Belmiro Vilela

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Location: Barcelona, Spain


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Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bukowski by Bukowski, 31 Aug 2010
This was the first Bukowski book I ever read and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. The story (autobiographical in nature) follows Henry Chinaski from his early childhood until he reaches manhood. It revolves around his endless struggles with his family, his friends, his surroundings, his body, his desires and his hopes (rather lack of) for the future. It is a straight, cynical, bitter and brutal account of his life. I found that Bukowski was trying to come to terms with his own origins and I am glad that he invited me along for the ride. This book felt very personal at times and at these moments it read as if an old friend was talking to you or writing you a letter. I did not find… Read more
The Sirens Of Titan (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Kurt Vonnegut
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Vonnegut, 29 Aug 2010
Kurt Vonnegut's writing has always had the amazing effect of entertaining, challenging and thrilling me. I love his twisted view of reality and the seemingly simple but brilliant and incisive way he uses fiction to criticize what he sees wrong in the world. This book does not deviate from this pattern but I found it too mild and too distracting to be engaging. This is a feeling I also got in varying degrees from his other two science-fiction books I've read: Cat's cradle and the wonderful Slaughterhouse 5 but that I never got from his other books. Give it a try if you want but if you are looking for some great Vonnegut moments, I'd recommend Hocus Pocus, Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night… Read more
Selected Poems: With New Supplement (Penguin Moder&hellip by Fernando Pessoa
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pessoa is, alongside Neruda, one of the most important poets of the 20th century and it is a mystery why he remains largely unknown to most readers. Here you can find a good (albeit short) selection of his best work which is very competently translated from the original Portuguese. Not a comprehensive collection of his work but a good entry point into his tortured mind. Give it a try, I'm sure you won't regret it.

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