Cinco amigos. Rio de Janeiro, Século 20. Mulheres, bebidas, drogas, casamentos, divórcios, mortes, enterros. Fim. Uma piadinha aqui, outra ali, quaseCinco amigos. Rio de Janeiro, Século 20. Mulheres, bebidas, drogas, casamentos, divórcios, mortes, enterros. Fim. Uma piadinha aqui, outra ali, quase que Os Normais. Álvaro, Sílvio, Ribeiro, Neto e Ciro. E as mulheres que eles maltrataram, ou que lhes levaram à loucura. As mulheres que sobreviveram também. E o Padre Graça, sempre ali no funeral de cada um, tentando achar uma palavra boa entre tanta melancolia.
Fim é um romance curto, rapidinho de ler, o primeiro de Fernanda Torres. É um romance que levanta a questão: porquê Torres resolveu focar nesses cinco homens? O leitor não leva muito embora consigo depois da última página.
Esses casos familiares lembram um pouco as estórias de Rubem Fonseca, embora sejam menos impactantes. São cinco protagonistas cariocas que você não gostaria de dividir uma cerveja, nem mesmo um cafézinho. A conversa com eles é sempre a mesma coisa: não importa se você gosta de Bossa Nova, se malha todo dia na praia, se é um marido fiel, se segue todas as suas paixões, o Fim chega eventualmente e ele é SEMPRE feio.
(Com apenas uma exceção - um tipo de surpresa que Torres reserva para o final...)...more
This is Martin´s most literary novel in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, and the least loved by fans (apparently). After the intrigues of A Game oThis is Martin´s most literary novel in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, and the least loved by fans (apparently). After the intrigues of A Game of Thrones and the war, gore and horrors of A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords, Martin slows down the tempo and focuses the story on characters that have been, until then, Supporting Cast. He can finally take some time to flesh out the complex fantasy world he has created.
The pace is reflective, the chapters lacking the cliffhangers so expertly used in previous books. Martin takes more time to describe the world the characters inhabit - a world torn apart by war, picked over by crows, left to take its bearings during a short interlude. Not having to worry about protagonists, antagonists and obstacles, Martin can bring forward some beautiful and evocative passages that add pathos to the drama.
As readers we crave to know more about Tyrion, Jon Snow and Daenerys, the apparent heroes, but all we get are rumours and gossip from innkeepers, sailors and soldiers. Action is elsewhere, like Greek tragedy. Because we know Martin well by now, though, we can´t trust everything we read......more
They say "write what you know." So physician Abraham Verghese, born in Ethiopia from Indian parents, chose for his first novel a narrator born in EthiThey say "write what you know." So physician Abraham Verghese, born in Ethiopia from Indian parents, chose for his first novel a narrator born in Ethiopia that was raised by Indian parents and who eventually becomes a surgeon.
Cutting for Stone is an epic soap opera worthy of Sidney Sheldon's best. A nun traveling by ship from India to Ethiopia saves the life of a British doctor onboard. They later become colleagues in an Addis Ababa hospital, Missing, and silently fall in love with each other. The outcome is tragic - the nun gives birth to twins, Marion and Shiva, and dies in the process. The father, Dr Thomas Stone, is overcome with grief and abandons the babies to a pair of Indian doctors - Hema and Ghosh - to raise.
The twin boys grow under the shadows of Missing and experience some of Ethiopia's historical changes. Marion, the virginal and unremarkable twin, is the narrator. He's not as clever and seductive as his brother Shiva (who steals the girl he loves from under his nose), nor is he his adoptive mother's favourite. Fate eventually exiles him from Ethiopia, to a life in a poor hospital in New York where all doctors are foreigners, all patients are on Medicare and all corpses can expect to be organ harvested for rich Americans.
You can really see Ethiopia and its people in Verghese's novel and it is one of its few pleasures, alongside the look at the unfair healthcare system in America. But the plot - full of sentimental coincidences and love making worthy of a Bad Sex in Fiction Award - leaves a lot to be desired. Marion is an unlikeable narrator, but I don't think that was Verghese's intention. The writing only comes alive with the scenes of hospital proceedures, and although these come along quite often they are not enough to hold this long novel together....more
I recently stumbled upon this novel in Wattpad, where it's available for free as a novella. I was drawn to it because it was a finalist for the LambdaI recently stumbled upon this novel in Wattpad, where it's available for free as a novella. I was drawn to it because it was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, an award that celebrates "the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year".
Troglodyte Rose is a sci-fi that feels like a mesh between Mad Max and Tank Girl. It's written in short, psychedelic sentences, mostly through the eyes of a young woman, Rose, who lives in an apocalyptic underworld with her lover Flid, an intersex (hermaphrodite) referred to in the text with the gender-neutral pronoun "per" (borrowed from Margaret Piercy's "Woman on the Edge of Time".)
Rose and Flid are addicted to a drug that blurs reality and fantasy, and their lives are centred on stealing this drug while also dreaming of one day escaping to the overground. They nonchalantly save four princesses from a nearby world early on and the princesses join them in their robberies. Like most dystopias, this one has its monsters that keep the population in check: the Justicars hunt down anyone perceived to have committed a crime and are terrifying creatures nearly impossible to destroy. Soon, one of them is after Rose, Flid and the princesses.
This was an enjoyable, punchy read that left me wanting more. Some of its zest reminded me of Poppy Z. Brite's early novels. I look forward to whatever Adam Lowe comes up with next....more
I gave The Cuckoo's Calling to my boyfriend as a birthday gift. I kept quiet about who was really behind the pseudonym Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)I gave The Cuckoo's Calling to my boyfriend as a birthday gift. I kept quiet about who was really behind the pseudonym Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) as I knew he wouldn't be aware of this fact: I was curious to see what he'd think of the novel.
Halfway through the book he turned to me and said: "it's strange but it feels like this novel was written by a woman." Why? I asked. "The way the main character, Cormoran Strike, describes his secretary doesn't sound like the way a man would think."
Because I knew J.K. Rowling had written it, I couldn't think of anything else but "Why did she write this?" as I read on. Why did she bother? Why did she choose such a simple style, such a middle-of-the-road approach? The novel brings absolutely nothing new to the crime genre. It reminded of something ITV would come up with, like Midsomer Murders - and in fact some plot points don't get resolved and are clearly meant to be developed over various books.
The characters felt very paper-thin and stereotypical (with perhaps the exception of Cormoran Strike himself) and the uncovering of celebrity life in London after the suspicious death of a supermodel was more superficial than a Heat magazine article. Most disappointing of all, the first remotely exciting plot development only happened on page 360!
This novel is more chick-lit than crime fic but only because J.K. Rowling chose for it to be so. But why? I ask myself again. Was she afraid of delving deeper into the crime genre? Afraid she'd be found out so she stuck with something easy to swallow, that would sit prettily by a cashier's desk at the supermarket and wouldn't reflect badly on her?
The end was somewhat satisfying and neatly concluded the main mystery - almost as if Agatha Christie had been channeled for the task (I was reminded of how Christie started her novels by writing the end first and I get the suspicion that's what Rowling did here.) I hope though that she takes some risks in the next books in the series....more