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Chronicle of the Murdered House
Chronicle of the Murdered House | Lucio Cardoso
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This never-before-translated classic of Brazilian, and gay, literature is a Faulknerian saga depicting the unraveling of a traditional patriarchal family.
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Great idea @Cinfhen and thanks for the tag @Redwritinghood Here are my #Top6Reads so far this year. If I had to choose only one, it would be Lanny. It‘s the kind of book that reminds why I love to read.

I‘ll tag my recent swap buddies @Hoopiefoot and @erzascarletbookgasm

Cinfhen Lanny and Say Nothing are both moving up my list!!! Thanks so much for sharing ❤️ 5mo
MicheleinPhilly This hashtag is making my TBR EXPLODE. Thanks a lot, Cindy! 😒 @Cinfhen 😉😘 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the tag! I‘ve posted my favourite reads too. I‘m so happy you gotten me Lanny and Spring in the swap. 😘 5mo
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sarahbarnes The Master and Margarita is one of my all-time favorites! 5mo
Cinfhen I know @MicheleinPhilly it‘s RIDICULOUS 5mo
Redwritinghood I‘m reading “Say Nothing” right now and it‘s pretty good too. 5mo
Redheadrambles How did I miss this ! I am so bad at Litsy, great choices - I am looking forward to Lanny 5mo
mklong @redheadrambles I hope you love it as much as I did. I read it all in one go on a lazy Sunday, and I think that's the right way to do it. I was completely transported. 5mo
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#ReadingEnvySummerChallenge Completed. I‘m stretching it a bit with Quick Sand for Something Swampy ( 😬🤞🏻) .. then Something Blue. Something Translated. Something True.

erzascarletbookgasm 👏 well done! 6mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 6mo
rohit-sawant Awesome! 🙌🏼 6mo
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Lindy Quicksand sounds swampy to me. Well done! (edited) 6mo
ReadingEnvy You did it! Huzzah! 6mo
Cathythoughts @ReadingEnvy I did ! I‘m delighted! And thankyou for a great summer challenge 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! It was a nice challenge 6mo
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant thankyou my friend 👍🏻 6mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy thanks! Yes sometimes quicksand makes perfect sense here ... I think I‘ll just go with that feeing 😬thanks X 6mo
laurenbescoby Congrats ☺️ x 5mo
Cathythoughts @laurenbescoby thanks ! 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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All the Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have no words to do this book justice. I am left full of images & feelings. A brilliant piece of writing, sacred & profane. A force of nature & unputdownable to the very last word.
Set in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Meneses family as they face into their final years.
#ReadingEnvySummerReading #SomethingTranslated

Cathythoughts @Tamra I wished I had some violets for my picture. The best I could do we‘re two purple flowers from the garden 💜 7mo
batsy Love the pic! And the book sounds so good. 7mo
Eggs Great tableau! Is that the murder weapon? 😳 7mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! And yes it‘s very good ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @Eggs I‘m saying nothing 😉 7mo
Tamra It is amazing isn‘t it?! 7mo
Tamra What did you think about the twist re: parentage? I thought it was a tad cheap, like he just couldn‘t leave it as is bc it was too gross - with either intentional or unintentional destruction on her part to get back at the family. 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 👍🏾😆 Perfect! 7mo
Tamra Isn‘t it surprising we haven‘t heard more about this novel, given it was written in mid 50s? 7mo
merelybookish Stacked! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra yes that was quite a twist at the end. I still have to process all that now ... it adds another dimension I wasn‘t expecting! I see what you mean ... it makes Ana far more complex ... not that they are all extremely complex already 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I can‘t believe we are only hearing of it now. Thanks so much for posting it up .... I really enjoyed (?!) it immensely ... brilliant book 7mo
Cathythoughts @merelybookish I hope you like it. Will look out for your review when ever you get to it ♥️👍🏻 7mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra yes ! It is amazing ! I wouldn‘t have found it only for you 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts leaves a lasting impression. It needs to be read twice I think to get everything, but not back to back. 😆 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow all the ⭐️ s! Must investigate this! Nice review 👍 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh great pic too! 📸 7mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm maybe you will give it a whirl... I‘d be very interested to hear your thoughts if you ever do go there ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra this writer !!!! I will always associate violets with this book. And that‘s what he does so well ... make images that stay with the reader 💜💜💜 7mo
Tamra You can‘t even give a warning without giving the twist away! 😜 7mo
JennyM That‘s a beautiful pic. And I‘m very curious about this. Great review! 7mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM thanks 😘. It‘s a good book 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
readordierachel Lovely review and photo 💕 7mo
Cathythoughts @readordierachel thankyou for your comment 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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This book is so like sipping a beautiful dangerous wine ... And I now have an afternoon to indulge myself ♥️👍🏻

