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!DOWNLOAD E-PUB ♴ O Crime do Padre Amaro ⚑ Eça de Queirs's novel is a lurid satire of clerical corruption in a town in Portugal during a period before and after theParis CommuneYoung, virile Father Amaro arrives in Leira and is taken in as a lodger by São Joaneira Her budding, devout, dewylipped daughter Amélia is soon lusted after by the young priest What ensues is a secret love affair amidst a host of compelling minor characters: Canon Dias, a priest, glutton, and Sao Joaneira's lover; Dona Maria da Assuncao, a wealthy widow with a roomful of religious relics, agog at any hint of sex; Joao Eduardo, repressed atheist, freethinker, and suitor to Amelia Eca's incisive critique flies like a shattering mirror, jabbing everything from the hypocrisy of a rich and powerful Church, to the provincialism of Portuguese society of the timeHaunting, The Crime of Father Amaro is the ghost of a forgotten religion of tolerance, wisdom, and equality Margaret Jull Costa has rendered an exquisite translation and provides an informative introduction to a story that truly spans all ages The Crime of Father Amaro inspired a series of magnificent paintings by the Portuguese artist Paula Rego, one of which graces the cover of this edition The novel was also made into a controversial film, El Crimen del Padre Amaro by Mexican director Carlos Carrera in BOOK JACKET This is NOT a love story This is about the ugly corruption of power, not that it in itself is a new theme, but this was written in the mid 1800's in Portugal, about a catholic priest who seduces a young innocent girl from his parish Of course, the young girl believes it is love, and of course, for Father Amaro it is just a roll in the creche He is so despicable and he is so well understand by our writer that the story just keeps you mesmerized You must keep reminding yourself of when and where this was written It had to be considered blasphemy Catholicism was not simply the religion in Portugal at that time, it was the center of all power In fact, resentment to the book is still present in some Catholic countries Sentiment was so strong in Mexico in 2000, that a movie based upon the book was closed down and banned Eca de Queiros is a powerful writer and all of his words and his essence have been carefully understood and translated by Margaret Jull Costa who is exquisitely talented at her craft. Padre Amaro is a young Catholic priest who falls in love with young girl Amelia When this was first published this created an uproar in Portugal in 1875 because of its openly depiction of sex and forbidden love When its movie adaptation was shown in 2002, the several religious organizations in Mexico attempted to prevent its showing The movie became an international blockbuster and made Gael Garcia Bernal (born 1978) a Mexican actor and director as a household name I saw that movie and I liked it But of course, as we all know, the book is oftentimes better than the movie I think it was not because the 118minute movie could not contain everything that happened in all of the book's finely printed 471 pages but because the movie made the plot simpler that it missed the whole point that Eca de Queiros (18451900) wanted to convey: hypocrisy It is not an antiCatholic novel as he only showed what we all know sometimes happens, even now or most especially now That priests are human beings and they also get their share of temptations But that wellknown fact is not what De Queiros wanted to expose: it is the hypocrisy of the society particularly some selfrighteous people who try to condemn erring priests not realizing that they are part of the system that pushes young men who have no religious calling to become priests That they are the ones who put them to test and instead of helping them lead temptationfree lives by praying for them and guiding them away from temptations, these people celebrate and get amused when they see priest falling to temptations and live their sinful lives They even put the priests in situations where they can be near women as if they are Satan's flock tempting Jesus in the desert to turn stones into bread They should burn in hell.There are several priests in this novel and it reminded me of Dr Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere 2 (3 stars) While both books have exposes that can be viewed as antiCatholic, this by De Queiros has a good likable priest in the character of Abbot Ferrao If Noli is mostly Rizal's propaganda for the Filipinos to raise arms against Spain, Padre Amaro is a deathless literary Portuguese classic that generations have read and will be reading The writing is fluid, easy to read, crisp and honest The characters are all welldeveloped and transformed in the end The plot is engaging and the climax is built in such a way that you will just read on and on waiting for the scenes when Padre Amaro and Amelia will first kiss, will first make love and how they will be making love since they cannot do all those amorous escapades in the open, etc You would also need to find out to make your own conclusion if they book is really antiCatholic so you have to read carefully and if there is a balance in De Queiros' treatment of the good and bad sides of Padre Amaro's character.Overall, a memorable read Very good translation for a 19th century book Well done, Ms Margaret Jull Costa.Thank you to Veronica for giving my copy of this book during my 47th birthday. The first novel I read by Eça de Queirós was his magnificent, meandering family saga The Maias, a