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Bento Santiago quer “atar as duas pontas da vida”. Santiago é a personagem principal do romance Dom Casmurro, que relata a sua vida entre a infância e o momento em que escreve o livro. As brincadeiras, as reminiscências da juventude e a entrada no seminário dão lugar ao caso com Capitu, que se torna o centro de uma história de ciúme. O romance retrata a moral e os costumesBento Santiago quer “atar as duas pontas da vida”. Santiago é a personagem principal do romance Dom Casmurro, que relata a sua vida entre a infância e o momento em que escreve o livro. As brincadeiras, as reminiscências da juventude e a entrada no seminário dão lugar ao caso com Capitu, que se torna o centro de uma história de ciúme. O romance retrata a moral e os costumes da sociedade brasileira do Rio de Janeiro nos finais do século XIX.O autor: Muitas vezes considerado um dos maiores nomes da literatura brasileira, Machado de Assis escreveu praticamente todos os géneros literários. Foi jornalista, crítico literário, cronista, poeta, romancista e dramaturgo, tendo tido uma presença activa nos eventos políticos e sociais da altura....

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Number of Pages : 286 Pages
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Dom Casmurro Reviews

  • Lizzy
    2019-06-02 23:28

    I read Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro so many years back that if it was not for its splendor I might have forgotten it, but a brief revist was enough to remind me why I fell perilously in love with it. One of Brazil's literature masterpieces without doubt. Love, jealousy and betrayal are the central themes of Dom Casmurro. If it reminds you of Othello or Madame Bovary, you are not too far off the mark. But, at the same time, it could not be more different. The novel is a memoir told in the first person by Bento or Bentinho, aka Dom Casmurro, his story of enduring love affair with Capitu. The title character tells us of his younger self, his love, courtship, and marriage to a memorable and colorful Capitu.“Lovers' language, give me an exact and poetic comparison to say what those eyes of Capitu were like. No image comes to mind that doesn't offend against the rules of good style, to say what they were and what they did to me. Undertow eyes? Why not? Undertow. That's the notion that the new expression put in my head. They held some kind of mysterious, active fluid, a force that dragged one in, like the undertow of a wave retreating from the shore on stormy days. So as not to be dragged in, I held onto anything around them, her ears, her arms, her hair spread about her shoulders; but as soon as I returned to the pupils of her eyes again, the wave emerging from them grew towards me, deep and dark, threatening to envelop me, draw me in and swallow me up.”As you have guessed, we get only his point of view, and the reader may well ask ‘Did Capitu in fact betray Betinho?’ or ‘How would she defend herself if she was here?’ However, we never hear her story, but only Bentinho’s reminiscences. Bentinho love and suspicious nature fuels much of his story, but above all, the mystery is the essence of this masterpiece. Whether Bentinho actually was betrayed is pretty much beside the point. We get all his thoughts as they spew out on the page, as near and familiar as a stream of consciousness as we could imagine for a novel published in 1899. Indeed, Dom Casmurro could have been written yesterday.The narrator goes ahead with his story and retraces himself, forgets his thoughts, lies both to us and himself, and generally confuses everything up in a series of short chapters (such as: ‘The soul is full of mysteries’; ‘Idea without legs and idea without arms ;’ 'Hangover Eyes' and ‘Shake your head, reader’). And the result is magnificent. Yes, Bentinho appears wicked, funny and loves to withhold his secrets just to reveal them when you least expect. Regardless, he leaves you breathless and almost yelling at him 'Come on, Bentinho, what did Capitu do to you? Please, tell us!'Despite the supposed betrayal, throughout the novel there is no doubt regarding their love,"We stood there with heaven in us. Our hands united our nerves, and made of two creatures one-and that one a seraph. Our eyes continued to say infinite things, only the words in our mouths did not attempt to pass our lips; they returned to the heart, silently as they came...."How can a book published in 1899 seem so contemporary in style and content? That is one of Machado de Assis’s merits. He is revealed here as a master novelist, as he shapes, manipulates, unites, betrays and ultimately disbands his small collection of characters with bold ease. At no point does he go too far or explain too much, leaving the reader to hesitate, question and argue with himself, and, in the end, the reader cannot help but feel compassionate towards Bentinho despite his lies or any truths. Highly recommended!--------Note: Read in Portuguese, although there is an English translation; quotes from Goodreads.Some more quotes, for those who read Portuguese:* “Mas a saudade é isto mesmo; é o passar e repassar das memórias antigas”* “Não podia tirar os olhos daquela criatura de quatorze anos, alta, forte e cheia, apertada em um vestido de chita, meio desbotado. Os cabelos grossos, feitos em duas tranças, com as pontas atadas uma à outra, à moda do tempo, desciam-lhe pelas costas. Morena, olhos claros e grandes, nariz reto e comprido, tinha a boca fina e o queixo largo. As mãos, a despeito de alguns ofícios rudes, eram curadas com amor, não cheiravam a sabões finos nem águas de toucador, mas com água do poço e sabão comum trazia-as sem mácula. Calçava sapatos de duraque, rasos e velhos, a que ela mesma dera alguns pontos.”* “Tinha então pouco mais de dezessete... Aqui devia ser o meio do livro, mas a inexperiência fez-me ir atrás da pena, e chego quase ao fim do papel, com o melhor da narração por dizer. Agora não há mais que levá-la a grandes pernadas, capítulo sobre capítulo, pouca emenda, pouca reflexão, tudo em resumo. Já esta página vale por meses, outras valerão por anos, e assim chegaremos ao fim. Um dos sacrifícios que faço a esta dura necessidade é a análise das minhas emoções dos dezessete anos. Não sei se alguma vez tiveste dezessete anos. Se sim, deves saber que é a idade em que a metade do homem e a metade do menino formam um só curioso. Eu era um curiosíssimo, diria o meu agregado José Dias, e não diria mal. O que essa qualidade superlativa me rendeu não poderia nunca dizê-lo aqui, sem cair no erro que acabo de condenar; a análise das minhas emoções daquele tempo é que entrava no meu plano. Posto que filho do seminário e de minha mãe, sentia já, debaixo do recolhimento casto, uns assomos de petulância e de atrevimento; eram do sangue, mas eram também das moças que na rua ou da janela não me deixavam viver sossegado. Achavam-me lindo, e diziam-mo; algumas queriam mirar de mais perto a minha beleza, e a vaidade é um princípio de corrupção.”* “Nem eu, nem tu, nem ela, nem qualquer outra pessoa dessa história poderia responder mais, tão certo é que o destino, como todos os dramaturgos, não anuncia as peripécias nem o desfecho. Eles chegam a seu tempo, até que o pano cai, apagam-se as luzes, e os espectadores vão dormir. Nesse gênero há porventura alguma coisa que reformar, e eu proporia, como ensaio, que as peças começassem pelo fim. Otelo mataria a si e a Desdêmona no primeiro ato, os três seguintes seriam dados à ação lenta e decrescente do ciúme, e o último ficaria só com cenas iniciais da ameaça aos turcos, as explicações de Otelo e Desdêmona, e o bom conselho do fino lago: "Mete dinheiro na bolsa". Desta maneira, o espectador, por um lado, acharia no teatro a charada habitual que os periódicos lhe dão, porque os últimos atos explicam o desfecho do primeiro, espécie de conceito, e, por outro lado, ia para a cama com uma boa impressão de ternura e de amor:Ela amou o que me afligira,Eu amei a piedade dela.”

