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The Whistler From Angola, a country riddled with civil war and its aftereffects for the lastyears, comes a surprising story of hope, passion, and magical realism from a groundbreaking, young African novelist A young man arrives at the church of a small African village and starts whistling so beautifully that the priest is left in tears As his weeklong stay continues, the whistler finds himself affected by the colorful inhabitants of the village as they all become bewitched and surrender to the moods of his melodies Poetic prose, descriptive and atmospherically detailed This book is very short but a nice quick read I feel as though rereading will give new details that I missed the first time through The whistler is a mysterious character, but he really is not the main story The little village, full of characters, is the main event here High sense of magical realism throughout makes this a fantastic little read Recommended. Um livro que me recordou de um dos livros da minha vida, falo de O Perfume hist ria de um assassino Quem ler ambos certamente perceber a compara o.A escrita de Ondjaki encantadora, a hist ria mediana. I have read several books recently that felt like a bit of a chore, so the first point to make about The Whistler is that it is gloriously short With the help of generous amounts of white space the publishers have padded it out to 100 pages, but it s probablylike 60 pages of actual text I m not a fan of short stories and I m usually suspicious of very short novels, but this time I was in the mood for it how nice to get a book finished in a couple of short sittings.It s about a man with I have read several books recently that felt like a bit of a chore, so the first point to make about The Whistler is that it is gloriously short With the help of generous amounts of white space the publishers have padded it out to 100 pages, but it s probablylike 60 pages of actual text I m not a fan of short stories and I m usually suspicious of very short novels, but this time I was in the mood for it how nice to get a book finished in a couple of short sittings.It s about a man with an extraordinary whistle except actually the whistler himself hardly appears It s really the story of a village reacting to the whistler s arrival and his whistling has a remarkable effect on people We re in magical realism territory here.The story is light on plot but strong on atmosphere it s dreamy and wistful and gently funny I guess in the end it might be a tiny bit insubstantial, but I found it very likeable And it s nice to read African fiction which isn t about civil war or dictatorship or colonialism, important though those subjects are, but instead about people s normal desires and concerns on a human scale.He arrived in October, at the same time as the enduring and silent rains of that village His hair fell along the thin sides of his face, his clothes were completely soaked and heavy, his eyes barely open from such amazement it was a rain as soaking as any other, but without the natural gift of making a noise as it fell He believed he was in the midst of an intense snow storm, and opened his mouth He had never experienced a rain like this.He put his bag on the steps He looked, still with that soaked gaze, at the pigeons that surrounded the church They flapped around him, alighted n the windows and took to the air again It was only them that made a noise only their noise could be heard Further in the distance was a donkeys retreat It is true, gathered donkeys grey, fat, content and ambling.He went into the church with a small step, without making a noise The day was still young and the first mass had already taken place He breathed the air around him, felt a delicate religiousness penetrate his lungs and his heart The beauty of the architecture, the light filtering through the stained glass windows, the morning and the moment, the absence of the Padre, led him to begin whistling He discovered, with the end of the first notes, that this was one of the best places in the world for the whistling of melodies The Whistler is my book from Angola for the Read The World challenge Foi uma boa leitura, com um estilo de escrita que me agradou bastante Se aquele final, ao in cio, me soou um bocado estranho, rapidamente se entranhou e tornou se divertido. A prosa de Ondjaki envolve nos como as liambas da floresta tropical, penetra nos como o cheiro a sal da casa de Dissoxi, infiltra se em n s como a hipnotizante m sica do Assobiador.Excelente Aler.Maria Carmo 19 OUT 2011. Apesar de gostar muito deste autor, este curto romance desiludiu me bastante.Numa aldeia, surge de repente um assobiador, um homem que assobia coisas maravilhosas O autor esfor a se por mostrar a grave influ ncia que esses assobios t m nos v rios habitantes da aldeia, mas penso que ficou aqu m das expectativas.Para come ar, nunca percebemos exactamente o que que o assobiador est a assobiar, pelo que o deslumbramento pelo seu som passa ao lado do leitor Depois, as outras personagens n o poss Apesar de gostar muito deste autor, este curto romance desiludiu me bastante.Numa aldeia, surge de repente um assobiador, um homem que assobia coisas maravilhosas O autor esfor a se por mostrar a grave influ ncia que esses assobios t m nos v rios habitantes da aldeia, mas penso que ficou aqu m das expectativas.Para come ar, nunca percebemos exactamente o que que o assobiador est a assobiar, pelo que o deslumbramento pelo seu som passa ao lado do leitor Depois, as outras personagens n o possuem muita verosimilhan a, aparentando ser mais caricaturas de pessoas reais do que outra coisa.Tamb m as descri es dos lugares, espa os e acontecimentos s o muito difusos, sendo que a sua falta de clareza n o nos permite localizar bem as ac es.Acabam por ter mais interesse as cita es em todos os cap tulos, o que me pareceu um exagero, do que os cap tulos em si um livro com um mar secreto no cora o de uma personagem l grima, um comboio de do ura num caixeiro convidado, e tantos mist rios que comp em a solid o na voz densa de um homem que assobia s o palavras do pr prio autor sobre o livro e eu creio que bastante esclarecedoras do seu conte do, cabe ao leitor seguir o rasto encantat rio do assobio Ondjaki est , certamente, no meu leque de autores favoritos Foi um dos causadores do despertar da leitora que h em mim e todos os livros que li dele encheram me o cora o e a alma de uma maneira que, at hoje, sou incapaz de descrever um daqueles autores que quero ler TUDO At a lista de compras N o posso deixar de me sentir levemente desiludida com este O Assobiador As expectativas estragam nos os planos, realmenteEsperava um livro de excel ncia e acabei por encontrar apenas um bom Ondjaki est , certamente, no meu leque de autores favoritos Foi um dos causadores do despertar da leitora que h em mim e todos os livros que li dele encheram me o cora o e a alma de uma maneira que, at hoje, sou incapaz de descrever um daqueles autores que quero ler TUDO At a lista de compras N o posso deixar de me sentir levemente desiludida com este O Assobiador As expectativas estragam nos os planos, realmenteEsperava um livro de excel ncia e acabei por encontrar apenas um bom livro A escrita , como sempre, fabulosa, mas o enredo passou por mim sem nada me dizer um livro a reler, um dia Este o segundo livro que leio de Ondjaki, e, decididamente, fiquei adepta da sua escrita Ali s, embora a hist ria seja interessante, gostei do livro mais pela forma como est escrito, do que pela hist ria propriamente dita aten o, spoiler mais adiante Embora o in cio seja bastante promissor, aquela orgia geri trica final, se assim lhe posso chamar, pareceu me um tanto exagerada Mas admiro, ainda assim, a forma como est descrita Por v rias vezes me veio mem ria o final do livro O Perfu Este o segundo livro que leio de Ondjaki, e, decididamente, fiquei adepta da sua escrita Ali s, embora a hist ria seja interessante, gostei do livro mais pela forma como est escrito, do que pela hist ria propriamente dita aten o, spoiler mais adiante Embora o in cio seja bastante promissor, aquela orgia geri trica final, se assim lhe posso chamar, pareceu me um tanto exagerada Mas admiro, ainda assim, a forma como est descrita Por v rias vezes me veio mem ria o final do livro O Perfume , de Patrick S skind, onde uma multid o enlouquecida pelo poder oculto do perfume, se entrega a uma gigantesca vaga de lux ria S que tudo o que obsceno e repugnante n O Perfume numa descri o muit ssimo bem conseguida, ali s n O Assobiador, simultaneamente ternurento e divertido, e sem um pingo de obscenidade Um grande feito, tendo em conta que h cenas que envolvem corcundas e dentaduras posti as O m rito, evidentemente, todo da lind ssima escrita de Ondjaki, que torna a leitura deste livro um verdadeiro prazer


