Caderno de quotes de livros: Life of Pi

Agora que terminei de ler “Life of Pi”, estou curiosa para ver como o livro foi adaptado para o cinema. Me parece uma obra difícil de ser contada só com ação, porque no texto escrito o Pi é tão instrospectivo; sinto que muitas nuances acabariam se perdendo. E: duvido que, no filme, o último capítulo tenha a mesma graça do livro! Vamos ver. Eu demorei bastante para engatar, mas no fim gostei muito da história.

“Life of Pi”, de Yann Martel, para o meu caderno de quotes de livros:

“I have nothing to say of my working life, only that a tie is a noose, and inverted though it is, it will hang a man nonetheless if he’s not careful.” (p. 7)

“There are always those who take it upon themselves to defend God, as if Ultimate Reality, as if the sustaining frame of existence, were something weak and helpless. These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy begging for a new paise, walk by children dressed in rags living in the street, and they think, ‘Business as usual.’ But if they perceive a slight against God, it is a different story. Their faces go red, their chests heave mightily, they sputter angry words. The degree of their indignation is astonishing. Their resolve is frightening.

These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.” (p. 89-90)

“It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.” (p. 360)

“The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?” (p. 380)

Caderno de quotes de livros: A Gentleman in Moscow

Ganhei do Oleg como presente de Natal / Ano Novo, e confesso que não esperava muito: eu nunca tinha ouvido falar do autor, e a sinopse não me instigou. Mas depois de algumas dezenas de páginas, já estava apaixonada pelos personagens e pelo storytelling; este é um daqueles livros que me fazem querem escrever um livro um dia, mas daí eu penso “putz, eu nunca vou conseguir escrever nada tão bom”, e logo desisto.

Algumas passagens de “A Gentleman in Moscow”, de Amor Towles, para o meu caderno de quotes de livros:

“’Tis a funny thing, reflected the Count as he stood ready to abandon his suite. From the earliest age, we must learn to say good-bye to friends and family. We see our parentes and siblings off at the station; we visit cousins, attend schools, join the regiment; we marry, or travel abroad. It is part of the human experience that we are constantly gripping a good fellow by the shoulders and wishing him well, taking comfort from the notion that we will hear word from him soon enough.” (p. 14)

“When Emile Zhukovsky was lured to the Metropol as chef de cuisine in 1912, he was given command of a seasoned staff and a sizable kitchen. In addition, he had the most celebrated larder east of Vienna. On his spice shelves was a compendium of the world’s predilections and in his cooler a comprehensive survey of birds and beasts hanguing from hooks by their feet. As such, one might naturally leap to the conclusion that 1912 had been a perfect year in which to measure the chef’s talents. But in a period of abundance any half-wit with a spoon can please a palate. To truly test a chef’s ingenuity, one must instead look to a period of want.” (p. 26)

“Leaning forward, Nina cupped her palms against the glass and squinted. ‘If only I were there and she was here,’ she sighed. And there, thought the Count, was a suitable plaint for all mankind.” (p. 61)

“To what end, he wondered, had the Divine created the stars in heaven to fill a man with feelings of inspiration one day and insignificance the next?” (p. 125)

“’If you are ever in doubt, just remember that unlike adults, children want to be happy. So they still have the ability to take the greatest pleasure in the simplest things.’” (p. 253)

“Like a reel in which the dancers form two rows, so that one of their number can come skipping brighty down the aisle, a concern of the Count’s would present itself for his consideration, bow with a flourish, and then take its place at the end of the line so that the next concern could come dancing to the fore.” (p. 267)

“’It is one of the intrinsic limitations of being young, my dear, that you can never tell when a grand adventure has just begun.’” (p. 360)

Caderno de quotes de livros: ? למה חתולים לא נחמדים

Gente, terminei de ler o meu primeiro livro em hebraico! \o/ Ok, é um livro para crianças, e ele tem muito mais desenhos do que texto, mas mesmo assim: \o/

O Alex me deu de presente quando eu ainda estava no ulpan, para comemorar o resultado de uma prova em que eu arrasei. O nome é “? למה חתולים לא נחמדים” (“Por que os gatos não são legais?”), de Uri Levron, com ilustrações fofíssimas de Michal Shalev. Uma passagem – traduzida para o português, meu bem – para o meu caderno de quotes de livros, só para registrar aqui este momento histórico:

“[Por que os gatos não são legais?] Talvez porque eles têm medo? Que alguém os peguem no colo, ou que os deixem cair, que os puxem pelo rabo, ou pelas orelhas, que mexam neles demais, ou de menos, que lhes façam coisas que eles não gostam, ou, simplesmente, que arruínem seus penteados.”

