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

Caderno de quotes de livros: A Storm of Swords

Aspas e trechinhos da terceira parte da saga A Song of Ice and Fire, de George R. R. Martin, para o meu caderno de quotes de livros:

“My sister has mistaken me for a mushroom. She keeps me in the dark and feeds me shit.” (p. 54)

“No, don’t blush, with your hair it makes you look like a pomegranate. All men are fools, if truth be told, but the ones in motley are more amusing than the ones in crowns.” (p. 83)

“All these kings would do a deal better if they would put down their swords and listen to their mothers.” (p. 84)

“‘Hoooodor,’ said Hodor, swaying. ‘Hooooooodor, hoooooodor, hoDOR, hoDOR, hoDOR.’” (p. 130)

“Rangers often shared skins for warmth, but warmth was not all Ygritte wanted, he suspected. After that he had taken to using Ghost to keep her away. Old Nan used to tell stories about knights and their ladies who would sleep in a single bed with a blade between them for honor’s sake, but he thought this must be the first time where a direwolf took the place of the sword.” (p. 206)

“The smile she gave him was almost shy. ‘Find another place for Ghost to sleep tonight, Jon Snow.’” (p. 219)

“‘Hodor,’ said Hodor.
‘Hodor,’ Bran agreed.” (p. 336)

“‘Some people hurt others just because they can,’ said Jojen.” (p. 336)

“Sometimes Old Nan would tell the same story she’s told before, but we never minded, if it was a good story. Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time.” (p. 337)

“… he slipped his skin, and reached for Hodor.
It was not like sliding into Summer. That was so easy now that Bran hardly thought about it. This was harder, like trying to pull a left boot on your right foot. It fit all wrong, and the boot was scared too, the boot didn’t know what was hapenning, the boot was pushing the foot away.” (p. 767)

“‘That wasn’t his true name,’ said Gilly, rocking. ‘We only called him that, Sam and me. His hands were cold as ice, but he saved us from the dead men, him and his ravens, and he brought us here on his elk.’
‘His elk?’ said Bran, wonderstruck.
‘His elk?’ said Meera, startled.
‘His ravens?’ said Jojen.
‘Hodor?’ said Hodor.” (p. 770)

Uma curiosidade que eu já tinha citado aqui é que, nos livros, os personagens são bem mais jovens do que eles aparentam ser na série da HBO. A Missandei, quando aparece pela primeira vez em “A Storm of Swords”, tem no máximo 10 anos. E o Tommen tem apenas 8 quando vira rei.

Esse foi o livro mais difícil entre os três que li até agora, muito por causa do Red Wedding, acho. Quando você já sabe que o negócio vai acontecer, as evidências pesam o dobro; e a obra do George R. R. Martin tem vários elementos mágicos ignorados na TV que ele usa pra engrossar o caldo da ansiedade, então a antecipação da tragédia é muito sentida.

Uma coisa que gostei foi a votação para novo Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch; a parte do corvo é sensacional :)

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Game of Thrones

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Clash of Kings

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Feast for Crows

+ Caderno de quotes de livros: A Dance With Dragons