Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

Book - 2012
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Centenarian Eulalio Assumpcao has reached the end of his long life. From his modest bed in a Rio public hospital, as his mind falters, he grandly recounts his past to passing nurses, his visiting daughter and the whitewashed ceiling. His eccentric stories are seemingly nothing more than the ramblings of a dying man, yet as he overlaps each confused memory, they begin to coalesce into a brilliant and bitter eulogy for himself and for Brazil.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780802120083
Branch Call Number: FIC BUARQUE 2012
Characteristics: 177 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Entrekin, Alison


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May 03, 2018

I recommend this novel. Buarque paints Brazil's history as he explores the fluidity of memory. This is a thorough review of the novel: http://theamericanreader.com/review-chico-buarques-spilt-milk/

josephsieh1 Jun 05, 2014

I read this book in Portuguese and found it entertaining. It conveys nicely the sentiment of love, passion, heartbreak, unfulfillment, denial, anger, and resignation. It's basically a sub-genre of declining family fortune, and it uses Brazil's history as backdrop.


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