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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  520 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Minha intenção, minha única intenção, acreditem!, é apenas restabelecer a verdade. A verdade completa, de tal maneira que nenhuma dúvida persista em torno do comandante Vasco Moscoso de Aragão e de suas extraordinárias aventuras.
A verdade está no fundo de um poço, li certa vez, não me lembro mais se num livro ou num artigo de jornal. Em todo caso, em letra de fôrma, e como
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 28th 1988 by Avon Books (first published 1961)
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Jim Fonseca
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amado was a Grand Old Man of Brazilian literature (1912-2001) perhaps best known for Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands and Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado l Summary & Study Guide. Sailor is more like another work I’ve reviewed, Shepherds of the Night.

In Sailor, we are in a coastal retirement community in Brazil. Into the community comes a new resident, a retired sea Captain who has a thrilling story for every round of drinks. And the Captain is always the hero. Everyone in this town h
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brazil
It was not only chance that caused the publication of two short novels in the same book, The Death and Death of Quincas Berro D'Agua and the story The Complete Truth on the Discussed Adventures of Commander Vasco Moscoso de Aragão Captain of Long Course. They are texts that maintain an individual connection between them because in both, the background is the sea and the characters of the two novels refuse to dull daily life, universal and ruled. Both reject boredom, work routine, family, etc. Th ...more
Jackson Burnett
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Where is the truth, please tell me -- in the tiny reality of each of us, or in the immense human dream?

Jorge Amado is a Brazilian Steinbeck, and Home is the Sailor is his Cannery Row.

Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragao regales his suburbanite neighbors with tales of his adventures on the high seas and in exotic ports of call around the world. The white-haired captain is certainly a master mariner. Or, is he?

This novel is presented here as an amateur historian's narrative of events that occurred over
020911: first book by amado since reading that twayne lit crit, more awareness of comic, satiric writing. i liked it, but was not too surprised how the narrator interrupts, the characters choose sides, the story works out. i guess i was waiting for it, ready for it, so missed that moment of surprise, though there is mounting tension about how exactly it will come to reward our sympathetic character. does a comic tale that ends happily have less resonance than a tragedy? well it was pleasant- and ...more

As has become routine for me with Amado's novels, it seemed to take forever to get my reading up to speed in Home Is the Sailor. As in every earlier novel of his though, I came to the end feeling I had been told an informative and entertaining tale.

The eponymous sailor, Vasco Moscosco de Aragao, had never sailed a ship in all of his 60 years. He was the son of a Brazilian businessman and raised by his grandfather in the city, caring nothing for business or hard work. Wealthy and gregarious, he m
Mayta Quix
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, well, well a very interesting dig on the writing of history, written in a very tongue in cheek fashion in the words of a narattor who on account of his words were trying to write an amateurish historical study of the Captain - the protagonist - to submit for the contention of a prize.

Amado's construction of this book is basically founded on two pararrel narratives, the narrator and the Captain, each with his own live events, finally converging into some aposteriori conclusions. All throug
Loved it, enjoyed it, totally engrossed. It seems stupid (even to me) to have a bookshelf labelled "Latin American" but the reason I do so is b/c 11 yrs ago I organized a Latin American Festival at Chatham College that stimulated me to read a shitload of Latin American novels - so I tend to lump them all together: not w/ any sortof nationalizing intentions but more geographic/lingual/whatever. Anyway, it never ceases to amaze me how many great Latin American novelists there are. This is the 1st ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: society, brazil, nautical
The original Portuguese title translates as "The Old Seamen or the Seafaring Captain". I read this book in Romanian translation, which more or less kept to the original title and names.

Comandante Vasco retires after a life as a ship captain, and settles down in Periperi, a small coastal town. Soon he becomes something of a local hero, enchanting the people with his adventures on the high seas, and his collection of navigation instruments. However, Chico Pacheco, an elderly local, suspects that C
Gustavo Vazquez
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At some point I was certain I would give a 2-star rating to this book, but alas, the ending is so beautiful and touching, my rating jumped to 4 stars.

