My fathers wives a novel

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my fathers wives a novel

My Father’s Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa | Quarterly Conversation

Review by E. Van Lanen Tags: Africa , Portuguese fiction , translation. Daniel Hahn. Arcadia Books. The book ranges across southern Africa, from Luanda to Mozambique Island, stopping off in roadsides, cities, and beaches and exploring the lives of a wide range of wildly different characters, from a handless piano player to a homeless, and apparently ageless, teenaged prostitute. Karen came to pick me up at the hotel and we walked down to the beach. We spent part of the morning, and several hours after lunch, talking about the movie.
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My Father, My Son (1988)

My Father’s Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa

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The co-host of ESPN's Mike and Mike follows up his New York Times bestseller All You Could Ask For with this poignant story of one man's.
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This book begins when the main protagonist, Jonathan Sweetwater, comes home from work early one day only to find his wife of twelve years apparently having an affair with someone in the guest bedroom. In shock, he leaves the house and sets off on a business trip, trying to figure out what to do. - What sort of man divorces five women? Shortly before his 40th birthday, Jonathan woke up thinking that his life was perfect.

Thanks for this, Lesa. And I too would have latched onto that line you mentioned. Well worth paying attention to, I think. It does seem that men spend more time dwelling on the past, Lesa. I'm going to be mulling that thought over. I can only speak from my relationship with my late husband, Nancy, and what I read. Jim talked about the past and his memories and regrets.

H ow many truths make up a lie? This is the question a man asks his daughter, Laurentina, before revealing that her true father is Faustino Manso, the celebrated Angolan musician. The man whom Laurentina has always known as her father defends his lie on the grounds that it contained many truths, all of them happy. One character in that book - a novelist - when pressed to say whether he writes lies deliberately or out of ignorance, declares that he is a liar by vocation, indeed he lies with joy. Fictions, so we are to understand, are uniquely suited to getting at truths. My Father's Wives, a more ambitious book and on a much larger canvas, shares the preoccupation with perfidious truths and benevolent lies, the revision of history, the slipperiness of identity and memory - weighty themes handled with a gossamer touch.



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  3. Scott D. says:

    His latest novel, already on this year's long-list, touches on similar motifs to that playfully poignant book: the aftermath of civil strife in the African states Portugal once ruled; the vibrant blend of roots and shades that lends their culture such panache; and the troubling quest to find where one belongs in a place where the present speaks in a babble of voices and the past fades into a mist of myth.

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