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Van 1462 tot 1975 hoorde Kaapverdië bij Portugal. In 1975 werd de eilandengroep onafhankelijk. Het testament van senhor Araújo is Almeido’s ironische portret van de Kaapverdische gemeenschap voor en na de onafhankelijkheid.Na de dood van de rijke alleenstaande zakenman senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo komen de erfgenamen bij de notaris voor de lezing van het testament. NiVan 1462 tot 1975 hoorde Kaapverdië bij Portugal. In 1975 werd de eilandengroep onafhankelijk. Het testament van senhor Araújo is Almeido’s ironische portret van de Kaapverdische gemeenschap voor en na de onafhankelijkheid.Na de dood van de rijke alleenstaande zakenman senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo komen de erfgenamen bij de notaris voor de lezing van het testament. Niemand betwijfelt dat neef Carlos het grootste erfdeel wacht. De uitkomst van het testament is echter ontgoochelend anders. Het document onthult dat de overledene een buitenechtelijke dochter heeft, Maria de Graça. Uit nieuwsgierigheid naar de man die haar vader is geweest, duikt Maria in zijn verleden en ontdekt de nodige persoonlijke en politieke geheimen. Almeida plaatst senhor Araújo’s geschiedenis in een welomschreven kader van sociale en economische verhoudingen in Kaapverdië....

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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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  • Sara Jesus
    2018-09-28 13:45

    Um livro muito divertido! Não se deixem enganar pelo título. O Sr. Napumoceno (apesar do seu nome estranho) é uma figura muito complexa e excêntrica. Era um comerciante muito rico, que aventura-se pelo mundo deixando o seu sobrinho Carlos tomando conta dos negócios. Apaixona-se em velho por Adélia que aparece e desaparece da sua vida. E por último deixa uma filha sem nunca conhecer verdadeiramente o seu pai.Muito original o modo como a história é narrada. A vida do Sr. Teixeira (o Napumoceno) é contada através da leitura do seu testamento. Desde do início sabemos que está morto, no entanto isso não impede de ser hilariante conhecer as peripécias da sua juventude e velhice. Uma daquelas obras para guardar sempre na memória!

  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    2018-09-30 13:43

    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 more like a Latin American novel than an African one, with its Portuguese names, single paragraphs that span multiple pages, and obsessive focus on OMG SEX!The 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 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 totally over it, and they then have a “consensual” relationship. I have to say, I am having trouble thinking of anything grosser in literature than books by men portraying women who don’t mind being raped.So, though the opening initially grabbed me, I can’t recommend this one. On to something better, and good riddance to it.

  • Missy J
    2018-09-28 06:52

    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 Garca.The 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 koennte.

  • Sonia Gomes
    2018-10-18 08:36

    Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo’s funeral was conducted with great solemnity as befitted a man of his bearing and demeanour. Senhor Napumoceno 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 did.Carlos 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 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 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, Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo, should lack for nothing on his last earthly voyage. But 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 greeted 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 of the hips. Carlos enters the sanctum sanctorum, Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo’s Office, caution to the winds, decorum forgotten; Carlos 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 seemed that Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo did not want his heirs to inherit without knowing the complete details of his entire life, starting from his extremely humble beginnings, meandering through his rise in business, with digressions into his many liaisons with women. Poor Carlos had suggested that he could read the Testament in the peace and quiet of his house. That is unethical said the Notary, you have to read it in the presence of the witnesses and everyone has to sign. So they went on reading, just reading, the Notary confessed his throat dry, the witnesses took over and it went on……every little detail of his long life, his arrival at Mindelo as a small barefooted boy, hunger in his eyes, his amazing luck when instead of buying one thousand umbrellas he buys ten thousand. Was it God who gave him a little push, when it started raining in torrents in Mindelo which is dry as a bone? And it went on…..But wait a minute, just when it seemed to be only a dreary narration of events, Senhor Napumoceno springs a surprise that kills any hopes that Carlos had, to be named as his Sole heir. Senhor Napumoceno had an illegitimate daughter, Maria de Graça, daughter of his housekeeper Dona Chica, and she and not Carlos inherits all his wealth. What went wrong, how did the relationship with Carlos sour? Was it because Senhor Napumoceno saw himself in Carlos’ eyes, the same hunger? Senhor Napumoceno never trusted Carlos, for they were so alike. Did Senhor Napumoceno have liaisons with other women, Oh yes, plenty, there was the prostitute, so good at her art, Senhor Napumoceno just could not let her go, sadly he contracts syphilis from her, but what happy times. But the love of his life was Adelia, the beautiful Adelia who strangely disappears. In addition to his vast heritage, Senhor Napumoceno bequeaths his daughter, Maria de Graça, a collection of audio tapes; here he describes his life in minute detail never omitting a single event. Maria de Graça tries to piece her father’s life with these tapes, but like any person’s life, her narrative has lacunae that she is unable to fill. On the other hand, her quest and her desire to learn more about her father, brings her closer to Carlos her cousin and Dona Eduarda the new housekeeper.Germano Almeida, the author of this wonderful book, wants to show his audience, that parallel worlds that exist in our society and life. This he does admirably with wit and sarcasm.The desperate battle of the boy with no shoes who comes to São 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 him.Like so very many rich people, Senhor Napumoceno loved to give but the recipient should never waver from eternal gratitude. 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 same?

