O Vale da Paixão

[Read] ➪ O Vale da Paixão By Lídia Jorge – E17streets4all.co.uk The story of a daughter's longing for her absent father and her determination to piece together the past and the futureThe setting of this extraordinary novel is an old farmhouse in Portugal a house f The story of a daughter's longing for her absent father and her determination to piece together the past and the O Vale MOBI :ò futureThe setting of this extraordinary novel is an old farmhouse in Portugal a house far enough from the Atlantic not to hear the breaking waves during a storm but near enough for the walls to be corroded by the salt in the airWith most members of her large family having left the hardship of life in this landscape of sand and stone for jobs in faraway places a young woman struggles to piece together her past from the widely varying stories she's been told Left behind by a free spirited feckless father a seducer with a rare gift for drawing she is raised by her uncle who has married her mother The only memories of her father's two brief visits are the echoes of his footsteps on the stairs leading to her room The only signs of him are letters from the widest reaches of the world letters accompanied by brilliantly colored drawings of exotic birds The daughter longs for her father and as she grows up she is determined to find him and uncover the truthBrimming with astute and exuisite characterizations this strikingly lyrical novel evokes the atmosphere of rural Portugal in a changing world and explores the timeless themes of family independence and the often painful experience of emigration.O Vale da Paixão

LÍDIA GUERREIRO JORGE nasceu em Boliueime Loulé a de Junho de Concluído o curso de Filologia Românica dedicou O Vale MOBI :ò se ao ensino liceal Angola Moçambiue e Lisboa Publicou os romances O Dia dos Prodígios Prémio Ricardo Malheiros O Cais das Merendas Prémio Literário Município de Lisboa Notícia da Cidade Silvestre Prémio Literário Município de Lisboa A Costa dos.

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • O Vale da Paixão
  • Lídia Jorge
  • English
  • 23 March 2015
  • 9780151006588

10 thoughts on “O Vale da Paixão

  1. says:

    #1 of uarantine

  2. says:

    It is raining hard water beating on the roof with ferocity no one can hear anything silently oh so silently we feel Walter climbing the stairs at the landing he removes his shoes like a shadow flat on the wall prepares to enter the room the young girl inside looks forward to seeing him and we scream No No it is dark it is silent why are you entering that room so furtively Walter replies to meet my daughter and you scream louder no no you cannot enter a young girl’s room at night even if she is your daughter Walter replies I am not allowed to meet her everyone guards me I need to meet her just once you see I disowned her a long time agowe realise that much like the Irmãos Dias we too have terrible thoughts of WalterAll that Walter’s daughter knows about Walter is from gossip of others gossip of the grandfather Francisco Dias; gossip of the uncles gossip of the aunt gossip of the servants the pact of silence deep silence insisted by Maria Ema no she admonishes Walter’s daughter you are not to talk not to call him father you are his ‘niece’ do you understand says Maria Ema the mother of the girlDo you remember asks Francisco Dias of his cronies how Walter repaired that old carriage and roamed the countryside painting birds? Sketching birds can you believe that? Selling them like a roadside vagabond can you believe that a son of Francisco Dias would make money selling sketches? Francisco Dias would shoutDo you know shrieks Alexandrina all the while stabbing the potatoes brutally that Walter got the nineteen year old Maria Ema Baptista pregnant oh oh screams Alexandrina all the while stabbing at the potatoes do you know that one evening the Baptistas mother father and Maria Ema came to the house and said our daughter is pregnant when Francisco Dias asked the age old uestion how do you know it is my son the Baptistas took out a folder with dozens of sketches of Maria Ema the Baptistas turned around without a word mounted their carriage pushing Maria Ema aside no no they did not allow her in she ran ran behind the carriage crying pleading for them to stop hair in disarray losing her hat her punishment and humiliation started on that dayDo you know narrated Adelina the aunt hysterically Francisco Dias Paizinho a man of principles wrote to Walter you have to marry Maria Ema no reply dozens of letters no reply Francisco Dias then visited the Commandant leave the Army to marry? Asked the incredulous Commandant he is our best soldier So Francisco Dias hat in hand returned to Valmares what to do? What to do? Marry her off to Custodio his oldest son his lame son who would never manage to marry otherwise how brilliant what a move to save the family honourAnd Custodio did marry Maria Ema but Custodio loved Walter loved his rebellious nature loved that he did everything that he Custodio would never be able to do with his lame leg Custodio was there to protect when Walter defied his father and refused to cart manure for their vast fields Custodio was there to unyoke the mule whenever Walter returned from his long trips sketching birds? Who knows? Custodio just loved WalterAnd Walter’s daughter collected her material of Walter thread by thread skein by skein should she keep this thread maybe should she snip that one yes Yes Walter’s daughter wove her own fabric of Walter in her mind But in the huge deep cupboard in her room where she had always slept alone even when tiny Walter’s daughter had his uniform rough and scratchy but so comforting when things got lonely When scared of the dark as she often was hidden between the mattresses Walter’s daughter had his Smith revolver it protected her she had figured out long ago how to arm and disarm it the revolver kept the monsters of the dark at bayActually on one of his visits home when his brothers were trying to pay off Walter so that he would never return to Valmares Walter had flung a huge wad of money and the revolver on the table Oh how everyone in the family wanted him to leave leave they said go said the father die please die hoped Francisco Dias silentlyAnd then strangely like thieves in the night os Irmãos Dias started leaving Valmares spreading all over the world much like Walter doing strange back breaking jobs in odd places Caracas Vancouver where are these places? Why is it so cold there? Why is it so hot and dusty there? And most of all why have they suandered their inheritance for such menial tasks? A son of Francisco Dias herding and milking cows? A son of Francisco Dias a miner deep in the bowels of a mine covered in black dust wearing a miner’s hat? A son of Francisco Dias dismantling wooden houses? A son of Francisco Dias running after wagons? What sort of jobs were these? Come back come back he wrote endless letters please come back please please come back he pleaded but the only one who showed signs of returning was Walter Walter is returning no no let him die everything is in a mess here in Valmares don’t come back Walter once lush fields lie fallow olive trees not pruned for ages cattle dying your mule long dead No Walter do not come this is not a place for you come back come back please come back he wrote to the Irmãos Dias all pieces all threads all skeins for Walter’s daughter fabric of WalterAnd Walter returns why? Everyone in a tizzy Maria Ema dressing and pursing her skilfully painted mouth in a cupids bow don’t speak please don’t speak; Walter’s daughter has to collaborate with her mother the pact of silence Days of wonder days of laughter Custodio’s sons in wonder at the speed at which tio Walter sketches his birds do one tio Walter just one please go to bed says Maria Ema their motherand the rain rain beating ferociously on the roof no one can hear a thing Maria Ema can take it no longer; the strain is much too much Walter Walter WalterAnd then Walter leaves knowing he will never return come with me he says to Walter’s daughter no no she replies silentlyCome back come back writes Francisco Dias to the Irmãos Dias endless letters please come back please please come back he pleads how can we? write the Irmãos Dias we have businesses to attend to they write dairies sawmills real estate travel agencies os Irmãos Dias have now moved on they are respected members of society in those far away countriesbut something is bringing them down dragging them down in suelchy mud ruining their reputation for which they had worked so hard so very hardWalter deep in debt Walter defrauding his business partners Walter closing his office opening another one elsewhere Walter impregnating a Polish girl Walter fleeing to Brazil running to Caracas letters pouring from os Irmãos Dias most importantly the terrible way the Soldier’s Blanket has been put to use women tumbling all over it the Soldier’s Blanket filthy smeared stained deeply ingrained with Walter’s sins is it any way to treat a Soldier’s Blanket a Soldier’s Blanket is the Symbol of a Nation a deluge of letters driving Francisco Dias to a nervous breakdown And then terrible terrible accusations oh Custodio you are such a fool so innocent an affair was going on right under your nose Maria Ema and Walter of course you just stayed looking on sad Do you know that Walter even threw his own daughter on the Soldier’s Blanket visited her one night when it was raining so very heavily oh the scandal oh the horror tell us the truth Custodio the truth we have a right to know And Walter's daughter is filled with anger how could he how could have told them about his one and only visit to her room But then maybe he could have just said you know I just wanted to be near her my daughter and I was guarded prevented from talking to her my daughter who I had seen as a toddler Filled with anger Walter’s daughter decides to confront him collects collects and collects information about Walter writes terrible stories about Walter goes to meet Walter surprises him confronts him only to realise that she loves him deeply it was always him always her only comfort when everything was lonely and bleak his army coat his revolver were her security against a hostile worldWalter’s daughter why don’t you have a name like everyone else does a name is the most common thing and one’s most sacred possession even the poorest of the poor have a name Walter’s daughter; yes you do not have a name because nobody respects you you once said to yourself if had I pointed the Smith at and killed Maria Ema everyone would have pounced on me if I had shot Maria Ema’s sons they would have killed me but if I point the revolver at Walter’s daughter and kill her no one will even know they will let my body rot Who would have allowed a little girl to keep a loaded revolver hidden below the mattress? Yes Walter’s daughter you were an accident and like accidents unwanted Maria Ema or her mother should have gotten rid of you in time and then you would have saved the house of Francisco Dias a great deal of embarrassmentStrangely but Walter’s daughter you are the only one who knows how to look after the land that os Irmãos Dias abandoned you are the only one who can recognise agricultural implements even in the deep of the night just by touching them as you did when you found the right spade to dig a deep hole for Walter’s blanket the Soldier’s Blanket which was his legacy to you when he died a clean sweet smelling blanket that came to you passing through a hundred countries you buried the Soldier’s Blanket much as one buries her own father with love and respect