Tanisha_A Love the analogy! Like a dangerous wine! Super, enjoy! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A thanks 👍🏻I am really enjoying 7mo
Tamra 🍷 7mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra 🍷Thankyou for this one 7mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 7mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻💕💕💕 7mo
readordierachel Sounds perfect! 7mo
Cathythoughts @readordierachel it kind of is ☺️🙃 7mo
Centique What a perfect description! 😍 7mo
Cathythoughts @Centique only seeing this ! Thankyou for your comment 😘 7mo
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Finally , reading time 👍🏻. And ....I feel myself
slowly slipping further down the dark, narrow path that is the life of the Meneses

Tamra Be careful! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I know ... it‘s so mysterious 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra it‘s getting very heavy now .. very Freudian .... I‘m half way. I‘m reading slowly & re- reading parts ... the writing 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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I‘m still on this one ... very little reading time this weekend. Great book , this writer is drawing me in deeply to this story & to this house ... this family The Meneses. It‘s dense & beautiful & strange & .... a page turner 👍🏻 ( if only I had more time to turn the pages ! ) soon ... hopefully later.
Happy Saturday lovely Littens 😘

Tove_Reads I enjoyed it! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tove_Reads Yes!! Me too 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Tove_Reads My fave book from Brazil! 7mo
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JennyM Happy weekend lovely Cathy. Hope you get to sneak in a few pages soon 😘 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tove_Reads it‘s so good on every level 👍🏻I don‘t know if I‘ve read other Brazil books , I can only think of Coelho & I don‘t think I was mad about him 7mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM thanks Jenny 😘 7mo
TrishB Enjoy your weekend 😘 7mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks Trish ♥️👍🏻you too X 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your review. Have a good weekend! 💕 7mo
rohit-sawant Hope your weekend is wonderful! 💜 7mo
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant ahhh thanks that‘s very sweet of you. ♥️👍🏻 7mo
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Just wanted to share a pic of our flower garden ( present read too) .. I think it‘s at its best at this time of year 🌺 💐

erzascarletbookgasm So pretty! Flowers in abundance! 💐 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks! They are coming along nicely ... there‘s still more to come ♥️ 7mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 7mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! Nice weather today. I hope ye are getting it too 👍🏻 7mo
JennyM Beautiful flowers...and I especially like the plant that seems to be growing books! I need one of those 😉 7mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM thanks! 😂yes we have a book- growing plant ... it‘s a great addition to the garden 7mo
Cinfhen Stunning!!! Such a happy spot 🥰 7mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts ah, we can only dream 📚😘 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Looks lovely!! 7mo
Lindy Wow! 7mo
Freespirit So beautiful!! 7mo
Eggs It‘s lovely Cathy ❣️❣️ 7mo
Tamra So pretty & cheerful! (By contrast to the Menses household 😜) 7mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy yes! It‘s lovely now , the weather ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @Freespirit thanks ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @Eggs thanks Sherri X 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra good point 👍🏻♥️. Thankyou for this recommendation... loving it. It‘s so readable 7mo
LeahBergen It‘s looking lovely! 7mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen thankyou, we love our flower garden. You have to stop & see the flowers !! 7mo
catebutler This spring has been so lush and verdant. Your garden is beautiful! 7mo
Cathythoughts @catebutler it has. Where are you in the world ? 7mo
Lynnsoprano Oh, so beautiful! I miss traditional spring flowers. 7mo
catebutler @Cathythoughts I‘m in Salt Lake City, Utah. We‘re a semi arid state, but this year we‘ve had quite a bit of rain. So everything is green and beautiful around here. 7mo
Reggie So beautiful!!! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie thanks Reggie♥️👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @Lynnsoprano thanks! I think it will be a good year for the roses 🌹😉 7mo
GripLitGrl Bueatiful💐💚 7mo
Cathythoughts @GripLitGrl thanks X 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Centique Oh wow - it‘s so beautiful! 7mo
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#MayMovieMagic #WhereIsMyMind Chronicle of the Murdered House .... the Meneses are suddenly torn from their innermost thoughts ! This book ! This book is where my mind is these days 👍🏻♥️ I love it.

