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My arms and my hands were practically shaking yesterday while I was in the last 50 pages of this book One of those novels with perfect denouement I immediately sent a text message to my brother who gave this 5 stars and our friend who wants to borrow this book so I had to squeeze this in to my already tight queue of to be read books telling them how beautiful this book was I am glad I forced myself to read this now I also told them that I was planning to dislike this book to avenge Rober My arms and my hands were practically shaking yesterday while I was in the last 50 pages of this book One of those novels with perfect denouement I immediately sent a text message to my brother who gave this 5 stars and our friend who wants to borrow this book so I had to squeeze this in to my already tight queue of to be read books telling them how beautiful this book was I am glad I forced myself to read this now I also told them that I was planning to dislike this book to avenge Roberto Bolano s 2666 that I rated with 5 stars and excitedly lent it to my brother He read it and gave it a 1 star You see, Dom Casmurro, got 5 stars from him and so when I was about to start this, I thought why not do the same to him But I COULD NOT This novel is too brilliantly written especially the last 50 pages It would have been a big injustice to Machado de Assis if I used him just to appease my hurt feelings for my idol Roberto Bolano Anyway, there are other 5 star books in my brother s read folder that I am still to read hahaha May araw ka rin, kuya Why I do I like the last 50 pages Because I shook in anticipation The book is told in first person by the BEST unreliable narrator that I ve read so far in my almost four years of voracious reading Prior to this, I thought that the best in my book was the guy in Julian Barnes 2011 Booker winner, The Sense of an Ending 4 stars This 1899 book by Machado de Assis truly pushed to the edge the meaning of unreliable narrator for me Bentinho a.k.a., Dom Casmurro is wicked, childish yet funny and he has this habit to withholding his secrets until your hands and arms are shaking in excitement murmuring what now come on what s the truth tell meBut, why am I not giving this a full 5 stars Take note that I am not giving you any hint on what was revealed in those last 50 pages That part was the real deal in this book and I want you to enjoy it as much as I did However, the book s composition for me is like this first 1 50 3 stars interesting middle 155 pages 2 or sometimes 1 star it s okay to sometimes boring last 50 pages 5 stars amazingYou really have to finish the book to appreciate the story I have a feeling that those who gave this a 1 star rating were those who were not able to bear the arduous and tiresome middle For those who don t care about spoilers, here is the breakdown for those 155 pages comprising the middle of the book view spoiler 50 pages Bentinho I don t want to be a padre priest Dona Juana the mother But you have to So he went to the seminary but he became a lawyer.50 pages Bentinho I want to have a child Capitu the wife suffering in silence Then they had a child, Ezekiel.55 pages Bentinho Ezekiel is not my child Capitu finally, exasperated Must you always remain a child, Bentinho So I say Yay You said it Capitu Go gurl hide spoiler Reading this book is like passing through a long dark tunnel You appreciatethe bright light at the end of it because of the dark boring path that you want to pass through.I love this book Oh, Google you have failed me I wanted to find a nice list of books written in 1900, or at least in 1899 I failed though In 1899 though Nabokov, Hemingway and EB White were all born Henry James was somewhere between Turn of the Screw and Wings of the Dove in these years Mark Twain was still kicking around The Way of All Flesh was about this time, so was The Awakening by Chopin 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 I wanted to find a nice list of books written in 1900, or at least in 1899 I failed though In 1899 though Nabokov, Hemingway and EB White were all born Henry James was somewhere between Turn of the Screw and Wings of the Dove in these years Mark Twain was still kicking around The Way of All Flesh was about this time, so was The Awakening by Chopin I was hoping this list would sound better But this list will do 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 It s because Modernism in literature is still a decade away from beginning to manifest itself It is because big fucking capital EM Modernist writing is too fucking big and important for it to originate in some literary back water like Rio de Janeiro It s because one person writing wonderfully beautiful and groundbreaking literature but without others following suit yet doesn t make a decisive break in the history of literature Other reviews probably deal with the injustice of his obscurity better than I am doing here The book itself This is the simple story of a boy who s mom made a promise to god Let me have a child that lives, and if it s a boy he ll become a priest Growing up the boy is immersed in all things Catholic, and even plays at performing mass, all until at one point he realizes his best friend, the girl next door, is