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Re read Project read originally in Portuguese in the 80s in my E a de Queiroz phase Her old religious devotion was reborn, full of sentimental fervour she felt an almost physical love for the Church she would have liked to embrace and to plant lingering kisses on the altar, the organ, the missal, the saints, on heaven itself, because she made no real distinction between them and Amaro they seemed to her mere appendages of his being In The Crime of Father Amaro by E a de Queiroz, translated by Margaret Jull Costa.
I remember my feelings when I first read it My take is quite different now Maybe because I read this in English this time around Or maybe it s because I m older and wiserWho knows For starters, let me just state that I was raised a catholic and I m still a practicing one.
Since the 80s I learnt a fewthings along the way, namely that the first pope Peter was married and so were many subsequent ones In the Greek Church, parish priests are required to marry, primarily to head off problems like the ones depicted in this classic of Portuguese literature In 2 Corinthians, Paul says it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire and risk fornication This biblical injunction was one reason the protestants dropped the requirement like a stone The original reason for priestly celibacy is that priests were handing down their offices to sons, taking them out of church hands Concubinage was winked at partially because any children would be illegitimate and thus could not inherit The pope who declared celibacy the rule was warned about the problems it would generate, which we see to this day I no longer believe The Crime of Father Amaro was an attack on Catholicism, neither to Catholics in general, but as an attack to corrupt people and corrupt institutions.
If you re into Portuguese Literature, Catholicism, and The Holy Roman Church, read on.
Este livro poderia ser a luta do rec m formado Padre Amaro contra todas as injusti as cometidas pela igreja cat lica, contra a hipocrisia dos religiosos Mas n o , Amaro se aliou a eles, e pior corrompeu pessoas boas como a pobre Am lia e usou a f , a igreja, o altar , o confession rio, sua influ ncia pessoal para corromper a si mesmo e a outros.
Este livro me impressionou muito A cr tica de E a de Queir s igreja cat lica imensa.
A hipocrisia dos abades, padres, membros da igreja cat lica impressionante Todos usam a sua posi o para beneficiar a si pr prio.
A deteriora o moral dos personagens ao longo do livro muito grande , ao final do livro , os personagens est o acabados f sica e moralmente As barbaridades cometidas por esses l deres e membros religiosos me deixou de boca aberta.
Tem um trecho do livro que o Padre Amaro fica sexualmente louquinho, ao ver Am lia em trajes Santos, isso me deixou revoltado.
Mas isso n o tudo, h muitas outras inacredit veis barbaridades O livro apesar de ter quase me nocauteado , maravilhoso E a de Queir s um dos meus escritores preferidos N o se iludam a pensar que esta uma hist ria de amor rom ntico, sofrido, entre dois seres fadados ao desgosto.
Amaro era um padre de car ter duvidoso, que abra ou o sacerd cio por imposi o familiar e n o por voca o, e Am lia, podia ser ing nua mas tinha no o do pecado que estavam a cometer e vacilava vista das contrariedades.
O que E a grandioso e acutilante E a aqui nos tr s uma ac rrima cr tica, n o religi o cat lica e aos dogmas da igreja, mas a uma certa franja do clero que subvertia esses valores em proveito pr prio Religiosos que usavam o poder eclesi stico para extorquir uma popula o beata, que compactuava com esta hipocrisia e vivia uma falsa moralidade comungando dos mesmos v cios A escrita sublime uma del cia de ironia, de sentido de humor, de personagens bem caracterizadas.
Tal como em Os Maias temos o m tico final da corrida para apanhar o americano, tamb m aqui E a se esmerou na ltima p gina Em pleno largo Cam es temos o encontro do Clero e do Estado E junto est tua do poeta glorioso que se desenrola uma significativa conversa Rodeados por um ambiente de pobreza, prostitui o e mis ria social, declama solenemente o ilustre Conde de RibamarVejam toda esta paz, esta prosperidade, este contentamentoMeus senhores, n o admira realmente que sejamos a inveja da Europa Ilus es de uma burguesia conservadora que sentia os ecos de uma Europa j revolucion ria, e recusava os novos ares de mudan a, ancorada nas mem rias her icas de um passado perdido.
