Monday, 23 May 2011

Book Review - My Top Three Brazilian Books

I'm sorry this is late coming. 

As promised, I would like to end our Brazilian Week talking about books. (Of course! Did you really thing it would be something else?:-) There are many fantastic writers in Brazil and it is hard to short list them, however, sometimes you read books that will just not sit on your shelf quietly. 

One of them was actually already reviewed here (to read the review click here). "Sabado a Noite" (Saturday Night) by Babi Dewet is a fab book and I stayed up untill 5am reading it because I just could not put it down. If you can read Portuguese, it is most definitely worth checking her blog as well. A Beatles and McFly fan, Babi is a seriously cool chick with her fingers on the pulse of all the good things happening in Rio's cultural scene.

Another favourite is "Sete Faces do Amor" (The Seven Facets of Love) by Pedro Bandeira, Luiz Maria Veiga, Jesse Navarro e Márcia Melo, Júlio Emílo Braz Viviana de Assis Viana, Fernando Portela e Edson Gabriel Garcia - a collection of seven short stories put together in an anthology. Each story looks at a different type of love: all-consuming, platonic, romantic, and possessive, the love of a friend, the love that betrays and the one that is on your life for a short period of time for a reason. The best thing I can tell you about this book is that I read it quite a few years ago as part of the list I had to read for my Literature classes. I very rarely found on that list books that I liked, but this was lovely and over a decade later I still remember it.

The third book is actually a collection of books (sorry, I know I am cheating, but I just could not pick just the one!) - a series called "Plenos Pecados" (Simply Sins - click here for more information) by seven different authors, some of which are not actually Brazilian. Each book focuses in one of the Seven Deadly Sins and the intention is to not only read about them but also make you feel them. My favourites are the books on the sins of: Anger ("Xadrez, Trucos e Outras Guerras" - Chess, Cards and Other Wars - by Jose Roberto Torero), Lust ("A Casa dos Budas Ditosos" - The House of Happy Buddhas - by Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro) and Envy ("Mal Secreto" - Secret Evil - by Zuenir Ventura). I didn't really enjoy the book on the sin of Sloth, but hey! That was the only one I did not enjoy out of the entire series, which is not bad. Definitely worth reading. A quick tip: Take deep breaths at the end of the Anger book and try not to burn it or scream at your walls. Get the cold shower running while you read the book on Lust, you will need it. Seriously. And get ready to bite your nails to the quick while reading the one on Envy. 

So there you are! That is our Brazilian Week over :-( and I hope you had as good time reading about it as I had writing it! Here is a recap if you missed any of the posts:

And Today we talked about books - Book Review - My Top Three Brazilian Books

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