masterpiece that deserves to be far better known than it is (at least in the Englishspeaking world.) The Crime of Father Amaro is also an excellent novel, though rather different in character; its satire issavage and relentless, and it is prepared to use blunter techniques to make its points The two novels are similar in their impatience with the provincialism and backwardness—as the author saw it—of nineteenthcentury Portugal, but The Maias takes a scalpel to the follies and vices of this culture, Father Amaro somethinglike a hatchet.The hypocrisy of the clergy and their conservative lay protectors is the main target of Eça de Queiroz’s satire in Father Amaro, which is set in the cathedral town of Leiria, north of Lisbon Eça de Queirós’s sympathies were broadly liberal; and he is unrelenting in his lampooning of the venal, unctious priests of the novel and the fanatical, ritualistic, superstitious model of Catholicism that allows them to flourish Although the satire is seriously intended and sometimes bitter, Eça de Queirós has a lot of fun with it along the way His priests make up a wonderful, Hogarthian congeries of grotesques, from the vicious, vindictive Natário, to the lecherous, selfindulgent Canon Dias, to the gourmandizing “exploding boa constrictor” José Miguéis, whose death opens up the vacancy that brings the title character, the handsome, corruptible Father Amaro, to Leiria Amaro's former seminary professor, Dias, kindly arranges for him to lodge with a pious widow and her nubile, naïve twentysomething daughter, Amélia, with predictably disastrous results If the priests of Father Amaro are a pack of scoundrels—with the honorable exception of the kindly, humane Father Ferrão, introduced in the 1880 redaction of the novel as a counterpoise—then their parishioners, for the most part, deserves everything they get A kind of summation or miseenabyme is offered by one of the most exuberant passages of satire in the book, describing the secret devotional kitsch collection of a wealthy, pious widow, Dona Maria de Assunção: a nightmare of a room crammed to the gills with figurines of saints, Virgins, and Baby Jesuses, scapulars, rosaries, pierced and bleeding hearts “She herself,” the narrative voice tells us, “tidied, dusted, and polished that holy, heavenly population, that pious arsenal, which was barely enough for the salvation of her soul and the relief of any aches and pains Her main concern was the positioning of the different saints; she was constantly changing them around because sometimes, for example, she sensed that St Eleutherius did not like being next to St Justin, and so she would hang his picture in a spot where he was insympathetic company.”Eça de Queirós reserves this type of broad satire, for the most part, for relatively minor characters in his narrative, such as Dona Maria His main characters are drawn withnuance Amaro himself, in particular, is a complex and intriguing and truetolife figure Although we see him developing into a monster in the course of the novel, we are given enough of a sense of the social and cultural forces that have shaped him for it to be difficult to condemn him outright The tale of lust and longing of which he is protagonist has hideous consequences; yet we are left questioning whether he, as individual, or the Catholic Church’s disasterwaitingtohappen requirement of clerical celibacy isto blame One of the things I most admired about this novel was precisely this: Eça de Queirós’s ability to combine an absorbing, often psychologically subtle, personal narrative, with a much broader, corruscating, caricatural social satire It is pretty much the blend that Thackeray aims at in Vanity Fair, but I’m not sure he succeeds quite so well. I rarely enjoy a book which seems to drag on nowadays in part, due to thecontemporary style of novels I tend to read This molded my preferences to have less patience with old books (thank God I read Balzac in high school since I doubt I could endure it today) :)But I loved The Crime of Father Amaro despite its slow build up In fact, it makes it evendelicious Considered one of the first realistic novels of Portuguese literature, it is mostly funny, but without hiding any of the horrors it describes Spoilers below :) A priest manipulates a young girl he is lusting after to repudiate her fiance and be his, all with the help of the divine authority he enjoys, considering that the girl is very devout Over the course of their affair, he grows impatient every time she is haunted by guilt, fear or sadness basically, he gets annoyed and distant or vengeful whenever she dares to have feelings of her own and not be solely focused on being his entertainment As the natural consequence of the affair unfolds, father Amaro continues to plot various solutions to the problem with the same disregard He goes from wanting to marry her off to her former fiance, to getting annoyed and jealous when she finally accepts his idea (after much resistance), then oscillates between coercing her into the promise to still be 'his' after she marries and becoming violent towards her, all spiced up with the occasional observations (to himself, at least) that her attractiveness is fading Further, he is annoyed with her 'old nun' s and devoutness, in spite of the fact that he was greatly pleased with her inclination towards religion in the beginning when he could use it to his advantage.Next, he plots (and succeeds) to exile her to a remote location where she spends the remaining months of her pregnancy being constantly shamed and tormented by