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The Book of Disquiet (Serpent's Tail Classics) Paperback – January 18, 2011
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The Book of Disquiet (Penguin Classics)
That being said, translation is an art of interpretation; this has some of the same syntactical constructions found in her Saramgo work (excellent, by the way) that don't work quite as well with Pessoa lexical peculiarities.
Sums up the book perfectly. Pessoa explores one of his many personalities. "The Book of Disquiet" explains, in complete depth and faith, the beauty of a lonely, existential, moment by moment life. He explains the beauty that people forget. He explains the world, his perception, as if every moment were the last.
"The book of disquiet" is one of the most insightful books a person can read, but only if one has imagination and an ability to let go. Bernardo Soars, Pessoa's personality who wrote the book, is extreme and eccentric. It isn't easy reading, and it won't affect you if you can't overlook the fact that life doesn't go on like Soars'; that there is more in thinking, dreaming, and desiring than Soars admits. What makes the book so special is how Soars can forget everything but the thought and the moment, and how he can analyze and critique and put into words something that most of us forget to remember. "The book of disquiet" reminds me, at least, of how to appreciate my own mind. It is the only philosophy-like book that i enjoy (as yet) because it is the real thing and encompasses a forgotten part of real life.
This book will change you because of its utter disregard of the unspoken dogma that prose must concern itself with outwardness and activity in the social sphere. It concerns itself in intense and particular detail with the essence of one person's mind. It makes for exhilarating reading.
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At a local book store I overheard someone make fun of a blurb they saw on the cover of this book: “Exhilarating lugubriousness”. I figured that here was an author for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Reader
This is the most beautiful book I have ever read in my entire life. It is an amazing piece of art. The translation from the original text is absolutely superb. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Neil N.
I guess I'm not in thrall to the critics views on Pessoa. I don't see the major writer in this work so much as an obsessive, withdrawn stand- in for one. Read morePublished 13 months ago by marmel
TOTALLY misleading book!!
My copy hasn't disturbed me with a single peep. I'M COMPLETELY AT EASE!!!