~Read Book ♷ O Primo Basílio ♁ Primeiro grande êxito literário de Eça de Queirós, este romance é marcado por uma análise minuciosa da sociedade de seu tempo O autor usou da ironia, da linguagem coloquial e direta e, principalmente, do olhar atento sobre o cotidiano para revelar a intimidade da vida burguesa Luísa é casada com Jorge e leva uma vidinha tão segura quanto entediante O sonho, o romantismo e o desejo são despertados pela chegada do primo Basílio à Lisboa Ao optar pelo adultério como tema central, a intenção do autor era provocar a discussão Eça é o grande mestre do romance português moderno e certamente o mais popular entre os escritores do século XIX em Portugal e no Brasil
I've read this book to a Literature homework and it surprised me The writing is fluid, the characters are charismatics (little space to say that I'm in love for Jorge) and besides the book is a realist work, we found many elements of the naturalism, which in my opinion, make it better Totally recommended. The way that Margaret Jull Costa translated this novel, so that it sounds modern, made not only the change from Portuguese to English easy, but also the change in language from 1878 to 2016 easy! In the book where almost no one is lovable, the story and narration carries us through the characters mistakes and forces us to watch the characters disgusting personality traits Bazilio himself talks about raping his cousin and then complains that there is no soda water at a restaurant saying 'this country is vile' I love the hypocrisy and satire of this novel, and I always look out for Margaret's translated works. Muito mais entusiasmante do que Os MaiasIt wasenjoyable than Os Maias/ The Maias I really hated the ending Wasted potential. What a pleasant breakfast, Luísa stretched her arms indolently; she could see Jorge watching her cleavage where her robe had fallen open Jorge liked her looks, although not beautiful in a conventional way, her masses of beautiful brown hair and her wide brown eyes were good to look at, her curvaceous figure was delicious add to it a pleasant nature and Luísa was what every man would dream and want in a wife.But Luísa was bored, her day yawned before her, what to do? How to get the day to move faster? Go to the milliner, she had dozens of hats of every hue Dresses, by the dozens to match her numerous hats A visit to the dressmaker was really unnecessary Library, that again tedious, she had read piles of those milkandwater romances, they were turning to be oh so predictable The lovers most of them from noble families, feigning dislike for each other only to marry ultimately The settings always opulent, the situations decadent, tea parties, balls, hunts everything catered for a life of hedonism, which only royalty and nobility could afford Luísa smiled, when had she gone for a hunt, those novels were a far cry from her life As for sex, the novels ignored it, sex just did not happen, if the couples so much as exchanged a kiss that was bold Now what Luísa really liked were her conversations with her friend Leopoldina, that woman was something, dozens of lovers and such erotic stories You make me blush Leopoldina, no, no how can one do such things Angel, my angel, Leopoldina would laugh with a superior air born of experience and knowledge Of course Luísa had to pretend that such eroticism scandalised her, horrified her, but they both knew that was a façade, of course Luísa had to pretend not to like those racy stories, act as though sex was not for her, didn’t you know a Lady of Society never likes sex? Just grins and bears it Come now we know better, who in their right mind can resist sex?And then one fine day in conversation with that stickinthemud Sebastião, Jorge decides that she, Luísa was not to talk to Leopoldina any, was to stop her from visiting, a total embargo on Leopoldina In their opinion Leopoldina was destroying her innocence Luísa had no problems if her innocence was in tatters, she wanted her so called ‘purity’ to be sullied, to be besmirched, she was a full blooded woman, purity my foot Of course Jorge wanted her to be the perfect, demure wife, but what Luísa really wanted was excitement, romance and most of all to experience what Leopoldina did, oh yes that was a thrilling prospect Vaguely she heard Jorge blabbing, oh how he would miss her Jorge was going on a field trip Luísa would miss him too but she knew that Jorge would not be sad for too long, he would find women, he would have his flings.She breathed in deeply, and then a snippet in the corner of the newspaper caught her eye Her cousin Basilio, was visiting the country She was excited, went red and warm, remembering those moments of awakening when Basilio visited her so often and they would go on those long, long walks stealing kisses and caresses whilst Mama had little naps Oh how she had loved Basilio, loved him intensely with all the passion of a young girl And then all of a sudden he had gone away to make his fortune Had he really made his fortune? Would he visit her? Suddenly her day did not seem endless, in fact it seemed shorter and she had so much to do Of course Basilio would visit her; he could never resist a woman besides he already knew her, those walks, those luscious kisses all under Mama’s very nose He was sure she had turned