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The Resource The end, Fernanda Torres ; translated by Alison Entrekin

The end, Fernanda Torres ; translated by Alison Entrekin

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The end
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The end
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Fernanda Torres ; translated by Alison Entrekin
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  • eng
  • por
  • eng
Summary
"With uncanny insight into the less virtuous corners of the male psyche, Fernanda Torres brings us five friends who once milked the high life of Rio's Bossa Nova age and are now left with memories -- parties, marriages, divorces, fixations, inhibitions, bad decisions -- and the grim realities of getting old. Álvaro lives alone and bemoans the evils of his ex-wife. Sílvio can't give up the excesses of sex and drugs. Ribeiro is a vain, Viagra-abusing beach bum. Neto is the square, a faithful husband until the end. Ciro is the Don Juan envied by all -- but the first to die. Cutting in on these swan songs are the testimonies of those the men seduced, cheated, loved, and abandoned: their wives and children. Edgy, funny, and wise, The End is a candid tropical tragicomedy and an epitaph for a lost generation of machos."--Amazon.com
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In this harsh first novel by a Brazilian actress, five elderly men reflect on their friendships with each other and their exhaustive love lives.It gives nothing away to explain that all five—Álvaro, Sílvio, Ribeiro, Neto, Ciro—die; Torres structures her book around each man's dying narration. Walking home for the last time, in 2014, 85-year-old Álvaro is bitter, misogynistic, and highly critical of his already dead friends. Glad to be done with sex, he recalls the unpleasant half-baked orgy Sílvio held before leaving Rio years earlier. Each man will remember this orgy in a tellingly different way that highlights his character. Lying helpless on a sidewalk at age 66 in 2009, banker Sílvio admits the orgy was a phony farewell. He never really left Rio, merely transferred to a different bank branch to avoid his friends. If Álvaro is a cold fish, Sílvio is a crude, selfish sensualist. Dumping his wife, he carries on an obsessive, tawdry affair with a young bisexual woman who happens to be Ribeiro's girlfriend. After Sílvio's death, from Parkinson's combined with recreational drug use, his son runs an ad apologizing for Sílvio's years of bad behavior and inviting others to celebrate his death. Ribeiro and Neto are outliers. Rebeiro, who suffers a heart attack after taking Viagra at age 83, is the group's only bachelor but has always secretly loved Ciro's wife, Ruth. Half black, Neto has lived under pressures his friends would never understand. A decent man, he dies in 1992, one year after his wife of over 30 years. Everyone admires handsome, intelligent, passionate Ciro, but he commits an unforgivable act of cruelty against Ruth. When Álvaro asks if the fast-growing cancer that strikes 50-year-old Ciro in 1990 is God's punishment, Ciro implies that he hopes so. So will readers. The flair and wit of Torres' writing does not allay the unpleasant aftertaste left by this unforgiving portrait of men at their worst.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2017)
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10571125
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YDX
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1965-
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Torres, Fernanda
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Portuguese
Literary form
fiction
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Entrekin, Alison
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  • Death
  • Friendship
  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
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adult
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The end, Fernanda Torres ; translated by Alison Entrekin
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000060576731
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
First Restless Books paperback edition.
Extent
253 pages
Isbn
9781632061218
Lccn
2016940784
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)962009783
Label
The end, Fernanda Torres ; translated by Alison Entrekin
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000060576731
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
First Restless Books paperback edition.
Extent
253 pages
Isbn
9781632061218
Lccn
2016940784
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)962009783

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