  • Greg
    2019-05-29 00:38

    Oh, Google you have failed me. I wanted to find a nice list of books written in 1900, or at least in 1899. I failed though. In 1899 though Nabokov, Hemingway and EB White were all born. Henry James was somewhere between Turn of the Screw and Wings of the Dove in these years. Mark Twain was still kicking around. The Way of All Flesh was about this time, so was The Awakening by Chopin... I was hoping this list would sound better. But this list will do. Nothing against any of these authors or their books, but Machado de Assis' Dom Casmurro doesn't feel like any of them. None of those books could be read and be mistaken for anything written in the past 50 years, they are firmly entrenched, like most novels are, in the time they were written. Books of different eras feel different, the language is different, their are formally different. Except for a few anachronisms there is little in Dom Casmurro that feels 'old', to steal what Elizabeth Hardwick writes in her introduction to the book (which I would ignore reading until after you've read the book, really, it's one big fucking spoiler), at a hundred years old this book feels like it could have been written yesterday.Why he isn't one of the Modernist masters is beyond me, well it's not actually, that is a figure of speech. It's because Modernism in literature is still a decade away from beginning to manifest itself. It is because big fucking capital EM Modernist writing is too fucking big and important for it to originate in some literary back water like Rio de Janeiro. It's because one person writing wonderfully beautiful and groundbreaking literature but without others following suit yet doesn't make a decisive break in the history of literature. Other reviews probably deal with the injustice of his obscurity better than I am doing here. The book itself. This is the simple story of a boy who's mom made a promise to god. Let me have a child that lives, and if it's a boy he'll become a priest. Growing up the boy is immersed in all things Catholic, and even plays at performing mass, all until at one point he realizes his best friend, the girl next door, is in love with him and that the feelings are mutual. Told in a 148 chapters in 263 pages the novel is something of a Cubist picture told from the perspective of the boy, now a reclusive old man living in a simulacrum of the house he grew up in. It's like super-condensed, Campbell Soup (but without any Warhol connotations) style Proust, with all of the minutia packed into single words and simple phrases but as affecting as pages of luscious prose. There was this great line that I marked at the moment when the narrator realized that the girl next door had the same feelings for him that he had for her, maybe it was just because it reminded me of Leonard Cohen lyrics, but I liked it:"I, future padre, thus stood before her as before an altar, and one side of her face was the Epistle and the other the Gospel. It only remained to say the new Mass, in a Latin that no one learns, and that is the catholic language of all men."

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-06-07 22:30

    Dom Casmurro (Realistic trilogy #3), Machado de Assisتاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم نوامبر سال 2011 میلادیعنوان: دن کاسمورو؛ نویسنده: ماشادو د آسیس؛ مترجم: عبدالله کوثری؛ تهران، نشر نی، 1389، در 347 ص؛ شابک: 9789641851219؛ کتاب از متن انگلیسی برگردان شده؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان برزیلی قرن 19 مدن کاسمورو؛ رمانی نوشته ی: ماشادو د آسیس؛ نویسنده ی برزیلی ست، که برخی آن را برترین رمان در ادبیات برزیل به شمار می‌آورند. این کتاب در کنار دو کتاب: «خاطرات پس از مرگ براس کوباس»؛ و «کینکاس بوربا»؛ از مهم‌ترین کارهای این نویسنده به شمار می‌آیند. ماشادو د آسیس این رمان را نخستین بار در سال 1899 میلادی در برزیل به چاپ رساندند. کتاب، خاطرات خودنگاشت «بنتینیو سانتیاگو»، ملقب به: «دن کاسمورو» ست. راوی در این رمان، شرح زندگی خودش از دوران کودکی تا زمان حال آن روزگار را، روایت می‌کند. بیشتر رخدادهلی رمان مربوط به سال‌های میانی سده ی نوزدهم میلادی هستند، که شرح کودکانگی و نوجوانی دن کاسمورو، و عشق ایشان به «کاپیتو» و ماجراهای آن دو را دربرمی‌گیرد. در فصل‌های پایانی این کتاب که از یکصد و چهل و هشت فصل کوتاه گرد هم آمده؛ نیز، شرح بزرگسالی و ازدواج بنتینو سانتیاگو تا سال‌های پایانی سده ی نوزده میلادی روایت می‌شود. ا. شربیانی

  • Teresa Proença
    2019-06-09 23:17

    Capítulo 99 (de 148):"A leitora, que é minha amiga e abriu este livro com o fim de descansar da cavatina de ontem para a valsa de hoje, quer fechá-lo às pressas, ao ver que beiramos um abismo. Não faça isso, querida, eu mudo de rumo."Foi assim, com este jeitinho meigo e divertido, que Machado de Assis me prendeu durante horas a Dom Casmurro - poucas vezes fechei o livro entre a primeira e a última página. Como quase todos os romances, Dom Casmurro é uma história de amor, acrescida de ciúme e de possível infidelidade. O narrador é Bentinho que suspeita da traição de Capitu, a qual ela desmente e Machado de Assis nunca confirma. As opiniões dos leitores dividem-se entre a culpa e a inocência de Capitu. Será Bento Otelo e, simultaneamente, Iago, ou Capitu foi mesmo infiel? Eu não tenho qualquer dúvida...

