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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. He doesn't quite do forgery - it's more romantic than that. People who don't like their past can be given an entirely new past, full of better memories, lineage, photos, and little items to back up the stories. I happen to love Borges and Kafka. So really Agualusa didn't start fairly for me, and frankly, had no chance.
I think the premise is actually quite promising, and has a good potential, but I didn't think it was substantial enough. The book is pages and has a lot of blank pages, because the chapters are so short. Almost all chapters are a few pages long, some are only half a page. Some chapters felt like fillers - there was nothing in it, like vignette of unrelated dreams. In Borges's hand this would be a short story - dense and full of twists and turns. In fact any one story in Ficciones would be comparable to this book. While Kafka is funnier and more emotional, and simply weirder.
I'm probably being a bit unfair, but how you read one book is a combined result of all the books you've read in the past - and in practice there's no way to read one book in full isolation. Having said all that, I think it's a pretty good book. La voz narradora le da un toque original y especial. Se mezclan tanto que no sabes donde empieza una y acaba el otro.
O Vendedor de Passados
O mejor dicho, te hace cuestionarte si existe lo real y verdadero como tal. Estamos ante un truco de magia. La vida lo es. El agua adopta la forma del recipiente. So the narrator here is Jorge Luis Borges who has been No, I don't really know why this was necessary. JLB Gecko lives in the Angolan home of a man who fabricates and fashions new pasts for customers who either have something to escape or need a grander lineage, which leads to some interesting bits about why we remember, why we forget, and why we will ourselves to do both.
Also, JLB Gecko can project himself into others' dreams where his conversations convey real-world information and have real-world repercussions. So he's got that going for him. Narrated by a gecko. He tells of Felix, an albino, who earns a living by producing not only new identities for those who need to find a new name but also their life story.
The chapters are short and are read like a set of connected mini short stories. There are chapters on what the gecko dreams. The book slowly tells of one man's pain and suffering during the Angolan civil war, of lies, and of people who are not what they seem. Se acreditamos, ela passa a ser verdadeira. Ponto interessante e curioso: This book was beautifully written and a remarkably fast read as well. I don't think that the story is complex enough to truly be classified as a novel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
In fact, my only complaints are 1 the story doesn't take off until the very end and 2 the story continually builds and builds towards the ending, but then the ending didn't seem quite as artistic as everything that came before it. It's almost as if there is a shattering of the ethereal voice of the piece This book was beautifully written and a remarkably fast read as well. It's almost as if there is a shattering of the ethereal voice of the piece once the action takes over and tons of explanation is poured into only a few short pages.
I also could have used a little more of the magic realism. There are glimmers of it here and there with the dream sequences and tales of reincarnation, but there could have been a little more throughout, even in a story as brief as this one. Much of the substance of this book is in the language. Given that I read a translation, I have to assume it's even more beautiful in its native Portuguese. A novel that deals in bright colours and light, the latter a major theme despite or perhaps because its protagonist and narrator being respectively an albino and a nocturnal gecko.
Also love, home and memory. The moments of stark profundity are almost like one of those half-asleep twitches that jerk you awake, and are contrasted with rambles that drift off into the fantastic. Come to think of it, if Philip K. Dick had ever written magical realisim whilst on meds, you'd probably get something like this. Screwed-up and viciously clever under a surface composed of all A very short and succinct book. Told from the perspective of a gecko who used to be human or did he? This book is all about what's real and what's not and the lies that people tell. People make up stories and create other lives from themselves.
Discerning the truth isn't always that easy, even with photographs and other evidence, which can also be fabricated. The truth doesn't come out until the end, and even then w A very short and succinct book. The truth doesn't come out until the end, and even then we're left wondering, "Who was Eulalio? Was he really a formerly human gecko?
And if so, how did he get that way? I could not put this book down. It wasn't that the story itself was all that excellent—but I was so intrigued by Agualusa's novel. The language was beautiful and poetic and the story read like a dream.
O Vendedor de Passados by José Eduardo Agualusa (3 star ratings)
There were dream sequences throughout the book, but the entirety of it felt very dream-like in that there seemed to me to be foggy details and characters introduced with no warning, and yet, it all came together at the end. I'm interested to check out other works of Agualusa since this book was so I could not put this book down.
I'm interested to check out other works of Agualusa since this book was so unique in style! The Book of Chameleons: Unlike any book I've ever read; definitely unique. At times difficult to follow - had to keep orienting myself. A book that I'd recommend?? Having the narrator a little lizard was pretty clever - made an otherwise kind of confusing book enjoyable for me. I couldn't follow when folks were dreaming or making things up or what and probably wouldn't recommend it as a "must read" - I might have gotten more out of it had I been a member of a book group with other people to lend their opinions about what was actually going on in many chapters.
Unusual book, written from the point of view of a gecko - a very observant one! It is the story of lives intertwined and lives invented against the background of Angola's tortuous development. It is a bit disjointed, but the spirit of the gecko who has lived many other lives, including as a human keeps it moving and in some ways is the most human of the characters. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. I was born in this house, and grew up here. Narrated by a tiger gecko. Short quick read where I'm not sure if I like it or not.
Different it is, where the idea is far more interesting than the delivery. Far from our love struck space geckos. I really enjoyed this book for the inquisitive tone. A murder mystery it is not as the blurb weirdly says but it's brilliantly written and provides a lot of food for thought. I liked the blurb a lot and I also liked the fact that the whole thing is written from the perspective of a Gecko on the wall.
You feel the sun and humidity throughout the whole book but it never managed to grab me fully, it was always quite distant from beginning to the end. This was a good book and an interesting book and not one that I think I would have come across otherwise. The Borges detail was very unexpected and I felt like there were subtle indicators that this was a different world view than what I'm used to, but I can't put my finger on it.
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Original book language 3 31 Jun 06, Estudou Silvicultura e Agronomia em Lisboa, Portugal. A native of Huambo, Angola, he currently resides in both Lisbon and Luanda.
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