experience. Not even a summer reading, as I was expecting.(less)
Gods and heroes...well, one hero... ok... kind of a hero. Taking into account the situation, he was the best thing the gods could arrange for fixing t...moreGods and heroes...well, one hero... ok... kind of a hero. Taking into account the situation, he was the best thing the gods could arrange for fixing the mess Apollo made. The Greek Gods presented in a very ‘human’ way, in a world where no one believes in such characters. This is an interesting and amusing book that I enjoyed to read. It’s a good option for ‘summer reading’.(less)
If there is something one can’t deny about any book of José Rodrigues dos Santos (JRS) is the fact that they are well documented. In my particular cas...moreIf there is something one can’t deny about any book of José Rodrigues dos Santos (JRS) is the fact that they are well documented. In my particular case, I already read some of the references the author pointed out at the end of the book, so I’m somewhat familiar with the historical facts around the creation of the New Testament. Anyone who reads a book of JRS will certainly have a new insight on this subject.
And that is all about the good part of the book.
Besides this “informative part” the book is boring, filled with non-convincing dialogues, as if the author tried to force a context so he could have a reason to release all the information he gathered about the historical figure of Jesus. Although JRS does not like to compare himself with Dan Brown, one cannot ignore the feeling of déjà vue: it felt like if I was reading some sort of variation on “The Da Vinci Code”. The beginning of the book it is almost the same! Also, the idea of cloning Jesus is not even a new one (although I don’t recall the novel that I read about it. Yes, it was that good… (irony)).
As I already mentioned, this Tomas Noronha series is getting emptier as time goes by, and I don’t see why JRS insists on this formula. (less)
Philip K. Dick builds a complex world, set on an alternative history, where the countries of the Axis power won the II World War. Similar to what happ...morePhilip K. Dick builds a complex world, set on an alternative history, where the countries of the Axis power won the II World War. Similar to what happened to the post-war Germany, The United States of America are divided in three countries: the Pacific States of America (PSA), with a puppet government controlled by the Japan; the Rocky Mountain States (RMS), and independent country; and the ‘remaining’ United States, under German administration. In this point, this novel is extraordinary: Philip Dick built a new different world, with new superpowers – The Third Reich and the Imperial Japan.
The insight to this alternative world is provided by a set of plots involving several complex characters that try to live under this dystopian reality, sharing their thoughts and doubts about their living. On the background, the Reich undergoes an inner power struggle for electing the new Füher, while some secret plans are being discussed to provide an excuse for Germany to attack Japan. In the middle, there is this book titled “The Grasshopper Lies Heavy”, a novel that presents an alternative history where the Allies of the II World War won. An alternative history inside an alternative history.
This is the second time I read this book this year and it is still hard to have a strong opinion on this novel. The complexity of the characters, the way the plot develops, the end of the book itself, all of this makes you wonder about the reality of things, a doubt that is summarized by Wyndham-Matson when he discusses over a Zippo lighter, that was in possession of Franklin Roosevelt by the time of his murder (yes, in this ‘universe’ FDR was killed and it represented the turnover point that led to the defeat of the USA), compares it with a counterfeit Zippo lighter that is sold in the American antiques market (a Japanese-oriented market).
Not an easy book which can trigger mixed feelings after reading it. (less)
Andréa del Fuego won the Prémio Literário José Saramago (José Saramago Literary Award) after this incredible book that narrates the history of three b...moreAndréa del Fuego won the Prémio Literário José Saramago (José Saramago Literary Award) after this incredible book that narrates the history of three brothers who became orphans after their parents have been killed by a lightning that struck their home. It’s an unexpected, surprising book, full of fantastic characters and details that keep the reader turning the pages. Whoever enjoys magic realism will certainly love this book.(less)
Disappointing and boring. Those are the words that this book reminds me. I got extremely bored with the text and I thought on quitting this book a cou...moreDisappointing and boring. Those are the words that this book reminds me. I got extremely bored with the text and I thought on quitting this book a couple of times. From the middle of the book I just read the first sentence of each paragraph, and I even jumped some paragraphs… still, I did not miss anything: there was nothing to miss.
Although it is pretended to be some sort of “help the Amazon forest” and “protect the environment” book, it became something extremely bored to read. (less)
Alan Lightman is a writer that surprised my with his first book “Einstein’s Dream”. Now, Lightman presented a mundane novel, about the history of Benn...moreAlan Lightman is a writer that surprised my with his first book “Einstein’s Dream”. Now, Lightman presented a mundane novel, about the history of Bennett, or Good Benito as he was called by one of his friends. This is the history of a kid that, from his early days, knew he wanted to be a scientist. We are presented with the man, not the scientist, and we are introduced to all his doubts and weaknesses, expanding his universe beyond the white papers where he writes his endless equations. Although, I don’t know very much about Alan Lightman, it is almost certain that there is some autobiographic context on the story of Bennett (the character as well as Lightman are physics). It is not a ravishing as “Einstein’s Dream”, but it was a nice book to read.(less)
I was hesitating about rating this book with 3 or 4 stars, so I took the average and rated with 4. While reading this book, I had mixed feelings about...moreI was hesitating about rating this book with 3 or 4 stars, so I took the average and rated with 4. While reading this book, I had mixed feelings about it, from “great” to “but what the hell…”. João Ricardo Pedro built the history of three generations using as background the recent History of Portugal, from the Salazar’s dictatorship – the so-called “Estado Novo” – to the Carnation Revolution military coup, including references to the Portuguese Colonial War. Humor and drama mixed in a short, fast reading book, with a fascinating writing style that certainly will not leave anyone indifferent, arousing conflicting feelings in the criticism. This is perhaps the book that pleased me most so far within the Leya Awards.(less)
'Disappointing' is the word that better describes this book. Yes, it is a - let's say it - a basic thriller, written in what it is commonly said "Dan...more'Disappointing' is the word that better describes this book. Yes, it is a - let's say it - a basic thriller, written in what it is commonly said "Dan Brown's style": short chapters, jumping from one scene to another, as if we were watching a movie. However, except for just a couple of details, the story is not very convincing. The end, well... it is like if the author at some point didn't know what to do with the fragile structure he built, and suddenly he decided to flip the table and finish the story just to put an end to his misery.(less)