  3. says:

    Though it took me some time to get into this book about a disintegrating family in rural Portugal I ultimately got caught up in the sad but lyrical tale of a daughter trying to piece together something of her father Walter who abandoned her and her mother shortly after she was conceived In 1951 and again in 1963 the daughter who remains nameless throughout the novel meets Walter her father in name only She remembers these two visitations to her room in the middle of the night; she also pieces together the puzzle of his life from letters received by various family members and from Walter himself letters accompanied by paintings and drawings of birds from all over the world In one of Walter's many sexual encounters with women in which he leaves a string of legitimate descendents scattered among the coast towns he impregnates Maria Ema When he refuses to take responsibility and disappears to travel the world his brother Custodio marries Maria Ema thus giving Walter's daughter and Custodio's niece a fatherMeanwhile the rest of the brothers of whom Walter is the youngest and Custodio is the oldest all escape from their father's despotic rule over the family's rural home of Valmares and spread themselves from one end of the Americas to the other Custodio is the only one that proves to be dependable and caring remaining in his father's home in Portugal with Maria Ema and their children The book is very densely written; it was difficult to get into the flow of Lidia Jorge's writing but once I got the rhythm I was uite caught up in the story There is hardly any dialogue in the book and sometimes the story folds back upon itself repeating events over and over This gets annoying at times Overall though I enjoyed the book which gave me a different worldview and a deeper experience of Portugal's Algarve to which I traveled last summer

  4. says:

    This book translated from the Portuguese consists of the sometimes dreamy and sometimes creepy musings of a girl then woman about her father one Walter Dias whom her family and neighbors acknowledge only as her uncle Her mother had a one night stand with Walter became pregnant and married Walter’s brother The musings go in circles returning again and again and again to the couple of times when the narrator actually spent time with Walter a world traveler and the bird painter of the title There are lots of beautifully written passages many of them describing the decline and breakup of a proud rural family in Portugal during the mid 20th century and others describing the places in Africa the East and the Americas that Walter travels to There are striking bird metaphors interspersed throughout the book; Walter himself is birdlike as he travels seemingly effortlessly across oceans to other parts of the world But I struggled to care much about the narrator who for reasons not clear to me never gives herself a name or about anyone else other than perhaps Custódio her admirable putative father I would also have liked to have heard from the author about the narrator’s and her mother’s feelings toward one another

  5. says:

    I wanted to read this book because I was curious about Portugal I found Lidia Jorge by googling modern Portuguese authors She is well known in Portugal and has written several books Apparently this is the only one translated into English available in an ebook Pity I would like to read from her The novel is about the people in a house in rural southern Portugal from the 1950s to the 80s The central character Walter is described by the other characters and rarely speaks himself The novel is intense; almost claustrophobic at times It also took me a while to figure things out but they are explained as you read It is a marvellous character study and uite entertaining I highly recommend it

  6. says:

    I picked this book up because it had the word birds in the title I do that a lot I love birds and so I will look for pictures of birds on the cover or birds in the title This was an old book I found The Painter of Birds was a strange book The only mention of birds was that the main character who was rarely there in the book true pictures of birds The book itself was about finding love within a family It was about a family and all the pressures that tear it apart It was about finding out who you are with in that family It was sad and it left me empty

  7. says:

    Once you finish the book you realize how simple the plot is but the writing style made it harder to read and even understand at times It is not a writing style I'm used to I'll admitAlthough it was enjoyable to read at times it could test you patience at times when the author decided to explain something in an entire paragraph filled with metaphors instead of explaining exactly what she wanted which would've lasted only a sentence Towards the end of the book they start to slow down and the book starts to speed up perhaps the author was closer to her deadline?

  8. says:

    This book is hard to get into and boring Seriously pick a timeline and stick to it for longer than 2 paragraphs I hate when authors try to be too lyrical and uniue especially when it doesn't work I'm all for new writing ideas and techniues but this one just did not work

  9. says:

    Poetic A uick read with nice complexity

  10. says:

    First book I've read of a new Portuguese writer

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