I Would Have Loved Him, If I Had Not Killed Him: A Novel
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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- Edgard T. Ribeiro(Author),Margaret A. Neves(Translator)
- St. Martin's Press (July 15, 1994)
- Literature & Fiction
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