This books has Amado´s usual problems - and I have read 11 books by him - misogynysm, manicheism, whores are incredible people, rich people are evil, priests are a bore, men who like whores are great, house wives are devils etc - anyway, the main character and the story as a whole tells us more than the usual socialist talk. It deals witht dreams v
Stu Kemp
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Jorge Amado was (he died a few years ago) probably the most famous modern Brazilian novelist and one of my favourite storytellers. His novels are generally set in and around Ilheus, capital of the state of Bahia, and the place where Amado was born.
This book - which I just read for the first time - was thoroughly enjoyable as I knew it would be. The theme of the story seems to be the definition of truth or the accountability of deceit or something like that; maybe it's just a story about an impos
Fabián Pérez
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I strongly disagree with the view that states that Capt. Aragao is an impostor. What grounds do they have for such a veredict? Both sides of the story are told. And the reader is left to judge. Any of both suggestions could be true. The truth lies were? In any case, Vasco is a lovely character. And in any circumstance all sailors will love him. It is a book that any good sailor will always remember fondly.
Ray Pierson
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great story, but far from being one of Amado's best works. ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A wonderful comedy with heartstring-pulling moments, it also has a nearly perfect structure. I found each of the three acts so complete and satisfying.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Humorous, a little sad, a good look at values and virtues, with the normal cast of Amado characters thrown in to illustrate the complexities....
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tell me mr amado. What matters more? The story or the truth?!
Captain ... u filled my mind with dreams.
Thank you.
Moushine Zahr
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the author's second novel I read. The first novel read is Captains of the Sands, which I loved reading much more than this one. This novel is also a good novel, a good history fiction novel, but I just wasn't attached and/or connected neither to the central character, nor to the narrator, and nor to any other characters. The novel is very well written and the characters are well developped.

The story is told through a narrator, a witness of part of the story, an amateur Historian, who dec
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The vivid tales of a young Bahia sailor, Guma, and his relationships from and around the sea that he adores and follows. Rich in texture and complexity, yet the narrative flows. This Amado story lures you in and swallows you from the surface to the belly of the water where men of the sea, those worthy of her recognition, are led to rest by Brazil's goddess of the ocean - Lemanjá. As nights turns to dawn, and races along the rocks lead to illegal smuggling and ultimately death, folklore and dream ...more
John Benson
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I have not read any of Jorge Amado's novels since I left Colombia in the late 1980s. At that time, I enjoyed how he brought out life in northeastern Brazil well with interesting characters, story lines, and great humor. This novel is about a man who relates stories about all the places he has traveled as a sea captain. He is later found out by someone in the community to be a fraud, but redeems himself as he is asked to captain a ship along the Brazilian coast. It is not his strongest novel, but ...more
Another of my burgeoning collection of his novels--this is the third one I've read and I found them all wonderful. They are great stories, all, so far, set in and around Bahia, in Brazil.

This is the story of a captain who moved to a suburb, where no-one know he had purchased his title, and how he was welcomed and became the most popular citizen, and what happened when he was drafted to take the place of a captain who'd died. And its also about--theme-wise--the nature of truth and dreams and, I t
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the voice of this author and am planning to read more of his novels. I admit that I was turning against him as the story progressed and then he won my heart back at the end of this very humorous, tongue-in-cheek look at humanity and all of its foibles.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-extra
The captain arrives in a quiet seaside community, mostly made up of retired professionals and officials, with a collection of nautical memorabilia and exciting tales of seafaring adventures. His stories, his grog and his friendly nature soon make him a celebrity, which not everyone is happy about. The first part of the book is made up of the captain's story in the town, while the second is an alternative account of him as a wealthy and equally friendly and generous young man in the city, but not ...more
Alec Rill
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasure!
Fred Thompson
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Maybe not Amado's best, but that's still pretty good. ...more
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is outside the scope of what I usually read. Translated from the Portuguese it is the narrative of man who arrives in a small town in the guise of a master mariner. He captures the imagination of the population and much follows. But while the plot is fine, it isn't really what is most striking to me. The form of narration is really quite wonderful. The narrator is another man who lives in the town. He is telling us the story and interjecting episodes from his own life. The writing is lovely ...more
Sep 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Home is the Sailor by Jorge Amado (1979)
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
The same translator as Doña Flor but this book was nowhere as good unfortunately. I now doubt I will read the Gabriella Cinnamn and Clove.................
Zsuzsanna Olach
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
found it good, liked the atmosphere
Dan Higgins
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a sweetly humorous tale. I enjoyed the telling of the story, but I did not really connect to the characters. It did make me laugh and that is a good thing.
Pablo Tovar B
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book, whit a awesome humor.
Susan C Lance
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Translation- Spanish Literature. Moves slow. Great Ending
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Jorge Amado de Faria was a Brazilian writer of the Modernist school. He was the best-known of modern Brazilian writers, his extensive work having been translated into some 30 languages and popularized in film, notably Dona Flor and her Two Husbands, (in Portuguese, Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos) in 1978. His work dealt largely with the poor urban black and mulatto communities of Bahia.


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