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after all a leading business figure in Mindelo the archipelago of Cabo Verde The Chief all a leading business figure in Mindelo the archipelago of Cabo Verde The Chief his nephew Carlos conducted himself with dignity and poise he was Senhor Napumoceno s Sole heir Sadly Senhor Napumoceno had never found time in his extremely busy and convoluted world of business and women for a mundane act such as marriage he always pushed it out of of business and women for a mundane act such as marriage he always pushed it out of mind He was dapper and of course very very rich women he new would come flocking and they didCarlos took his role of the Sole heir "VERY SERIOUSLY AND ON THE DAY "seriously and on the day the funeral nobody could have faulted his grief One of the stipulations in a letter to him was that instead of a brass band playing as was customary at every funeral in Cabo Verde Beethoven s Marcha Funebre should be played Now that was a terribly difficult undertaking for Carlos nobody even Archies Americana, Vol. 1 knew what Beethoven s Marcha Funebre was but Carlos with his customary tenacity did manage to get a recording of the Marcha Funebre Carlos was determined that his uncle Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo should lack for nothing on his last earthly voyageBut the show must go on the intricacies of business wait for no man so on the very next day a very suave Carlos went to his Uncle s Office Carlos responded to the polite Bom Dia Senhor Carlos at his Uncle s Office with gravity but hey did you notice the spring in his step The air of nonchalance The little jaunt to the hipsCarlos enters the sanctum sanctorum Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo s Office and then caution to the winds decorum forgotten Carlos is full of glee the old man is dead Dead and I am his Sole heir How would his own portrait look instead of that of the old fossil But wait a minute Carlos there is this tedious business the reading of the Testament The formal reading began in the evening and there seemed no end to it it was as though Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo did not want his heirs to inherit a sou without they being aware of the trajectory his entire life had taken So he began with his extremely humble beginnings he meandered through his rise in business with digressions into his many liaisons with women Poor Carlos had suggested that he read the Testament in the peace and uiet of his house Unethical said the Notary you have to read it in the presence of the witnesses and everyone has to sign So they read and read The Notary confessed to his throat being dry The witnesses took over reading it went onevery little detail of his long life But just a minute just when it seemed to be only a dreary narration of events Napumoceno springs a surprise thatills any hopes that Carlos ever had of being his Sole heir Napumoceno has an illegitimate daughter Maria de Gra a daughter of his housekeeper Dona Chica and it is she and not Carlos who would inherit his wealth What went wrong how did the relationship with Carlos sour Was it because Napumoceno saw in Carlos eyes the same hunger that he Napumoceno used to have Yes Napumoceno never trusted Carlos for they were so alike Did Napumoceno have liaisons with other women Oh yes many But the love of his life was Adelia the beautiful Adelia who strangely disappears In addition to his vast heritage Napumoceno beueaths his daughter Maria de Gra a a collection of his audio tapes where he describes his life in minute detail never omitting a single event Maria de Gra a tries to piece her father s life with these tapes but like any person s life the narrative has lacunae that she is unable to fill On the other hand her uest and her desire to learn about her father brings her closer to Carlos her cousin and Dona Eduarda the new housekeeperGermano Almeida the author of this wonderful book wants to show his audience that parallel worlds do exist in our society and in our lives This he does admirably with wit and sarcasmThe desperate battle of a boy with no shoes who comes to S o Vicente to get rich but forgets that his nephew Carlos has the same desire Forgets how Carlos works so very hard to make the business a huge success and very ungratefully disinherits himLike so very many rich people Napumoceno loves to give but the recipient should be eternally grateful never should the recipient forget When he died Senhor Napumoceno was a much respected businessman a man of integrity a serious man with no vices When the Testament is read he is revealed a much different person He is revealed a human being with all his myriad faults but also his many strengths Aren t we all the sam. Ate an illegitimate child such is the lot of poor self critical Señor da Silva A bit like Calvino's Mr Palomar in his attention to protocol and in his terror of life's passions; a bit like Svevo's Zeno a little pompous a little old fashioned and often hapless Señor da Silva moves along a deliciously blurry line between farce and tragedy a self important buffoon becomes a fully human even tragic figure in the arc of this hilarious and touching novel translated into Spanish German French Italian Dutch Norwegian Swedish and now at last English.