Cinfhen Sounds great!!! Nice interpretation of prompt 7mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Tamra I could definitely read it again! 7mo
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rohit-sawant Love this! Awesome picture 💙 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra well that says it all 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant Thanks 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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This book is so readable! A novel ! The characters are so exciting & the drama !! I love it @Tamra

Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾 it is beautifully written (edited) 7mo
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My picks for @ReadingEnvy ‘s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge
Something Swampy
Something Blue
Something Translated
Something True

See @ReadingEnvy ‘s page 👍🏻♥️

LeahBergen I liked Delta Wedding and 84 Charing Cross is one of my all-time favourites! ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen oh that‘s great to hear ♥️👍🏻 7mo
ReadingEnvy Ooh good picks! I just read 84 Charing Cross for the first time this year. 7mo
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Cathythoughts @ReadingEnvy 👍🏻I am looking forward to it. I‘m starting with the tagged book ☀️📖 7mo
Reggie Oh, @Cathythoughts, I hope you love So Much Blue. That book was wonderful!! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie that so good to hear because I no nothing much about it & it‘s the one I‘m unsure of in this square ♥️👍🏻Thanks. 7mo
Centique Those look great! 7mo
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Oh @Tamra 👋🏻... look what I have !! I‘m settling in for an early reading night AND first on my list is .... Chapter 1. Andre‘s Diary ( conclusion) ....
the first part , the Biographical Note was very interesting...

Tamra Yay!! I hope you don‘t hate me by the end. 😬 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I will not 😂!! I‘ve only read the first chapter... I love it ! I hope to get some reading done later ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts you weren‘t surprised at the reveal in the first chapter? 😳 7mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra his relationship with his mother is a shocker ... what is to come next as the diary is only starting now 😳. I loved the writing- it‘s beautiful 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra that‘s it in the spoiler ! Yes it‘s heavy material 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts totally agree! 7mo
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5⭐️ Supremely screwed up family. Be forewarned this is not a story for the faint of heart. The writing is dense, thoughtful, beautiful, and reminds me of Marquez & Faulkner in style. Engendered feelings of wretchedness, disgust, pity, loneliness, loathing, fatalism. Eye popping!

It has a plot line you must read to the last entry in order to fully grasp.

I‘m shocked I haven‘t seen/heard of this novel before since it was written in 1959.

Julsmarshall Great review! I‘m so intrigued 😄 7mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review! My bookstore texted & mine is there for me when I go home from hols 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts please tag me right after you read the first diary entry!!! (It‘s the first entry of the book, but is actually the conclusion of the diary.) Then tag me at the end again because I‘m dying to talk to someone about one aspect in particular. (edited) 7mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra I probably won‘t get it till next weekend ( 6 days ) but I promise I will tag you 👍🏻♥️I‘m good like that 😊😉 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 👍🏾 7mo
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So very close! I need to start thinking about review descriptors now, because it needs a lot of them.

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Mediocrity pales everything.

I could post a quote from nearly every page.

Tove_Reads I liked the book! 7mo
Tamra @Tove_Reads 👍🏾👍🏾 What a way to start the novel, by suckering a reader into the deep despair of loss by death and then WHAM. 😮 (edited) 7mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
BiblioLitten 👆🏻💙 7mo
Hollie So weird, I just saw a review of yours and noticed the “follow” button...it must have unfollowed you on its own at some point 😬 7mo
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Oh my oh my, I‘m only 100 pages into this chunkster and I‘m anticipating a major book hangover. The first chapter which is a diary entry and the conclusion is 😳😲. I can‘t even give a hint without a spoiler. Seriously lush writing.

mreads 🐕❤ 8mo
Cathythoughts Going on holls next week ... might get this one for our trip to Spain 8mo
Reggie Holy crap. So many good sounding book posts tonight. So many stacks. 8mo
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Cathythoughts I just ordered it ♥️👍🏻 8mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 😬 Depending on what you like to read on vacation, I need to warn you that it‘s not a beach breezy type read! The writing is dense (but amazing) and the subject/atmosphere is dark & oppressive. I always think of Spain as a happy & sunny spot, sooooo maybe if you need a contrast. 😂 I‘m loving it so far! 7mo
Tamra @Reggie the dangers of Litsy.......😁 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts by the way, I‘m very envious of your holiday plans. 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘m not into the light & breezy ... I like the sound of this one. I have it ordered , but may not arrive in time ( & not available on kindle here ) 🤞🏻🤞🏻I‘ll get it soon either way... look forward to your thoughts as you go along 7mo
Cathythoughts Ya ! Holls will be lovely 😊. I‘ll post up a few pics 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts perfect! I could post a quote from nearly every page the writing so good. (edited) 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts nooooooo! 😜😜😜 I‘ll be green with jealousy. 😆 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘m hoping I‘ll be posting pics of me reading THIS book 😍... maybe I‘ll find it in a Spanish bookshop ... 🤣😉 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 👍🏾👍🏾 7mo
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It‘s really sad that I stack up books next to me while I work, sort of like a warm blanket I can‘t use. 😢