  • Deepthi
    2019-06-24 23:33

    Why you should read this novel?Reasons are not listed in order of importance.1. This novel is written by Señor Machado de Assis, one of the most-loved Brazilian writers (I can understand why!).2. The narrator is unreliable, and we as readers know how interesting they could be. Saying Bentinho is interesting would be an understatement.3. Each chapter starts with a cool title. To name a few: "Idea without legs and idea without arms", "Shake your head, reader", "In which is explained the explained", "Let us enter the chapter" and "The soul is full of mysteries".4. Brilliant prose. For example:"We stood there with heaven in us. Our hands united our nerves, and made of two creatures one-and that one a seraph. Our eyes continued to say infinite things, only the words in our mouths did not attempt to pass our lips; they returned to the heart, silently as they came....""Lovers' language, give me an exact and poetic comparison to say what those eyes of Capitu were like. No image comes to mind that doesn't offend against the rules of good style, to say what they were and what they did to me. Undertow eyes? Why not? Undertow. That's the notion that the new expression put in my head. They held some kind of mysterious, active fluid, a force that dragged one in, like the undertow of a wave retreating from the shore on stormy days. So as not to be dragged in, I held onto anything around them, her ears, her arms, her hair spread about her shoulders; but as soon as I returned to the pupils of her eyes again, the wave emerging from them grew towards me, deep and dark, threatening to envelop me, draw me in and swallow me up."5. There is a chapter called "The opera" where an old Italian tenor explains his theory called "Life is an opera" to Bentinho. This is one my favorite chapters and hence, it gets added to my list.6. Though the subject of this book might seem scandalous (jealousy,adultery,etc.), Assis's humor shines through out the novel. And I like smart-funny novels. Hence, on my list too!7. Interesting characters. To name a few: Jose Dias, a lover of superlatives and a dependent of Bentinho's familyDona Gloria, a god fearing woman and mother of Bentinho Uncle Cosme, who is just Uncle CosmeEscobar, Bentinho's best friendCapitu, a girl with tide-like eyes, with arms better than any woman ever lived or will live, Bentinho's first love and wife, the might-be-might-not-be mother of his child (Now you know why Bentinho is unreliable; the dude is confused and confuses the reader too. But, nonetheless, we as readers turn out to be smarter than him.)Bentinho, the narrator and one of the most weird, emotional, funny, vulnerable and memorable protagonists I ever came across8. The narrator constantly voices out to the reader as "dear reader" or "lovely reader", which I find very amusing. To know that there is atleast one person (better if he/she is fictional)in this world who needs your attention is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Bentinho is quite good at making his reader feel important. So, read it for Bentinho. Listen to the poor guy, you won't be sorry.

  • Carmo
    2019-06-18 20:43

    Um livro tudo, menos óbvio. Machado de Assis orienta o leitor por caminhos que podem ser enganosos. Um único ponto de vista por parte de um narrador nada confiável que desde o início da história, ainda uma criança, ostenta características de um ser inseguro e desconfiado. Logo aqui começa a levar-nos à descrença e a encaminhar-nos no sentido de duvidarmos de todas as evidências por si apontadas. Não havendo provas nem outros pontos de vista, a dúvida dele é a nossa certeza, e Bentinho diagnosticado como lunático.Mas, e se esta história labiríntica foi criada com o propósito de brincar com o leitor?E se Machado de Assis, propositadamente, nos guiou pelo caminho da ilusão mais fácil? E se, à vista do que parecem ser as evidências de um alucinado, estiver a colocar-nos, precisamente, perante a verdade?Seria um golpe de génio, ou não?Nunca saberemos.

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    2019-06-25 22:38

    I do not know how to review this novel. Reading it was like watching a great chess master play, or like when he shows you a great game he has played. Move by move, you watch, mesmerized. Narrated in the first person, he even teases you every now and then: go here and see this beauty; go back several moves, recall the logic of what has happened; no, could this be really the meaning of what went before? But this is not a mystery novel. There is no crime to solve. Or maybe there is, but one can't be sure. Early on, you'll think this is a love story. I am convinced that I saw here the most masterful dramatization of first love, ever, in literature (or at least the literature I had known, so far). But this isn't a love story as love stories go.I can only imagine, if this book will be chosen for book discussion of any of the groups here in goodreads, there could be disagreements that could lead to war, which can only be settled in peace if Machado de Assis resurrects (he died in 1908) or if, magically, his characters in this novel come to life and answer our questions.

  • Alex
    2019-06-04 22:22

    Dom Casmurro is about a lifelong love affair in which one person betrays the other; the mystery is who has done the betraying. The narrator doubles back on himself, loses track of his thoughts, lies both to us and to himself, and generally mucks everything up in a series of short,sharp chapters with titles like "Let us proceed to the chapter" and "Let us enter the chapter." Machado de Assis is apparently Brazil's best-loved author and an antecedent of the magical realist style, and I'd never heard of him until this year. Exciting! And this book is weird and wonderful.Early on, a minor character explains that life is an opera. Not metaphorically. Satan, "a young maestro with a great future," is cast out of the conservatory of heaven after rebelling, but not before stealing a cast-off libretto of God's. He turns it into a full opera and begs God to hear it. At last God relents, but refuses to have it played in heaven; instead, he creates this world as a special stage to hear Satan's composition - which, in the lonely fleshing out, has accidentally lost or distorted some of God's themes. "Indeed in some places the words go to the right and the music to the left...Certain motifs grow wearisome from repetition. There are obscure passages...and there are some who say that this is the beauty of the composition and keeps it from being monotonous." That's cool, right? It's even better in context.The foreword by Elizabeth Hardwick spoils everything. You should basically always read forewords last.Heather suggested that Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata would make a good companion read, so I obediently read that next; she was totally right. They go together perfectly.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-06-03 22:20

