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Book Thoughts: Dom Casmurro (Machado de Assis)

A good read that I should probably have read at a different time


Title: Dom Casmurro
Author: Machado De Assis
Genre: Fiction / Classic
First published: 1899
Edition: Paperback published by Daunt Books in 2015

A classic story of love and jealousy, Dom Casmurro is the story of Bento and his childhood love, Capitu, who overcome their parents’ reluctance to marry. But Bento jealously suspects that their son is not his. But beyond this straightforward plot, Machado plays with the reader’s expectations and comments on the structure of the story, blurring the line between fiction and reality and appearing very modern.


I almost feel it is unfair to write about this book, as I feel like I was not in the right frame of mind whilst I read it. It is quite a simple book, beautifully written, but maybe that is not what I needed right now. Therefore I am a bit on the fence.

Like I said, the writing was really good. Obviously, this is a translation, so I can only go on that, but overall the writing was easy to read, but also a little different. The author often addressed the reader, or the intended reader.

The story itself is one of mainly domestic life, of a man’s love for a woman over a lifetime, and ultimately not much more. It’s a surprisingly narrow story, and yet it felt interesting and worth reading. Did it absolutely grip me? No, it’s not that kind of story. Normally I do not mind that and I do like this type of story, but right now I needed something to bite my teeth into and this was not that. It took me way longer to read than it should have done. That does not mean I did not enjoy it, but maybe that I should have picked up a different book.

I think this is definitely a book I want to read again in the future, when my brain is better able to enjoy a story like this.

5 out of 7 stars

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