About the Author: Ondjaki

Ndalu de Almeida born 1977 is a writer from Angola, writing under the pen name Ondjaki He lives in Luanda, the capital of the country, and has written poetry, children s books, short stories, novels, drama and film scripts.Ondjaki studied sociology at the University of Lisbon, and wrote his graduation paper about Angolan writer Luandino Vieira His literary debut came in 2002 with the novella O Assobiador The Whistler , which was followed up with the childhood memoir Bom dia camaradas Good Morning, Comrades in 2003 To date 2010 he has published four novels, three collections of short stories, two collections of poetry and three children s books His books have been translated to French, Spanish, Italian, German, English, Chinese and SwedishSource was born in Luanda in 1977 He completed his degree in Sociology in Lisbon in 2002 with a study on the great Angolan writer Luandino Vieira A versatile young talent and a most promising writer of the Portuguese language in Africa, he has already had paintings exhibited, given public performances as an actor, as well as published his own poems and novels Ondjaki has been awarded the Grande Pr mio de Conto Camilo Castelo Branco 2008 by the Portuguese Writers Association for his novel Os da Minha Rua In 2008 he was distinguished with the Grinzane for Africa award, in the category of young writer, and recently, Ondjaki has won the prestigious Jabuti Prize 2010 with his juvenile book Av Dezanove e o Segredo do Sovi tico Source


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