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Dom Casmurro é a alcunha de Bento Santiago, que, velho e só, desvela as suas memórias. Uma promessa da mãe, traça-lhe o destino como padre, mas Bento Santiago apaixonado, abandona o seminário. Estuda Direito e casa-se com o seu grande amor, mas o ciúme e a desconfiança adensam-se. Suspeita que não é o pai biológico do filho do casal, Ezequiel, mas sim o seu grande amigo ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Luso-Brazilian Books (first published 1899)
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Jim Fonseca
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Translated from the Portuguese (Brazilian) the title means ‘Lord Curmudgeon’ or maybe “Sir Grumpy,’ a name his buddies gave him in his old age. He liked the nickname. The introduction tells us that at the time the author was writing the word also meant obstinate, stubborn or wrong-headed.


The main theme is about a man who has a wonderful marriage, a child and a great friendship with another couple, a man who had been his best friend all his life. He often has bouts of jealously about his
J.L.   Sutton
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is most intriguing about Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro is the way the narrator invites you into his world and the intimate parts of his life, the episodes that he has judged formed who he was later to become. Even as he is relating some of his struggles growing up or providing background on important family members, the tone is one of quiet acceptance, philosophical detachment and even humor. When the reader gets to the last 40 or 50 pages, and realizes everything up to that point has ...more
I read Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro so many years back that if it was not for its splendor I might have forgotten it, but a brief revist was enough to remind me why I fell perilously in love with it. One of Brazil's literature masterpieces without doubt.

Love, jealousy and betrayal are the central themes of Dom Casmurro. If it reminds you of Othello or Madame Bovary, you are not too far off the mark. But, at the same time, it could not be more different. The novel is a memoir told in the
Ahmad Sharabiani
Dom Casmurro (Realistic trilogy #3), Machado de Assis

Dom Casmurro is an 1899 novel written by Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis. Like The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas and Quincas Borba, both by Machado de Assis, it is widely regarded as a masterpiece of realist literature.

It is written as a fictional memoir by a distrusting, jealous husband, the narrator, however, is not a reliable conveyor of the story as it is a dark comedy. Dom Casmurro is considered by critic Afranio
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh, Google you have failed me. I wanted to find a nice list of books written in 1900, or at least in 1899. I failed though.

In 1899 though Nabokov, Hemingway and EB White were all born.

Henry James was somewhere between Turn of the Screw and Wings of the Dove in these years. Mark Twain was still kicking around. The Way of All Flesh was about this time, so was The Awakening by Chopin... I was hoping this list would sound better. But this list will do.

Nothing against any of these authors or their
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Why you should read this novel?
Reasons are not listed in order of importance.

1. This novel is written by Señor Machado de Assis, one of the most-loved Brazilian writers (I can understand why!).

2. The narrator is unreliable, and we as readers know how interesting they could be. Saying Bentinho is interesting would be an understatement.

3. Each chapter starts with a cool title. To name a few: "Idea without legs and idea without arms", "Shake your head, reader", "In which is explained the
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
I do not know how to review this novel. Reading it was like watching a great chess master play, or like when he shows you a great game he has played. Move by move, you watch, mesmerized. Narrated in the first person, he even teases you every now and then: go here and see this beauty; go back several moves, recall the logic of what has happened; no, could this be really the meaning of what went before? But this is not a mystery novel. There is no crime to solve. Or maybe there is, but one can't ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dom Casmurro was at first striking to me for its unique setting: Brazil in the mid-19th Century, a place which seems at once familiar and exotic. A place where slavery has not yet been abolished; deeply Catholic, yet modern and European in its sensibilities.

The synopses of this novel tend to focus on the theme of jealousy, but this is not the whole story. For me, the novel is a study of human failings, of our tendency towards self-destruction; the ways in which we are slaves to our nature. There
Dom Casmurro is about a lifelong love affair in which one person betrays the other; the mystery is who has done the betraying. The narrator doubles back on himself, loses track of his thoughts, lies both to us and to himself, and generally mucks everything up in a series of short,sharp chapters with titles like "Let us proceed to the chapter" and "Let us enter the chapter." Machado de Assis is apparently Brazil's best-loved author and an antecedent of the magical realist style, and I'd never ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
My arms and my hands were practically shaking yesterday while I was in the last 50 pages of this book. One of those novels with perfect denouement. I immediately sent a text message to my brother (who gave this 5 stars) and our friend (who wants to borrow this book so I had to squeeze this in to my already tight queue of to-be-read books) telling them how beautiful this book was. I am glad I forced myself to read this now. I also told them that I was planning to dislike this book to avenge ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I adored this novel.

