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The Crossing: A Story of East Timor

3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
East Timor hit the world’s newspaper headlines in August 1999 after its bloody, brave vote for independence from Indonesia—one of the great expressions of a people’s democratic spirit. Exquisitely crafted and evocative, Luis Cardoso’s personal history of his homeland takes as its central image a crossing—from child to adult, Portuguese to Timorese, tolerance to repression, ...more
Paperback, 155 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Granta UK (first published 1997)
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This book’s chief merit is that it is set in East Timor. If, like me, you are doing a world books challenge, or if you have a particular interest in that country, that is not inconsequential, because there are very few options. Unfortunately, there’s nothing about its content or style to recommend it.

Luis Cardoso grew up in East Timor under Portuguese rule, lived in various places around the country and attended various schools, until around the time the country became independent; he was off to
Lora Grigorova
Mar 02, 2014 Lora Grigorova rated it really liked it
The Crossing: A Story of East Timor:

All of this trivia aside, East Timor is a country of extremes and a country of transitions. Its search for a national identity is beautifully accounted for in Luís Cardoso’s The Crossing: A Story of East Timor. The destiny of the country is mirrored through the destiny of the little boy, who is forced to leave in exile from his home for a large part of his life. As Takas (his nickname) crosses from childhood to adulthoo
Sally Tarbox
Apr 05, 2015 Sally Tarbox rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
Read as part of my 'Read around the World' challenge: I found this short (150p) memoir about East Timor surprisingly difficult to follow in places. When the narrative opens, the country is still ruled by Portugal, "the mother country now turned wicked stepmother". Rival factions are rising up, some in favour of the Portugal connection, others wanting to ally with neighbouring Indonesia or become outright independent. Young people see a scholarship to study in Portugal as the way forward...
Francesca Forrest
Jan 19, 2013 Francesca Forrest rated it it was amazing
Shelves: research
I read this for a personal account of East Timor, and it not only gave me everything I could have hoped for (insight into old beliefs and traditions, a sense of East Timor under Portuguese rule, a sense of what it was like to be in Portugal while the Indonesian invasion and occupation were occurring and what expats got up to), but it was also just beautifully written, so full of feeling, so emotionally evocative, that I was left really moved by it. It's framed by memories and thoughts about his ...more
Isabel Maia
Olhando para a capa do livro, poderia-se dizer que este livro fala de uma travessia entre Timor e Lisboa ou vice-versa. No entanto, a resposta correcta é um "não só, mas também". Escrito num tom autobiográfico, Luis Cardoso relata a travessia de todo um povo por entre uma vida de sacrifícios e negligência por parte dos governantes durante a época do Estado Novo, bem como a travessia de vida do próprio Luis Cardoso. Uma constante travessia provocada quer por imposição familiar, quer, mais tarde, ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, own-it, east-timor
This is an informative book about the culture and history of East Timor, and also the author's personal story. It was hard to get into, perhaps because it was a little intense with so much packed into such a concise book. I might need a few more readings to fully appreciate it.
Jan 15, 2012 Ashlee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nice insight into the history and culture of Timor Leste but the writing was a bit too flowery for me.
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Luís Cardoso nasceu no Timor-Leste. Formou-se em silvicultura pelo Instituto Superior de Agronomia de Lisboa e fez pós-graduação em Direito e Política do Ambiente pela Universidade Lusófona. Foi representante do Conselho Nacional da Resistência Maubere em Lisboa. É autor de Crónica de uma travessia (1997), Olhos de coruja, olhos de gato bravo (2002) e A última morte do coronel Santiago (2003). Req ...more
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