Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (Panther S.) Paperback – 1998
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The world's threats are universal like the sun but Ricardo Reis takes shelter under his own shadow. Back in Lisbon after sixteen years practicing medicine in Brazil, Ricardo Reis wanders the rain-sodden streets. He longs for the unattainably aristocratic Marcenda, but it is Lydia, the hotel chamber maid who makes and shares his bed. His old friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa, returns to see him, still wearing the suit he was buried in six weeks earlier. It is 1936, the clouds of Fascism are gathering ominously above them, so they talk; a wonderful, rambling discourse on art, truth, poetry, philosophy, destiny and love.
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As I read the book in portuguese, I don't know how well Saramago's rich and detailed speech translates in other languages, since some of the attraction of this book remains in the hedonistic plasure of reading a so wonderfully writen story!
Yes, I know more about Lisbon now than before. I understand a bit better how people were living and thinking in the 30's in Portugal (and somehow in Spain). But many other authors presented their societies, cities and ideas in a way better book (Doris Lessing in The Golden Notebook about London in the 50's and Jonathan Franzen in Freedom about the NY and the US in the 90's for example).
The book in general worth reading, the style is good if not great and Saramgo is a novelist who deserve Nobel for sure, but this is not his best book and if it happen to be your first for him, you would definitely put him out of your list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
in terms of the condition of the book it was, if anything undersold! I bought it "used" but the condition was very good so I was pleased about that. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2012 by penthouse dizzle
We read this book for our book club. It is beautifully written but I could not get into it at all.
The philosophising and clever puns on Ricardo Reis' life/death just... Read more
It has taken me a long time to finish this as it becomes quite hard to put it down and pick it up again. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2007 by Ludek Miklosko
An absolutely gripping tale that is both dark and wonderful. When I reached the end, I started from the top again!Published on 2 Dec. 1999