Muito, muuuito bom Quoting Ramalho Ortig o The book of Mr E a de Queir s offers us the first example of a work of art suggested by consideration of a problem And yet The Crime of Father Amaro is in no way a criticism of the book, is a pure art book in the highest sense of the word the drama begins, unfolds and ends in one breath, walking to their outcome, right, ruthless, as a trace scratched by fate, through that narrow province of life, to its local gossip, their petty characters, their priests, their butts, their dirty looks, tortuous, pricked, pretentious, miserable In this gloomy background, thick, heavy as boredom, the action stands out luminously and penetrates us with powerful clarity of live performances it is life itself with all its real triviality that runs through our eyes Constituting pages of a design and a tragic tone, deeply elegiac and solemn, which is vibrating long in the memory as the funeral eco .
It really is an exceptional work If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
Re read Project read originally in Portuguese in the 80s in my E a de Queiroz phase Her old religious devotion was reborn, full of sentimental fervour she felt an almost physical love for the Church she would have liked to embrace and to plant lingering kisses on the altar, the organ, the missal, the saints, on heaven itself, because she made no real distinction between them and Amaro they seemed to her mere appendages of his being In The Crime of Father Amaro by E a de Queiroz, translated by Margaret Jull Costa.
I remember my feelings when I first read it My take is quite different now Maybe because I read this in English this time around Or maybe it s because I m older and wiserWho knows For starters, let me just state that I was raised a catholic and I m still a practicing one.
Since the 80s I learnt a fewthings along the way, namely that the first pope Peter was married and so were many subsequent ones In the Greek Church, parish priests are required to marry, primarily to head off problems like the ones depicted in this classic of Portuguese literature In 2 Corinthians, Paul says it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire and risk fornication This biblical injunction was one reason the protestants dropped the requirement like a stone The original reason for priestly celibacy is that priests were handing down their offices to sons, taking them out of church hands Concubinage was winked at partially because any children would be illegitimate and thus could not inherit The pope who declared celibacy the rule was warned about the problems it would generate, which we see to this day I no longer believe The Crime of Father Amaro was an attack on Catholicism, neither to Catholics in general, but as an attack to corrupt people and corrupt institutions.
If you re into Portuguese Literature, Catholicism, and The Holy Roman Church, read on.
Este livro poderia ser a luta do rec m formado Padre Amaro contra todas as injusti as cometidas pela igreja cat lica, contra a hipocrisia dos religiosos Mas n o , Amaro se aliou a eles, e pior corrompeu pessoas boas como a pobre Am lia e usou a f , a igreja, o altar , o confession rio, sua influ ncia pessoal para corromper a si mesmo e a outros.
Este livro me impressionou muito A cr tica de E a de Queir s igreja cat lica imensa.
A hipocrisia dos abades, padres, membros da igreja cat lica impressionante Todos usam a sua posi o para beneficiar a si pr prio.
A deteriora o moral dos personagens ao longo do livro muito grande , ao final do livro , os personagens est o acabados f sica e moralmente As barbaridades cometidas por esses l deres e membros religiosos me deixou de boca aberta.
Tem um trecho do livro que o Padre Amaro fica sexualmente louquinho, ao ver Am lia em trajes Santos, isso me deixou revoltado.
Mas isso n o tudo, h muitas outras inacredit veis barbaridades O livro apesar de ter quase me nocauteado , maravilhoso E a de Queir s um dos meus escritores preferidos N o se iludam a pensar que esta uma hist ria de amor rom ntico, sofrido, entre dois seres fadados ao desgosto.
Amaro era um padre de car ter duvidoso, que abra ou o sacerd cio por imposi o familiar e n o por voca o, e Am lia, podia ser ing nua mas tinha no o do pecado que estavam a cometer e vacilava vista das contrariedades.
O que E a grandioso e acutilante E a aqui nos tr s uma ac rrima cr tica, n o religi o cat lica e aos dogmas da igreja, mas a uma certa franja do clero que subvertia esses valores em proveito pr prio Religiosos que usavam o poder eclesi stico para extorquir uma popula o beata, que compactuava com esta hipocrisia e vivia uma falsa moralidade comungando dos mesmos v cios A escrita sublime uma del cia de ironia, de sentido de humor, de personagens bem caracterizadas.
Tal como em Os Maias temos o m tico final da corrida para apanhar o americano, tamb m aqui E a se esmerou na ltima p gina Em pleno largo Cam es temos o encontro do Clero e do Estado E junto est tua do poeta glorioso que se desenrola uma significativa conversa Rodeados por um ambiente de pobreza, prostitui o e mis ria social, declama solenemente o ilustre Conde de RibamarVejam toda esta paz, esta prosperidade, este contentamentoMeus senhores, n o admira realmente que sejamos a inveja da Europa Ilus es de uma burguesia conservadora que sentia os ecos de uma Europa j revolucion ria, e recusava os novos ares de mudan a, ancorada nas mem rias her icas de um passado perdido.
