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Memorial de Ayres Author: Machado de Assis Release Date: October 23, [EBook ] Language: Portuguese Produced by Laura N. Images generously made available by the Internet Archive. Free download available at Project Gutenberg. I made the proofing of this book for Free Literature and it will be published by Project Gutenberg. Ora bem, faz hoje um anno que voltei definitivamente da Europa. Era o mesmo que ouvi ha um anno, em , e talvez fosse a mesma boca. It is written in diary form, containing the daily accounts, reflections, and memories of a retired, ageing, and solitary diplomat named Aires.
Not much happens in the way of plot; the story begins with a wager between Aires and his sister Rita that a beautiful widow who "There is nothing like the passion of love to give originality to what is commonplace and novelty to what is dying of old age. Not much happens in the way of plot; the story begins with a wager between Aires and his sister Rita that a beautiful widow whom they observe in a cemetery will or will not remarry; the rest of the novel traces the wager's outcome.
There is a kind of circularity to the story, which does not move far from its starting point—not much changes, physically, in the end—yet its beauty resides in the little changes that do occur, and these will be perceived and felt by those who appreciate subtlety. It was an emotional ending for me, which was partly due to the story itself, but mostly because this was—and truly felt like—Machado's last statement. It is not to be missed, especially if you love the man as you should. Feb 17, Walter rated it it was ok. Achei Memorial de Aires um romance bastante leve em todos os sentidos. Talvez, em outro mom Achei Memorial de Aires um romance bastante leve em todos os sentidos.
Talvez, em outro momento, teria gostado mais de Memorial de Aires, mas, por enquanto, achei-o pouco. If the back of the book is to be believed The Wager is by the greatest Brazilian author; and is of timeless quality of themes of broken dreams, love and obsession. The story is told by Aires in the form of a diary around He is a returning retired diplomat from Portugal to Rio. Fidelia an attractive youthful widow and later Tristao, a dashing politician and family friend.
The wager in If the back of the book is to be believed The Wager is by the greatest Brazilian author; and is of timeless quality of themes of broken dreams, love and obsession. The wager in question is between Aires and Rita, his sister, that Fidelia, though still too attached to her dead husband, will remarry Aires perhaps hopes it'll be him. Though there are a couple of other characters guess who ends up getting hitched.
I have read Dom Casmurro and that's better by a long way. The Wager though interesting isn't captivating.
Aires isn't obsessed by Fidelia, nobody particularly has dreams for the future and so Fidelia and Tristao end up loving each other - no news there. The diary format wasn't - Aires doesn't really tell us about his thoughts and given the diary is private no deep personal feelings come out. A Brazilian classic may be but it's dry, unemotional and indistinct. The only novel angle of the book is the abolition of the slave trade in Brazil. Quality perhaps but uninspiring.
Dec 31, Lachlan rated it it was ok. This novel, presented as the diary of a retired diplomat, is set in Rio de Janeiro in Aires, now a widower, considers himself 'old' at 60 and limits himself to observing the people in his social circle, the moneyed classes of Rio. The plot is simple and moves very This novel, presented as the diary of a retired diplomat, is set in Rio de Janeiro in The plot is simple and moves very slowly: Unfortunately, the diplomat's observations never dig very deep and I grew bored with conversations that consisted of lists of friends' virtues.
The book is dated and at times doesn't really rise above soap-opera gossip. Oct 03, Amanda Alexandre rated it it was ok Shelves: Definitely the less impressive of Machado's works. None of the things I like about him is present in this novel: I couldn't care much for the characters. Feels like Machado burned all of his best in previous works and there was nothing left to make up for this. May 16, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: If Merchant and Ivory could have"gone Brazilian" Counselor Ayres, the character, was first found in Machado de Assis' previous novel, "Esau and Jacob" just as Quincas Borba appeared in "Epitaph of a Small Winner" before becoming the main character in another novel.
The present volume is rather slow, perhaps "slight" is a fair word, and may leave action-oriented modern readers a little bored. While Machado de Assis shows in his usual, subtle way, that love is the glue that can hold both individuals and society together, the progress of the novel is languid and the text lacks entirely the wit and irony of his earlier works.
Yet I found beauty in the book and sensed the nostalgia for a slower time. We read a gentle story of an older diplomat retired watching the relationships develop and change among four or five other people in the Rio de Janeiro upper class of An attractive widow dedicated to her dead husband whom she had married against the wishes of her family; the godson of a doting old couple, otherwise childless, who returns to Rio after many years in Europe; the old couple themselves who love both widow and godson equally as the children they never had; a sister, an uncle, a malicious gossipthese are the characters we find moving in slow motion through the pages of a diary that reveals, but only slightly, the state of society in Brazil at the time.
Slavery was abolished, the Empire had just come to an end, but Machado de Assis wrote more of playing cards, oil painting, piano recitals, and attendance at very European tea parties. It is a novel of a class that ignored the times, a class entirely wrapped up in its own interrelationships.
Memorial de Aires
Personally, I liked this novel, but as I found myself getting a little impatient at times, and I like those Merchant and Ivory films I wonder if it would appeal to many in our more-rushed age, hence the three stars. If Jorge Amado's wonderfully-descriptive novels of 20th century Brazil recall the samba and sexual vitality, Afro-Brazilian religion, color, and violence, this novel is more evocative of the piano adagios heard from afar on long-forgotten, hot January afternoons in bougainvillea-filled gardens of the vanished Brazilian aristocracy, and of people too "cultivated" to ever reveal their feelings in public.
Machado de Assis terminou sua vida como escritor com uma obra prima. This was the best yet! This is told by a character who has been in each of the three Machado De Assis books which I've read and is his "memorial" -- which is essentially his journal or diary and he has edited it out or it was supposedly edited down with plans to have another book follow it but Machado De Assis died before writing another book.
This was such a unique read -- yes, I've read other things in the form o Just beginning this third book by Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado De Assis. This was such a unique read -- yes, I've read other things in the form of a diary but somehow this was as though the reader is standing at the side of a stage and the page turns and the scenes shift and characters come and go while the "director" narrates or wanders off into little asides or more lengthy ones.
In each of these books there are bits of background of events which are happening in Brazil while the story of the books plays out intertwined with the historical timeline. I'm not sure I'd recommend these and yet, I've become rather fond of the voice of this author and will read whatever others of his I can get my hands on in the future.
Feb 07, Antonio marked it as to-read Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Leia algum dos grandes romances de Machado de Assis. O coloquialismo melodioso e fluente de Machado. Eu recomendaria ainda para os que tem dificuldade de manejar a lingua O Memorial de Aires. Early in the book we are introduced to Aires, an older widower recently returned to Brazil in the s after his career as a diplomat has ended.
He is soon emotionally bound in a wager with her over whether she will ever remarry.