Nine Nights

This powerful, award winning Brazilian novel is reminiscent of Naipaul, Faulkner and Conrad in its exploration of human behaviour on the edges of civilization.In August 1939, a twenty seven year old American ethnologist, brilliant and from a solid background, mysteriously commits suicide in Brazil while studying among the tribes of the ian basin He leaves behind himThis powerful, award winning Brazilian novel is reminiscent of Naipaul, Faulkner and Conrad in its exploration of human behaviour on the edges of civilization.In August 1939, a twenty seven year old American ethnologist, brilliant and from a solid background, mysteriously commits suicide in Brazil while studying among the tribes of the ian basin He leaves behind him seven letters, alleging different motives for his suicide to some, he said he had contracted a terrible disease to others, he said that he could not recover from his wife s betrayal with his own brother but he wasn t married, and he didn t have a brother.In the present, the narrator becomes obsessed with the search for an eighth letter he is convinced must have existed As the reader observes, his search slowly drives him mad a Marlowe haunted by the fate of his own Kurtz This is truly a remarkable novel.
Nine Nights This powerful award winning Brazilian novel is reminiscent of Naipaul Faulkner and Conrad in its exploration of human behaviour on the edges of civilization In August a twenty seven year old A

  • Title: Nine Nights
  • Author: Bernardo Carvalho
  • ISBN: 9780434012954
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Um romance mais ou menos policial e histórico com uma narrativa jornalística. Os ingredientes estavam bem equilibrados para fazer uma boa estória, mas achei tudo muito confuso o que frustrou a leitura. O final também não ajudou em nada a melhorar a experiência.

    2. Една од трите книги што ќе ја обележи моја 2017 година.

    3. This book may be a bit difficult to read (in other words, not generally likable), but its style is certainly interesting. The story line is simple: the narrator is investigating a suicide of a young American anthropologist committed some 60 years ago in Brazil (this is the non-fictitious part of the story). The narrator's account of events alternates with letters written by a local friend of the deceased researcher, addressed to someone who was expected to come. The reconstruction of Buell Quain [...]

    4. When I finished reading this novel, I immediately returned to the beginning and read it again. It's extraordinarily complex and convoluted. It took two careful readings to fully grasp the intricacies of the storyline.It's a very strange unusual novel in its construction. In the first reading it took a long time to "get into" the story. The writing style is stiff and formal. As the plot began to open up (but not without mystery) so did the writing style. It's hard to grasp who is talking at times [...]

    5. A leitura não eu das mais fáceis -- não pelos termos utilizados pelo autor, mas sim pela complicada ordem em que as peças do quebra-cabeça são dispostas ao longo da leitura. É um livro rápido de ler, mas confesso que achei ele simplório, sem grandes reflexões.-- o que é curioso, dado que o personagem central da história parece sofrer de uma angústia terrível.A maior parte das páginas é dedicada a pontuar fatos aqui e acolá, montando o mosaico em que se baseia o romance. E quando [...]

    6. Interesting premise, but ultimately very disappointing read. Tries to hard to be complex and innovative in structure, but fails and also the story is just not interesting enough

    7. I read this book in 2009. I remember it as a very suggestiv, dark and fantastic book. Reality och fiction mixed in brilliant way. Loved it! Never read anything like it before or after.

    8. The story had many interesting elements, but I found it hard to follow. Also, the ending left me confused.

    9. Esse furou a fila. A resenha começa com "na noite de 2 de agosto" pô, meu aniversário. Sobre o suicídio de um antropologista no meio do Brasil e um jornalista que decide escrever um livro. Eu fiquei bem preso nesse, deixei de lado tudo o que estava lendo junto. A escrita é boa, mais pro tradicional, pro limpo, quase transparente. Dessas coisas que quem não sabe fazer inveja muito. Curti o mistério, como ele constrói, mas ele é tão bom que a resolução fica meio fuén. Ele canta a bola [...]

    10. Passei boa parte do livro tentando descobrir que é o narrador da história, no final percebi que isso não muda muita coisa. É criado um bom clima de suspense em torno do motivo que teria levado o etnólogo estadunidense Buell Quain a cometer suicídio entre os índios brasileiros em agosto de 1939, após uma troca de correspondência. Toda minha atenção se focou nesse ponto, li avidamente a fim de elucidar esse grande mistério. Li o final 2 vezes, gosto de livros que te permitem chegar a s [...]

    11. A história mistura fatos reais com ficção. Demorei para engrenar na narrativa quase jornalística que compõe toda a primeira metade do livro. O estilo seco continua sem trégua até o final, com excessão das partes que correspondem às cartas de Manoel Perna. Fica mais interessante a partir do ponto em que o narrador passa a equilibrar o relato de fatos acontecidos há muitos anos com a sua própria experiência na tribo dos Krahô. Sem dúvida os trechos que detalham as crenças e costumes [...]

    12. This is somewhere between a 3 and a 4. I did really like it, but at the same time, it was a difficult read. Quite disjointed. Granted, that may be part of its plot-line. Everything is a disjunction between truth and lies in this book and Carvalho clearly wants his reader to be as confused as his narrator is. Still, there are parts where it gets a bit fuzzy even given that assumption. Intriguing look into reality, though. Good book, even with the fuzzy parts.

    13. Adorei!Terminei há pouco e ainda sinto vertigem pela mistura que o autor faz entre realidade e ficção. Quando encontrar com ele vou questionar onde está a fronteira entre ambas.Talvez ñ Melhor deixar essa discussão pra Rancière, que Bernardo tanto curte.Até porque mitos sempre fecundam a realidade.Nove Noites é prova disso. Mais uma vez, em 500 anos, a Amazônia é retratada como o paraíso (ou inferno) de incontáveis mistérios.

    14. Como define o próprio autor, trata-se de "uma combinação de memória e imaginação - como todo romance, em maior ou menor grau, de forma mais ou menos direta". E tal combinação é tecida com maestria por Bernardo Carvalho.

    15. It was ok but not one of my favorite reads. A story of a ethnologist who committed suicide whilst studying a tribe in Brazil leads to a an obsessive seeker of the truth investigating the suicide. Didn't really grab me. Author was born in Brazil

    16. Uma narrativa envolvente, dinâmica, misteriosa e ao mesmo tempo reveladora, misturando histórias ditas reais e as ditas de ficção. A história de Buell Quain parece interessantíssima por si só, a literatura apenas a deixou maior e mais intensa.

    17. Could not get to grips with this. I kept waiting for something to happen. The writing is enjoyable however.

    18. Difícil de seguirle el ritmo pero deja aprendizajes sobre culturas que hasta ahora no conocía. Podría haber tenido un final más polémico pero es entretenido para salas de espera

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