  • Harry Rutherford
    2018-10-01 14:41

    The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo (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 origin.That history may explain why it feels more 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 more deeply embedded is part of it, although I can’t immediate articulate what makes me say that. It may be no more than the fact that the book is full of names like Senhor da Silva Araújo, of course.The 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.

  • Val
    2018-09-20 08:58

    In his final years, did Senhor da Silva Araújo 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 society.It is an examination of a life lived, decisions made for good or ill, the consequences of those decisions and a soul laid bare. It starts with the story of Senhor da Silva Araújo'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.

  • Pam Giarrizzo
    2018-10-10 12:33

    One of the joys of my global reading project is learning about countries I’ve never had occasion to think about before. With a country like Cape Verde, this meant searching my desktop globe to find out where in the world it is. As it turns out, Cape Verde is a small group of islands located off the western coast of Africa, just across from Senegal and Mauritania. It was formerly a colony of Portugal, so the official language is Portuguese. Trying to find a novel from Cape Verde that’s been translated from Portuguese into English is difficult, so as far as I know, pretty much everyone who has embarked on a project like this one ends up reading The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo, by Germano Almeida.This book tells the story of Napumoceno da Silva Araújo, who has just died at a ripe old age and left a 387-page will that must be read aloud by a notary to the assembled witnesses and hopeful beneficiaries. Senhor da Silva Araújo, who is referred to throughout the book as Sr. Napumoceno, has always had a reputation as a successful businessman, straightlaced in both his personal and professional life. His nephew Carlos, assuming that he will inherit Sr. Napumoceno’s entire estate, takes great pains to plan the funeral exactly the way his uncle has requested. However, the bulk of the estate has been left, not to Carlos, but to Sr. Napumoceno’s daughter, who had been born out-of-wedlock twenty-five years earlier. Her existence was a big surprise to everyone attending the reading of the will, because “who would ever have dreamed that Napumoceno da Silva Araújo would be capable of taking advantage of the days his cleaning woman came to the office to engage in a little hanky-panky, in the corners of the room and on top of the desk…”.Sr. Napumoceno’s will, as well as several boxes of notebooks in which he has written, provide a wealth of information about the man he really was. We learn of his accidental successes in business, his dabbling in philanthropy and politics, and his social awkwardness. His daughter, Maria da Graça, attempts to find a woman named Adélia, who may have been the great love of Sr. Napumoceno’s life. Maria’s hope is that Adélia “could shed light on just who that man really was who had sired her on an office desk.”In the end, both Maria and the reader come to know Sr. Napumoceno through his will and his other writings, which strip away almost every layer of the person he believed himself to be.http://thebooktrekker.blogspot.com/20...

  • Judy
    2018-10-07 07:32

    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 coast 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 written in that language and translated into quite a few other languages prior to being available in English.The 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 500,000 people, mostly of creole ethnicity, live among these islands today.This story was not the most scintillating, but I enjoyed it while still wishing (just 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 means.A 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 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 a 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 creole.The 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.

