Blood-Drenched Beard

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  • Blood-Drenched Beard
  • Daniel Galera
  • English
  • 18 January 2019
  • 1594205744

About the Author: Daniel Galera

Blood-Drenched Beard ePUB ´ Hardcover blood drenched pdf, beard kindle, Blood-Drenched BeardBlood-Drenched Beard EpubDaniel Galera is a Brazilian writer, translator and editor He was born in S o Paulo, but was raised and spent most of his life in Porto Alegre, until when he went back to S o Paulo He is considered by critics to be one of the most influential young authors in Brazilian literature Daniel is one of the founders of the publishing house Livros do Mal and had some of his works adapted into plays and movies.


Blood-Drenched BeardBlood-Drenched Beard ePUB ´ Hardcover blood drenched pdf, beard kindle, Blood-Drenched BeardBlood-Drenched Beard EpubHis father shoots himself, and all he s left with is the old cattle dog and a vague desire for explanation He loves swimming so he drifts south to Garopaba, a quiet little town on the Brazilian coast, where his grandfather disappeared in mysterious, possibly brutal, circumstances decades beforeThere, in the midst of romantic flings and occasional trips, he comes to discover than he could ever have imagined not just about his grandfather, but also about himself.

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10 thoughts on “Blood-Drenched Beard

  1. Melinda says:

    An incredibly rich read in intricate atmospheric details, a narrative requiring the reader to enjoy the journey not just the destination Beautifully written combining, mystery, existentialism, complexities of relationships, love, self discovery, myth, legend, memories, YES Somehow it all meshes together creating a memorable reading adventure with an unforgettable protagonist.Despite the hodgepodge the narrative offers, it possesses a subtle complexity, rather captivating and hypnotic The prot An incredibly rich read in intricate atmospheric details, a narrative requiring the reader to enjoy the journey not just the destination Beautifully written combining, mystery, existentialism, complexities of relationships, love, self discovery, myth, legend, memories, YES Somehow it all meshes together creating a memorable reading adventure with an unforgettable protagonist.Despite the hodgepodge the narrative offers, it possesses a subtle complexity, rather captivating and hypnotic The protagonist digs deep without dragging casualties down with him Heavy in meaning, yet obtainable in exteriority.Simplistically potent best describes the lush prose, challenging the reader until the very end Those craving a true literary experience offering a tableau of cerebral engagement this author along with his accomplished work is for you.Daniel Galera, a rising voice in Brazilian literature, remember the name, savor his work

  2. Jill says:

    Blood Drenched Beard is let me say it straight out an extraordinary book It s a book about the limitations of memory, the inevitability of fate, the distinction between myth and legend, and the boundaries of forgiveness.And if all that sounds too heavy, let me add that it s an extremely accessible tale, expertly translated, with a unique and original character that earns his place as one of thememorable protagonists in contemporary literature.The character is unnamed We know that he Blood Drenched Beard is let me say it straight out an extraordinary book It s a book about the limitations of memory, the inevitability of fate, the distinction between myth and legend, and the boundaries of forgiveness.And if all that sounds too heavy, let me add that it s an extremely accessible tale, expertly translated, with a unique and original character that earns his place as one of thememorable protagonists in contemporary literature.The character is unnamed We know that he is somewhat unmoored, an excellent ocean swimmer, who moves to the Atlantic resort town of Garopaba with his father s old dog Beta after his father kills himself The town is stingy with its secrets the man s grandfather, a larger than life old gaucho, was supposedly murdered there by fellow villagers Or was he The young man is not only nameless, he also suffers from a rare neurological condition called prosopagnosia he cannot recall faces, even his own While he struggles with his own congenital memory black out, the village seems to suffer from its own no one can quite remember much about the grandfather and how he died.In many ways, the character s trajectory resembles Joseph Campell s The Hero s Journey In this archetypal monomyth, the hero receives a call a call that he at first ignores to head off into the unknown There his guide or magical helper Beta appears and together, they cross the threshold into danger, facing a series of tasks and ordeals In the end, the hero returns, free from the fear of death which in turn gives him the freedom to live authentically.Our character is given this advice Don t invest too much energy in these things Folk tales can bury reality forever You ll only be able to reconstruct what really happened up to a certain point The rest becomes legend On his Hero s Journey, our hero discovers the stuff that legends are made of The tale is mythic and yet grounded and in many ways, foretold and fated.The book is also beautifully atmospheric I felt I was right there in Porto Alegre, and could smell the salty ocean and hear the resort sounds And any avid dog lover will connect to this core story of a man and his dog.Onething I feel compelled to mention The Guardian s Justin Cartwright wrote a particularly mean spirited review about the shameful translation I ve read a number of translated books and this translation by Alison Entrekin is absolutely luminous, drawing me into the novel without hitting a false note The new year isn t even upon us yet and I think I can safely say that this book will be in my Top Ten for 2015 Bravo

