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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. First published inThe Lusiads is one of the greatest epic poems of the Renaissance, immortalizing Portugal’s voyages of discovery with an unrivalled freshness of observation.

The first European artist to cross the equator, Camoes’s narrative reflects the novelty an First published inThe Lusiads is one of the greatest epic poems of the Renaissance, immortalizing Portugal’s voyages of discovery with an unrivalled freshness of observation. The first European artist to cross the equator, Camoes’s narrative reflects the novelty and fascination of that original encounter with Africa, India and the Far East.

The poem’s luxiades symbols are the Cross and the Astrolabe, and its celebration of a turning point in mankind’s knowledge of the world unites the old map of the heavens with the newly discovered terrain on earth. Yet it speaks powerfully, too, of the precariousness of power, and of lsiades rise and decline of lrs, threatened lee only from without by enemies, but from within by loss of integrity and vision.

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Jan 10, K. This epic poem tells lusiadss story of the voyage of Vasco de Gama particularly his pioneering route from Portugal to India. You see, during De Gama’s time Portugal was a world superpower rivaling Spain and many nations around the world became their colonized territories.

They spread Christianity and they searched endlessly for spices to make their cooking more palatable. For two months now, I have been attending technical workshops with my teammates in the US. Since we have a hour difference, This epic poem tells the story of the voyage of Vasco de Gama particularly his pioneering route from Portugal to India.

Since we have a hour difference, their normal working hours are my normal sleeping hours.

However, since I am just alone in the team working here in Manila, I have to adjust to their time. I still report to the office during my normal schedule, escape to the nearby gym to work outbookstore to book huntcoffee shop to read and come lusiaees to the office just in time for the workshop.

Les Lusiades by Luís de Camões (3 star ratings)

I listen attentively to lisiades presenter and participate in the discussion whenever I can. However, Americans apologize if I am stereotyping really want to talk and express themselves and since they are all in the room, sometimes they spend a lot of talking and I get bored. Good that my workstation has two monitors so I flash Project Gutenberg in one of them while the other one has the presentation and search for the books that I still do not have.

Last December, I started from lusiadss bottom of the list, i. So, I read this book while my American teammates were debating. Did I think I miss anything? Did I lez my chance of engaging in debates because I spent time reading De Camoes? The day after when I get a copy of the workshop deck, I read all the documents and spend less than luaiades hour getting all the agreements and decision. I also did not miss anything because I was listening to the arguments while my eyes are following the lines in this interesting epic poem.


Not to mention that De Camoes helped me keep awake in all those nights! I spent time telling you how I managed to read this old old book because my situation parallels that of De Gama’s. I am India and my American teammates are Portugal. The project that we are doing is like that historic route. We are working on how to improve things in our vast organization. As the conquerors, they have all the ideas in their lusiwdes and as the conquered I, most of the time, just keep my piece but support them all the way.

However, since they don’t see me and since my head normally spins because of lack of sleep, I have to help myself, right? It is not a case of when the cat is away but I am sure that, just like the Philippines, Kes had its own civilization when the Portuguese came and so the latter’s, just like Spain’s for the Philippines, claim that they bought civilization to that country was all baloney.

Yes, Rudyard Kipling has once wrote: But still, I can go to Project Gutenberg and gosh over the Roman gods and goddesses arguing and fighting over what to do about the poor yet funny Vasco de Gama and his Portuguese men. I am fond of history but not really big on mythology so I am rating this book with 3 stars. If you are both into these two, there’s luxiades chance that you will really enjoy reading this book. View all 9 comments.

The perils that befall and baffle men at sea Classic that is seldom seen on reading lists. I can understand why. Classic for the DieHards My Thoughts. This is Portugal’s national epic. I came across this book when I was in Lisbon in April. Sitting at the Cafe Brasileira where Fernando Pessoa used to frequent, I was face-to-face with Luis de Camoes’s statue, wondering who he was.

