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Şeker Portakalı

(Zeze #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  25,962 ratings  ·  2,282 reviews
Brezilyalı ünlü yazar José Mauro de Vasconcelos, 1920'de Rio de Janeiro yakınlarında, Bangu'da doğdu. Çok yoksul olan ailesi, onu Natal kasabasındaki amcasının yanına yolladı. Orada dokuz yaşındayken Potengi Irmağında yüzmeyi öğrendi ve hep günün birinde yüzme şampiyonu olmanın hayâlini kurdu. Liseyi Natal'de bitirdikten sonra iki yıl tıp öğrenimi gördü. Öğrenimini yarıda ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published 1998 by Can Yayınları (first published 1968)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
O meu pe de laranja lima = My Sweet Orange Tree, José Mauro de Vasconcelos
My Sweet Orange Tree (Portuguese: Meu Pé de Laranja Lima), is a novel by José Mauro de Vasconcelos. The book was first published in 1968 and it was used for literature classes for elementary schools in Brazil. Also, it has been translated and published in US and Europe. The novel is part of a tetralogy written by Vasconcelos and centered on different stages in the life of the protagonist, Zeze, and by extension,
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Rosana
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first “real” book I remember reading – I also remember crying while I read it. I actually gasped when I came across this title while browsing here on goodreads. Zeze, the five-year-old street wise shoe shiner and his imaginary friend – the orange tree – are as part of me as Harry Potter will one day be part of my children. Zeze though is not fighting with the forces of evil in an imaginary world. His struggles are those of poverty and loneliness, so real to this day yet to children ...more
Andre
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book (out of two) to EVER make me cry, this one actually made me sob. I can relate to the main character and his little boy's view on the world, his fruitful imagination, and his endless creativity. I believe everyone can see themselves in him, in a way or another. The sad part -no spoiler- is his depression, his hopelessness, his apparently never-ending sadness, and how much tragedies can affect a little child's life when those closest to him are oblivious to what's happening. Teaches ...more
Sakinah

It is about Zeze a 5-year old kid and his family.
Zeze is a devilish kid in everyone’s eyes but in fact he has the purest heart.
He tells his orange tree his secrets and adventures and from them you get to know him very well.

It was so entertaining to see things from the boy’s perspective and the expressions he used to describe his life were so adorable.

I am super glad I picked it yesterday which was one of the most difficult days I have ever. It lightened my mood and warmed my heart.
The story was
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Ecmel Soylu
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah Zezé...
Mahshid
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A touching book that simply reminds you what it means to be human.
Amo0n2000
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sweet, great novel
with purest kid even if he sometimes misbehave ,This novel Brings you back to the memories of the past, how we were troubled children, it's that kind of novel who change your mood to a peaceful while reading it
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Sevim Dogan Ozkan
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I cannot find this book in English. What's wrong with these people?
Rosemarie
This a heartwarming-and heartbreaking-little book.
Oracha
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This's such a nice book to read. I remember i've read it 3 times, i read it 10yrs ago. I cried everytime when i read it, never read anybook and made me cried alot before. Have recommended to friends and they felt the same way. Made you think of ur kid's life. Some might had their experiences same like this boy.
It's one of my favorite book. You should read it.
Jupiter Wright
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emotional
This book made me sob for days. Really. I would stop at one point, cry my heart out for a whole night, and read on the next day. What's worse, it's actually an autobiography, so you know it really happened.

It's a pity very few English-speaking people will be exposed to this magical book.
Ahsen
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My poor little Zeze. I love you more and more each time.
Sooyoun
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was 6 grade in South Korea. I was in school and class begun but I couldn’t stop reading this book so i hide on top of my text book so I could keep reading.

I know that’s bad but I couldn’t stop...
And at the end i just start crying...

Imagine quite class room, all the sudden one girl start crying for no reason, that’s funny now my husband is a teacher.