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Tally over it and they "Then Have A Consensual Relationship "have a consensual relationship have to say I am having trouble thinking of anything grosser in literature than books by men portraying women who don t mind being rapedSo though the opening initially grabbed me I can t recommend this one On to something better and good riddance to it I found this book when planning a holiday in Cape Verde and read it whilst away Knowing some basic facts about the country definitely helped contextualise the novel and being there made it come to life This novel is touching humorous and thought provoking It explores how
We See Ourselves Versus Howsee ourselves Versus How See Us By The how others see us by the of it I didn t feel I d grasped a truth about the protagonist Sr Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo and I suppose that s the point It also left me with a vivid impression of Cape Verdean life The Last Will Testament of Senhor da Silva Ara jo reminded me of Gabriel Garc a M ruez in its sweeping portrait of a life and some slightly magical elements eg the 10000 umbrellas although I wouldn t call it magical realismI d like to read other books by Germano Almeida but unfortunately I don t think any others have been translated into English This book was interesting to me in that it took place in a location with which I was unfamiliar the Republic of Cape Verde and it was a style of writing that I had not really read before The first thing I had to do was to find out something about Cape Verde The Republic of Cape Verde is a group of 10 small islands in the central Atlantic Ocean about 350 miles off the With hesitation I picked up this book It s on my list of books to read around the world and this story is set in Cape Verde I m always a bit hesitant when reading works that were translated from Portuguese The stories are fantastical and somewhat romantic but always lacking They seem incomplete maybe something got lost in translation In this book by Germano Almeida we learn that the protagonist Senhor Napumoceno has died His only nephew and business partner Carlos eagerly awaits to inherit everything owned by his uncle But the will of Senhor Napumoceno turns out to be a memoir divulging all his secrets including that of an illegitimate daughter GarcaThe sentences in this book were unbelievably long and one can easily get lost in them Luckily I managed to get into the flow of the story and just let the tide carry me all the way to the end It s not a long book anyway Like most lusophone literature from Africa this one reminded me a lot of Latin American magical realism and its unstructured and unreasonable way of narration I m glad I read this but at the same time unsure what the message of this book is denn was bringt es dem Menschen allen Reichtum der Welt zu erlangen wenn er seine Seele verliert Kein Vermoegen ist so gross dass es unseren Frieden ersetzen The Book Thief koennte Though this book is uite short only about 150 pages it left me with a lot to think about It tells the life story of one Napumoceno da Silva Araujo a respected and rich Cape Verdean businessman who died at a very old age and left a shocking will that was over 300 pages long and beueathed everything to the bastard daughter no onenew he hadThe story particularly in the beginning describing the funeral is extremely funny in its way It is also notable for showing how various people s perceptions of the same events can be so different as to be come almost unrecognizable Araujo s nephew for instance through his eyes is a slimy arrogant deceitful Uriah Heep type character but his newfound cousin Maria de Graca sees him as a likable enough man who bears no grudge against her and they becom In his final years did Senhor da Silva Ara jo write his will or his memoir Either way it takes several hours to read and comes as a big shock to his nephew and presumed heir not to mention something of a scandal in wider Cape Verde societyIt is an examination of a life lived decisions made for good or ill the conseuences of those decisions and a soul laid bare It starts with the story of Senhor da Silva Ara jo s life as he looks back on it told thematically rather than chronologically but continues with his nephew s and his illegitimate daughter s view of his life which makes them look at their own As befits a study of the human condition it is by turns sad and funny successful and regretful absurd and glorious Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo s funeral was conducted with great solemnity as befitted a man of his bearing an. Ut when Señor da Silva's 387 page Last Will and Testament is read aloud; a marathon task on a hot afternoon which exhausts reader after reader; there's eye opening news and not just for the smug nephew so certain of inheriting all Señor da Silva's property With his will Señor da Silva leaves a memoir that is a touching web of elaborate self deceptions He desired so ardently to prosper to be taken seriously to join perhaps if they'll have him the exclusive Grémio country club and most of all to be a good man And yet shady deals twists of ,
