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    Edgard T. Ribeiro(Author),Margaret A. Neves(Translator)

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In Brasilia, Fernando, a film director, and Andrea, an antiques dealer, sift through emphemeral clues from the past to substantiate Andrea's story that her aunt Guilhermina had murdered her husband.

Behind this first novel's snappy title lurks an elegant and quietly intoxicating story. In an antique store in Brasilia, Fernando, a failed filmmaker, and Andrea, the leading lady from his one disappointing film, find each other again after 10 years apart. Andrea seduces Fernando with her great-aunt Guilhermina's life story--a wild tale involving a child bride who is violated by her husband and exacts a rigorous revenge; a rich young widow who discovers her sexuality while traveling through Europe in the '30s; and a reclusive elderly woman living on a remote Brazilian ranch whom Andrea briefly came to know. Though Fernando and Andrea's affair doesn't last, their fascination for Guilhermina endures, and each independently researches different facets of her life. The novel's ending, in which past and present amiably commingle, is inconclusive and unbalanced, if only because it's skewed toward Fernando's perspective. But Ribeiro, a diplomat by profession, is a natural writer. His language is impeccable and imbued with a grace that's impossible to resist. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. This witty page-turner by a Brazilian diplomat-filmmaker-writer deftly blends conventions of literary fiction and mystery to tell of Fernando, whose chance meeting in Brasilia with former love Andrea leads to a perplexing adventure. Andrea relates fascinating stories about her late Aunt Guilhermina: married against her will at 14 to a rich, older man who turned their 1926 wedding night into a rape, she spent seven years plotting revenge, eventually murdering her husband, inheriting his wealth, and taking herself to Europe for a spate of wild living. Or so she claims many decades later to her grandniece. At first interested in the colorful tales only as material for a screenplay, Fernando becomes obsessed with learning the truth, even as Andrea becomes reluctant to reveal more. Fernando thus sets out alone to retrace Guilhermina's movements abroad. The novel's clever plotting, three-dimensional characters, and intriguing themes should appeal to a variety of readers. Highly recommended.Starr E. Smith, Marymount Univ. Lib., Arlington, Va.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • By Jennifer Randolph on February 20, 2002

    This book started out as one that I picked up out of the bargain book bin, because I simply couldn't resist the title. It rapidly became, and remains, a book that I return to again and again.On the surface, this book is the story of a young woman delving into a relative's past. However, that which would seem a mere memoir is presented in such a way as to develop into a truly memorable experience. The translation is poetic. And in Ghuillermina we have a classic heroine: a girl who withstands the trials of her youth in quiet bravery, who consciously chooses to take charge of her own life, and who, in doing so, comes into her own. Within a simple story about a young woman exploring her family and her past, Ribeiro has woven a tale that is both a rite of passage and a celebration of life.This book is not only linguistically gorgeous, with a colorful and adventurous heroine, it is also a delightful "what if," a guilty pleasure of sorts. Definately worth sharing, as I have, with many a girlfriend!

  • By Katherine Teems on February 20, 2014

    I was required to read this book for a class assignment at my university. I didn't expect what a great read it would be! The narrative style was so enticing; it reminded me of Marquez. With a close read, you realize the work it took to craft this novel. There are so many layers, parallels, motifs, and themes that could be gleaned from reading this. In addition, the characters are rich and interesting. I would definitely recommend this book, and I am surprised I had not previously heard of it.

  • By Guest on August 13, 2007

    Wow, what an amazing book. It was an assignment for class- i had to read the book over a weekend, and i did, entirely exdpecting to hate a novel that i was forced to read in 2 days. On that monday when i returned to school I had the pleasure of meeting Edgard Telles Ribeiro and talking with him about this amazing book... Its truely become one of my favorite books.. intriguing, so well-thought out, and on top of the writing style being unlike anything ive ever read before, phenomenal, the story is wonderful as well. And I was shocked to find out when i spoke with the author that its actually based on a true story that he had heard from a friend.. This book is definitely a must-read...


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