Muito, muuuito bom Quoting Ramalho Ortig o The book of Mr E a de Queir s offers us the first example of a work of art suggested by consideration of a problem And yet The Crime of Father Amaro is in no way a criticism of the book, is a pure art book in the highest sense of the word the drama begins, unfolds and ends in one breath, walking to their outcome, right, ruthless, as a trace scratched by fate, through that narrow province of life, to its local gossip, their petty characters, their priests, their butts, their dirty looks, tortuous, pricked, pretentious, miserable In this gloomy background, thick, heavy as boredom, the action stands out luminously and penetrates us with powerful clarity of live performances it is life itself with all its real triviality that runs through our eyes Constituting pages of a design and a tragic tone, deeply elegiac and solemn, which is vibrating long in the memory as the funeral eco .
It really is an exceptional work Que o E a enorme, que brilha no firmamento da literatura portuguesa com a intensidade duma supernova, que, passados quase 150 anos, tem um brilho e uma modernidade que muito poucos conseguem sequer aproximar um facto inquestion vel para quem ler, em 2018, este fabuloso Padre Amaro A chatice escolher o que vou ler a seguir.
Esta novela naci con complicaciones en la d cada de 1870 en Portugal Primero apareci fraccionada en un peri dico y pas bastante desapercibida Aun as , pronto se la acus de haber plagiado un trabajo de Zola publicado por parecidas fechas con un t tulo muy similar Sea por lo que fuere, Queir s no consider definitiva su obra hasta despu s de varios retoques y ediciones, a finales de esa d cada Y fue entonces cuando la novela llam la atenci n, beneficiada por el esc ndalo que ya hab a causado su siguiente obra, El primo Basilio.
Mucho revuelo debi de provocar El crimen del padre Amaro La mayor parte de la obra la he le do como una novela furiosamente anticlerical Y, no en balde, el Opus Dei la incluye entre los libros prohibidos a sus fieles He aqu el listado del nivel 6 m xima prohibici n del Opus Por qu , anticlerical Bueno, en primer lugar por el panorama de intereses mundanos que tienen los curas de la ciudad provinciana donde pasa la acci n son sacerdotes de poca espiritualidad, glotones, que anteponen los intereses de carrera a los verdaderamente cristianos Y, sobre todo, porque varios de ellos mantienen relaciones il citas con mujeres Curas hip critas y con vicios como el tabaco y la inhalaci n de rap Y, para colmo, c nicamente lamentan que la gente pierda el respeto al clero No obstante, bastante avanzada la lectura, se me ocurri una segunda interpretaci n E a no carga contra la Iglesia, sino contra los fariseos que la dominaban en ese ambiente provinciano Prueba de ello es que, cuando la protagonista femenina est hundida por la situaci n a la que le han llevado sus as il citos, aparece un buen cl rigo, el abad Ferr o, que es un tipo honesto y que se desvive por aliviar el sufrimiento de Am lia Amelia La protagonista me ha parecido en muchos momentos literalmente est pida Pues no llega a creerse argumentos rid culos del cura que la seduce C mo puede una joven de veintipocos a os, educada en un cristianismo hueco de escr pulos y ultraconservador, creerse que, ya que el cura es embajador de Dios en la Tierra, ella queda as m s cerca de la gracia de Dios La verdad, E a pinta un retrato poco favorable de las mujeres, muchas de ellas mojigatas, manipuladoras, y necesitadas de la direcci n de los hombres En parte, yo entiendo que todav a en 1870 se estaba lejos de la liberaci n femenina Y, por otro lado, E a se cri en un ambiente carente del contacto con mujeres era hijo ileg timo, de padre reconocido pero de madre desconocida , una f rmula usada en aquel tiempo cuando el matrimonio habr a sido desigual por ser la mujer de clase m s alta As que nuestro novelista fue enviado desde su m s tierna infancia a un internado.