I think what I appreciated most about this book was the style and the language The person would shift from about this book was the style and the language The person would shift from narrator to first whoever the narrator was talking about mid paragraph and there was something about tha Bookray wwwbookcrossingcomjournal7416296 Received 16th February 2011I found this a sad story of a man who basically wasted all the chances in his life to find himself happiness by not acting on his feelings or acting too late He could have married Dona Chica and had a happy family life but was too worried about his reputation He did chase the lady from Dakar but she left him with uite another legacy which he also delayed dealing with He missed his moment with Dona Joia postponing his letter too long and being in any case too tentative and the mysterious Ad lia was not free when he wanted her and by the time she was he was no longer interested His greatest success was his business and even that he delegates to his nephew Carlos and yet does not trust him to run it without him He remains distant from everyone and even runs his business at a distance with the minimum of bother by selling direct from the ship and the dock and re exporting many of his importsNot surprisingly I found myself unable to engage with Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo and so in the end I found the book unresolved and uninspired I was hoping to get of a picture of life in Cape Verde which turns out to me a nation made up of several islands several hundred miles off the coast of West Africa Looking up Germano Almeida on Wikipedia I read that this book is supposed to show Sr Napumoceno as a relic of colonialism but I can t see that either A pleasant enough book but unmemorable The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Ara jo translated from the Portuguese by Sheila Faria Glaser is my book from Cape Verde for the Read The World challenge For those who don t now Cape Verde is an island nation an archipelago off the coast of Africa at about the point where the continent projects furthest into the Atlantic It was uninhabited until the Portuguese started using it as a trading port I learn from Wikipedia and the population is largely of mixed European and African originThat history may explain why it feels like a book from Latin America than from Africa I would be hard pressed to explain exactly what I mean by that a sense that the European cultural influence is deeply embedded is part of it although I can t immediate articulate what makes me say that It may be no than the fact that the book is full of names like Senhor da Silva Ara jo of courseThe book tells the story of a self made local businessman it starts with the reading of his will which reveals unexpected news and moves back and forward through his life building up into complex portrait It s short 151 pages but nicely written wryly humorous and open to the absurdities as well as the tragedies of the human condition In this novella a rich businessman Napumoceno da Silva Araujo has just died leaving a surprising will everyone assumed the straitlaced old bachelor led an abstemious life but it turns out he had his share of sexcapades The book is set in Cape Verde an island nation off the west coast of Africa but fittingly perhaps as the islands were first settled by the Portuguese reads like a Latin American novel than an African one with its Portuguese names single paragraphs that span multiple pages and obsessive focus on OMG SEXThe story is told mostly through Napumoceno s eyes relating the events of his life as he wrote about them We also see Maria his secret illegitimate daughter as she learns about the man she never new was her father and befriends the nephew who d assumed himself to be the heir There is not any strong plotline to provide an organizing principle for these reminisces The translation is fluid though the writing isn t always as clear as it could be The characters get some development but never really grabbed me though there are a couple of good scenes The writing is not especially visual but does provide some sense of the society in Cape Verde in the middle decades of the twentieth century One particular episode bears mentioning Maria is the daughter of Napumoceno s one time cleaning lady who one day happens to be wearing a skirt in Napumoceno s favorite color Unable to restrain himself he pounces on and rapes her despite her resistance I couldn t make this stuff up y all She s not happy but by the next day she is to. New Directions is proud to introduce the masterwork of Cape Verde's greatest living writer Germano Almeida an ironic and original tragic comedy from a new voice in African literature Everyone in Cape Verde nows Señor da Silva Successful entrepreneur owner of the island's first automobile a most serious upright and self made businessman Señor da Silva is the local success story Born an orphan he never married he never splurged; one good suit was good enough for him; and he never wandered from the straight and narrow Or so everyone thought