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From Brazil's most acclaimed young novelist, the mesmerizing story of how a troubled young man's restorative journey to the seaside becomes a violent struggle with his family's past --So why did they kill him? --I'm getting there. Patience, tch#65533;. I wanted to give you the context. Because it's a good story, isn't it? A young man's father, close to death, reveals to his son the true story of his grandfather's death, or at least the truth as he knows it. The mean old gaucho was murdered by some fellow villagers in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic now famous for its surfing and fishing. It was almost an execution, vigilante style. Or so the story goes. It is almost as if his father has given the young man a deathbed challenge. He has no strong ties to home, he is ready for a change, and he loves the seaside and is a great ocean swimmer, so he strikes out for Garopaba, without even being quite sure why. He finds an apartment by the water and builds a simple new life, taking his father's old dog as a companion. He swims in the sea every day, makes a few friends, enters into a relationship, begins to make inquiries. But information doesn't come easily. A rare neurological condition means that he doesn't recognize the faces of people he's met, leading frequently to awkwardness and occasionally to hostility. And the people who know about his grandfather seem fearful, even haunted. Life becomes complicated in Garopaba until it becomes downright dangerous. Steeped in a very special atmosphere, both languid and tense, and soaked in the sultry allure of south Brazil, Daniel Galera's masterfully spare and powerful prose unfolds a story of discovery that feels almost archetypal--a display of storytelling sorcery that builds with oceanic force and announces one of Brazil's greatest young writers to the English-speaking world.… (mer)
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o que dizer? É um romance que se provará marco da literatura nacional. Um autor para motivr novas escolas literárias e influênciar novos autores. ( )
  Mieiri | Jun 24, 2020 |
The few South American writers I've read seem to approach storytelling from a different perspective than North American or English writers. The action is not the foremost part of the story. Instead, it is mixed in with the humdrum everyday aspects of life, with a liberal dose of introspection as well. At first, I found this to be an obstacle to endure but it came to be an integral part of the story as I progressed. The main character's quest reveals more than what might be imagined at first glance. The book came all together for me in the last conversation the main character has with his ex-girlfriend at the end of the book. His interpretation on the nature of guilt and forgiveness brought new insights on the subject for me. I liked this book very much but it took me awhile to catch the flow and feeling it possesses.

I read this as part of a first read giveaway. ( )
  danojacks | Jan 5, 2017 |
The main character is a young man with a medical condition that prevents him from remembering faces. After his father dies, the young man moves to the small town of Garapaba hoping to discover the truth behind his grandfather's murder. With only his father's old dog for a companion, the man tries to settle a new life but strangers aren't always welcome, and no one likes the questions he's asking about his grandfather.

This is an English translation of Brazilian writer Daniel Galera's work. The story moves along at a comfortable pace, but I didn't care for it or most of the characters.

Note: this review is based on an ARC received from the publisher ( )
  astraplain | Feb 20, 2015 |
This is an English translation of a book written by a foremost author from Brazil. The novel is about a young man who while visiting his dying father gets his imagination stirred by stories about his grandfather who left the area many years before and was rumored to be dead. When his father dies he adopts his dad's dog and goes on a quest to find out what really happened to his grandfather. The book is well written and translated as the young man learns both about his grandfather but also about himself. ( )
  muddyboy | Feb 8, 2015 |
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From Brazil's most acclaimed young novelist, the mesmerizing story of how a troubled young man's restorative journey to the seaside becomes a violent struggle with his family's past --So why did they kill him? --I'm getting there. Patience, tch#65533;. I wanted to give you the context. Because it's a good story, isn't it? A young man's father, close to death, reveals to his son the true story of his grandfather's death, or at least the truth as he knows it. The mean old gaucho was murdered by some fellow villagers in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic now famous for its surfing and fishing. It was almost an execution, vigilante style. Or so the story goes. It is almost as if his father has given the young man a deathbed challenge. He has no strong ties to home, he is ready for a change, and he loves the seaside and is a great ocean swimmer, so he strikes out for Garopaba, without even being quite sure why. He finds an apartment by the water and builds a simple new life, taking his father's old dog as a companion. He swims in the sea every day, makes a few friends, enters into a relationship, begins to make inquiries. But information doesn't come easily. A rare neurological condition means that he doesn't recognize the faces of people he's met, leading frequently to awkwardness and occasionally to hostility. And the people who know about his grandfather seem fearful, even haunted. Life becomes complicated in Garopaba until it becomes downright dangerous. Steeped in a very special atmosphere, both languid and tense, and soaked in the sultry allure of south Brazil, Daniel Galera's masterfully spare and powerful prose unfolds a story of discovery that feels almost archetypal--a display of storytelling sorcery that builds with oceanic force and announces one of Brazil's greatest young writers to the English-speaking world.

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