No puedo cerrar esta rese a sin mencionar el siguiente detalle pocos a os despu s, Clar n public La Regenta Pues bien, he visto en El crimen del padre Amaro un claro precedente El panorama clerical que pinta Clar n es muy parecido Y la Regenta tambi n describe la vida en una ciudad espa ola de provincias Si Clar n no ley la obra de Queir s cosa que ignoro , al menos s habr a le do alguna extensa cr tica literaria, y decidi hacer algo parecido en un ambiente espa ol Y su resultado fue excelso v ase la rese a que dediqu a la Regenta.
Doy a esta obra cuatro estrellitas y media.
E A De Queirs S Novel Is A Lurid Satire Of Clerical Corruption In A Town In Portugal During A Period Before And After The Paris Commune Young, Virile Father Amaro Arrives In Leira And Is Taken In As A Lodger By S O Joaneira Her Budding, Devout, Dewy Lipped Daughter Am Lia Is Soon Lusted After By The Young Priest What Ensues Is A Secret Love Affair Amidst A Host Of Compelling Minor Characters Canon Dias, A Priest, Glutton, And Sao Joaneira S Lover Dona Maria Da Assuncao, A Wealthy Widow With A Roomful Of Religious Relics, Agog At Any Hint Of Sex Joao Eduardo, Repressed Atheist, Free Thinker, And Suitor To Amelia Eca S Incisive Critique Flies Like A Shattering Mirror, Jabbing Everything From The Hypocrisy Of A Rich And Powerful Church, To The Provincialism Of Portuguese Society Of The TimeHaunting, The Crime Of Father Amaro Is The Ghost Of A Forgotten Religion Of Tolerance, Wisdom, And Equality Margaret Jull Costa Has Rendered An Exquisite Translation And Provides An Informative Introduction To A Story That Truly Spans All Ages The Crime Of Father Amaro Inspired A Series Of Magnificent Paintings By The Portuguese Artist Paula Rego, One Of Which Graces The Cover Of This Edition The Novel Was Also Made Into A Controversial Film, El Crimen Del Padre Amaro By Mexican Director Carlos Carrera In BOOK JACKET Padre Amaro is a young Catholic priest who falls in love with young girl Amelia When this was first published this created an uproar in Portugal in 1875 because of its openly depiction of sex and forbidden love When its movie adaptation was shown in 2002, the several religious organizations in Mexico attempted to prevent its showing The movie became an international blockbuster and made Gael Garcia Bernal born 1978 a Mexican actor and director as a household name I saw that movie and I liked it But of course, as we all know, the book is oftentimes better than the movie I think it was not because the 118 minute movie could not contain everything that happened in all of the book s finely printed 471 pages but because the movie made the plot simpler that it missed the whole point that Eca de Queiros 1845 1900 wanted to convey hypocrisy It is not an anti Catholic novel as he only showed what we all know sometimes happens, even now or most especially now That priests are human beings and they also get their share of temptations But that well known fact is not what De Queiros wanted to expose it is the hypocrisy of the society particularly some self righteous people who try to condemn erring priests not realizing that they are part of the system that pushes young men who have no religious calling to become priests That they are the ones who put them to test and instead of helping them lead temptation free lives by praying for them and guiding them away from temptations, these people celebrate and get amused when they see priest falling to temptations and live their sinful lives They even put the priests in situations where they can be near women as if they are Satan s flock tempting Jesus in the desert to turn stones into bread They should burn in hell.
There are several priests in this novel and it reminded me of Dr Jose Rizal s Noli Me Tangere 2 3 stars While both books have exposes that can be viewed as anti Catholic, this by De Queiros has a good likable priest in the character of Abbot Ferrao If Noli is mostly Rizal s propaganda for the Filipinos to raise arms against Spain, Padre Amaro is a deathless literary Portuguese classic that generations have read and will be reading The writing is fluid, easy to read, crisp and honest The characters are all well developed and transformed in the end The plot is engaging and the climax is built in such a way that you will just read on and on waiting for the scenes when Padre Amaro and Amelia will first kiss, will first make love and how they will be making love since they cannot do all those amorous escapades in the open, etc You would also need to find out to make your own conclusion if they book is really anti Catholic so you have to read carefully and if there is a balance in De Queiros treatment of the good and bad sides of Padre Amaro s character.
Overall, a memorable read Very good translation for a 19th century book Well done, Ms Margaret Jull Costa.
Thank you to Veronica for giving my copy of this book during my 47th birthday.