a judgemental old woman If she tries to find consolation in religion and moving toa spiritual existence, he orchestrates little passionate dramas in order to get her attention again Then he plots to take the child after birth in order to give it to a wetnurse known for killing her wards As a direct consequence of all this distress and from having her baby taken from her, the girl dies shortly after birth The priest gives the child to the murderous wetnurse He is briefly sad over the death of his lover but mostly concerned with covering up his tracks and pitying himself as the victim of a cruel fate, which robbed him of his pleasures A year later, he enjoys laughs, smokes and discussing politics with his priest friend (who knows about his crime, is briefly appalled but quickly moves on from it), as if nothing happened The book is both accurate social critique, clerical satire and a feminist manifesto Superimpressive for its age, and yet a product of its exact age Even his textbooks were obsessed with Woman! What kind of creature was this, then, who, in theology, was either placed on the altar as the Queen of Grace or had barbarous curses heaped upon her? What power did she have, that this legion of saints should one minute rush to meet her, passionate and ecstatic, unanimously handing over to her the Kingdom of Heaven, and at the next, uttering terrified sobs and cries of loathing, flee from her as if she were the Universal Enemy, hiding themselves in wildernesses and in cloisters so as not to see her and to die there from the disease of having loved her? Unable precisely to define these troubling feelings, he nevertheless experienced them They would constantly resurface, demoralizing him, so that before he had even made his vows, he was already longing to break them. Excellent story about a clerical, who falls in love with a civilian, surrounded by the Church rules like celibate and forbidden love The crime is not about for killing to Father Amaro, perhaps by his crime: he wanted to kill the baby unborn inside her lover So, he committed an abortion and uncovered his crime like a coward Movie: The Crime of the Father Amaro (2002) with Gael García Bernal. For the love of Baby Moses just marry off the priests!When God created Adam, He saw that he was lonely, He said ' Its not good for man to be alone '! Eve was then created.Deliberations on this novel.1) Its about time the Vatican City should change the ecclesiastical law regarding priests Marry them off To let them burn with lust and be sinful is worse I dont blame Canon Dais and Fr Amaro for their love affairs.!2) The wages of sin is death The baby dies, Amelia dies The wrath of God is powerful 3) One sin can create string of sins.Adultery in mind and heart is bad Adultery in deed is far worse Father Amaro falls in love, he ventures into sexual intercourse, he lies, he abuses Amelia, he makes her pregnant, she dies after giving birth God will repay him in due time 4) Do not take advantage of your position.As a priest, as a prince of the church, you are there to make your sheep not to break them You are God's representation Be Godly in your act.5) If you are secretly in love with a priest, WATCH OUT FOR THE WRATH OF GOD!Overall, the book/ movie is not a direct attack on the Catholic Church, it talks of absolute corruption from the government to the church and the innocent people real life issues that inflict countries riddle with corruption Father Amaro falls helplessly into its trap though inexperienced. An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review: The Crime of Father Amaro by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz on Blogcritics.org.I haven't written a book review in a while, and that is because I had been preoccupied with reading this massive work by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz, none other than his most famous novel, entitled The Crime of Father Amaro And after reading it, I was blown away.Well, tradition dictates that I narrate a brief synopsis of the book, and this is relatively easy A handsome priest becomes the new parish priest of a community that is dominated by women Several ladies act as pillars of society Among them is a young woman, Amelia, who becomes close to the parish priest In fact, she becomes too close that she falls in love with the handsome priest, Amaro Not surprisingly, Amaro also falls for her However, conflict lies ahead, and this is where the book's plot lies.Being a priest, one should be celibate and a virgin One cannot give in to these carnal desires However, Amaro is also a human His human side clashes with his religious side, which results in him being one of the most cowardly characters I have ever encountered, but which also leads to him committing the crime which is referenced in the title What this crime exactly is, I won't reveal here; it is up to you, the future reader, to read and find that out.As I was reading this book, in the beginning, I thought that I could digest this book in two different ways First, I thought that this book felt like it was a tragedy, portraying two individuals (Amaro and Amelia) who somehow fell short of society's expectations: Amaro, being a priest, was expected to be celibate; while Amelia, being unmarried, was expected to simply sit down and wait until a man expresses interest in her so she can get married At first, it felt like the book was criticizing these two individuals However, as I moved along, the tone of the book changed It slowly criticized society in general, and the Catholic Church in particular