  • Bookguide
    2018-10-19 09:47

    Bookray: www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7416296. Received 16th February 2011.I 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 quite 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 Adélia 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 imports.Not surprisingly, I found myself unable to engage with Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo, and so in the end, I found the book unresolved and uninspired. I was hoping to get more 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.

  • Meaghan
    2018-09-28 12:44

    Though this book is quite 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 bequeathed everything to the bastard daughter no one knew he had.The 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 other.Normally 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.

  • Emily
    2018-10-08 13:42

    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 Araújo, 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 Araújo reminded me of Gabriel García Márquez in its sweeping portrait of a life, and some slightly magical elements (e.g. the 10,000 umbrellas), although I wouldn't call it magical realism.I'd like to read other books by Germano Almeida but unfortunately I don't think any others have been translated into English.

  • Røbert
    2018-10-07 08:42

    I love the book for its luscious long sentences, I can lose patience with meanderingness, but this seems to hit the spot for me. Perhaps reminiscent of writing form the early 20th century such as Thomas Mann.The book looks back on the life of Senhor Araujo, his work, and his affairs. That much is evident, but more subtly his life reflects colonial Cape Verde as it eases towards independence and his somewhat old-fashioned views are replaced with a younger generation. Stark in this is the rape (significantly the woman involved wears a green skirt), but the analogy is much more complex than a horrific one-sided event like might suggest. Learn something of the history of Cape Verde and read with this in mind will add more depth to what is already a gorgeously written narrative.

  • Andrew
    2018-10-15 08:38

    The opening chapter of this book reveals the reading of the will of Napumoceno da Silva Araujo, a rich Cape Verde businessman. the will at 300+ pages surprises everyone including his nephew that he has an illegitimate daughter to whom he leaves the bulk of his estate.The book then tells Araujo's story from his arriving on the main island of Cape Verde St Vincente as a shoeless waif, to his finding work on the docks as a runner, to joining a customs and export firm, his own move into business and the fortune of buying umbrellas just as rare rains arrive, and onwards. Never partivularly lucky in love we learn of his thwarted passions , he never seems to be able to express his feelings at the right time, his dalliance with prostitutes , his lost loves, and perhaps most disturbingly his sexual assaults on his cleaner. The book is told with humour, but at times with a slight distance from the characters (not sure whether that has anything to do with translation from Portuguese) and overall it was an interesting portrait of a country which seems so diverse geographically ( a number of islands of the coast of Africa) and only achieved independence in the 1970's , however I found some of the sexual encounters troubling in the lack of reflection on what were essentially assaults.

  • Kate Throp
    2018-10-20 13:34

    Beginning my voyage through the ‘Cs’ of the world with Cape Verde. I enjoyed this little book. Quirky in it’s method of telling a man’s life through his last will and testament which runs to some 300+ pages. (The book itself is only 152 pages.) Long sentences to get lost in but by turns moving and humorous.

  • Maud (reading the world challenge)
    2018-09-27 10:45

    [#86 Cape Verde] Using the will of a recently deceased businessman as a starting point, this story travels back to when he was alive and unravels secrets that no one suspected. It was a rather pleasant read although it didn't really blow my mind, probably because I didn't grow attached to any of the characters. There were some fun parts and some parts that dragged on way too much.

  • Slymandra
    2018-10-04 10:00

    [Around the World challenge: Cape Verde] This was a nice read, it could have been more pleasant if it had stuck to a lighter and ironic tone. Some parts really dragged on, especially the ones about commercial tactics. Also I fucking hate when rape isn't called by its name. From that point on the book was dead to me.

  • Marie
    2018-10-04 12:33

    Cape Verde"No man could ever claim to know another in all the breadth and depth of his mystery.""We can lament another's sorrow, but no one, no one can live ours.""Often you hear things about yourself that you'd never thought of before and they end of happening in the end."