The first novel I read by E a de Queir s was his magnificent, meandering family saga The Maias, a masterpiece that deserves to be far better known than it is at least in the English speaking world The Crime of Father Amaro is also an excellent novel, though rather different in character its satire issavage and relentless, and it is prepared to use blunter techniques to make its points The two novels are similar in their impatience with the provincialism and backwardness as the author saw it of nineteenth century Portugal, but The Maias takes a scalpel to the follies and vices of this culture, Father Amaro somethinglike a hatchet.
The hypocrisy of the clergy and their conservative lay protectors is the main target of E a de Queiroz s satire in Father Amaro, which is set in the cathedral town of Leiria, north of Lisbon E a de Queir s s sympathies were broadly liberal and he is unrelenting in his lampooning of the venal, unctious priests of the novel and the fanatical, ritualistic, superstitious model of Catholicism that allows them to flourish Although the satire is seriously intended and sometimes bitter, E a de Queir s has a lot of fun with it along the way His priests make up a wonderful, Hogarthian congeries of grotesques, from the vicious, vindictive Nat rio, to the lecherous, self indulgent Canon Dias, to the gourmandizing exploding boa constrictor Jos Migu is, whose death opens up the vacancy that brings the title character, the handsome, corruptible Father Amaro, to Leiria Amaro s former seminary professor, Dias, kindly arranges for him to lodge with a pious widow and her nubile, na ve twenty something daughter, Am lia, with predictably disastrous results If the priests of Father Amaro are a pack of scoundrels with the honorable exception of the kindly, humane Father Ferr o, introduced in the 1880 redaction of the novel as a counterpoise then their parishioners, for the most part, deserves everything they get A kind of summation or mise en abyme is offered by one of the most exuberant passages of satire in the book, describing the secret devotional kitsch collection of a wealthy, pious widow, Dona Maria de Assun o a nightmare of a room crammed to the gills with figurines of saints, Virgins, and Baby Jesuses, scapulars, rosaries, pierced and bleeding hearts She herself, the narrative voice tells us, tidied, dusted, and polished that holy, heavenly population, that pious arsenal, which was barely enough for the salvation of her soul and the relief of any aches and pains Her main concern was the positioning of the different saints she was constantly changing them around because sometimes, for example, she sensed that St Eleutherius did not like being next to St Justin, and so she would hang his picture in a spot where he was insympathetic company E a de Queir s reserves this type of broad satire, for the most part, for relatively minor characters in his narrative, such as Dona Maria His main characters are drawn withnuance Amaro himself, in particular, is a complex and intriguing and true to life figure Although we see him developing into a monster in the course of the novel, we are given enough of a sense of the social and cultural forces that have shaped him for it to be difficult to condemn him outright The tale of lust and longing of which he is protagonist has hideous consequences yet we are left questioning whether he, as individual, or the Catholic Church s disaster waiting to happen requirement of clerical celibacy isto blame One of the things I most admired about this novel was precisely this E a de Queir s s ability to combine an absorbing, often psychologically subtle, personal narrative, with a much broader, corruscating, caricatural social satire It is pretty much the blend that Thackeray aims at in Vanity Fair, but I m not sure he succeeds quite so well.
Amor, Paix o, Posse, Mart rio como uma semente impercet vel que mal se sente entre os dedos e que se torna, com um pouco de sol e uma pouca de humidade, rvore enorme onde os p ssaros cantos e os ventos rugem 271Gostei bem mais deste romance proibido entre um padre e uma beata provinciana do que estava espera gra as ao tom cr tico e ir nico que chegaria a ser c mico se n o refletisse uma triste realidade do seu tempo com que E a de Queir s o escreveu.
O escritor arranca do altar estes hip critas membros do clero l colocados por um pa s extremamente religioso, cheio de cegos e devotos seguidores, permitindo lhes impor ao povo regras que os pr prios quebravam sem qualquer consequ ncia A corrup o moral destes homens n o mais que isso assim exibida o modo como controlavam os crentes por meio da sua f , manipulando os em benef cio pr prio Um cl ssico que merece bem a nossa aten o.


Esta novela naci con complicaciones en la d cada de 1870 en Portugal Primero apareci fraccionada en un peri dico y pas bastante desapercibida Aun as , pronto se la acus de haber plagiado un trabajo de Zola publicado por parecidas fechas con un t tulo muy similar Sea por lo que fuere, Queir s no consider definitiva su obra hasta despu s de varios retoques y ediciones, a finales de esa d cada Y fue entonces cuando la novela llam la atenci n, beneficiada por el esc ndalo que ya hab a causado su siguiente obra, El primo Basilio.
