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The Eight

Em 1988, uma autora desconhecida escreveu um livro chamado “The Eight”. Não havia google e os livros encontravam-se pela crítica (vi agora na wikipédia que não foi grande coisa) e pela capa, cheiro, peso e folhear da coisa numa livraria. Foi assim que o encontrei, provavelmente no Waterstones que ficava ao virar da esquina da minha casa, onde parava todos os dias, à ida ou à vinda ou nas duas. O meu livro (fui agora buscá-lo à estante) tem a capa dobrada de todas as vezes que o li, desde que o comprei em 1989 (nome, local, data, Catarina A Campos, Londres 1989). Deve ser dos livros que mais reli na vida, um dos meus favoritos. É uma obra magnífica? Não, não é. É um livro de mistério, de xadrez, de conspiração, de mitos e lendas, agora pouco original depois de tanto Dan Brown, mas foi escrito antes. E é um livro espectacular. Gosto muito, o que se há-de fazer? Talvez para isso tenha contribuído o facto de não ter exactamente heróis e sim umas mulheres que tacteiam o caminho de peão a rainha (não há xadrez sem Lewis Carroll), em simultâneo num agora e num antes que fica ali para os lados da revolução francesa. É livro para ler seguido, daqueles que nunca sabemos bem quem é bom ou mau, porque as personagens são humanas, estilizadas é certo, mas sem saberem exactamente para onde ir. E nós queremos saber para onde vão.

Hoje vi em português numa livraria, foi reeditado em 2010, está nos escaparates dos livros para dar no Natal. Para quem gosta do género, parece-me muito bem. Deve ser caríssimo, como todos os livros que custam meia dúzia de libras na versão original. E ganhei o dia, na contracapa vinha indicado que a autora escreveu entretanto uma continuação. Não vejo continuação ao primeiro, mas em todo o caso já vem da amazon a caminho. Sequelas nunca são a mesma coisa, mas veremos.
De qualquer forma dá para matar saudades da Katherine Neville.

5 thoughts on “The Eight

  1. catarina campos Post author

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