By José Lins do Rego
About the writer (from Goodreads):
José Lins do Rego Cavalcanti (July three, 1901 in Pilar Paraíba - September 12, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro) used to be a Brazilian novelist such a lot identified for his semi-autobiographical "sugarcane cycle." those novels have been the foundation of movies that had distribution within the English conversing international. in addition to Graciliano Ramos and Jorge Amado he stands as one of many maximum regionalist writers of Brazil. in keeping with Otto Maria Carpeaux (Brazilian literary critic), José Lins used to be "the final of the tale tellers". His first novel, Menino de Engenho ("Boy from the plantation"), used to be released with hassle, yet quickly it obtained praised by means of the critics.
Sobre o livro:
Histórias da velha Totônia é o terceiro livro de José Lins do Rego a ganhar novo projeto gráfico. O escritor paraibano dedica este obra aos meninos de todo Brasil, que como ele em sua infância adoram histórias de heróis e vilões. A temática dos contos é a tradicional luta entre o bem e o mal representados por personagens de caráter monolítico.
“Quisera que todos eles (os meninos) me ouvissem com a ansiedade e o prazer com que european escutava a velha Totônia do meu engenho”, disse José Lins do Rego.
O livro resgata a tradição dos contos orais europeus, como O macaco mágico, que tem traços do Gato de Botas, ao apresentar um personagem persuasivo. Pele de asno fala do amor de um rei por sua filha, mas apresenta um ultimate pouco convencional e demonstra a importância da gratidão. O sargento verde também apresenta elementos da tradição oral europeia, com uma velhinha pobre sendo ajudada pela princesa.
São histórias que já nasceram como clássicos e atravessam gerações por conta da ambientação brasileira e a saborosa linguagem coloquial impregnada de regionalismos.
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