  • Inès
    2018-10-03 12:30

    2.5 starsmade me miss Cape Verde but was disappointed with it

  • Maria Gonçalves
    2018-09-19 07:52

    Este é um livro que francamente só comecei a ler porque é necessário para a cadeira de Cabo Cabo-verdiano, mas acabei por gostar. Inicialmente o livro é um pouco aborrecido porque tem uma série de pormenores que parecem sem interesse mas que mais à frente percebemos o porquê de todos eles.Gostei especialmente do amor do "velho" pela Adélia. A maneira como a descreve e o amor deles que no livro não chego a entender se foi fictício, mas tudo aponta para que sim. E gostei muito do livro a partir desse ponto porque vemos a Graça a ler os cadernos dele e entendemos melhor as coisas, e depois Graça fala com Carlos e vemos que ele floreava muito a vida dele, às vezes as coisas não se passavam exactamente como ele as descrevia e era muito engraçado.Depois à o capitulo final que é de partir o coração, que é quando D. Eduarda (a criada dele) conta a Gracinha como foram os últimos dias do Sr. Napumoceno.

  • Josie
    2018-10-09 06:32

    I've been plugging away at this book for so long (Jan) and finally finished it tonight, and its only 152 pages long.I was about 25 pages in when I unexpectedly took a 3 month trip back to the UK, leaving the book on my nightstand in Australia. When I returned I found it hard to get back into, but didn't want to give up on it, so I read up to page 100 (ish) and the read a few pages at a time inbetween other reads.It just didnt capture my imagination at all. I think I found the story too descriptive if that makes sense. There was so much emphasis on setting the scene that there wasnt all together too much depth to the story.Glad to have read it though. Its not often you get to read a book by a Cape Verdian author.I was drawn to the book because in 2007/8 I was in Cape Verde for an Xmas and NY holiday, I stayed on the island of Sal.

  • paul
    2018-10-03 10:44

    It seemed like an honest glimpse into the idiosyncrasies of island life in Cape Verde, particularly Mindelo, São Vicente. A typical story of a self made businessman on a hard earned journey from São Nicolau, a more rural island of Cape Verde. The book presents the perspective of a younger generation looking back on the previous trying to discover the real Sr. Araújo through his will, journals, and the years of island gossip and here-say. Sincerely I hoped for more from my debut read into Cape Verdean literature, however, The Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo has left me with a reticent affection.

  • Kevin Pedersen
    2018-10-17 07:56

    Very light on plot, with the interesting-enough idea that the bombastic will of a rich businessman reveals a secret daughter spinning off into a series of scenes and diversions that doesn't really follow a clear story, so that though there are some nice moments here and there when things crystalize around certain details of Araujo's life and some touching enough scenes at the end, really the thing this is going to be most remembered by me for is the completely ridiculous lengths of its many run-on sentences.

  • Janice Pettey
    2018-09-26 07:36

    Senhor da Silva Araujo is a successful entrepeeur in Cape Verde. When he dies and his last will and testament, 387 pages long, is read, there is surprising news. The book is more of a third party memoir filled with long passages describing moments in his life as narrated by his only blood heir, his nephew. Long paragraphs make the reading of this book slow. It is translated from the Portuguese into English.

  • K's Bognoter
    2018-10-19 13:50

    En fin og stilfærdig historie om en handelsmand fra de kapverdiske øer, som gerne ville være et godt og ordentligt menneske. Som hans liv faldt ud, endte han med bare at blive et menneske. Men det er heller ikke så lidt.Læs hele anmeldelsen her: http://bognoter.dk/2017/01/07/germano...

  • okyrhoe
    2018-10-11 10:56

    The story opens with the reading of the will, a scene full of irony and sarcasm that sets the tone for the rest of the book. Should the dead man's will, or rather his memoirs, be taken at face value? Layers of fact and hyperbole peel away, and gradually a more informed opinion of the title character is shaped. He is, to the end, truly a self-made man, in more ways than one.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-27 09:52

    2.5 stars. I thought the idea behind the book was thought-provoking - trying to piece together the life of a deceased person, and understand who he really was - and the style interesting, but the actual narrative didn't do much for me.

  • Linda
    2018-10-12 06:52

    Cape Verdian author

  • Daniel
    2018-10-16 11:53

    Had to read for class--really enjoyed this view of the culture of Cabo Verde, a little-known Lusophone country off the western coast of Africa. Subtly beautiful writing and storyline.

  • Isabel
    2018-10-04 09:33

    Muito divertido.

  • William Freeman
    2018-10-05 08:48

    Lost something in the translation