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He portrays an elderly, dying man who is losing control of his life or actually lost it years ago and desperately wants to be remembered by someone and to tell his story, which changes with each retelling. If only the protagonist had been a more likeable character, I might have been more involved. Instead, I found myself wanting to flee his bedside, just as it appeared the young attendants did. He continued to be a boring, self-centered old man. The book includes a lot of I admire the style.
This is not a book that exports well. Chico Buarque is a talented musician and writer. Now, Chico, please write something more interesting. If, like me, you were unaware of the history and culture behind modern day Brazil - let alone its aristocratic heritage - this book will educate you well in depicting development of the country through the 20th century. I would recommend as an insightful read that succeeds in captivating the undying lust of youth, although would point out that the chapters jumping through time can be confusing to keep up with at points.
The main character, Eulalio, spends the whole book recalling events from his life in no order whatsoever. The lack of chronological organization distracts the reader from the storyline and leaves them wondering as to whether the mentioned I gave Spilt Milk two out of five stars due to its lack of organization, unnecessary sexual descriptions, and absence of quotations.
Although every sexual description is somehow related to the narrative, they end up depreciating the value of the main themes. In Brazilian literature, indented lines are used to indicate direct speech as opposed to quotation marks. The poor sequential management was only magnified by the lack of quotations. I would not recommend it to a friend.
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