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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Dom Casmurro. Oct 09, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: portuguese , jealousy , brazilian-authors. 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 beautiful wife, but he overcomes that and has a great marriage. That is, until his best friend drowns while swimming in the ocean and he begins to re-think how faithful his wife has been to him. With no hard evidence at all he comes to believe she has been unfaithful to him and he ruins his married life, ending up old, disillusioned and … well a lonely curmudgeon. The first third of the book revolves around a dilemma. Before the main character was born, his mother gave birth to a still-born boy.
She pledged to God that if he sent her another son she would make him become a priest. The boy and his future wife were neighbors in love at an early age — he was 15, she was So this part of the story centers on how he got his mother to give up her pledge so he could leave the seminary and marry his beloved. He lived from I enjoyed the story and I liked the writing.
The novel moved along and kept my interest all the way through. Photo of Rio de Janeiro in the early 's from monovisions. View all 10 comments. 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 Coutinho "a true Brazilian masterpiece, and maybe Brazil's greatest representative piece of writing" and "one of the best books ever written in the Portuguese language, if not the best one to date.
View 2 comments. Sep 06, J. 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 bee 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. When the reader gets to the last 40 or 50 pages, and realizes everything up to that point has been written as a set up for the conclusion, Dom Casmurro becomes both remarkable and tragic.
This is a gripping novel. I plan to read more of this Brazilian author's work. 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 firs 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.
The novel is a memoir told in the first person by Bento or Bentinho, aka Dom Casmurro, his story of enduring love affair with Capitu. The title character tells us of his younger self, his love, courtship, and marriage to a memorable and colorful Capitu. 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? 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.
Bentinho love and suspicious nature fuels much of his story, but above all, the mystery is the essence of this masterpiece. Whether Bentinho actually was betrayed is pretty much beside the point.
We get all his thoughts as they spew out on the page, as near and familiar as a stream of consciousness as we could imagine for a novel published in Indeed, Dom Casmurro could have been written yesterday. And the result is magnificent. Yes, Bentinho appears wicked, funny and loves to withhold his secrets just to reveal them when you least expect.
Regardless, he leaves you breathless and almost yelling at him 'Come on, Bentinho, what did Capitu do to you? Please, tell us! Our hands united our nerves, and made of two creatures one-and that one a seraph. Our eyes continued to say infinite things, only the words in our mouths did not attempt to pass our lips; they returned to the heart, silently as they came He is revealed here as a master novelist, as he shapes, manipulates, unites, betrays and ultimately disbands his small collection of characters with bold ease.
At no point does he go too far or explain too much, leaving the reader to hesitate, question and argue with himself, and, in the end, the reader cannot help but feel compassionate towards Bentinho despite his lies or any truths.
Highly recommended! Morena, olhos claros e grandes, nariz reto e comprido, tinha a boca fina e o queixo largo. View all 22 comments. Oh, Google you have failed me. I wanted to find a nice list of books written in , or at least in I failed though. Mark Twain was still kicking around. I was hoping this list would sound better. But this list will do. Nothing against any of these authors or their Oh, Google you have failed me.
Nothing against any of these authors or their books, but Machado de Assis' Dom Casmurro doesn't feel like any of them. None of those books could be read and be mistaken for anything written in the past 50 years, they are firmly entrenched, like most novels are, in the time they were written.
Books of different eras feel different, the language is different, their are formally different. Except for a few anachronisms there is little in Dom Casmurro that feels 'old', to steal what Elizabeth Hardwick writes in her introduction to the book which I would ignore reading until after you've read the book, really, it's one big fucking spoiler , at a hundred years old this book feels like it could have been written yesterday.
Why he isn't one of the Modernist masters is beyond me, well it's not actually, that is a figure of speech.
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