Mucho revuelo debi de provocar El crimen del padre Amaro La mayor parte de la obra la he le do como una novela furiosamente anticlerical Y, no en balde, el Opus Dei la incluye entre los libros prohibidos a sus fieles He aqu el listado del nivel 6 m xima prohibici n del Opus Por qu , anticlerical Bueno, en primer lugar por el panorama de intereses mundanos que tienen los curas de la ciudad provinciana donde pasa la acci n son sacerdotes de poca espiritualidad, glotones, que anteponen los intereses de carrera a los verdaderamente cristianos Y, sobre todo, porque varios de ellos mantienen relaciones il citas con mujeres Curas hip critas y con vicios como el tabaco y la inhalaci n de rap Y, para colmo, c nicamente lamentan que la gente pierda el respeto al clero No obstante, bastante avanzada la lectura, se me ocurri una segunda interpretaci n E a no carga contra la Iglesia, sino contra los fariseos que la dominaban en ese ambiente provinciano Prueba de ello es que, cuando la protagonista femenina est hundida por la situaci n a la que le han llevado sus as il citos, aparece un buen cl rigo, el abad Ferr o, que es un tipo honesto y que se desvive por aliviar el sufrimiento de Am lia Amelia La protagonista me ha parecido en muchos momentos literalmente est pida Pues no llega a creerse argumentos rid culos del cura que la seduce C mo puede una joven de veintipocos a os, educada en un cristianismo hueco de escr pulos y ultraconservador, creerse que, ya que el cura es embajador de Dios en la Tierra, ella queda as m s cerca de la gracia de Dios La verdad, E a pinta un retrato poco favorable de las mujeres, muchas de ellas mojigatas, manipuladoras, y necesitadas de la direcci n de los hombres En parte, yo entiendo que todav a en 1870 se estaba lejos de la liberaci n femenina Y, por otro lado, E a se cri en un ambiente carente del contacto con mujeres era hijo ileg timo, de padre reconocido pero de madre desconocida , una f rmula usada en aquel tiempo cuando el matrimonio habr a sido desigual por ser la mujer de clase m s alta As que nuestro novelista fue enviado desde su m s tierna infancia a un internado.
No puedo cerrar esta rese a sin mencionar el siguiente detalle pocos a os despu s, Clar n public La Regenta Pues bien, he visto en El crimen del padre Amaro un claro precedente El panorama clerical que pinta Clar n es muy parecido Y la Regenta tambi n describe la vida en una ciudad espa ola de provincias Si Clar n no ley la obra de Queir s cosa que ignoro , al menos s habr a le do alguna extensa cr tica literaria, y decidi hacer algo parecido en un ambiente espa ol Y su resultado fue excelso v ase la rese a que dediqu a la Regenta.
Doy a esta obra cuatro estrellitas y media.
Que o E a enorme, que brilha no firmamento da literatura portuguesa com a intensidade duma supernova, que, passados quase 150 anos, tem um brilho e uma modernidade que muito poucos conseguem sequer aproximar um facto inquestion vel para quem ler, em 2018, este fabuloso Padre Amaro A chatice escolher o que vou ler a seguir.
Padre Amaro is a young Catholic priest who falls in love with young girl Amelia When this was first published this created an uproar in Portugal in 1875 because of its openly depiction of sex and forbidden love When its movie adaptation was shown in 2002, the several religious organizations in Mexico attempted to prevent its showing The movie became an international blockbuster and made Gael Garcia Bernal born 1978 a Mexican actor and director as a household name I saw that movie and I liked it But of course, as we all know, the book is oftentimes better than the movie I think it was not because the 118 minute movie could not contain everything that happened in all of the book s finely printed 471 pages but because the movie made the plot simpler that it missed the whole point that Eca de Queiros 1845 1900 wanted to convey hypocrisy It is not an anti Catholic novel as he only showed what we all know sometimes happens, even now or most especially now That priests are human beings and they also get their share of temptations But that well known fact is not what De Queiros wanted to expose it is the hypocrisy of the society particularly some self righteous people who try to condemn erring priests not realizing that they are part of the system that pushes young men who have no religious calling to become priests That they are the ones who put them to test and instead of helping them lead temptation free lives by praying for them and guiding them away from temptations, these people celebrate and get amused when they see priest falling to temptations and live their sinful lives They even put the priests in situations where they can be near women as if they are Satan s flock tempting Jesus in the desert to turn stones into bread They should burn in hell.