    My arms and my hands were practically shaking yesterday while I was in the last 50 pages of this book. One of those novels with perfect denouement. I immediately sent a text message to my brother (who gave this 5 stars) and our friend (who wants to borrow this book so I had to squeeze this in to my already tight queue of to-be-read books) telling them how beautiful this book was. I am glad I forced myself to read this now. I also told them that I was planning to dislike this book to avenge Roberto Bolano's 2666 that I rated with 5 stars and excitedly lent it to my brother. He read it and gave it a 1 star. You see, Dom Casmurro, got 5 stars from him and so when I was about to start this, I thought why not do the same to him? But I COULD NOT. This novel is too brilliantly-written especially the last 50 pages. It would have been a big injustice to Machado de Assis if I used him just to appease my hurt feelings for my idol Roberto Bolano. Anyway, there are other 5-star books in my brother's read folder that I am still to read hahaha. May araw ka rin, kuya!Why I do I like the last 50 pages? Because I shook in anticipation. The book is told in first person by the BEST unreliable narrator that I've read so far in my almost four years of voracious reading. Prior to this, I thought that the best in my book was the guy in Julian Barnes' 2011 Booker winner, The Sense of an Ending (4 stars). This 1899 book by Machado de Assis truly pushed to the edge the meaning of unreliable narrator for me. Bentinho a.k.a., Dom Casmurro is wicked, childish yet funny and he has this habit to withholding his secrets until your hands and arms are shaking in excitement murmuring what now? come on. what's the truth? tell me! But, why am I not giving this a full 5 stars? Take note that I am not giving you any hint on what was revealed in those last 50 pages. That part was the "real deal" in this book and I want you to enjoy it as much as I did. However, the book's composition for me is like this: first 1-50: 3 stars (interesting)middle 155 pages: 2 or sometimes 1 star (it's okay to sometimes boring.)last 50 pages: 5 stars (amazing!)You really have to finish the book to appreciate the story. I have a feeling that those who gave this a 1-star rating were those who were not able to bear the arduous and tiresome middle. For those who don't care about spoilers, here is the breakdown for those 155 pages comprising the middle of the book:(view spoiler)[50 pages:Bentinho: "I don't want to be a padre! (priest)"Dona Juana (the mother): "But you have to."So he went to the seminary but he became a lawyer.50 pages:Bentinho: "I want to have a child."Capitu (the wife): *suffering in silence*Then they had a child, Ezekiel.55 pages:Bentinho: "Ezekiel is not my child."Capitu (finally, exasperated): "Must you always remain a child, Bentinho?"So I say: Yay! You said it Capitu! Go gurl! (hide spoiler)]Reading this book is like passing through a long dark tunnel. You appreciate more the bright light at the end of it because of the dark boring path that you want to pass through.I love this book!

  • Leola
    2019-06-11 21:26

    I adored this novel.First published in 1900, and set in Rio de Janeiro during the latter-half of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Bento Santiago, otherwise known by his pseudonym of 'Dom Casmurro.' From the outset that pseudonym reveals a lot about our narrator, and the melancholic and suspicious nature which fuels much of his story.Love ranks highly in this novel, surpassed only by the jealousy which often goes with it, and here Machado appears as a master of the novelistic form, uniting, betraying and ultimately disbanding his small collection of characters with confident ease. At no point does he go too far or explain too much. On the contrary, throughout the novel he demonstrates a wonderful reserve as storyteller, leaving the reader to doubt, argue, second-guess and, in the end, pity Bentinho and his psychologically-driven narrative.This is a novel which has not received the critical attention and readership that it deserves. Machado's prose is delightful, full of sly humour and a lyrical dialogue which makes the 260 pages of text pass by effortlessly. By the end I felt as though I had spent the afternoon hiding in Bentinho's garden, overhearing his confession or conversation, whichever you prefer.

  • Oziel Bispo
    2019-05-29 02:29

    Reler dom casmurro foi um grande prazer..que livro delicioso de se ler com seus capítulos curtos e adoráveis , ,Machado de Assis tem um jeitinho especial de escrever que nos cativa, seu jeito de interagir com o leitor é um recurso fantástico. ..A história também ajuda , uma grande história de amor com todos os ingredientes peculiares possíveis ; ciumes, promessas e talvez traição! O grande mistério ainda persiste não dá saber se realmente Capitu traiu Bentinho, cada leitor terá sua interpretação, eu particularmente acho que não. ..Ótimo livro

  • Paulo Hora
    2019-06-17 02:35

    Fui um pouco casmurro e demorei mais de um ano a pegar neste livro, desde que o comprei.Mal comecei a ler, percebi que estava perante uma obra invulgar. Além de uma narração esplêndida (quase perfeita, diria mesmo), o livro vai-nos abrindo portas aos poucos e poucos. Vai-nos fazendo desconfiar. Depois começamos a desconfiar da nossa desconfiança.Tem também, em muitas passagens, um tom irónico e o próprio ambiente naquela família é digno de caricatura.Neste último ano, felizmente, li muitos livros de língua portuguesa e poucos foram os que a trataram com mais distinção do que Machado de Assis.

  • Whitaker
    2019-06-02 02:41

    Cuckold: A man whose wife has committed adultery, often regarded as an object of scorn.O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, O! what damned minutes tells he o’er Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet soundly loves! - Othello, Act III Scene iii, lines 91-196When tears come down like fallin' rainYou'll toss around and call my name You'll walk the floor the way I do Your cheatin' heart will tell on you.- Hank Williams, Your Cheatin' HeartThe wife whose husband is cheating on her is a tragic victim; the husband whose wife is cheating on him is a comedic one. In the Occidental literary tradition, the cuckold is also a buffoon. How galling it must be then to suffer not only the pain of emotional betrayal, but to suffer also the humiliation of being a laughing stock. What bigger terror can there be then to a tender ego than the threat of being cuckolded? The novel never shows us the supposedly adulterous couple in flagrante delicto. We spend all our time in Bento's head, which might be the only place the delict takes place. Did she? Or didn't she? Is he wearing horns? Or does he only think he does? The genius of Dom Casmurro lies in its depiction of the obsession with this terror. Whether Bento actually wears horns is pretty much beside the point. We get all his thoughts as they spew out on the page, as close to stream of consciousness before stream of consciousness as we can get. Which just might make it the first novel to depict OCD: the sufferer tortured with obsessive thoughts of his greatest fears which he cannot get rid of. Did she? Or didn't she? Who cares? Because it's all the more mind-blowingly great that we never know. For sure, that is. That she did do it. Or didn't. Or did. Or …

  • Ana
    2019-06-22 01:19

    Dom Casmurro é (a alcunha de) Bento Santiago, um advogado entre a meia e a terceira idade, que é também o narrador desta história. Como nos é revelado logo no início, a sua alcunha provém dos seus "hábitos reclusos e calados". Mas nem sempre Bento Santiago teve esses hábitos como o próprio nos conta. De família abastada, Bentinho (como era conhecido na infância e juventude) teve uma infância feliz, brincando com sua vizinha Capitolina (Capitu), acabando essa amizade por evoluir para outro tipo de sentimento durante a adolescência. Mas Bentinho tinha nascido para, devido a promessa de sua mãe, vir a ser padre. Apaixonado, tudo faz para escapar ao destino eclesiástico traçado por sua mãe, e assim poder casar-se com Capitu.Dom Casmurro é uma narrativa onde se conjugam o romance, a crónica de costumes, a ironia, o suspense e a ambiguidade. A questão central da história acaba por não ser nunca confirmada ou desmentida, cabendo ao leitor (com o qual o narrador frequentemente interage e dialoga) analisar os indícios e impressões e formular a sua opinião ou tomar o seu partido. Será Capitu realmente culpada? Ou inocente e vítima de um delirante mal-entendido? Culpada ou inocente do quê?... poderão perguntar (quem não leu as sinopses que estão cheias de spoilers), mas eu não vou aqui revelar. Vou só dizer que a despeito de todos os indícios (carregados da subjectividade e parcialidade de quem os apresenta) tendo a acreditar que Capitu, pese embora os seus "olhos de cigana oblíqua e dissimulada", é inocente. Achei a prosa de Machado de Assis cativante, com uma maneira de jogar com as palavras que a torna muito harmoniosa. Apesar dos elementos que situam claramente a acção num contexto e época específicos (a sociedade brasileira do século XIX) nunca senti estar perante uma obra datada. Atrevo-me mesmo a dizer que alguns aspectos da abordagem narrativa lhe conferem uma certa modernidade. Foi sem dúvida uma leitura muito prazerosa de um autor que deve merecer a atenção de todos os que reverenciam a língua portuguesa.

  • Hugo
    2019-06-07 02:18

    Clube dos Clássicos Vivos"O mais decisivo que se pode afirmar sobre a obra é que, logo que se acaba de ler, fica-se com vontade de a reler. Quantas obras há assim?" Helder Guégués

  • Carolina Paiva
    2019-06-22 22:17

    Já considero este livro como um indispensável na estante. Perfeito para leitores mais experientes como para quem ainda não se apaixonou pela literatura. É cativante pela sua simplicidade e tom intimista. Foi assim que Machado chegou ao meu coração e ocupou um lugar nos preferidos. E agora?Agora vou continuar a conhecer a obra do autor, parece-me que com Machado não há que enganar: é sempre uma boa aposta. As páginas viram-se, o livro termina mas o sentimento de aconchego permanece.Aqui coloco vídeo de opinião completa.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tkd1...

  • Claudia
    2019-06-26 21:36

    Machado de Assis é um escritor brasileiro, considerado um dos melhores contistas do seu País. Nunca tinha lido nada, apesar de integrar todas as listas de autores para ler antes de morrer. Posso agora respirar de alívio com esta minha falha. Não podia ter sido uma experiência literária melhor ou mais surpreendente. O livro "Dom Casmurro" foi editado em 1900. Pensava que ia encontrar uma narrativa descritiva e aborrecida, acabei por encontrar o oposto. Machado Assis conseguiu criar uma obra que não expõe tudo e nunca deixa de ser interessante. Deixa nuances soltas em relação ao tema central e levanta questões interessantes ligadas às manobras das suas personagens. Diz que é um livro sobre traição e ciúme. Não acho que seja assim tão linear.Mais aqui: http://amulherqueamalivros.blogs.sapo...

  • Aubrey
    2019-06-02 04:26

    3.5/5There might be some exaggeration in this; but that's the way with human discourse, a mixture of the overblown and the undersized, which make up for each other, and in the end level out.It's fitting that a review of a book whose overarching theme is of fickle memory must also do battle with that particularly slippery titan of an abstract concept. On the one hand, who knows how long it would have taken me to come across this work had the splendorifous skull of Epitaph of a Small Winner, or Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas if you prefer, not caught my heart. On the other is the double edged sword of inspired completionism, for I gave as much benefit of the doubt to this piece due to its favorable predecessor as I unfavorably compared it to said former and the same. It doesn't help that my average reviewer persona emulates de Assis' narrator to such an incessant degree (albeit with more cursing on my part), so the bias, whichever direction it runs, is there.Whatever the case, unlike EoaSW, this did not prove a favorite. To be fair, I would likely have had to dedicate myself to fin de siècle and older literature for some time before picking this up to appreciate it, as much of the turns and tricks it espouses have become borderline conventional today unless your world is composed solely of Tristram Shandy and epistolary novels, of course). As such, I did not, and despite doing my best to put myself in the mindset of past me encountering de Assis' earlier work, the first of this purported trilogy which DC is the last, I still found myself less than titillated. This can be conjectured from the fact that all the quotes I found worthwhile are nearly pure authorial digression and have little or nothing to do with the text that supposedly birthed them. Admittedly, there's a particular chunk of text that is one of the most brilliant pieces of writing I've ever come across, but as it is another nearly stand alone thought exercise rather than an integral part of gunpowder, treason and plot, I feel comfortable treating with it separately.Somewhere down the line I heard that DC is a text taught in Brazilian schools of the pre-collegiate levels. I haven't bothered to fact check this, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were true, as for all of de Assis' eccentricities, he does in fact deliver a cohesive plot that, as it occurs for the most part in the mind and heart of an imagined fifteen year old boy, would have a strong appeal to that portion of the classroom which usually dominates the discourse. However, despite how much of a theoretical benefit of a doubt the afterword's author insists on giving de Assis', the thematic focus is, stripped of its fripperies, a mere repetition of toxic masculine mundanities, and all the tension promised in the beginning by a sensitive and inquisitive young boy peters out in the solidness of paranoia, possessiveness, and funerals overseas. I could bend over backwards and into that untrustworthy narrator guise, but it'd still be less interesting than the dead nobleman in this work's predecessor.I'm going to leave off on a positive note, cause seriously, how many black writers writing in translation in the 19th century do you know off the top of your head? Alexandre Dumas is one, Alexander Pushkin another to a degree (what is with all these Alexanders I wonder), and I'm going to have to keep digging from here on out. The foreword even states that de Assis took especial pride in his black ancestry during a time when antiblack slavery still existed in his homeland, which is just fucking fabulous. There's also that God and Satan opera business I referred to, which if I was less tired and more careless about copyrights and such I'd type out right here, but seeing as both characteristics are holding in place, I'll simply let interested parties know that the sequence may be found on the eighteenth through the twentieth pages of this particular edition. Apparently this is an unabridged type, so be careful that your chosen copy hasn't chopped out a redeeming feature or two.If you find anything similar in this book, dear reader, let me know, so that I can correct it in the second edition: there's nothing worse than giving the longest of legs to the shortest of ideas.

