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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lusiads, An epic book, 15 Jan 2001
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This book covers a big period of the Portuguese history in a poetry way. It obeys to a structured and complex form of writing. Camões is one of the biggest writers of all times, like homero he elevates the portuguese people to the skies of olympus :) hasta ppl
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday reading for Portugal, 19 Oct 2004
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This review is from: The Lusiads (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I took this as holiday reading to Portugal. Epic poetry is not everyone's cup of tea, but if you enjoy Homer's Odyssey or Virgil's Aeneid, you'll like this. At only ten "cantos" long this was shorter to read than them, especially as the translation seeks to recapture the natural language and "readability" of the original.
Classical gods, nymphs and a giant mixed in with what was the historical voyage of Vasco de Gama in the fifteenth century sounds like a weird hybrid. But Camoes really does pull it off!
The gods embellish the story, but any intervention of theirs can be accounted for in other ways (the weather, for example). It becomes a more exciting way of describing what happened historically. The giant Adamastor symbolizes the dangers in rounding the Cape.
There are some heavy going bits (for example, the stories of each Viceroy at the start of Canto Ten). But there's battles and there's erotica. There's the adventure of new discovery. The excitement of the new knowledge and the new age really does come across.
The Elizabethan Edmund Spencer was writing "The Fairy Queen" at around the same time as Camoes. If you've ever had to study that, let me tell you that this is far more real and far less moralistic. Genuinely a good sailor's yarn, well written. Within the classical structure sounds the authentic voice of first hand experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Portuguese pride and glory at it's very best, 5 Jun 2001
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This review is from: The Lusiads (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This is probably the most classical book you can get from Portugal. Camões traveled in the 16th century through many continents and here he recounts all his adventures in verse. It is an amazing book that every Portuguese peson has studied or at the very least knows about. Camões incarnates the very soul of Portuguese pride. Genial book if you care to understand any of the above.
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