delectable, a red plum waiting to be picked Basilio thought of women as fruit to be nurtured, to be picked when ripe and savoured Visit her he did and was not surprised that she was not at all averse to his attentions, she was coy, flirted with him and yes as Basilio had foreseen she was ready to fall in his arms much like a ripe peach.On suggesting that they rent a room forprivacy, Luísa never balks, never even bats an eyelid, oh to experience everything that Leopoldina was talking about She imagines the setting for the idyll to be congenial, opulent perhaps, but to her surprise it is just a shabby little room in a derelict area Despite the sadness of the room the affair continues.Although Luísa has to travel a long distance to get to the shabby little room, which now seems home, she does not pull back She is feverish at the thought of not meeting Basilio Even when Juliana, the wretched servant catches hold of some of Luísa’s letters and blackmails her, Luísa hangs on to the sordid liaison Despite the fact that Luísa now realises that to Basilio she is just a toy, he is not even courteous, treats her badly, but she hangs in there.Jorge prolongs his stay; he is away for so long that we wonder, does he have a relationship of his own?Then Jorge returns and Basilio flies the coop, it’s too murky a situation for Basilio, why tangle with Jorge, anyway there were nosurprises to be had from Luísa, he was done with her.Things go from bad to worse for Luísa; her guilt weighs on her so heavily that she falls ill Just when she is about to recover Jorge shows her a letter that Basilio has written, accuses her, but Luísa so traumatised falls apart, never recovers and dies of an unnamed illness.Now questions arise Why did Eça de Queiroz who was writing a novel of realism ‘kill’ Luísa? What was he afraid of? Did he want to show that the sin of ‘adultery’ in a woman, can never be forgiven, can never be condoned, a woman can never go scot free; so did Eça punish Luísa by killing her?Or was Eça afraid of a muchdevastating situation, was he terrified that women would begin to like their sexual freedom? Had Luísa lived would she have takenlovers, much like the wanton Leopoldina? Did he fear was that he had created a monster, much like Frankenstein which he did not know how to rein in?Oh Eça you opened a can of worms which was very difficult to close… This book was the first time I ventured into the Literary realism realm It was actually much better than what I expected I kept saying to myself that this book would try to imitate real life, so I wasn't going to get a happy ending I really did not.The characters work well as the caricatures Eça was trying to show the portuguese society as being And even with Luísa being FAR from innocent, I still felt sad when she met her (deserved) death Maybe because I felt that Jorge did not deserved to be cheated on (even if he reportedly cheated on Luísa first).Basílio is a complete monster with no redeemable qualities whatsoever In that aspect, even the smug snake Juliana is better than him And she dies! Why couldn't Basílio die too, that Karma Houdini moron?!Anyway, the book is great and tothepoint It is a well executed allegory, full of references and little touches that denote the death of the Romantinesque era in literature Read it for what it is, but again: don't expect a happy ending (or even a bittersweet one) This is a daring piece of history, not a fairytale with twists Not that you would ever think it is. In true Eçastyle, this book is a great mix of psychological drama and incisive exploration of Portugal's culture and society in the late 1880s Eça is one of the masters of natural dialogue, colourful descriptions of city life and the ability to bring readers into the emotional world of the characters he creates, all of whom are fully threedimension even if when they represent examples of specific ideas such as the good husband, the well todo girl turned cheating wife, the frustrated and deeply religious old madame, the vindictive maidAmongst others, the book looks at Portugal's upper class obsession with London and Paris, the tensions between the moneyed class and the working class, between innovation and bureaucracy and the country's obsession with rank and manners Like in other works, he uses sex to level the playing field and show that despite the many social and religious taboos masquerading people's real sexual lives (examples Luisa and Conselheiro Julião), most of us are moved by the same things. This is a flaubertian style novel by the Portuguese canonical Eça de Queirós, though Queirós hashumor and wit than Flaubert It's a great 19th century read. Not yet the best book I've read of Queirós Even though, Eça in this book iserotic and sexual (okay, haven't read yet about father Amaro, but I've heard is not that explicit) He does not describe at detail, but he was a bit erotic Well, the story helps! It's about, hum, I'll let you guess, adultery and how people can make mistakes so easily and how easy is for a naive person to get caught in a net that's not good for her It has funny characters, like the governess and the cook of the house Well, it's an adultery story better than Madame Bovary But be ready, cousin Basílio only cares about a human body, not a human person, to has sexual relations to.