  • Cristina Gaspar
    2019-06-07 02:33

    Leitura deliciosa para o Clube dos Clássicos Vivos! Machado de Assis entrou para a lista de autores de que tenho de ler a obra toda! Um clássico, fabuloso, de escrita fluída, sempre em diálogo com o leitor e com muita emoção! Dor, ciúme, alegrias ou solidão, sentimos tudo como se fossemos o bentinho.

  • Leslie
    2019-06-13 22:45

    I took 1/2 star off my rating for this Kindle edition due to formatting problems (such as it not keeping words intact - for example, the word not might have the no at the end of a line and the t at the beginning of the next line!) & there were some strange translation choices as well. I was glad to be able to get this Brazilian classic (in English) for free from www.ebook.visitbrasil.com but had to chuckle at times to the blatant tourism propaganda in some of the notes included. For example,"ButterfliesButterflies are one of the most enchanting parts of Brazilian wildlife. In Brazil, there is an impressive variety of 3,500 species, the majority of which are found in the Amazon.    Some zoos (for example, the Brasília Zoo) spread throughout Brazil have butterfly gardens that show some of the species' diversity.    At the butterfly garden in Campos de Jordão, São Paulo, you can learn about the butterflies and walk among them as well. You get the chance to see their delicate flight, the designs on their wings and even their mating rituals."Despite the sometimes strange translations (Caputa's eyes were describes as "obliquos" and José Dias is repeatedly referred to as an "aggregate" -- perhaps they meant factor?), Machado de Assis' writing still contained some wonderful images and phrases. One I particularly liked was when Bentinho is describing when he and Caputa first realized that they were in love:"Do not criticize us, unfortunate captain, hearts aren't sailed like the other seas in this world."I liked the story (which is quite sad towards the end) & found this an interesting contrast to my beloved English Victorian classics which are from the same time. The basic plot could have been written by Hardy or Gaskell but the flavor would have been completely different.

  • Stephen
    2019-06-26 04:41

    HEADLINE: Did Escobar and Capitu commit adultery or not? (Answer at the end of this review.)Dom Casmurro is a startling book. How can a book published in 1899 seem so contemporary in style and content? I still ponder this. One requires only a bit of scene setting in the Brazil of the 19th Century from some other source in order to get in the swing of this novel very quickly. John Gledson's Foreword to the Library of Latin America's edition does just that. He is also the translator.This is a fictional memoir. The memoirist is the title character who writes concerning his younger self of decades earlier, Bento, and Bento's love, courtship, and marriage to a memorable and vivid female character named Capitu. His mother, her dependents, his good friend, Escobar, his son, are supporting characters in his memoir. Dom Casmurro has survived everyone of whom he writes, including, I think, Bento.On the face of it, Dom Casmurro's memoir is straight forward. The problem is that as we read, we become more and more certain that whatever happened in his youth did not happen as he is telling it. This novel is a skillful study of the nature of human memory, the loss of memory, and the invention of memories. We are all proud that we know what an unreliable narrator is. This novel, from beginning to end, is an exhibition of an unreliable narrator like none you have encountered.It is impossible for me to predict your reaction to Dom Casmurro—the narrator, not the novel. You may be repelled or disgusted. You may like him immensely. You may laugh at him. You may become sad for him. He may remind you of someone you detest. He may remind you of yourself. Whatever your reaction, it will be worth your time.And did Capitu and Escobar commit adultery? No, silly. Capitu and Escobar are fictional characters. They do not exist and never did.

  • Ana Carolina Maciel
    2019-06-25 03:42

    "Talvez abuso um pouco das reminiscências osculares, mas a saudade é isto mesmo; é o passar e repassar das memórias antigas."Entrei para o clube das pessoas que se perguntam, mesmo sem esperar resposta, terá Capitu traído Bentinho?Bento Santiago, o nosso Dom Casmurro, sujeito inseguro e reservado, analisa a sua infância até à vida adulta, narrando o seu amor inocente, quase impossível e por fim atribulado pela arrojada Capitolina. Enquanto hábil advogado e homem angustiado pelo ciúme, não podemos esperar do narrador imparcialidade. Bentinho emprega sua oratória para apresentar, através de vários detalhes, as suas suspeitas de adultério, sem que haja qualquer tipo de defesa e, portanto, outra versão da história.  Um livro de escrita cuidada mas acessível, em que o principal vilão não é Bento nem Capitu, mas provavelmente um sentimento. 