First published in 1900, and set in Rio de Janeiro during the latter-half of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Bento Santiago, otherwise known by his pseudonym of 'Dom Casmurro.' From the outset that pseudonym reveals a lot about our narrator, and the melancholic and suspicious nature which fuels much of his story.

Love ranks highly in this novel, surpassed only by the jealousy which often goes with it, and here Machado appears as a master of the
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Remember those days when growing up in a Catholic household the mother always wanted the male child to enter into Seminary School so they could become a priest? After all, mothers know best. And maybe win some celestial favour.

Our stubborn young Bentinho has his path made clear thanks to mom. But like every great story, why not add in a love interest, Capitu. Talk about a monkey wrench. Temptation is too great; temptation is a sin as well. Add in SenhorJosé Dias, Tío Cosme and prima Justina for
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cuckold: A man whose wife has committed adultery, often regarded as an object of scorn.

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;
But, O! what damned minutes tells he o’er
Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet soundly loves!
- Othello, Act III Scene iii, lines 91-196

When tears come down like fallin' rain
You'll toss around and call my name
You'll walk the floor the
There might be some exaggeration in this; but that's the way with human discourse, a mixture of the overblown and the undersized, which make up for each other, and in the end level out.
It's fitting that a review of a book whose overarching theme is of fickle memory must also do battle with that particularly slippery titan of an abstract concept. On the one hand, who knows how long it would have taken me to come across this work had the splendorifous skull of Epitaph of a Small Winner, or
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HEADLINE: Did Escobar and Capitu commit adultery or not? (Answer at the end of this review.)

Dom Casmurro is a startling book. How can a book published in 1899 seem so contemporary in style and content? I still ponder this. One requires only a bit of scene setting in the Brazil of the 19th Century from some other source in order to get in the swing of this novel very quickly. John Gledson's Foreword to the Library of Latin America's edition does just that. He is also the translator.

This is a
I took 1/2 star off my rating for this Kindle edition due to formatting problems (such as it not keeping words intact - for example, the word not might have the no at the end of a line and the t at the beginning of the next line!) & there were some strange translation choices as well. I was glad to be able to get this Brazilian classic (in English) for free from but had to chuckle at times to the blatant tourism propaganda in some of the notes included. For example, ...more
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I made the proofing of this book for Free Literature and it will be published by Project Gutenberg.

Original files are provided by Biblioteca Nacional
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this in the original language, Portuguese, and had some trouble as I am "a beginner in Portuguese", but it was well worth the trouble, I think. A true Brazilian classic.
Anita Pomerantz
Dom Casmurro is unusually modern storytelling for a book written at the end of the 1800's. You would never guess. It is written as a fictional memoir narrated by one character, Bentinho. Bentinho's mother promised to God that Bentinho would go to the seminary and become a priest, but he falls in love with the next door neighbor's daughter and is unwilling to fulfill his destiny as conceived by his mother.

The story is related in very, very short chapters, which I liked. In addition, Bentinho
Mary Soderstrom
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Don't know whether I would have read this book had I not taken a Portuguese course as part of my continuing work on Portugal and the continuing influence of the Portuguese around the world. But this classic novel by a 19th century autodidact and grandson of a slave was required reading.

What a delight! The narrator is an old and crotchety member of the elite of Rio da Janeiro in the 1860s to 1880s. He expects us to take at face value his tale--of how he had been promised to the priesthood at
Picking this up was one of those situations where I was looking for something off my personal stacks to take with me on an international trip, something slow and engrossing, to help me relax at night before turning out the light. I chose Dom Casmurro because so many of my friends (whom I trust) have rated it so highly. Not only do I agree with most of them, I read this rather quickly during my trip - as in, most of it before I even got to Ireland, so I was able to leave this behind for the ...more
Read to the tune of "Your Cheating Heart" on Youtube.