A quick google search revealed what importance he has to Portuguese national history and I couldn’t resist buying the book at the nearest bookshop; Libreria Sa Da Costa – one of the oldest bookshops in Lisbon. It is indeed the monumental less of Portuguese history. In that regard, the book serves as a founding myth of the Portuguese nation. What makes the book unique is its style.

Written in the style of the old classics of Homer or Virgil, it incorporates elements from both the old world of the Ancient Greeks and the new world of Christianity and European Kingdoms.

The narrative simultaneously includes old gods such as Jupiter, Venus and Neptune who aid the Portuguese sailors in their quest towards fame and Bacchus, the main antagonist and the ruler of the Indian Ocean who has a somewhat personal vendetta against the Portuguese and the new god, the god of “Divine Providence” through whose faith the Portuguese motivate themselves to overcome the natural and other challenges they face.

One such challenge comes from “the barbaric Moslems”. As a classic work of Christian nationalist propaganda, the Moslems as the vile creatures hell-bent on destroying Christianity yet unable due to their stupidity is a recurring theme.

Virtue, valour and prudence of the Portuguese are contrasted with the scheming, materialistic Moslems whose defeat is inevitable. I enjoyed reading this book but somewhat ironically. The religious petty-wars seem so absurd now that the book can not be taken seriously. Added to the fact that how the epic joyfully depicts the many massacres and slaughters the Portuguese partake in or will partake in their conquest of the Indias, the book is in its essence a violent, nationalist justification of colonialism.


And what is the prize of their massacres, their own beautiful virgin nymphs handcrafted by Venus herself Interesting read if only for the fact that it was written over years ago and provides an insight into what was thought and believed at the time.

There is no way to deny it. However, it was not an enjoyable read. On the other h actually 2. On the other hand, it is really hard to be in and praise all the heroic rubbish related to Portugal’s discovery voyages and how perfect people were the “conquistadores” and “desbravadores”. Portugal indeed was a pioneer on the maritime exploration for “undiscovered” from the European POV territories.

The depreciation includes women, Islam, black people, foreigners, and so on. I just do not have patient for dishonesty anymore, even if it is well written. I know that I cannot put my reality on a poem written in and analyze it as if it was written in – this would not be fair.

However, I cannot put my heart on it and appreciate it entirely, as it would not be fair either. Mas vamos falar um bocadinho desta epopeia. It must have taken considerable mental gymnastics to equate the pantheon of Greek gods with the Catholic faith but I suppose he had the excuse of it being a literary device. Da Gama travels around Africa encountering terrible storms and unfriendly natives along the way before reaching his goal of India.

The aim was to provide a secure sea route to India and its lucrative spice trade, thus avoiding the numerous taxes and tolls from the overland route. To me Camoes is definitely at his strongest when he is describing the actual journey — there is an authenticity lws his account because Camoes did travel to India himself, so knew what he was talking luaiades.

There is inevitably a great deal of bumptiousness and glorification of Portugal, as an anointed nation, which is par for the course in national epics. There is the most bizarre section at the end when Da Gama and his ship end up on a kind of island of love as a reward for the labours, with a great number of attractive nymphs competing for attention.

Seems like wishful thinking to me. I made my usual mistake of buying the cheap translation, so probably a poorer edition than I could have read.

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A decent translation is luskades important in a novel like this. The intertwining of Christianity and Greek mythology is lusiwdes done. This translation would have been a more difficult read if not for my fluency in French.

The use of Latin names for the Greek deities is annoying but considering it’s original publishing date understandable and the ‘errata’ section is misleading as it lists corrections up to page and the poem itself spans pages. If you are not versed in Classical mythology this might not be the version f Strange and beautiful.

If you are not versed in Classical mythology this might not be the version for you as there are many allusions to Greek gods through their familial links and no notes. Despite all this, a true classic and a definite recommend with one caveat: Aug 20, Rosa.

I read this a long time ago in school which is not the best situation to really enjoy a book, but I found it interesting at the time.

Camoes is one of the most important of Portuguese poets.