Set in Lisbon at the close of the nineteenth century, The Maias is both a coming-of-age novel and a passionate romance.Our hero Carlos Maia, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Portugal, is rich, handsome, generous and intelligent: he means to do something for his country, something useful,... show more
Set in Lisbon at the close of the nineteenth century, The Maias is both a coming-of-age novel and a passionate romance.Our hero Carlos Maia, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Portugal, is rich, handsome, generous and intelligent: he means to do something for his country, something useful, something that will make his beloved grandfather proud. However, Carlos is also a bit of a dilettante. He drifts along, becoming a doctor and pottering about in his laboratory, but spends more and more time riding his splendid horses or visiting the theater, having affairs or reading novels. His best friend and chief partner in crime, Ega, is likewise engaged in a long summertime of witticisms and pleasure. Carlos however is set on a dead reckoning course with fate—with the love of his life and with a terrible, terrible secret... Newly translated by the acclaimed translator Margaret Jull Costa (translator of José Saramago's Blindness), New Directions is proud to bring Eça de Queirós' brilliant prose to life for American readers for the first time.
Publish date: July 30th 2007
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 624
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
, Portuguese Literature
The book is about the life of Carlos da Maia (rich, handsome, generous and intelligent) in 1870s Portugal, when along with his best friend and partner in crime João da Ega he spends his time making witticisms about society and having affairs. Carlos desires to be a doctor, but once he has lavishly f...
E eis que finalmente chega a minha opinião acerca deste clássico da língua portuguesa.Para ser sincera, estava à espera de pior. Tinha muito pouca vontade de começar "Os Maias", porque pensava que iria detestar o livro. No entanto, isso não aconteceu. Dei por mim a gostar da história, a rir-me do Eg...
Read for 11th grade portuguese
O melhor livro que li na minha juventude!