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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
Luís C.
Home is the Sailor

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 novel The Complete Truth on the Discussed Adventures of Commander Vasco Moscoso de Aragão Captain of Long Course. They are texts that maintain a certain connection between them, because in both, the background is the sea and the characters of the two novels refuse to dull daily life, common and ruled. Both reject boredom, work routine,
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
Nada khalled

عودة البحار والحاجة لتجميل الحياة بالكذب.

افتتح مترجم الرواية ممدوح عدوان، الرواية بتلك العبارة، وهي أكثر عبارة بإمكانها تلخيص أحداث الرواية، في البداية لقد قرأتها على مدار عشرين يومًا، بسبب ظروف شغلتني كثيرًا عن الرواية العبقرية "عودة البحار" عالم أمادو عالم خاطف، وأُسلوبه ساحر جدًا. كان روتيني اليومي، كل صباح أن أمسك بعودة البحار، أقرأ ما يسمح لي به الوقت الفارغ، إلى جوار كوب الحليب الدافئ، والفطور الخفيف.

يتساءل أمادو في نهاية روايته: "هل يستطيع قرائي الآن، بثقافتهم وخبرتهم، أن يقولوا لي ما
Ένα εύθυμο και καλογραμμένο μυθιστόρημα. Η αφήγηση είναι ζωντανή και τόσο ο μυθομανής καπετάνιος Βάσκο Μοσκόζο (ευκατάστατος μπον βιβέρ που απέκτησε το τίτλο του πλοιάρχου γιατί επιθυμούσε έναν τίτλο πριν το όνομά του) όσο και ο ανώνυμος αφηγητής (δημόσιος υπάλληλος σε "αναρρωτική" άδεια που γράφει το βιβλίο με όνειρο να κερδίσει έναν διαγωνισμό ιστοριογραφίας) κερδίζουν τον αναγνώστη

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
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
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
إن أي نقد لرواية البرازيلي جورج أمادو الموسومة ب(عودة البحار)، يمكن تلخيصه في عبارة غزل عليها أمادو روايته، "الحقيقة مرمية في قاع بئر"، فمن حيث تبدأ الرواية بالراوي وهو يشرح معنى هذه العبارة، تنتهي وهو يتحدى القارئ والمثقف والإنسان بكل طبقاته الاجتماعية والتعليمية وخبراته الحياتية، بمعرفة معنى الحقيقة أو تكوينه لمفهوم واضح لها، لا يتوقف جورج أمادو عند هذه الفكرة الفلسفية لكنه يسبر أغوارها، عبر أحداث عنيفة تعج بها الرواية كواقع البحر الذي كان ملهماً لأحداث الكثير منها.

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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
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-s-2
Ευχάριστη γραφή,πιπερατη,θαλασσινη,μα κάπου με κούρασε με όλα αυτά ....
Cicero Nogueira
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Петър Панчев
Необикновените истории на моряците
Цялото ревю тук:

Жоржи Амаду отдавна си е спечелил име в България. С негова помощ бразилската литература си намира много почитатели по света. Успях преди доста години да прочета две от неговите горещи и изключително забавни книги.

„Старите моряци“ съдържа две истории от родния щат на Амаду - Баия. Първата е наречена „Двойната смърт на Кинкас Беро Дагуа“ - странна история за приключенията на възрастен моряк, простил се със
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brazil, society, 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
Fernando Endara
“¿Está la verdad en eso que sucede todos los días, en los acontecimientos cotidianos, en la mezquindad y chatez de la vida de la inmensa mayoría de hombres, o reside la verdad en el sueño que nos es dado para huir de nuestra triste condición? Jorge Amado.

La verdad aparece desnuda en el fondo de un pozo, pero la verdad incuestionable es una falacia; que es vivir, sino mentir, soñar y recordar. Al menos la verdad aparece desnuda, con lo que, indescifrada, brinda sus placeres a neófitos y
Книгите на Амаду ми носят очарованието и вълнението на свят, който е прекалено вълшебен, невероятен, различен и никога няма да ми се случи. Самият той е обяснил това чувство и аз нямам какво да добавя – разпознавам се съвсем точно:
„Колкото и улегнал да е един човек, колкото и скромен да е животът му, дълбоко в него има един пламък, понякога само една искрица, способна да се превърне в пожар, ако се представи такъв случай. И тя е, която ги кара да бягат от посредствеността, все едно дали в думите
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
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.
Alejandro Teruel
Divertida novela (vacilón, le dirían algunos) sobre un simpático, digno y envejecido mitómano marino. Contiene la picardía característica de Jorge Amado, a pesar de no ser una de sus novelas más logradas. Personalmente considero que, pongamos por caso, Tienda de Milagros toca un tema similar de manera más trascendente.
Nizar Mar
هل يجب ان نعيش حياتنا بصدق مع ذواتنا بوضعها البارد دون بطو لات خارقة او حب رهيب او مغامرة عاصفة ....انها اسىئلة يطرحها الكاتب مع وضع ثقله نحو الحياة العاصفة ولو كانت بعض رياحه كاذبة. ....من الممكن قراءة الرواية
روان طلال
أول قراءة لأمادو. عمل عبقري، وهذا التداخل بين القبطان فاسكو والشاعر المؤرخ جانيرو يقودك كقارئ لإجابة ممكنة عن سؤال أمادو -الذي كتب الرواية كمحاولة للرد عليه-: "كيف يسمو الإنسان على رحلته في الحياة؟ بالكيد والغش يوما بيوم؟ أم بالحلم المحلق الذي لا يعرف قيدا ولا حدودا؟". مدهشـة.
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....
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.
Ray Pierson
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great story, but far from being one of Amado's best works.
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
Paulo Teixeira
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
(PT) As aventuras do Capitão Vasco Moscoso de Aragão, que na etapa final da sua vida, veio para terra firme, na Bahia, para pensar nas suas aventuras em todos os lugares dos Sete Mares, para deleite de muitos e desconfiança de alguns. Um dia, a tripulação de um navio lhe pede para substituir o capitão que tinha morrido durante a viagem e ele, relutante, aceita a tarefa, amedrontado por algo do qual tem relutancia em explicar. Mas quando chega a Belém, o seu sexto sentido salva o navio de uma ...more
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 Amados 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
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
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
Khulud Ismael
Dec 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
إنما أقرأ لكي أتمتع ..لا لكي أتعذب
هذا ما خالفت نفسي به وأنا أجبر نفسي على الاستمرار بهذه الرواية
لا أدري ما السبب الرواية نفسها أم الترجمة فقد كانت سلسلة (الألف رواية)
على كل من أول صفحات طرت الى أخرها غير مقتنعة بما أفعل ولكنه الملل .
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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.

“Does truth lie in the everyday events, the daily incidents, in the pettiness and vulgarity most people’s lives are compounded of, or does the truth have its abode in the dream it is given us to dream to flee our sad human condition?” 3 likes
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