Ligia Bezerra. This article analyzes the representation of consumption in Luiz Ruffato's Eles eram muitos cavalos. I argue that the writer, by referencing commodities as tokens of reality, emphasizes the inescapable presence of consumer culture in the everyday life of large urban centers in Brazil. Utilizing cultural studies' theoretical contributions to the study of consumption and everyday life, I demonstrate that these references, rather than appearing as a metaphor for an alienating force controlling irrational consumers from a certain social segment, appear in Ruffato's text as part of the experience of various social segments, creating identifications among its members, as well as reinforcing social divisions. N2 - This article analyzes the representation of consumption in Luiz Ruffato's Eles eram muitos cavalos.
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But it has history and conflict. The city is the protagonist. She is the link between chapters. Very worth the experience. See 1 question about Eles Eram Muitos Cavalos….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Eles Eram Muitos Cavalos. May 17, Livia Lima rated it it was ok. I wanted to like this book. It is written by a rising Brazilian author, and I usually enjoy reading the work of new authors from other countries.
But sadly it was all I could do not to quit reading this book in the first few pages. I suppose I am just getting too old to really enjoy new-fangled approaches to novels. This one is written in snippets that are more like poetry than prose, which I guess is fine if that is what you enjoy. It was not until page 24 that any of the bits began to even look I wanted to like this book.
It was not until page 24 that any of the bits began to even look like a short story. Honestly, I just don't understand the value of writing in run-on sentences, without punctuation or capitalization, and without any real indication of where the voices change. Then there was the content. The book is set in Sao Paulo, and geez oh man does this book make Sao Paulo seem like a terribly depressing, violent, poor, and angry place. I gave it 2 stars only because I was finally able to finish reading it.
I try to reserve 1-star ratings for books I dislike so much that I can't even finish them. The lack of structure apparently reflects the impossibility of reproducing the complexity of the city, and is an homage to its dynamic and diversity. The book has been much praised, so perhaps the fault is mine, but essentially I found it unreadable. Jan 30, Euclides Cesar rated it it was ok. Enfim, esperava mais. Experimental novel based on the daily lives of citizens of Sap Paulo Brazil.
Too busy and not enough story for me to attach myself to. I received a copy of this book through the goodreads giveaway in return for this review: There Were Many Horses is a compilation of stories, or snippets of life, from one day in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Luiz Ruffato uses a wide variety of techniques to make each little often just a page or two story unique. The variety of literary techniques is reason enough to read this piece.
I was, unfortunately, lacking in any cultural schema to access while reading this text. Therefore, I struggled to relate and I received a copy of this book through the goodreads giveaway in return for this review: There Were Many Horses is a compilation of stories, or snippets of life, from one day in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Therefore, I struggled to relate and find meaning in much of the goings on within the text, which mostly accounts for my rating of 2 stars. Mutta omalla tavallaan mielenkiintoinen teos, joka varmaan iskee tietynlaiseen kirjamakuun.
Ei huono, mutta ei minulle. Sekava kirja. Not for me Got this as a freebie on amazon. Made it 10 pages and quit. Might be a story in there amongst the babble, but I wasn't going to waste my time trying to find out.
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Eles Eram Muitos Cavalos
A representação da cultura de consumo em Eles eram muitos cavalos, de Luiz Ruffato