Read It Because:
This translated piece of Cape Verdean fiction is beautiful, sad, and meandering as it examines the life of a poor peasant boy made good as a successful business owner. Senor da Silva's life unfolds in a non-linear, often-dreamlike fashion at times as we follow his life through the reading of his last will and testament. The strength of this novel lies in its examination of themes both broad and mundane. The author offers the reader a glimpse into the way in which the independence struggle affected the lives of the ordinary businessmen and local politicians as da Silva struggles to position himself to prosper however the struggle might end up. Far more interesting, though, is the investigation by da Silva's illegitimate daughter (suprise!) into a mysterious (and perhaps fantastical) love obsession named Adelia. As the details surrounding Adelia are slowly revealed, a melancholy shadow falls over the life of da Silva as he grapples with love, rejection and loss. The reader is left to wonder: was Adelia actually real or was she a mad creation by a man unable to find his place in Cape Verdean society and life in general?
35 political independence struggles
37 identity within the independence struggle//Araujo finds himself changed after traveling abroad
39 positives and negatives of technology
42 dreams of service and global aspirations
80 people's pleasure of cheating the state of its money
84 on the weight of solitude
87-88 idealization of Adelia
91 enough to know you exist
92-3 "life is a naked woman" linked to his fear of impotence
95 no one can live in our pain
96 In Praia Branca--the people are all witches
98-99 'sic transit gloria mundi' --- 'thus passes the glory of the world' or 'worldly things are fleeting' his triumph over Adelia
103 nothing more challenging for a man than making love for the 1st time//also examines the idea of a memory stripping one bare
128 author's thesis on the culture of San Vincente
134 Was Adelia real? She was never found...
137 Dona Chica denies him ever loving any other women
145 Araujo gets swept up in events and is afraid of his pasts
150 a sad lonely ending for Araujo--in essense, paying for his sins
152 last words: "watch out for the door Adelia"