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By Caroline on 31-12-11
This audio book is a real gem - a great story with perfect narration by Derek Jacobi. The story is set in Lisbon in the late 1930's and although it's short, the description of the main character, the city and the heat of the summer are fantastic. The story unfolds quite slowly but never too slowly as there is always a sense of apprehension as you know that Pereira is going to face some sort of trouble. I would highly recommend this and will definitely look for more books by this author.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Drude on 26-10-11
Read this book! It is a gem!
The main character of the novel is a middle-aged, overweight journalist with heart problems who manages the culture section of a newspaper in Lisboa in the late nineteen thirties. The political situation in Europe is very much present in the book. Pereira is lonely and a bit depressed, talking to and seeking advice from a photograph of his deceased wife. The story begins with Pereira coming into contact with a young politically active couple.
The story is beautifully written with a quiet charm and wisdom that stayed with me long after I had finished the novel. In the novel the naive but honest and decent Pereira gradually finds a courage that makes for an ending to the novel that is satisfying. The novel caught my interest at once, and the narration by Derek Jacobi is brilliant. He catches the warmth and humour of the story perfectly.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Irene on 29-04-12
I enjoyed this novel. It is set in 1930s Portugal and steals up on you as the narrator increasingly, despite himself, becomes swept up by events. Derek Jacobi gives a fine reading and I would highly recommend this.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Peter on 16-02-12
Pereira maintains one's interest throughout
A brilliantly contrived and thoroughly enjoyable novel set in Salazar's Portugal and well worth listening to.
My only criticism was with Derek Jacobi's mis-pronunciation of Portuguese names and places but I don't suppose that this would really detract from the enjoyment for any non-Portuguese speakers!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Mary Carnegie on 27-11-15
Welcome intro of great novel to mainstream UK
Sir Derek always excellent speaker of text, but arguably not perfect choice here, because it's too easy to see him as Pereira, protagonist, not the narrator. Some of the translation clunks, but not too often. Another reviewer has criticised DJ's pronunciation of Portugese names - I can't comment on that, but the pronunciation of French names isn't ideal either, but much worse in Italian audiobook. Book set in 1938 quasi fascist Portugal, but written when Berlusconi ruling media, being elected over and over.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful