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To ask other readers questions about A Cartomante , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Cartomante. Uma grata surpresa, de um autor que cada vez mais me agrada. Jul 25, Rita rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , n-brasil , y , s Ouvi aqui Ouvi aqui I think he wanted to portrait that fortune tellers are full of shit.
The story has a nice twist, that's what makes it worth reading. Nov 28, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: audio-books , brazilian-literature , fictionth-century , gutenberg , librivox , read , short-stories. Free download available at LibriVox. View all 5 comments. Apr 20, G rated it really liked it Shelves: basic-bitches , short-stories-novellas. Bitch had it coming. May 29, Gillyz rated it liked it Shelves: tales-and-poems , novel-drama. We have three main characters: 1 A fortune-teller who makes generic statements that can apply to anyone: "You love someone" is the first sentence the fortune-teller says to the woman who comes to consult her.
The woman is impressed on how the fortune-teller can tell she loves someone without even knowing her. I'm really liking Machado de Assis again. His stories are so old in such a traditional country so you expect them to not hold up like so many other stories of that time period do but I got to say this was top quality short stories in my book.
Starting with Machado's writing which is great especially for the time this is written in. He cuts out the unnecessary stuff out and is only descriptive with the stuff you you want eg. This is particularly evident in some scenes where the central character, Camilo, is paranoid or scared for his life and for his beloved's life. As a story, it was also great. In a nutshell it's about a love affair between Camilo and Rita, who is married to Camilo's best friend Vilela.
The book actually goes back in forth between past and present which I thought was an unusual narrative technique to use for the time in a short story.
Camilo one day receives an anonymous letter threatening him in regards to his affair. I also thought that this story had many of the traditional themes from Brazilian stories and culture. Most, if not all, stories from Brazil have typically a strong romantic element which this had but it shone a light more on the darker side of love and relationships rather than the love and fun aspect of it. Another important element in the story was superstition. I don't want to generalize Brazilians, but being one myself, I know that you will struggle to find an atheist there.
Brazilians are deeply superstitious or religious and I thought that the inclusion of the fortune teller and firmly believing in that type of stuff is such a typical Brazilian thing, especially in the s.
What I most of all liked though was the brutal, tragic and unexpected plot twist which I typically think are uncharacteristic of Brazilian stories like in TV soap operas. I would very much like to read more of his work. Eu passei 10 anos pra digerir o final desse conto. Fiquei chocadah, passadah. This book contains an excellent sample of short stories by well-known authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a tightly-written tale of love and betrayal.
I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out how the story ended. His style reminded me a lot of Edgar Allen Poe's, and I hope to find more translations of his works into English as I was very impressed with his writing style. Sep 03, Paula Soares rated it really liked it. Sep 04, Jonathas Soares rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. One of the best short stories I've ever read! Nov 24, Clem SS rated it really liked it. Me quede sin palabras. May 18, Kate rated it liked it. A little predictable but still not bad.
Agree with the plot, that fortune tellers aren't worth as much as one's own intuition. Nov 13, Bruno rated it it was amazing. Oct 12, Victor Bonini rated it it was amazing. A fun, quick read. A real page turner! May 19, Gabriela rated it it was amazing. Pleasant and engaging story that may be short, but there's a lot going on. It's not boring in any way, language is very clear. Five stars out of five! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. A commentary on faith and how convenient it becomes when ones life is thrown onto disarray. Perhaps also a commentary on fate, bc what are the chances that his carriage is stopped right in front of the fortune tellers shop?
Also while reading this, I simultaneously thought the fortune teller was telling him what he wanted to hear but still also got caught up in his belief against even my own reason that all would be well. Lol so not sure if that speaks to A commentary on faith and how convenient it becomes when ones life is thrown onto disarray. Lol so not sure if that speaks to the author's talent or my own internal battles. The ending was great. Alexandre Dourado rated it really liked it Apr 27, JoelsonZ rated it liked it May 19, Joel Fernandes rated it really liked it Nov 21, Catherine rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Myrla Batista rated it it was ok Jun 22, Michel Pires rated it it was amazing Apr 05, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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