A Illustre Casa de Ramires

Published: 1900
Language: Portugues
Wordcount: 112,767 / 373 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,810
Added to site: 2007.10.23
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elle desapparecera a *Patria*: e os moços zelosos que na Bibliotheca esquadrinhavam as Chronicas de Fernam Lopes e de Azurara, desamparados por aquelle Apostolo que os levantava, recahiram nos romances de Georges Ohnet e retomaram á noite o taco nos bilhares da Sophia. Gonçalo voltava tambem mudado, de luto pelo pae que morrera em Agosto, com a barba crescida, sempre affavel e suave, porém mais grave, averso a ceias e a noites errantes. Tomou um quarto no Hotel Mondego, onde o servia, de gravata branca, um velho creado de Santa Ireneia, o Bento:--e os seus companheiros preferidos foram tres ou quatro rapazes que se preparavam para a Politica, folheavam attentamente o Diario das Camaras, conheciam alguns enredos da Côrte, proclamavam a necessidade d'uma «Orientação positiva» e d'um «largo fomento rural», consideravam como leviandade reles e jacobina a irreverencia da Academia pelos Dogmas, e, mesmo passeando ao luar no Choupal ou

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Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
2010.02.26
Miguel
****.

Great book! Not only "Os Maias", but also "O Primo Basílio", "A Cidade e as Serras" or "O Crime do Padre Amaro"

Tuga, que é Tuga, tem de ler e conhecer Eça de Queiroz.

2007.10.24
Joe Romaninsky
****.

Eca de Queiroz is one of least known authors of great distinction in the Western world. He has been compared to Balzac and Flaubert. He understands people and presents them, their aspirations, foibles, and their gusto for living with love and wry humor.

This book is a marvelous tale of a country gentleman of high birth (late 19th century). It might be called a story of a delayed coming of age, as it is concerned with a young aristocrat in search of purpose and direction for his affluent but unfocused life. The story is set in rural northern Portugal and it is rich in congenial provincial characters. Anyone who has spent any time in rural Portugal in the last half century will feel at home among these folks.

I read the book in English translation (Carcenet Press). If you are Portuguese and have not read Eca de Queoroz, you owe it to yourself to read this and his other novels. Particularly recommended: The Maias. This is generally regarded as his masterpiece.


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