  3. Perry says:

    Seaside Samba to Sound of Waves and Crosswinds Estranhas RostosThe protagonist s dad tells a tale of his father being murdered under mysterious circumstances in a small fishing village on the Brazilian coast After dad dies, our narrator, a PE teacher and triathlete with a rare cognitive disorder called prosopagnosia or, face blindness with no real ties to his hometown, departs for the coastal town of his grandfather s demise with dad s 15 year old dog.The author s beautiful prose sings the s Seaside Samba to Sound of Waves and Crosswinds Estranhas RostosThe protagonist s dad tells a tale of his father being murdered under mysterious circumstances in a small fishing village on the Brazilian coast After dad dies, our narrator, a PE teacher and triathlete with a rare cognitive disorder called prosopagnosia or, face blindness with no real ties to his hometown, departs for the coastal town of his grandfather s demise with dad s 15 year old dog.The author s beautiful prose sings the surreal atmosphere of a small Brasilian seaside town as our guy who never meets anyone who s not a stranger endeavors, at least initially, to discover what happened to his grandfather This superb novel carries the reader on a moody, sometimes haunting, journey through a unique cast of characters, including 3 girlfriends, a rowdy friend, the strange and hostile town, the ocean and its whales, as well as into a mountainous region on a strange walk about of self discovery filled with mirrors of the past and present, as we discover and contemplate fate v determinism, the ephemeral nature of love familial and amorous , loyalty among family and of man s best friend, and the human capability or not of forgiveness and not just lip service to it.Daniel Galera reminds me of M rquez in his rhythmic prose and hazy, contemplative themes He may ultimately be destined for a similar plateau in Portuguese seems he s well on his way with a Blood Drenched Beard

  4. Nancy Oakes says:

    4.75 rounded upSince Penguin sent me a finished copy of this book, if anyone is at all interested in my arc copy, I ll be happy to mail it to you if you re in the US Just please leave a comment.This is the short version the longer,thorough one is at my online reading journal This novel begins with a suicide foretold and the revelation that the main unnamed character s grandfather was killed quite possibly by an entire village who then may have proceeded to cover up the incident At 4.75 rounded upSince Penguin sent me a finished copy of this book, if anyone is at all interested in my arc copy, I ll be happy to mail it to you if you re in the US Just please leave a comment.This is the short version the longer,thorough one is at my online reading journal This novel begins with a suicide foretold and the revelation that the main unnamed character s grandfather was killed quite possibly by an entire village who then may have proceeded to cover up the incident At first I thought it makes for a great mystery plot, but it surprised me not long into the novel it launches out into an amazing story, becoming mucha book about connections The main character here suffers from a strange affliction called prosopagnosia, a condition in which a person cannot recognize faces While it does become sort of laggy in places, frankly, I was downright impressed with this author s talent and if his other novels are anywhere close to this good, someone should be translatingof his works I can t thank Brooke at Penguin enough for asking me if I might be interested in reading this book It s not one of those books that everyone s going to fall in love with, but I am one of those people who reads to appreciate what s inside someone s head, and this book does that and does it very well Just onething Early on in the novel the main character s father advises him to read Borges short story The South, and after finishing this novel, I did just that I advise anyone who is a Borges reader to do the same

  5. Evie says:

    Blood Drenched Beard is a very demanding read I found many aspects of it intriguing and very well executed, but could not, ultimately, connect with the story or the lead character on a deeper level Additionally, I thought the writing was slightly too. quirky To the point of being obnoxious and, as consequence, preventing the plot line from moving along and keeping me captivated The long descriptions and anecdote filled plot make it a very slow moving story, and the fact that the dialogues a Blood Drenched Beard is a very demanding read I found many aspects of it intriguing and very well executed, but could not, ultimately, connect with the story or the lead character on a deeper level Additionally, I thought the writing was slightly too. quirky To the point of being obnoxious and, as consequence, preventing the plot line from moving along and keeping me captivated The long descriptions and anecdote filled plot make it a very slow moving story, and the fact that the dialogues aren t clearly marked no quotation marks certainly doesn t help move things along, but overall, this is a carefully and purposely crafter, somewhat elusive noir fiction full of existential themes and grittiness My guess is and I could be completely wrong that this book lost quite a lot of its soul and substance in translation, and what remains is a bit too confusing and foreign for me to fully enjoy There s something exotic about this book for sure Th atmosphere is humid and hot, the plot line drags along at a very lazy, intoxicating pace and you will either love that about this book, delight in its edginess and unique charm, or you will find yourself lost and confused Sadly, I belong to the latter group of readers This isn t a short book at 400 pages long printed in a really tiny font, it s quite a challenging and energy consuming read However, for such a long novel, not much happens at all The action twists are few and far between and it sof a book about everything and nothing in particular, following a vaguely sketched theme of uncovering the truth behind a relative s mysterious death Perhaps this just wasn t a book for me Perhaps I m not familiar enough with the Brazilian culture to be able to fully appreciate it Perhaps I m not sophisticated enough to really enjoy it The fact is, I was bored for most of the book, felt no real connection to the story and the characters, and was slightly annoyed by the ginormous, few page long footnotes filled with, well, nonsense Whatever the reason, I did not like Blood Drenched Beard I hope you ll have much better luck with it

  6. Felix says:

    I read the German translation Outstanding book.