  • Walter
    2019-06-14 22:27

    Não falarei em si do livro, mas do meu insignificante papel como avaliador do maior impasse da literatura brasileira: traiu Capitu a Bentinho? PRA MIM SIM!Antes de iniciar-me neste giga-clássico, já sabia eu da maioria das coisas que nele acontecem. Se você tem amigos leitores que moram no Brasil, não é raro se encontrar, em algum momento, com debates, fotos, e textos defendendo um ponto de vista u outro. Assim sendo, comecei a leitura de Dom Casmurro atendendo aos detalhes da trama. Tentei não deixar escapar muitos detalhes e prestei especial atenção aos momentos em que Capitu era narrada através da visão da família de Bentinho. É importante ressaltar que, sendo Bentinho o narrador da obra, decidi desconfiar parcialmente do que este relatava. E digo parcialmente, pois acredito que o mesmo acrescentou e diminiu detalhes, mas com respeito ao "grosso" do romance, aos fatos tal e como aconteceram, sou da opinião de que ele não enganou ninguém. Isto é, "subjetivou" o pequeno e "objetivou" o grande.Chegados a este ponto, disponho-me a contar as razões que defendem minha tese. Bem, até o último terço da obra, era da opinião de que Bentinho era um paranóico, vítima do sistema proletariado no qual se encontrava. Contudo, chega-se ao momento em que ele manifesta a Capitu sua desconfiança. Este momento pra mim foi crucial, já que a esposa do nosso protagonista atua como se se resignasse ao acontecido. É dizer, tudo bem que Capitu, desde pequena, se comportou como uma mulher altiva, com personalidade e de grande elegância, mas não o suficiente para se demorar toda apática diante da ofensa do marido.Não obstante, até aí, ainda desconfiava um pouco. Havia pontos que não se suturavam, pelo que duvidava, ao invés de "defender" Capitu. Masssssssssssssss, chegando ao final da obra, Ezequiel se encontra com seu suposto pai e lhe narra que sua mãe sempre falara bem dele. Homem elegante, bondoso, responsável, inteligente, etc, só são alguns dos adjetivos que esta menciona sobre seu ex esposo. Sejamos justos, gente: uma mulher que foi difamada de maneira gravíssima, mencionada como infiel aos quatro ventos pelo esposo, e exiliada ao estrangeiro por algo que não fez, não diria ao seu filho que seu pai era um DEUS DA VIRTUDE. Vale ressaltar que não se pode chegar a nenhuma verdade absoluta, mas isto, na minha opinião, é o que nutre à literatura de magia. Comentar, debater, negar um ao outro, é o que me faz ler ávidamente. Por esta razão, não posso deixar de agradecer ao grande mestre Machado de Assis por proporcionar aos leitores do mundo todo, uma das maiores contendas literárias dos últimos séculos.

  • Rita
    2019-06-03 04:43

    Como é um dos clássicos da literatura brasileira resolvi fazer uma pequena pesquisa sobre o autor. Para além da Wikipédia que traz um artigo interessante também visitei o site do Governo Brasileiro sobre o autor, e que disponibiliza a totalidade das obras em PDF.A minha edição, brasileira, traz imensas notas de apoio à leitura o que auxilia, e muito, a leitura e contextualização de certas referências. É uma pena que a letra seja tão pequenininha e a diagramação não seja das melhores. No final, um resumo da vida e obra do autor com apresentação de várias fotografias. Escrito na primeira pessoa, Bento Santiago (Bentinho) a.k.a. Dom Casmurro é o narrador da história e apenas nos dá o seu lado dos acontecimentos. O seu objectivo é “(...) unir as duas pontas da vida e restaurar na velhice a adolescência”. É um livro aberto, e Machado de Assis passa para nós leitores a missão de tirarmos as nossas próprias conclusões, e decidir no seu final se há ou não traição. Embora seja esta a maior questão do livro há outros aspectos também bastantes interessantes no livro.As personagens estão muito bem desenvolvidas e caracterizadas. Capitu é uma criança/adolescente/mulher muito forte, cheia de personalidade e inteligente. Bento Santiago é uma personagem difícil de engolir, um fraco, sem auto-estima, insignificante, frouxo (valha-me Deus que personagem chata). Escobar, o melhor amigo de Bentinho, é tal como Capitu, forte, decidido, inteligente, ambicioso e astuto. Terei sido só eu que achou que aquela amizade entre os dois poderia ser algo mais?Os ciúmes de Bentinho começam lá na infância, e vão crescendo até chegar à vida adulta, e atingirem proporções de tragédia Shakespeariana.“Capitu ria alto, falava alto, como se me avisasse; eu continuava surdo, a sós comigo e o meu desprezo. A vontade que me dava era cravar as unhas no pescoço, enterrá-las bem, até ver-lhe sair a vida com o sangue...”.O mais fantástico nesta obra é que Machado de Assis continuamente nos suscita dúvidas, e nós vamos construindo a nossa opinião.É curioso que desde a sua publicação e até aos anos 60 esta obra foi sempre lida como um romance de adultério. Depois da publicação de O Otelo Brasileiro de Machado de Assis de Helen Caldwell é que a opinião foi mudando.

  • Sherry
    2019-06-14 21:30

    SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS! Never before in reading any novel have I ever felt so much a character IN the novel. I am "dear Lady." I certainly felt like it. In the early stages of the novel, it was if I was sitting down on the front porch with a kindly old uncle and given tea and cakes and told a charming story. Oh he was so in love. Oh he loved his mother so much...she was an angel. He was, as someone pointed out, seducing me. And then I was listening to the story, so amusing, so self-effacing, when I was a little taken aback. Surely, you don't mean to tell me you almost poisoned your son? Surely, that is an exaggeration. Your other episodes of jealousy were easily-explained, so why do you go this far? And then he banished his wife and child, and they died. They just died. He told it so unemotionally. Wait a minute. This can't be YOU, you are so passionate. Give me some emotion! Nope, they just died. And I almost threw down the book. That's not the old uncle I know. He wouldn't do that. So I was really fooled, and that's what I think Bento was doing. He was writing this book to seduce us (the "ladies" would be more suspicious of him, so he had to proceed carefully). He was trying to justify himself for being Othello. So, even with Michael's careful explanation of what we can expect from unreliable narrators, I think this narrator is in a class all by himself. Which makes the book much more brilliant than I originally suspected. I would love if someone wrote a book from Capitu's point of view. I really wanted to know what happened to her.

