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The Yellow Sofa by Jose Maria Eca de Queiros

The Yellow Sofa (1925)

by Jose Maria Eca de Queiros

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My first novel by this Portuguese author and what a good surprise it has been to recognise some of the wit and irony altogether with a cunning message, similar to other famous authors styles such as Oscar Wilde.
Mr. Alves and Mr. Machado have been business partners for many years. But when Mr. Alves catches his beloved wife in a stolen embrace in the arms of his long time friend and partner, hell breaks loose and Alve's life tumbles down.
Always in an elegant and swift style improper of the time, De Queiroz manages to give a unique touch of humour to a mainly dramatic storyline, adding some deep worthy messages one should apply to live a happier and fuller life, and to make the best out of a bad situation.
Definitely advanced for his time.
Recommended. ( )
  Luli81 | Mar 17, 2013 |
Come over all ebulliant in anticipation of celebrating the anniversary of his marriage to his beloved & adored wife, Godofredo Alves finds her embracing another man. And not just any other man, but his close friend and business partner! Our hero finds himself torn between avenging his honor and maintaining a comfortable life of friends and family, for he is foremost a homebody and a friend. Using sympathy laced with gentle irony, Eca traces the course of Alves vacilatting
emotions and decisions. To duel? To duel to death? Perhaps to forgive? Eca creates a thoroughly human character in Alves, a man for whom it is easy to feel symapthy and affection. His portrayal of Alves' conniving father-in-law attempts to use the breech in the marriage to supplement his household coffers is slendidly done with deft, witty strokes. All this makes for a sweetheart of a book from one of Portugal's greatest writers. ( )
  lucybrown | Jan 23, 2011 |
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Aquella mañana, Godofredo da Conceiçao Alves, sofocado, resoplando por haber venido desde el Terreiro do Paço casi a la carrera, abría la puerta de bayetón verde de su despacho, en la Rua dos Douradores, cuando el reloj de pared, encima del pupitre del contable, daba las dos, con aquel tono hueco al que los techos bajos conferían una sonoridad doliente y triste.
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