in love with him and that the feelings are mutual Told in a 148 chapters in 263 pages the novel is something of a Cubist picture told from the perspective of the boy, now a reclusive old man living in a simulacrum of the house he grew up in It s like super condensed, Campbell Soup but without any Warhol connotations style Proust, with all of the minutia packed into single words and simple phrases but as affecting as pages of luscious prose There was this great line that I marked at the moment when the narrator realized that the girl next door had the same feelings for him that he had for her, maybe it was just because it reminded me of Leonard Cohen lyrics, but I liked itI, future padre, thus stood before her as before an altar, and one side of her face was the Epistle and the other the Gospel It only remained to say the new Mass, in a Latin that no one learns, and that is the catholic language of all men 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 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 been written as a set up for the conclusion, Dom Casmurro becomes both remarkable and tragic This is a gripping novel I plan to readof this Brazilian author s work 4.25 stars 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 bedifferent 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 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 bedifferent 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 CapituLovers language, give me an exact and poetic comparison to say what those eyes of Capitu were like 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 Undertow 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 As you have guessed, we get only his point of view, and the reader may well askDid Capitu in fact betray Betinho or How would she defend herself if she was hereHowever, we never hear her story, but only Bentinho s reminiscences 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 1899 Indeed, Dom Casmurro could have been written yesterday.The narrator goes ahead with his story and retraces himself, forgets his thoughts, lies both to us and himself, and generally confuses everything up in a series of short chapters such as The soul is full of mysteries Idea without legs and idea without arms Hangover Eyes and Shake your head, reader 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 himCome on, Bentinho, what did Capitu do to you Please, tell us Despite the supposed betrayal, throughout the novel there is no doubt regarding their love,We stood there with heaven in 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 How can a book published in 1899 seem so contemporary in style and content That is one of Machado de Assis s merits 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 Note Read in Portuguese, although there is an English translation quotes from Goodreads Somequotes, for those who read PortugueseMas a saudade isto mesmo o passar e repassar das mem rias antigas N o podia tirar os olhos daquela criatura de quatorze anos, alta, forte e cheia, apertada em um vestido de chita, meio desbotado Os cabelos grossos, feitos em duas tran as, com as pontas atadas uma outra, moda do tempo, desciam lhe pelas costas Morena, olhos claros e grandes, nariz reto e comprido, tinha a boca fina e o queixo largo As m os, a despeito de alguns of cios rudes, eram curadas com amor, n o cheiravam a sab es finos nem guas de toucador, mas com gua do po o e sab o comum trazia as sem m cula Cal ava sapatos de duraque, rasos e velhos, a que ela mesma dera alguns pontos Tinha ent o pouco mais de dezessete Aqui devia ser o meio do livro, mas a inexperi ncia fez me ir atr s da pena, e chego quase ao fim do papel, com o melhor da narra o por dizer Agora n o h mais que lev la a grandes pernadas, cap tulo sobre cap tulo, pouca emenda, pouca reflex o, tudo em resumo J esta p gina vale por meses, outras valer o por anos, e assim chegaremos ao fim Um dos sacrif cios que fa o a esta dura necessidade a an lise das minhas emo es dos dezessete anos N o sei se alguma vez tiveste dezessete anos Se sim, deves saber que a idade em que a metade do homem e a metade do menino formam um s curioso Eu era um curios ssimo, diria o meu agregado Jos Dias, e n o diria mal O que essa qualidade superlativa me rendeu n o poderia nunca diz lo aqui, sem cair no erro que acabo de condenar a an lise das minhas emo es daquele tempo que entrava no meu plano Posto que filho do semin rio e de minha m e, sentia j , debaixo do recolhimento casto, uns assomos de petul ncia e de atrevimento eram do sangue, mas eram tamb m das mo as que na rua ou da janela n o me deixavam viver sossegado Achavam me lindo, e diziam mo algumas queriam mirar de mais perto a minha beleza, e a vaidade um princ pio de corrup o Nem eu, nem tu, nem ela, nem qualquer outra pessoa dessa hist ria poderia responder mais, t o certo que o destino, como todos os dramaturgos, n o anuncia as perip cias nem o desfecho Eles chegam a seu tempo, at que o pano cai, apagam se as luzes, e os espectadores v o dormir Nesse g nero h porventura alguma coisa que reformar, e eu proporia, como ensaio, que as pe as come assem pelo fim Otelo mataria a si e a Desd mona no primeiro ato, os tr s seguintes seriam dados a o lenta e decrescente do ci me, e o ltimo ficaria s com cenas