  • Bruno França
    2019-06-02 01:29

    Clássico obrigatório.Como não se deliciar com esse belíssimo clássico da nossa literatura?Não tenho vergonha de assumir que me encantei com este livro.Sim, o livro é excelente, desde a forma como o eu lírico vai estabelenco um contato com a própria obra e com o leitor, até o modo com que a história vai te puxando até o final.Para aqueles que se interessam pela história do Brasil, ''Dom Casmurro'' te leva ao período do Brasil Império de um jeito simples e encantador.Bom, agora vamos à minha opinião sobre a pergunta que ronda esta obra: Capitu traiu Bentinho?Sinceramente, não sei. Atrevo-me a dizer que nem o próprio Machado de Assis soubesse a resposta dessa pergunta.Mas bem lá no fundo, no fundo mesmo, eu diria que ela traiu o Bentinho sim. Capitu era uma garota que exalava liberdade, ela era astuta e não ficava esquentando cabeça à toa. A mesma coisa digo de Escobar, homem esperto e sedutor, difícil de decifrar.Ao longo da história podemos perceber alguns traços da malícia de Capitu, desde a descrição dos ''olhos de cigana oblíquia e dissimulada'' até os momentos que ela fugia de Bentinho, e no final, suas lágrimas escondias pela morte de Escobar. Também creio que se ela fosse inocente, não se sujeitaria a ficar com o Bentinho depois da acusação que ele fez. E por último, a assustadora semelhança entre o filho de Bentinho e o falecido Escobar. Então, quem sabe, ela realmente traiu o Bentinho...Mas ela também pode ser inocente, e ter sido vítima do doentio ciúme de Bentinho.Bom, esta é a minha opinião.Mais uma vez, como diria José Dias, lindíssima obra

  • Maria João
    2019-06-17 02:47

    9,5 de 10*Não podia ter tido melhor estreia, na leitura de um autor clássico, brasileiro e mundialmente conhecido - Machado de Assis. "Dom Casmurro" é um livro delicioso. Uma vez mais fui surpreendida por uma escrita de séculos passados, mais precisamente de 1899. No lugar de uma escrita pesada e séria encontrei uma escrita irónica e muito divertida.Comentário completo em:http://abibliotecadajoao.blogspot.pt/...

  • Rita
    2019-06-02 00:45

    Opinião brevemente.

  • Tony
    2019-06-07 21:21

    Machado de Assis. DOM CASMURRO. (1899; this ed. 1994). ****. This is a novel that I have seen on bookshelves for the past fifty years and have been avoiding for just as long. In the many editions I’ve seen, it has always been proclaimed as “the masterpiece” for Brazil’s “greatest novelist.” The thought of a novel from turn of the century Brazil never really appealed to me, but it turns out that I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did read it. The novel was first published in Paris in 1899 when the author was already established as Brazil’s brightest man of letters. Although not appreciated at first, it has become the subject of those high praises that I continue to see written on its covers – and deservedly so. It is a novel told in the first person by the eponymous Dom Casmurro (translated from the Portugese, it means Lord Taciturn) that reviews the history of his life from when he was a baby up through his old age. It is told with wit and irony. The focus of the story is his love and subsequent marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Capitu. Their love affair as teenagers leads to pledges of marriage when they are of age. These pledges are almost destroyed when Casmurro’s mother, honoring a pledge she made to God when Casmurro was born, wants to send him to a seminary to become a priest. He can’t become a priest and still marry his love. Strategies are developed to get out of becoming a priest, and Casmurro is very clever at devising them. He eventually finds a way of getting out of the seminary and ultimately marrying Capitu. Later, they have a son. As the son grows up, he begins to look more and more like a friend that Casmurro had while he was in the seminary. This causes him to begin to have doubts about the faithfulness of his wife. Since this tale is told after his wife is dead, we don’t get to hear her side – nor do we get to hear the son’s side either, since he had recently died also. Casmurro is persuasive in his telling, partly due to his having studied the law after leaving the seminary and now being a high ranking lawyer in Rio. How the idea of infidelity arises and how Casmurro handles it really doesn’t enter the story until probably two-thirds of the way through the book; the first two-thirds providing background on his days leading up to marriage and their early marriage relationship. Finally, however, it is a tragedy of love and painful disillusionment. Recommended.

  • Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
    2019-06-09 21:31

    Λοιπόν δυστυχώς θα πρέπει να το αφήσω για την ώρα. Το βιβλίο και η ιστορία είναι - όσο έχω διαβασει τουλάχιστον υπέροχα. Είναι ένα πανέξυπνο, πανέμορφο, αριστουργηματικό έργο. Αλλά η συγκεκριμένη μετάφραση είναι κακή. Πάρα πολύ κακή. Τύπου έχω ένα λόουερ και γράφω στα αγγλικά. Δεν γίνεται έτσι δουλειά. Δεν βγάζω νόημα. Κι επειδή δεν μπορώ να βρω κάποια καλή αγγλική μετάφραση πχ της Helen Caldwell ή του John Gledson θα το αφήσω για την ώρα, αφού μάλιστα έμαθα ένα ενδιαφέρον νέο. Η Μαρία Παπαδημα ανακοίνωσε πως ετοιμάζει τρία μυθιστορήματα του Machado de Assis, για τη σειρά Orbis literae των εκδόσεων Gutenberg. Δεν ξέρω αν θα είναι κι ο Dom Casmurro μέσα έστειλα στο fb του Gutenberg μπας και μου απαντήσει. Θα δούμε. Αν μάθω κάτι θα ρίξω σύρμα. update 11/5/16 (ένα βράδυ που δεν έβρεχε)Μου απάντησαν από τον εκδοτικό:"Θα κυκλοφορήσουν σε έναν τόμο τρία έργα του Machado de Assis, σε μετάφραση Μαρίας Παπαδήμα: Memórias póstumas de Brás Cubas, Quincas Borba, Dom Casmurro.Η έκδοση αναμένεται την άνοιξη του 2017"Ως τότε... θα κάνω υπομονή. ΥΓ Samba De Janeiro lalalalalalalalalaupdate 1/4/17 ο Δαρδανός κρατάει τις υποσχέσεις του.Κριτική εδώhttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...