There are several priests in this novel and it reminded me of Dr Jose Rizal s Noli Me Tangere 2 3 stars While both books have exposes that can be viewed as anti Catholic, this by De Queiros has a good likable priest in the character of Abbot Ferrao If Noli is mostly Rizal s propaganda for the Filipinos to raise arms against Spain, Padre Amaro is a deathless literary Portuguese classic that generations have read and will be reading The writing is fluid, easy to read, crisp and honest The characters are all well developed and transformed in the end The plot is engaging and the climax is built in such a way that you will just read on and on waiting for the scenes when Padre Amaro and Amelia will first kiss, will first make love and how they will be making love since they cannot do all those amorous escapades in the open, etc You would also need to find out to make your own conclusion if they book is really anti Catholic so you have to read carefully and if there is a balance in De Queiros treatment of the good and bad sides of Padre Amaro s character.
Overall, a memorable read Very good translation for a 19th century book Well done, Ms Margaret Jull Costa.
Thank you to Veronica for giving my copy of this book during my 47th birthday.
The first novel I read by E a de Queir s was his magnificent, meandering family saga The Maias, a masterpiece that deserves to be far better known than it is at least in the English speaking world The Crime of Father Amaro is also an excellent novel, though rather different in character its satire issavage and relentless, and it is prepared to use blunter techniques to make its points The two novels are similar in their impatience with the provincialism and backwardness as the author saw it of nineteenth century Portugal, but The Maias takes a scalpel to the follies and vices of this culture, Father Amaro somethinglike a hatchet.
The hypocrisy of the clergy and their conservative lay protectors is the main target of E a de Queiroz s satire in Father Amaro, which is set in the cathedral town of Leiria, north of Lisbon E a de Queir s s sympathies were broadly liberal and he is unrelenting in his lampooning of the venal, unctious priests of the novel and the fanatical, ritualistic, superstitious model of Catholicism that allows them to flourish Although the satire is seriously intended and sometimes bitter, E a de Queir s has a lot of fun with it along the way His priests make up a wonderful, Hogarthian congeries of grotesques, from the vicious, vindictive Nat rio, to the lecherous, self indulgent Canon Dias, to the gourmandizing exploding boa constrictor Jos Migu is, whose death opens up the vacancy that brings the title character, the handsome, corruptible Father Amaro, to Leiria Amaro s former seminary professor, Dias, kindly arranges for him to lodge with a pious widow and her nubile, na ve twenty something daughter, Am lia, with predictably disastrous results If the priests of Father Amaro are a pack of scoundrels with the honorable exception of the kindly, humane Father Ferr o, introduced in the 1880 redaction of the novel as a counterpoise then their parishioners, for the most part, deserves everything they get A kind of summation or mise en abyme is offered by one of the most exuberant passages of satire in the book, describing the secret devotional kitsch collection of a wealthy, pious widow, Dona Maria de Assun o a nightmare of a room crammed to the gills with figurines of saints, Virgins, and Baby Jesuses, scapulars, rosaries, pierced and bleeding hearts She herself, the narrative voice tells us, tidied, dusted, and polished that holy, heavenly population, that pious arsenal, which was barely enough for the salvation of her soul and the relief of any aches and pains Her main concern was the positioning of the different saints she was constantly changing them around because sometimes, for example, she sensed that St Eleutherius did not like being next to St Justin, and so she would hang his picture in a spot where he was insympathetic company E a de Queir s reserves this type of broad satire, for the most part, for relatively minor characters in his narrative, such as Dona Maria His main characters are drawn withnuance Amaro himself, in particular, is a complex and intriguing and true to life figure Although we see him developing into a monster in the course of the novel, we are given enough of a sense of the social and cultural forces that have shaped him for it to be difficult to condemn him outright The tale of lust and longing of which he is protagonist has hideous consequences yet we are left questioning whether he, as individual, or the Catholic Church s disaster waiting to happen requirement of clerical celibacy isto blame One of the things I most admired about this novel was precisely this E a de Queir s s ability to combine an absorbing, often psychologically subtle, personal narrative, with a much broader, corruscating, caricatural social satire It is pretty much the blend that Thackeray aims at in Vanity Fair, but I m not sure he succeeds quite so well.
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