iniciais da amea a aos turcos, as explica es de Otelo e Desd mona, e o bom conselho do fino lago Mete dinheiro na bolsa Desta maneira, o espectador, por um lado, acharia no teatro a charada habitual que os peri dicos lhe d o, porque os ltimos atos explicam o desfecho do primeiro, esp cie de conceito, e, por outro lado, ia para a cama com uma boa impress o de ternura e de amor Ela amou o que me afligira,Eu amei a piedade dela I do not know how to review this novel Reading it was like watching a great chess master play, or like when he shows you a great game he has played Move by move, you watch, mesmerized Narrated in the first person, he even teases you every now and then go here and see this beauty go back several moves, recall the logic of what has happened no, could this be really the meaning of what went before But this is not a mystery novel There is no crime to solve Or maybe there is, but one can t I do not know how to review this novel Reading it was like watching a great chess master play, or like when he shows you a great game he has played Move by move, you watch, mesmerized Narrated in the first person, he even teases you every now and then go here and see this beauty go back several moves, recall the logic of what has happened no, could this be really the meaning of what went before But this is not a mystery novel There is no crime to solve Or maybe there is, but one can t be sure Early on, you ll think this is a love story I am convinced that I saw here the most masterful dramatization of first love, ever, in literature or at least the literature I had known, so far But this isn t a love story as love stories go.I can only imagine, if this book will be chosen for book discussion of any of the groups here in goodreads, there could be disagreements that could lead to war, which can only be settled in peace if Machado de Assis resurrects he died in 1908 or if, magically, his characters in this novel come to life and answer our questions Why you should read this novel Reasons are not listed in order of importance.1 This novel is written by Se or Machado de Assis, one of the most loved Brazilian writers I can understand why.2 The narrator is unreliable, and we as readers know how interesting they could be Saying Bentinho is interesting would be an understatement 3 Each chapter starts with a cool title To name a few Idea without legs and idea without arms , Shake your head, reader , In which is explained the explained Why you should read this novel Reasons are not listed in order of importance.1 This novel is written by Se or Machado de Assis, one of the most loved Brazilian writers I can understand why.2 The narrator is unreliable, and we as readers know how interesting they could be Saying Bentinho is interesting would be an understatement 3 Each chapter starts with a cool title To name a few Idea without legs and idea without arms , Shake your head, reader , In which is explained the explained , Let us enter the chapter and The soul is full of mysteries.4 Brilliant prose For example We stood there with heaven in 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 Lovers language, give me an exact and poetic comparison to say what those eyes of Capitu were like 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 Undertow 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 5 There is a chapter calledThe operawhere an old Italian tenor explains his theory called Life is an opera to Bentinho This is one my favorite chapters and hence, it gets added to my list.6 Though the subject of this book might seem scandalous jealousy,adultery,etc , Assis s humor shines through out the novel And I like smart funny novels Hence, on my list too 7 Interesting characters To name a few Jose Dias, a lover of superlatives and a dependent of Bentinho s family Dona Gloria, a god fearing woman and mother of Bentinho Uncle Cosme, who is just Uncle Cosme Escobar, Bentinho s best friend Capitu, a girl with tide like eyes, with arms better than any woman ever lived or will live, Bentinho s first love and wife, the might be might not be mother of his child Now you know why Bentinho is unreliable the dude is confused and confuses the reader too But, nonetheless, we as readers turn out to be smarter than him Bentinho, the narrator and one of the most weird, emotional, funny, vulnerable and memorable protagonists I ever came across8 The narrator constantly voices out to the reader as dear reader or lovely reader , which I find very amusing To know that there is atleast one person better if he she is fictional in this world who needs your attention is one of the greatest pleasures in life Bentinho is quite good at making his reader feel important So, read it for Bentinho Listen to the poor guy, you won t be sorry Dom Casmurro was at first striking to me for its unique setting Brazil in the mid 19th Century, a place which seems at once familiar and exotic A place where slavery has not yet been abolished deeply Catholic, yet modern and European in its sensibilities.The synopses of this novel tend to focus on the theme of jealousy, but this is not the whole story For me, the novel is a study of human failings, of our tendency towards self destruction the ways in which we are slaves to our nature There Dom Casmurro was at