This is a love letter to all the children and world to me.
Even now, as a adult when I have bad day looked at the ground and
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Virgilio
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully executed narrative. The reader is transported to a world seen by the eyes of a poor but full with life child. It really brought me to shed a tear. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in captivating stories.
Sunsethours
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll always remember this book as the only one that made me shed a tear. Lovely, touching story.
Mısra Ergin
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the first book I have read probably. It means so much to me.
Natalia
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I'm in tears, can't imagine there is so touching and beautiful and sorrowful story and I have no words, I can't find anything to explain my feelings, I feel empty and without big part of my heart.
Nourhan Elkafrawy
a lot of tears. ...more
Alexandra Pedro
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É o primeiro livro que leio em 2017 e sei que não me vou esquecer dele.
De início foi complicado para mim me adaptar à escrita, visto estar a ler em Português do Brasil e a minha língua materna ser Português de Portugal. No entanto, recomendo quem conseguir ler no original a fazê-lo. Mesmo sem nunca ter estado no Brasil, este livro tem uma vibe brasileira que me fez ler tudo com a entoação que ao Brasil associo.
Adorei, através de uma personagem (view spoiler), perceber
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Esra Nur Yıldız
İt was like a daydream that made me travel and visit my little sweet grey and black childhood. İt is like i had a Portuga who made me find my real orange tree , but when i grew up i lost all the realities and i lost my nature among the skyscrapers...
Catarina Miranda
Although I had some trouble on reading this book, because the way this book is written is not exactly the way I talk, it totally deserves a 5 out 5 stars!
The story told by this author is just so real... and so painful... it hurts! And what hurts even more is that... all of this... actually happened! THIS IS A LIFE STORY!
I don't know what to think about this kid... just... poor kid! He suffered so much... so freaking much... and he was only 6 years old!! Not even 6... he was 5!
This book made me
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Joao
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give it 4.5 because it was one of the best books I've read this year.

In this book we are given a boy to watch and this is an innocent boy who understands too much of the grown-up world because of its poverty. And the reader gets so emotionally attached to him because despite all the poverty and all the beating he receives from a family who really doesn't let him be a child he can always find some joy in his life, wether it's imaginary or real. The problem is that ultimately everything that
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Lothiriel
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it for the first time at age 10, and cried a lot over it.
I've re read it several times since then. I think it was shocking the first time to read about something so unusual (at the time) as an abusive and poor family. Sadly, this as you get older you harden yourself by hearing about violent situations daily, so its not as eye opening.
I wonder what a 10 year old would think reading this book nowadays... would they be as shocked as I was, seeing as they are exposed to violent news a lot
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Gluhpy Memee
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults/kids
Shelves: miscellaneous
I've read this so many times since I was about 10 years old. And everytime I read, I always cried for it. It's about a boy who believed that there was no one loving him. But when he found one, Portuka, that man then passed away. So many verses in this book is so touching. I can't give eaxples here cause I only read it in Thai. In Thailand we rate this book as books for children. IMO, this book is not only for children. I encourage grownup to read this, so they will understand the kid's world, ...more
Lenore
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bittersweet book that reminds me of a childhood long gone. Simply beautiful.
Lavinia
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fiction
Not as impressed as I expected myself to be. Interesting opinions about love, hate, religion, good and evil, but hard to believe they belong to a 5 year old kid.

I semi-hated the translation.
Eli
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is that I cried with each line.
Jackie Law
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Sweet Orange Tree, by José Mauro de Vasconcelos (translated by Alison Entrekin), is an autobiographical novel set in Rio de Janeiro. It introduces the reader to five year old Zeze, a precocious and mischievous child who lives much of his life in his imagination. Zeze is the second youngest of seven surviving siblings. Their father is out of work so their mother must put in long hours at a factory to keep the family afloat. There are many others living in poverty in the city but Zeze still ...more
Marie
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, brazil, realism
Read a bunch of reviews here, and you'll get how this is the saddest, most memorable book ever. I mean, it's sad, but I disagree with other people pertaining the value of it. A book can't be rated on its tearjerker-o-metre quality. If that were the case, probably John Green is the greatest author to have walked on Earth. I can't believe this book was candidly offered in schools.

The story follows Zezé, a very poor North Brazilian kid and his family. Having the dynamics of poor people in fiction,
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Camila Albergaria
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read it when I was very young and it completely changed my perspective over the world. I remember how it touched my heart and made me wake up to the real world. So far I've reread it a few times and I never get sick of it (and I still cry every time!)
In conclusion, I love this book deeply and I recommend it to everyone.
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José Mauro was born in Rio de Janeiro on February 26 of 1920. His family was very poor, and when he was still very young, he migrated to Natal where relatives took care of him. Entering the Medical Faculty, José abandoned the course of studies in his second year and returned to Rio de Janeiro.[citation needed] There he worked as a boxing instructor and even as a painter's model.

José iniciated his
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