I Would Have Loved Him, If I Had Not Killed Him

I Would Have Loved Him, If I Had Not Killed Him[BOOKS] ✭ I Would Have Loved Him, If I Had Not Killed Him ✷ Edgard Telles Ribeiro – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A richly gothic tale of a buried crime of passion Fernando, a film director, is reunited by chance with Andrea, now an antiques dealer, who is engaged in sorting through the belongings of her recently A richly gothic tale Have Loved PDF/EPUB ç of a buried crime of passion Fernando, a film director, is reunited by chance with Andrea, now an antiques dealer, who is engaged in sorting through the belongings of her recently deceased aunt As Fernando and Andrea sift through the scraps of ephemera, they seek to substantiate Andrea s claim that her aunt had murdered her wealthy husband and gone on to a colorful life abroad. Don t be fooled by the summary of the book posted on its GR page It oversimplifies this novel, which isn t so much about an attempt to prove a decades old murder, as it is an exploration of the tapestry of memories, stories, speculations, and images that make up the narratives of our lives Ribeiro wisely pays equal attention to the silences in these stories, the shadows that obscure our motivations from ourselves as well as from others As a historian, I am drawn to novels that are built on a Don t be fooled by the summary of the book posted on its GR page It oversimplifies this novel, which isn t so much about an attempt to prove a decades old murder, as it is an exploration of the tapestry of memories, stories, speculations, and images that make up the narratives of our lives Ribeiro wisely pays equal attention to the silences in these stories, the shadows that obscure our motivations from ourselves as well as from others As a historian, I am drawn to novels that are built on a framework of fragmented clues from the past, so this novel was perfect for me It opens in Brazil as Fernando, our first narrator, meets Andrea, whom he knew years before in LA when Andrea was appearing in Fernando s only film He was captivated by her during the filming, so he is surprised and delighted to find her at her antiques store, the Night Stand As he and Andrea rekindle their relationship, they are drawn together by Andrea s stories of her great aunt Guilhermina, who provided the funding for the store Andrea, surprising herself, begins to tell Fernando a haunting story of Guilhermina s great secret she killed her much older husband by locking him in a wine cellar until he died of starvation Guilhermina explains that she was motivated by a desire for retribution for her husband s raping her on their wedding night when she was 14 years old These aspects of Guilhermina s past are not spoilers, but instead provide the framework for the novel Fernando becomes captivated by Guilhermina s story, and urges Andrea to share with him all the details of Guilhermina s life that she can remember The two visit the farm where Guilhermina died, and pore over a hatbox containing letters, photographs, and other clues to Guilhermina s past In the second part of the novel, Andrea tells her side of the story, including her uneasy reactions to Fernando s stated desire to write a screenplay based on Guilhermina s life She doubts Fernando s ability to do Guilhermina s story justice As I read further, I could understand her position Guilhermina s story could easily be simplified as a Brazilian Gothic tale, but that would do an injustice to Guilhermina, who emerges from the pages of this novel as a vibrant, sensual woman, captivating men and women with her long red hair, her brilliant eyes, and especially her open armed approach to life Much of the novel focuses on Guilhermina s travels in pre WWII Europe as a young widow, where she made an indelible impression of a wide ranging group of characters, from an aristocratic Italian family, to a procuress and nightclub owner, to a Parisian pianist, to a Danish balloonist The novel concludes in a final section that shows Fernando, in Paris for six weeks, seeking out people who can help him uncoversecrets of Guilhermina s life In this section, as he does throughout the novel, Ribeiro presents a complex mosaic of memories and stories that cannot present a simplistic, unified image of Guilhermina In death as in life, she would not be pinned down And to me, that s one of the joys of this novel Ribeiro s willingness to present Guilhermina in all her complexity, not as evil or as innocent, but as a woman who refused to be limited by her birth and circumstances Ribeiro also presents a complex view of memories and time and identity, in which Guilhermina emerges not as a portrait but as a kaleidoscope, with colors and light refracting from different people s views of her as well as of her own views of herself The title intrigued me, which is why I picked this book up off the secondhand stall, and I quite liked it, but it wasn t compelling I read several other novels in between starting and finishing this.It s about a would be film maker Brazilian who bumps into a woman he knew 10 years ago in Los Angeles when making an unsuccessful movie , and through her uncovers the remarkable tale of her great aunt s life Guilhermina was married at age 14 to a man in his 60s, and his rape of her on their wedd The title intrigued me, which is why I picked this book up off the secondhand stall, and I quite liked it, but it wasn t compelling I read several other novels in between starting and finishing this.It s about a would be film maker Brazilian who bumps into a woman he knew 10 years ago in Los Angeles when making an unsuccessful movie , and through her uncovers the remarkable tale of her great aunt s life Guilhermina was married at age 14 to a man in his 60s, and his rape of her on their wedding night led ultimately to his death.We discover different parts of Guilhermina s life through the voice of Murilo the film maker and chief narrator , Andrea the woman he knew , and a lot of third person Guilhermina, much of through what she had told Andrea, and some through MA s research Though the setting of the marriage and death are in Brazil, on a coffee plantation, we travel a lot around the 1930s in wealthy Europe, but there s plenty of movement both prior to that in the husband s early years and in the present good idea for a story about a woman, who as a 14 year old is married off to a rich, old, fat coffee farmer who rapes her then she plots for 9 years on how to kill him.

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  • Paperback
  • 199 pages
  • I Would Have Loved Him, If I Had Not Killed Him
  • Edgard Telles Ribeiro
  • English
  • 14 November 2019
  • 0312143605