The character of Joao Eduardo stands in for this purpose, first as the liberal who writes an editorial piece criticizing the Pharisaic nature of the clergy, exposing them as hypocrites Eventually, the clergy are portrayed as pigs, saying one thing but acting out another This tone gets stronger and stronger as the book progresses, culminating in the debate between the doctor and a priest, near the end of the novel The doctor points out the backward, reactionary and retarded methods of the church, saying that priests go against human nature, by requiring the clergy to be celibate and virgins, violently suppressing the most natural of feelings Then, they are trained to avoid any knowledge and ideas that might shake their faith, which is tantamount to forced suppression of the spirit of investigation and of all real human knowledge As I read this, it reminded me of how similar it was to my own experience growing up in a similar fundamentalist religion.Part of me wanted to cheer Amaro and Amelia After all, they are victims of the society that they were living in Amaro and Amelia loved each other, but the society they were in simply dictated that they cannot love one another Somehow, this reminds me of the LGBT community nowadays, where there are still plenty of locations in this world where true love between individuals of the same sex are hampered by the social constraints that are in place However, another part of me loathed Amaro and Amelia I felt like they were two of the most cowardly characters I have encountered in a novel Amaro was this lanky character who goes to his master the minute he gets into trouble, while Amelia is this girl who cannot think for herself, and is locked in her own mental prison At times, I wanted to scream to them to think for themselves and act accordingly, for once.Anyway, the conclusion of this novel is really sad; after all that chaos and drama, things all go back to their resting state It makes you wonder sometimes whether humans have the ability to learn from their mistakes or not Overall, I enjoyed this book I give it a full 5 out of 5 stars.See my other book reviews here. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Reread Project Read originally in Portuguese in the 80s in my Eça de Queiroz phase “Her old religious devotion was reborn, full of sentimental fervour; she felt an almost physical love for the Church; she would have liked to embrace and to plant lingering kisses on the altar, the organ, the missal, the saints, on heaven itself, because she made no real distinction between them and Amaro; they seemed to her mere appendages of his being.” In “The Crime of Father Amaro” by Eça de Queiroz, translated by Margaret Jull Costa I remember my feelings when I first read it My take is quite different now Maybe because I read this in English this time around Or maybe it's because I'm older and wiserWho knows? For starters, let me just state that I was raised a catholic and I'm still a practicing one Since the 80s I learnt a fewthings along the way, namely that the first pope (Peter) was married and so were many subsequent ones In the Greek Church, parish priests are required to marry, primarily to head off problems like the ones depicted in this classic of Portuguese literature In 2 Corinthians, Paul says it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire and risk fornication This biblical injunction was one reason the protestants dropped the requirement like a stone The original reason for priestly celibacy is that priests were handing down their offices to sons, taking them out of church hands Concubinage was winked at partially because any children would be illegitimate and thus could not inherit The pope who declared celibacy the rule was warned about the problems it would generate, which we see to this day I no longer believe The Crime of Father Amaro was an attack on Catholicism, neither to Catholics in general, but as an attack to corrupt people and corrupt institutions If you're into Portuguese Literature, Catholicism, and The Holy Roman Church, read on. This book really surprised me After having had to read Eça for school and having hated it, I didn't think I'd like any book by any old Portuguese author A little bit too drastic.I confess I didn't pay much attention to the beginning It was unsuccessful in catching me before at least chapter 5 But then, after Amaro and Amelia start to talk the same language and stoped just admiring each other in S Joaneira's living room, then the story started to get thrilling Amelia stoped being silly too Characters showed atitude, it doesn't matter if good or bad They commit stupid errors as we commit in real life and only notice when things are already too bad.I also confess I didn't expect Amelia to get pregnant in this kind of book what about having the baby and dying because of it when she finally was going to see a better reality than her own? The end was to me so Stephen Kinglike! Amaro's and Amelia's psycological torture, Amaro looking to the good and the bad only to go towards the bad and regret it later, the frutrated possibility of recovering the baby, Carlota's cruelty faked under a beautiful face.Many other elements were so interesting I managed not to hate Amaro when he discarded Amelia's love and valued her only for lust, throwing her away with her guilty and caring only for his ego, for his reputation, and when the thought of giving his son away to a childkiller woman Yeah, I managed not to hate it, to find his characterization just fantastic.Can somebody understand this?