Tagged book is my book mail today. 😁

TrishB I like a couple on the end of the couch too 👍🏻 9mo
Bookwormjillk Ha! I do that too! 9mo
ephemeralwaltz I feel you! 9mo
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Andrea313 You are strong-willed! I have to keep my books away from my workspace, as I give into temptation way too easily! 9mo
sarahbarnes I totally get it! I take a book to work with me every day, even though there‘s no way I‘ll have time to read it. 9mo
dragondrool Not sad! I take books wherever I go, to. Ps rt just in case. Part security blanket. I don't have to read them, bu having something to read close at hand is a contentment. 9mo
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Whoa. This was intense and astonishing. I‘ll avoid plot details, because, frankly, they may put people off, but this dark and twisting story is so vivid and rich in detail, it feels as if the book itself is alive. For such a long book, it never dragged and I was never counting how many pages were left, rather I was pulled more and more deeply into the story.

Tamra This sounds great! 11mo
Kaye Great review 11mo
Tamra Thank you for posting about this - it was AMAZING!! 7mo
mklong @Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! 7mo
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I just got this book. It is an appropriate read now that it looks like Brazil will get a misogynist, homophobic nazi as the president 🤬☹️💩🤮

TrishB 😢 1y
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This one has been looking at me from the TBR for too long. Diving in.

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I broke down today and had an international #bookhaul 📚 Open Letter only publishes translations works and I ended up with 4 books! This one won the Best Translated Book Award this year. Considered a classic in Brazilian literature and finally translated into English.


8little_paws LOLAmerica indeed 2y
prowlix Story of a nameless town with bizarre customs told through the eyes of a 14 yr old boy 2y
prowlix Coming of age story set in Barcelona 2y
prowlix Detective story set in a resort town in Argentina 2y
prowlix @8little_paws yeah it's pretty appropriate! And I like the idea of celebrating Independence Day with translations 2y
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A tour-de-force of a book about decay, hate, jealousy, desperation that drove a once grand family to destruction, set in the Brazilian backwater of Minas Gerais. Dark themes, certainly, but what exquisite writing.

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Hmm... this new translation of a Brazilian classic by an openly gay author sounds just a little bit intriguing…

This article gives some more context: http://www.avclub.com/review/familys-downfall-marks-high-point-brazilian-litera-...

LeahBergen The description says "Faulknerian" ... are you sure about trying this one? ? 3y
Anovelobsession The bookseller at my local bookstore put this one in my hands and said I would love it - of course he did not mention Faulkner - that would have put me off 😳 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen @Anovelobsession I am not put off by the "Faulknerian" descriptor, both because I really enjoyed what I read of the novel Absalom Absalom that I did not finish, and because I find those kind of comparisons usually to be silly publisher twaddle and not all that helpful. :-) 3y
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saresmoore @shawnmooney, you are possibly the only person I know who can get away with using the word "twaddle" in casual online conversation. 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore Thank you? 😂😂😂 3y
saresmoore 😉 3y
Cinfhen Haha 😂 @saresmoore I may need to add that word to my repertoire @shawnmooney 3y
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Just a girl and her dog(s) on a Sat. night. 😍🐶🐶🐶#litsypartyofone

valeriegeary Looks cozy 3y
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The first aquisition of what is sure to be a city-wide shopping spree during my visit to #ATL . First stop: the college #Barnesandnoble at my alma mater, Emory. Have had this book sitting near the top of my #goodreads #TBR list for a while.

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Because I just didn't think that the hundreds of unread books on my TBR pile would quite last me long enough and being completely lacking in self control, I of course had to stop by a bookstore on my way home from work #bookhaul #noselfcontrol

ReadingSusan Sweet kitty! 3y
cathysaid 😻😻😽 3y
tpixie Pretty kitty 🐱!!! 3y
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rubyslippersreads Sounds like perfectly normal behavior to me. 😸😻😻 3y
Dolly A www cute kitty💕 3y
Jinjer Makes total sense!😂 3y
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Day 1 #feistyfeb #tbr These are a few of my planned reads for Feb.

vivastory Love this stack 3y
RealLifeReading So many good books here! 3y
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Nothing says Fall like a 500+ page novel about a dying aristocratic family entombed on a crumbling estate. #Autumn #drama #Brazil

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Nothing says Fall like a 500+ page novel about a dying aristocratic family entombed on a crumbling estate. #Autumn #drama #Brazil