Caderno de quotes de livros: A Dance With Dragons

A ideia era que os livros me mantivessem ocupada enquanto a nova temporada de Game of Thones não começava; mas a HBO anunciou que a season 7 só chega no dia 16 de julho, e eu terminei de ler o “A Dance With Dragons” no mês passado… #fail

Uma observação sobre o quinto título da saga A Song of Ice and Fire é que, neste momento, livro e série já são praticamente duas coisas independentes. Lá na primeira temporada o roteiro era bem fiel à obra do George R. R. Martin (exceto pelo corte de alguns personagens secundários), mas agora tem mais storylines diferentes do que iguais (alô, Sansa) – sem contar que a timeline da série já ultrapassou a do livro para muitos personagens, como o Bran, o Jon e a Daenerys.

Algumas passagens para o meu caderno de quotes de livros (acho que vai dar para perceber que esse livro me deixou com fome):

“They began with a broth of crab and monkfish, and cold egg lime soup as well. Then came quails in honey, a saddle of lamb, goose livers drowned in wine, buttered parsnips, and sucking pig.” (p. 29)

“The serving men brought out a heron stuffed with figs, veal cutlets blanched with almond milk, creamed herring, candied onions, foul-smelling cheeses, plates of snails and sweetbreads, and a black swan in her plumage.” (p. 31)

“’The Mother of Dragons must don the tokar or be forever hated,’ warned the Green Grace, Galazza Galare. ‘In the wools of Westeros or a gown of Myrish lace, Your Radience shall forever remain a stranger amonst us, a grotesque outlander, a barbarian conqueror. Meereen’s queen must be a lady of Old Ghis.’ Brown Ben Plumm, the captain of the Second Sons, had put it more succinctly. ‘Man want to be the king o’ the rabbits, he best wear a pair o’ floppy ears.’” (p. 40)

“They nibbled on spiced sausage tha morning, washed down with a dark smokeberry brown. Jellied eels and Dornish reds filled their afternoon. Come evening there were sliced hams, boiled eggs, and rosted larks stuffed with garlic and onions, with pale ales and Myrish fire wines to help in their digestion.” (p. 79)

“The beer was brown, the bread black, the stew a creamy white. She served it in a trencher hollowed out of a stale loaf. It was thick with leeks, carrots, barley, and turnips white and yellow, along with clams and chunks of cod and crabmeat, swimming in a stock of heavy cream and butter. It was the sort of stew that warmed a man right down to his bones, just the thing for a wet, cold night.” (p. 140)

“They chanted in the tongue of Old Volantis, but Tyrion had heard the prayers enough to grasp the essence. Light our fire and protect us from the dark, blah blah, light our way and keep us toasty warm, the night is dark and full of terrors, save us from the scary things, and blah blah blah some more.” (p. 476)

“’Whore!’ someone cried out. A woman’s voice. Women were always the crueler where other women were concerned.” (p. 935)

“Someone had already told the Thunderfist about Gerrick Kingsblood and his new style. ‘King o’ the Wildlings?’ Tormund roared. ‘Har! King o’ My Hairy Butt Crack, more like.’” (p. 993)

“’My grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.’” (p. 994)

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Game of Thrones

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Clash of Kings

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Storm of Swords

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Feast for Crows

Caderno de quotes de livros: A Feast for Crows

Acho que a leitura do “A Feast for Crows” foi a mais rápida até agora entre toda a saga A Song of Ice and Fire, muito por causa da forma como ele foi estruturado; o George R. R. Martin tava lá escrevendo escrevendo escrevendo escrevendo e de repente se deu conta de que o livro estava grande demais para ser publicado em um volume só. “O jeito mais simples seria pegar o que eu tinha, cortar mais ou menos na metade e terminar com um ‘To Be Continued’. Quanto mais eu pensava nisso, porém, mais eu sentia que os leitores seriam melhor servidos por um livro que conta toda a história de metade dos personagens do que metade da história de todos os personagens. Então esse foi o caminho que eu escolhi”, o autor explica nas páginas finais. Como são menos nomes (só a galera que está em Westeros), a leitura acaba sendo mais ágil, porque o Tico e o Teco não se cansam tanto tentando lembrar “pera, quem é esse mesmo? O que ele tava fazendo da última vez?”, hehe.

Acabei separando uma aspa apenas, mas é uma aspa boa :) Para o meu caderno de quotes de livros:

“The stench of death was growing stronger, despite the scented candles. The smell reminded Jamie Lannister of the pass below the Golden Tooth, where he had won a glorious victory in the first days of the war. On the morning after the battle, the crows had feasted on victors and vanquished alike, as once they had feasted on Rhaegar Targaryen after the Trident. How much can a crown be worth, when a crow can dine upon a king?” (p. 174)

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Game of Thrones

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Clash of Kings

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Storm of Swords

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Dance With Dragons