first striking to me for its unique setting Brazil in the mid 19th Century, a place which seems at once familiar and exotic A place where slavery has not yet been abolished deeply Catholic, yet modern and European in its sensibilities.The synopses of this novel tend to focus on the theme of jealousy, but this is not the whole story For me, the novel is a study of human failings, of our tendency towards self destruction the ways in which we are slaves to our nature There is a kind of amorality, or at least a sense of pessimistic resignation that as humans we inevitably impose on ourselves these subtle tragedies, and though we may feel we can and must rise above them, in fact we cannot help but repeat these same mistakes we are simply drawn to them by our nature And it is not that we are evil, only that our passions inherently contain an opposing counterpart in the case of love, that counterpart is jealousy, which is not love s antithesis, but is in fact an inseparable component of love itself Along with our failings we have been given an incredible capacity for rationalisation, an ability to re frame and reconcile ourselves to any personal wrongdoing As Bentinho looks back on his life, we are never really sure which of his reminiscences are fact, and which are a product of this rationalisation But it is the quality of his experience that is salient, rather than the question of truth Though we cannot confirm it, we suspect that certain pieces of the narrative have been distorted, and we see exemplified in Bentinho that very human trait the complete inability to sacrifice the ego We see what fragile and tragic creatures we are, who are unable to face the fact of who we are in reality who must instead twist the narratives of our lives so that they can compare tolerably when held up against the ideal self, which we believe ourselves, falsely, to embody Dom Casmurro is about a lifelong love affair in which one person betrays the other the mystery is who has done the betraying The narrator doubles back on himself, loses track of his thoughts, lies both to us and to himself, and generally mucks everything up in a series of short,sharp chapters with titles like Let us proceed to the chapter and Let us enter the chapter Machado de Assis is apparently Brazil s best loved author and an antecedent of the magical realist style, and I d never hea Dom Casmurro is about a lifelong love affair in which one person betrays the other the mystery is who has done the betraying The narrator doubles back on himself, loses track of his thoughts, lies both to us and to himself, and generally mucks everything up in a series of short,sharp chapters with titles like Let us proceed to the chapter and Let us enter the chapter Machado de Assis is apparently Brazil s best loved author and an antecedent of the magical realist style, and I d never heard of him until this year Exciting And this book is weird and wonderful.Early on, a minor character explains that life is an opera Not metaphorically Satan, a young maestro with a great future, is cast out of the conservatory of heaven after rebelling, but not before stealing a cast off libretto of God s He turns it into a full opera and begs God to hear it At last God relents, but refuses to have it played in heaven instead, he creates this world as a special stage to hear Satan s composition which, in the lonely fleshing out, has accidentally lost or distorted some of God s themes Indeed in some places the words go to the right and the music to the leftCertain motifs grow wearisome from repetition There are obscure passagesand there are some who say that this is the beauty of the composition and keeps it from being monotonous That s cool, right It s even better in context.The foreword by Elizabeth Hardwick spoils everything You should basically always read forewords last.Heather suggested that Tolstoy s novella The Kreutzer Sonata would make a good companion read, so I obediently read that next she was totally right They go together perfectly Dom Casmurro Realistic trilogy 3 , Machado de AssisDom Casmurro is an 1899 novel written by Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis Like The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas and Quincas Borba, both by Machado de Assis, it is widely regarded as a masterpiece of realist literature 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 Couti Dom Casmurro Realistic trilogy 3 , Machado de AssisDom Casmurro is an 1899 novel written by Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis Like The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas and Quincas Borba, both by Machado de Assis, it is widely regarded as a masterpiece of realist literature 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 The author is considered a master of Latin American literature with a unique style of realism 2011 1389 347 9789641851219 19 1899 ^Pdf ⇯ Dom Casmurro ⇲ Dom Casmurro a alcunha de Bento Santiago, que, velho e s , desvela as suas mem rias Uma promessa da m e, tra a lhe o destino como padre, mas Bento Santiago apaixonado, abandona o semin rio Estuda Direito e casa se com o seu grande amor, mas o ci me e a desconfian a adensam se Suspeita que n o o pai biol gico do filho do casal, Ezequiel, mas sim o seu grande amigo Escobar