Spilt milk a novel

by Buarque, Chico, 1944-

Format: Book on CD 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bridgeville Public Library Audiovisual FIC BUA
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  FIC BUA
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 Eulalio Assumpcao 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, Eulalio 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 Eulalio 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.
From world-renowned Brazilian writer Chico Buarque comes a stylish, imaginative tale of love and loss. Spilt Milk is the story told by hundred-year-old Eulalio d'Assumpcao as he lies on his deathbed, rambling to his nurses and visitors through a haze of morphine and memory. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eulalio jumps through time and space, melding history and fantasy to unravel the story of his family, his heritage, and a changing nation. He begins by retracing his youth as the son of a conservative Brazilian senator and wealthy coffee exporter. Proud of his noble heritage -- and eager to recount it for anyone within earshot -- he recalls trips to Europe with his father, who introduces him to cocaine, sex, and a disciplinary whip that has been passed down through four generations of military men. At his father's funeral, the teenage Eulalio falls powerfully in love with a dark-skinned choir girl named Matilde. His memory floods with exquisite detail as he recalls their furtive after-school courtship and the late-night rendezvous that led to their unlikely marriage. But the birth of their daughter marks a moment of crisis for the Assumpcao line, and Eulalio struggles to understand why the love of his life seems to be withdrawing from him. In Spilt Milk, Buarque conjures an evocative portrait of a man's life, his loves, and the chaos of memory, all set against two hundred years of Brazil's turbulent 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
Series Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
Subjects Hospital patients -- Fiction.
Hospital patients -- Family relationships -- Fiction.
Consciousness -- Fiction.
Brazil -- History -- Fiction.
Publisher Grand Haven, MI :Brilliance Audio,2012
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Leite derramado.
Contributors Schirner, Buck.
Participants/Performers Read by Buck Schirner.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
Duration: 5:06:00.
Description 5 audio discs (approximately 306 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781455898114
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