Os Devoradores de Livros de António Victorino d’Almeida

Rating: *** (3 out of 5)

Background: This was an impulse buy based entirely on the book’s title. I knew nothing about it and had never read anything by this author (a well-known Portuguese musician / composer / director). This book is only available in Portuguese (so far).

Review: This is a collection of short stories that, according to the blurb in the cover, pertain to readers, reading, philosophers and poets (loosely translating). However, this description only applies to the first (and longest) story. Incidentally, this was the story that I liked best – it was a bit long-winded and confusing, but it’s easy to see that’s the author’s style of writing, and there are a few moments of brilliance that make up for it, if you can make it through to the end. That being said, the rest of the book fell short for me. It’s not that it’s badly written, it just wasn’t to my taste.

In short, there were some things that I really liked and managed to surprise me, but I can’t say that I liked it. It’s an ok book, just not my cup of tea.

What’s Next: I can’t say this has made me feel more confident in buying books by Portuguese authors. This year I had decided to start reading more stuff from my own country, but… I’m trying, I really am, but the books are much more expensive than the English ones and it’s hard to find something to my tastes. I don’t know if the problem is in me, maybe I just don’t know where to look.

Next on my reading list is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.


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