DOM CASMURRO ambles out of the gate as a 19th-century, Brazilian coming-of-age story (I'd say it in Portuguese but my polyglot is rusty). Leisurely (thus, "ambles") in the beginning and middle, its chief interest is the tone and style. Sure, it's a translation, but a translator can't even pull this off. Machado de Assis is (cliche alert!) a man before his time if ever there was one. Short chapters. Pithy asides. Ironic humor. Frank admissions.
Ben Loory
the guy's such a smooth and smart and fun and amazingly modern writer for a 19th century guy, i feel bad about giving this book 2 stars after loving Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas so much, but really... i just didn't care. the metaphysical comedy of epitaph of a small winner was gone, along with the postmodernist approach, and all that was left was a story about a kid who loves a girl but is destined by his mom to be a priest. i mean, really... who gives a shit? again, not to say it was bad... ...more
Jeff Jackson
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Either a story of tragic betrayal or a horrorshow of self-delusion. Although it was written almost 150 years ago, the style, tone, and structure of "Dom Casmurro" feel fresher than 98% of the so-called literary novels produced today. Machado has been compared to both Laurence Sterne and Samuel Beckett, but he's singular so far as I can tell. Written in extremely short chapters, this novel is teeming with sly ironies, unexpected digressions, and unspoken ambiguities - radically deconstructing its ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the intro, I gather that this is a classic of Brazilian literature. Despite being published in 1899, I was shocked by how modern a feel it had. The narrator recalls his first love, the next door neighbor he grew up with. By addressing the reader directly, the author casually discusses seemingly tangential topics which both deepen our understanding of the narrator’s psychie and gives this tale of love and betrayal the subtle feel of a larger commentary on society.
Bob Newman
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jealousy or "just Bento out of shape"

European students of literature usually concentrate on writers from their own continent, with occasional nods across the Atlantic to North America. Americans have a somewhat more respectful attitude to Europe, but that's all. Neither take the rest of the world all that seriously and that's a big mistake. Among the national literatures most consistently ignored, none has more to offer than Brazil's. Four writers stand out to my mind----J.M. Machado de Assis,
Bruno Lima
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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As a brazilian student, I hear A LOT about Machado de Assis, but more than a century seperates his work from my time, so this can be a little disencouraging. But as I'm trying to do new and different readings, I checked it out, and let me just say I couldn't be happier about this decision.

Dom Casmurro is settled on Rio de Janeiro in the 1800's, but it's main theme is timeless: jealousy. Machado gives a purpose, a feeling and intensity to every single character, in a way that you can believe
Missy J
I think I made a mistake when I decided to read this book in German. I tried to order the English version of Dom Casmurro from my local library, but they seemed to have lost that copy. So I settled with the German version I had at home. I wanted to read a book by a Brazilian author other than Paulo Coelho.

Even though the book has 148 chapters, most are short. Yet the melodramatic tone stretched the story for far too long, I was getting very tired. Dom Casmurro is often described as a love story
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dom Casmurro is looking back on his life, trying to tie the beginning and ending together, so he starts writing his memoirs. He states that he has a terrible memory, yet he persists. The memoirs start at age 15 when he begins to realize that he has fallen in love with the next-door-neighbor girl, Capitu. At age 15, Dom Casmurro's name is Bento Santiago. A family retainer Jose Dias, very influential with Bento's mother Gloria, puts seemingly innocent ideas into Bento's head, that have lasting ...more
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Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, often known as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho, (June 21, 1839, Rio de Janeiro—September 29, 1908, Rio de Janeiro) was a Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright and short story writer. He is widely regarded as the most important writer of Brazilian literature. However, he did not gain widespread popularity outside Brazil in his own lifetime.
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“Lovers' language, give me an exact and poetic comparison to say what those eyes of Capitu were like. No image comes to mind that doesn't offend against the rules of good style, to say what they were and what they did to me. Undertow eyes? Why not? Undertow. That's the notion that the new expression put in my head. They held some kind of mysterious, active fluid, a force that dragged one in, like the undertow of a wave retreating from the shore on stormy days. So as not to be dragged in, I held onto anything around them, her ears, her arms, her hair spread about her shoulders; but as soon as I returned to the pupils of her eyes again, the wave emerging from them grew towards me, deep and dark, threatening to envelop me, draw me in and swallow me up.” 30 likes
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