Raimund Gregorius teaches classical languages at a Swiss lycée, and lives a life governed by routine. One day, a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman inspires him to question his life - and leads him to an extraordinary book that will open the possibility of changing it. Inspired by the words of Amadeu de Prado, a doctor whose intelligence and magnetism left a mark on everyone who met him and whose principles led him into a confrontation with Salazar’s dictatorship, Gregorius boards a train to Lisbon. As Gregorius becomes fascinated with unlocking the mystery of who Prado was, an extraordinary tale unfolds.
“A treat for the mind. One of the best books I have read in a long time.” (Isabel Allende)
“A rare reading pleasure.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“One of the great European novels of the past few years.” (Page des libraires, France)
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Took me a LONG time to finish this one!
- John S.
It is not enough to be able to read...
I cannot believe the quality of this narration... Just because David Colacci can read in English and Portugese doesn't mean he is qualified... His narration is SO monotonous and borring - I find myself no longer willing to be discrete about it... It simply sucks! I made sure to remember this name to avoid any future troubles. This supposed to be an artistic performance. Do not underestimate the importance of a beautiful narration - it ruins the entire experience of the book.