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Family Ties (Texas Pan American Series) [Paperback]

by Clarice Lispector, Giovanni Pontiero
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1984 0292724489 978-0292724488

The silent rage that seizes a matriarch whose family is feting her eighty-ninth year.The tangle of emotions felt by a sophisticated young woman toward her elderly mother. An adolescent girl's obsessive fear of being looked at. The "giddying sense of compassion" that a blind man introduces into a young housewife's settled existence. Of such is made the world of Clarice Lispector, the Brazilian writer whose finest work is acknowledged to be her exquisitely crafted short stories. Here, in these thirteen of Lispector's most brilliantly conceived stories, mysterious and unexpected moments of crisis propel characters to self-discovery or keenly felt intuitions about the human condition. Her characters mirror states of mind. Alienated by their unsettling sense of life's absurdity, they seem at times absorbed in their interior lives and in the passions that dominate and usually defeat them.

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Reading Clarice Lispector's novels is like listening to a stranger unravel her thoughts and then walk out of the door, leaving behind a strong sense of character but few facts about daily life.You wonder after meeting such a person whether she was real or imagined--and then decide it does not matter. (Belles Lettres)

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Text: English, Portugese (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Texas Pan American Series
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292724489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292724488
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unconfortable FAMILY TIES! February 13, 2000
Clarice Lispector is today considered the best Brazilian woman writer and FAMILY TIES is her most famous story collection. She has a very special way of showing the hidden side of every day experience, or the uncommon experience a seemingly commonplace situation may bring. Her characters are usually,children, animals and women specially houseviwes.The monotony of the every day routine of clarician women is suddenly interrupted by a very comon event, which however illuminates their perception of themselves and of life. In the short story "Love" the ephiphany happens, when the main character Ana sees a blind man chewing gum. The title story "Family Ties" tells the story of a family, where the menbers are suddenly faced with a feling of the emptiness of family ties."The Bufallo" is about a love frustrated woman, who goes to the zoo,in search of an animal, able to be a counterpart to her intense hatred. In short, the stories of FAMILY TIES,reverse the idea of cosyness and security the word "ties" may suggest,exploring rather its darker meaning, the feeling of boundage and the issuing conflicts produced not only by family ties but by human ties in general.I suggest the book to be added to the special list of recomended short stories for the participants of the PEN AWARD.
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