  7. Kirsty says:

    I chose Daniel Galera s Blood Drenched Beard for the Brazil stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge Whilst the novel has my favourite title of all the books which I have chosen, I can only give it a rather indifferent three star rating Whilst it was immersive at first, I becameunsure about Blood Drenched Beard as it went on Some sections were fascinating and really drew me in, but I found others to be quite stagnant The pace did not feel even enough to sustain my interest, an I chose Daniel Galera s Blood Drenched Beard for the Brazil stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge Whilst the novel has my favourite title of all the books which I have chosen, I can only give it a rather indifferent three star rating Whilst it was immersive at first, I becameunsure about Blood Drenched Beard as it went on Some sections were fascinating and really drew me in, but I found others to be quite stagnant The pace did not feel even enough to sustain my interest, and the storyline felt as though it had been rather drawn out Some of the consequent chapters picked up, but then I found that it became dull again soon afterwards Blood Drenched Beard was sadly nowhere near as good as I was expecting it to be

  8. Andrew says:

    You know those books that start off really well This is one of them It held up through two thirds before shedding stars when the author went off the metaphorical reservation And that s all that spoilers permit to be revealed about the last third.But the rest of the book is strong It captures perfectly the dynamic we imagine operates in small communities encountering outsiders And it evokes an easy going Brazil modern with pockets of the old ways Both the author and translator have done gr You know those books that start off really well This is one of them It held up through two thirds before shedding stars when the author went off the metaphorical reservation And that s all that spoilers permit to be revealed about the last third.But the rest of the book is strong It captures perfectly the dynamic we imagine operates in small communities encountering outsiders And it evokes an easy going Brazil modern with pockets of the old ways Both the author and translator have done great work.Also on Twitter and Tumblr

  9. Greg says:

    I see some of the other reviews, and I would have liked to have had their experience reading this book.

  10. E. Adeline says:

    Per FTC guidelines, I received this book for an honest review I wasn t paid Blood Drenched Beard, from its blurb, had so much going for it It sounded like a deep, magical realist tale about a man hoping to get away from his family s past, but finding it haunting him, no matter where he goes Right up my alley The execution of this, though, left much to be desired I thought the location was great I enjoyed getting to know the small seaside town and its inhabitants I enjoyed the description Per FTC guidelines, I received this book for an honest review I wasn t paid Blood Drenched Beard, from its blurb, had so much going for it It sounded like a deep, magical realist tale about a man hoping to get away from his family s past, but finding it haunting him, no matter where he goes Right up my alley The execution of this, though, left much to be desired I thought the location was great I enjoyed getting to know the small seaside town and its inhabitants I enjoyed the descriptions Galera offers us, which are rather lush and dense, but also beautiful As a whole, I rather enjoyed Galera s writing It was quite lovely at times, just okay at other times There were other times when it was sometimes confusing, and while no quotation marks are a stylistic choice, I think they would have benefited the novel Or Galera should just not have large chunks of writing in which multiple people spoke At first, this was jarring Eventually, I got to tell whose voice was whose, but even at the end there were some moments when I had to reread and ask myself who was speaking Other things I liked the mystery of the grandfather I thought it was SUPER interesting I thought that the discussion between what was fiction and what was reality was great I enjoyed the ways in which the community that seemed so welcoming also had a darker side, a threatening side It certainly had the elements of a magical realist kind of town, but didn t go quite that far The people that we got to see within the community were, for the most part, pretty cool Some weren t as developed as they could have been, but I liked getting to meet them And I loved Beta That dog hasdetermination than I ll ever have, and Galera put her through way too much And, I can t say much about this, but the parallels between the main character and the grandfather were brilliantly executed Once I went back and reread the first section in italics, I had to take a moment and just sit back, letting the weight of that arc settle in That part Galera did WONDERFULLY Well done.All of that said, there was a lot missing for me with this novel I couldn t, for the life of me, connect with the main character There were aspects of him I thought were interesting, such as his inability to remember faces I liked the athletic side of him and how Galera portrayed that But, I couldn t understand some of his decisions He just seemed to go through and act without really thinking first I couldn t really care about his relationships with either women in the novel I caredabout what happened to his dog than I cared about what happened to him And, a large chunk of this novel was spent with NOTHING happening The main storyline got lost, only to eventually crawl its way back in If Galera had spent the entire novel focusingon the main character trying to find out what happened to his grandfather and experiencing the backlash of some community members, I may have liked this bookAs is, it s a solid three star book for me Not terrible not wonderful There were moments of glory and moments that I could have done without