Spilt milk

by Buarque, Chico, 1944-

Format: Print Book 2012
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction BUARQUE Chico
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  BUARQUE Chico
From world-renowned Brazilian writer Chico Buarque comes a stylish, imaginative tale of love, loss, and longing, played out across multiple generations of one Brazilian family. At once jubilant and painfully nostalgic, playful and devastatingly urgent, Spilt Milk cements Chico Buarque's reputation as a masterful storyteller.

As Eulálio Assumpção lies dying in a Brazilian public hospital, his daughter and the attending nurses are treated--whether they like it or not--to his last, rambling monologue. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eulálio reflects on his past, present, and future--on his privileged, plantation-owning family; his father's philandering with beautiful French whores; his own half-hearted career as a weapons dealer; the eventual decline of the family fortune; and his passionate courtship of the wife who would later abandon him. As Eulálio wanders the sinuous twists and turns of his own fragmented memories, Buarque conjures up a brilliantly evocative portrait of a man's life and love, set in the broad sweep of vivid Brazilian history.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lovely details and a fine sense of place are offset by sluggish plotting and underdeveloped characters in this slim novel from Brazilian singer/composer Buarque. Eulalio d'Assumpcao is from an affluent Brazilian family. Now elderly, ill, and living in a nursing home, his memory is not always reliable. Echoing Sebald's Rings of Saturn, in his bedroom Eulalio recalls his life: the opulent mansion in the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro where he grew up; his prominent ancestry; a senator father and fashionable mother who traveled to Europe to buy clothes for every season; and the economic difficulties that have made his current situation nowhere near as grand as his past. In first- and second-person, Eulalio talks of meeting his wife, Matilde, at the memorial service for his father. She was wearing a "garment as rigid as armor... a naked body under it could have danced without being noticed," and his desire for her is instant and extraordinary. The two marry and start a family, but a visiting French engineer tests these nascent bonds. There's plenty to like, though more of a sense of the sweeping grandeur of history, or a more energetic storyteller, would have made it more effective. Agent: Laurence Laluyaux, Rogers, Coleridge and White, U.K. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Hospital patients -- Fiction.
Hospital patients -- Family relationships -- Fiction.
Consciousness -- Fiction.
Brazil -- History -- Fiction.
Publisher New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] :Grove Press ;2012
Distrubuted by Publishers Group West,
Other Titles Leite derramado.
Contributors Entrekin, Alison.
Language English
Notes "First published in Brazil as Leite Derramado in 2009 by Companhia das Letras"-- T.p. verso.
Description 177 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780802120083 (hardcover)
0802120083 (hardcover)
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