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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Leche derramada. An old man dying in a hospital and on morphine, reminisces to himself and to the nurses about his life. His life was on the downhill side of great ancestors who helped found Brazil and consorted with European royalty there are family pictures of great-great-grandpa with Queen Victoria. His own father was a national senator in Brazil, but he never made it that high up the ladder. Only his daughter whom we assume is also elderly, since he is approaching comes to visit him.
Buarque is well-known as a musician in Brazil, and his prose has a rhythmic, musical quality to it that carries the reader forward effortlessly. His grandfather was an aristocratic plantation owner. His father was a powerful, womanizing senator. They become interchangeable. He returns again and again to his recollections of his wife with skin the colour of cinnamon.
Spilt Milk is a masterful novel about memory, family, nation, and self. Do yourself a favour and pick it up. View 1 comment. I admire the style. He portrays an elderly, dying man who is losing control of his life or actually lost it years ago and desperately wants to be remembered by someone and to tell his story, which changes with each retelling.
If only the protagonist had been a more likeable character, I might have been more involved. Instead, I found myself wanting to flee his bedside, just as it appeared the young attendants did. He continued to be a boring, self-centered old man. The book includes a lot of c I admire the style. The book includes a lot of criticism of the dictators in Brazil, subtly woven into this dying man's memoirs.
But it misses its mark with foreign readers who do not know much about Brazil's history. This is not a book that exports well. Chico Buarque is a talented musician and writer. Now, Chico, please write something more interesting.
You can read this book in one sitting, for it is written in such a quietly captivating way that you are oblivious to time passing around you as you enter the character's reveries.
If, like me, you were unaware of the history and culture behind modern day Brazil - let alone its aristocratic heritage - this book will educate you well in depicting development of the country through the 20th century. I would recommend as an insightful read that succeeds in captivating the undying lust of youth, altho You can read this book in one sitting, for it is written in such a quietly captivating way that you are oblivious to time passing around you as you enter the character's reveries.
I would recommend as an insightful read that succeeds in captivating the undying lust of youth, although would point out that the chapters jumping through time can be confusing to keep up with at points. I gave Spilt Milk two out of five stars due to its lack of organization, unnecessary sexual descriptions, and absence of quotations. The main character, Eulalio, spends the whole book recalling events from his life in no order whatsoever.
The lack of chronological organization distracts the reader from the storyline and leaves them wondering as to whether the mentioned ev I gave Spilt Milk two out of five stars due to its lack of organization, unnecessary sexual descriptions, and absence of quotations.
Although every sexual description is somehow related to the narrative, they end up depreciating the value of the main themes. In Brazilian literature, indented lines are used to indicate direct speech as opposed to quotation marks. The poor sequential management was only magnified by the lack of quotations.
I would not recommend it to a friend. I admire elements of this book. The structure, the atmosphere, the history smuggled in, the commentary on time and social upheaval are all solid. But I can't say that I enjoyed it. I don't need characters to be likeable or good or anything but themselves and telling a story through a character who narrates, unreliably, disjointedly and repetitively isn't in itself wrong. What moved this from a pleasure to a chore was a particular whine in the narrator's tone that hit a nerve with me.
It may well I admire elements of this book. It may well be authentic for an embittered man reviewing a life of disappointment but it didn't make for good company. Very nice I don't usually like to provide a synopsis since Goodreads usually does, but since it is lacking I've copied one I've borrowed from Amazon He begins by retracing his youth as the son of a conservative Brazilian senator and wealthy coffee exporter. Proud of his noble heritage — and eager to recount it for anyone within earshot — he recalls trips to Europe with his father, who introduces him to cocaine, sex, and a disciplinary whip that has been passed down through four generations of military men.
His memory floods with exquisite detail as he recalls their furtive after-school courtship and the late-night rendezvous that led to their unlikely marriage.
Spilt Milk had me hooked from page 1 due to its unique narrative. What isn't right is for someone from the outside to meddle with it He seemed very selfish and arrogant, yet my heart broke as he retold stories about Matilde since his love never died for her. Chico Buarque is a talented storyteller, and I hope I am not the lone review on Goodreads much longer!
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Club 1 Unrated I recuse myself from rating this book I understand this book, the metaphor the old gentleman is the Old Brazil of slave holders, prejudices and power of the ruling upper class and Eurocentric while his wife Matilda is the new Brazil or the masses or the "vulgar" which by the way the old order helped create by importing slaves The new Brazil has taken over the old Brazil as the old man chronicles the loss of all his lands, properties and privileges while he dies in an inf Book Club 1 Unrated I recuse myself from rating this book I understand this book, the metaphor the old gentleman is the Old Brazil of slave holders, prejudices and power of the ruling upper class and Eurocentric while his wife Matilda is the new Brazil or the masses or the "vulgar" which by the way the old order helped create by importing slaves The new Brazil has taken over the old Brazil as the old man chronicles the loss of all his lands, properties and privileges while he dies in an infirmary for the aged.
While chronicling his past life and that of his illustrious forbearers, meant to mirror Brazilian history and colonial triumphs but is interspersed by his personal family's squandering and fortune reversals he recites this in an Alzheimer's demented fog.
I don't care to hear some old fart telling me his sexual exploits, drug trips, sexual and racial hang-ups even if it's cathartic for the Brazilians to move on; that is why I am not giving this book a rating.
I was pretty impressed. A lot of times novels in translation don't flow very well because the language is stiff and unnatural, but the translator Alison Entrekin of this novel did a really good job with what was probably really hard original material.
The novel reads as the ramblings of an old man, which can be hard to follow, but the effect is I felt like I really was listening to an old man ramble.
The story was hard to piece together, with little details here and there, and enough contradic I was pretty impressed. The story was hard to piece together, with little details here and there, and enough contradictions in the old man's memory, that you don't really know what is true. Again, this can be frustrating, but it is also what keeps the reader engaged.
You have to piece together the puzzle of the man's life. It reminded me a lot of the movie Momento. That said, the characters and setting seemed real, and outside of the technique with which the story is told, the story itself was interesting and could probably make for a good movie.
Requires active participation from the reader to try and find out what really happened to the wife's narrator, since the narrator, who is dying in hospital, keeps changing his story depending on which nurse is on duty and what state he is in.
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A very old man is in a hospital bed. A member of a traditional Brazilian family, he presents the history of his family in a monologue addressed to his daughter, the nurses, and anyone else who will listen. He follows his family's path from his Portuguese ancestors, including a baron of the Empire , and a First Republic's Senator, down to his grandson, a youth from Rio de Janeiro. His family saga is characterized by social and economic decadence against the background of Brazilian history over the last two centuries. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. O Globo.