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Cão Vermelho - Louis de Bernieres.

Comecei e acabei de ler no dia 19 de Dezembro de 2008.
É um livro que se lê muito bem..têm momentos para rir e momentos que nos faz chorar :(.

Sinopse
Depois de Milu e Rantanplan, há que integrar o protagonista desta história no panteão canino. Na senda de La Fontaine, Louis de Bernières escreveu uma fábula enternecedora com um protagonista inesquecível: um cão sem morada ou destino fixos, apaixonado pela liberdade e pelos espaços amplos, um nómada louco por aventuras que não gosta de vínculos ou constrangimentos. De facto, O Cão Vermelho está longe de ser um cachorrinho mimado; ele é fedorento, impulsivo, independente… e tem a característica muito especial de tocar as vidas de todos os que encontra no seu caminho.



Numa linguagem delicada e ligeira, Louis de Bernières pinta um retrato tocante, baseado num facto real (O Cão Vermelho existiu mesmo), cheio de personagens inesquecíveis e tendo por palco um cenário arrebatador – o da Austrália profunda.
Um terno romance de evasão que se recomenda aos leitores de todas as idades.
Críticas de imprensa
"A escrita de Bernières é clara e consegue, mais uma vez, uma abordegem tocante mas também divertida. Acerca desta narrativa, confessa com ironia: «Espero que o meu gato nunca descubra que escrevi uma história em honra de um cão»".
Rita Pimenta, in Mil Folhas (Público), 04 de Setembro de 2004 "O Cão Vermelho é de Bernières vintage, com abundante humor, compaixão e respeito."
The Financial Times
"A curta e muito doce ‘biografia’ de De Bernières de um altamente cativante animal é de um deleite especial."
The Observer



Louis de Bernières (born London, UK on December 8, 1954) is a British novelist most famous for his book Captain Corelli's Mandolin. In 1993, de Bernières was selected as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists, part of a promotion in Granta magazine.[1] His fourth novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, was published in the following year, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It was also shortlisted for the 1994 Sunday Express Book of the Year. It has been translated into over 11 languages and is an international bestseller.

On 16 July 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts by the De Montfort University in Leicester, which he had previous attended when it was known as Leicester Polytechnic.

De Bernières grew up in Surrey, his surname being inherited from a French Huguenot forefather. He was educated at Bradfield College, and joined the army when he was 18, but left after four months of service at Sandhurst. He attended the Victoria University of Manchester and the Institute of Education, University of London. Before he began to write full-time he held a wide variety of jobs, including being a mechanic, a motorcycle messenger, an English teacher in Colombia. He now lives near Bungay in Suffolk with his partner and two children.[4]

His Latin American trilogy
It was his experiences in Colombia (as well as the influence of writer Gabriel García Márquez, describing himself as a 'Márquez parasite') that, he says, profoundly influenced his first three novels, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (1990), Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (1991) and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman (1992).


Captain Corelli's Mandolin
De Bernières' most famous book is his fourth, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, in which the eponymous hero is an Italian soldier who is part of the occupying force on a Greek island during the Second World War.

In 2001, the book was turned into a film, also titled Captain Corelli's Mandolin. De Bernières strongly disapproved of the film version, commenting, "It would be impossible for a parent to be happy about its baby's ears being put on backwards."

Since the release of the book and the movie, Cephalonia, the island on which Captain Corelli's Mandolin is set, has become a major tourist destination, and, as a result, the tourist industry on the island has begun to capitalise on the book's name. Of this, de Bernières said

"I was very displeased to see that a bar in Agia Efimia has abandoned its perfectly good Greek name and renamed itself Captain Corelli's, and I dread the idea that sooner or later there might be Captain Corelli Tours, or Pelagia Apartments."

Red Dog
His book, Red Dog (2002), was inspired by a statue of a dog he saw during a visit to Australia. [5]

Birds Without Wings
Birds Without Wings (2004), is set in Turkey, and tells the story of how a small community is affected by the First World War. The book also covers the history of Kemal Atatürk.


A Partisan's Daughter
A Partisan's Daughter tells of the relationship between a young Yugoslavian woman and a middle-aged English man around the time of Tito's demise.

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