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I think what I appreciated most about this book was the style and the language The person would shift from third narrator to first whoever the narrator was talking about mid paragraph and there was something about that style that led to a really interesting fluidity to the prose The story itself is not that compelling There is also a rape scene mid novel that made me unsure I really wanted to continue with the story simply because of how casually it was handled by the author as casually as describing any other action in the novel I read this book with little knowledge of Cape Verde and would have perhaps gotten out of it with a deeper cultural context to the story but I m not convinced 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 one knew 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 become friendly with each otherNormally I can t stand overlong paragraphs and run on sentences in books and this book had plenty of both but for some reason I didn t mind this time I didn t think I would enjoy reading this nearly as much as I did and I wish I could seek out the author s other novels but none of them 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 Ocean about 350 miles off the of Western Africa The islands are volcanic in origin A few of them are fairly flat and others are rocky with some vegetation but in #general they tend to be dry and not very verdant The native language is Portuguese and this book was originally #they tend to be dry and not very verdant The native language is Portuguese and this book was originally in that language and translated into uite a few other languages prior to being available in EnglishThe islands were uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in the 1400 s and became central to the African slave trade The islands were also popular with pirates and were visited by Charles Darwin in 1832 I wonder if he found any interesting species there as the islands are so isolated from any other mainland The islands have few natural resources but overall the literacy rate is high the economy and politics are stable Tourism is a main industry About 500000 people mostly of creole ethnicity live among these islands todayThis story was not the most scintillating but I enjoyed it while still wishing ust a bit that I could finish it and get on to something else But I learned so many things along the way like where the Cape Verde islands are and even what the word creole really meansA creole language is a stable full fledged language that originated from a pidgin So a Portuguese based creole is based on Portuguese language originally but has morphed over time to become a stable language of its own Creole is also a word that describes the people living in. 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 knows 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

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O testamento do Sr Napumoceno da Silva AraújoDon t think any others have been translated into English Bookray wwwbookcrossingcomjournal7416296 Received 16th February 2011I found this a sad story of a Man Who Basically Wasted All who basically wasted all 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 A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, 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 In his final years did Senhor da Silva Arao 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 con 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 Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base and Brain Surgery just let the tide carry me all th In this novella a rich businessman Napumoceno da Silva Araujo hasust died leaving a surprising will everyone assumed #The Straitlaced Old Bachelor Led #straitlaced old bachelor led 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 knew 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 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. A place like Cape Verde they are of #Portuguese descent but were born and raised in the colony I did not realize that creole had such #descent but were born and raised in the colony I did not realize that creole had such broad meaning I had never heard the term applied to anyone but the Louisiana creole but there are creole people and creole languages all over the world The languages of Haiti Mauritius the Seychelles Barbados Liberia and Papua New Guinea are all considered to be creoleThe story is humorous but also a little sad Sr Napumoceno did not have as fulfilling a life as he could have and never was able to find a wife I think he was not craving children but he did think a great deal about getting married I found him to be an odd duck a person who spent much time thinking but little time sharing his thoughts with others or developing close relationships Much of this comes out in his lengthy last will and testament The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Ara o 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 know 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 o 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 Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Ara Mes recettes veggie au robot-cuiseur - 150 ides faciles et rapides ! jo s funeral was conducted with great solemnity as befitted a man of his bearing and demeanour for he was after all a leading business figure in Mindelo the archipelago of Cabo Verde The Chief mourner 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 his mind He was dapper and of course very very rich women he knew would come flocking and they didCarlos took his role of the Sole heir very seriously and on the day of the funeral nobody could have faulted his grief One of the stipulations in a letter to him was tha 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 how others see us by the end of it I didn t feel I d grasped a truth about the protagonist Sr Napumoceno da Silva Arao 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 o 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 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 ust 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 oin 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 ,

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