Only a genius writer can make a book like this. This is something For me it s unexpected and amazing the way Afonso Cruz express himself in this book Interesting thoughts in a poetic and different approach It s my first book of this author and now i m curious about the other books.Certainly, i will reread this one. A liberdade, muitas vezes, acaba por sobreviver gra as a espa os t o apertados quanto o lava loi as de um fot grafo Esta a hist ria, baseada num epis dio real passado com os av s do autor , de um pintor eslovaco que nasceu no final do s culo XIX, no imp rio Austro H ngaro, que emigrou para os EUA e voltou a Bratislava e que, por causa do nazismo, teve de fugir para debaixo de um lava loi as. Afonso Cruz s poetic acuteness in telling stories has not ceased to amaze me with every book read, and this one is no exception.Based on a true story, the narrative is imbued with feeling throughout, be it loss, hope, sadness, joy And all told in a way so beautifully woven that it s almost impossible not to connect and feel the same the characters in the story feel. Warning this text may contain spoilers Vbb Speechless 3,5 stars Surprisingly well written, very poetic, the author is really playing with words Talking about hard things with lightness It was a pleasure to read it. Bookreview time This is my first time reading Afonso Cruz and I m impressed by his writing style and by the story he chose to share with us I can say that this book is a philosophical one as it transcends the typicality of weaving a story to a reader and make him her simply enjoy it Indeed, we re following Joseph s story and we ve been introduced to his world family, lover, interests..etc The events were both rapid and smooth and the transition from one position to another was fluent and natural despite the harshness of the events Every single word in the book demands a deeper read, every thought is a speculation on Art, Life, Time, Death..etc I believe that this novel is a call for internalization, a call to dig deeper into our essence, to transcend frontiers and to SEE WITH OUR EYES and SOULS There are two parts in the book 1 and 2 and both parts picture the protagonist s life journey starting from his vivid childhood to his bleak adulthood Rejection and Death were two major fuels in the course of events as they shape the novel and they somehow push to be who he is and to embody the image of the drifter Besides, being always on the move and trying hard not to get attached to what he calls may justify his artistic nature and his passion with painting and with painting eyes, in particular as he was chasing to LOOK INTO things and to SEEK knowledge through the eyes Moreover, what I find interesting in this is the relationship between the characters, the depiction of characters themselves and how they are related with Joseph I appreciate the repetition of certain patterns as they add a sarcastic side in the book as well as foreshadow certain characters fate The protagonist s father is the best example for that I also did enjoy the dark humour embedded in the novel all along with the political social criticism of the Portuguese government and of the aftermath of WW2.Finally, I highly recommend this novel for all the reasons I mentioned above and also because it s inspired from REAL events 3,5 stars.this book was really odd, but i kind of liked it not what i expected though the writers style is interesting but the whole story was a bit too shallow Like there s something missing But it was very easy to read, it only took me few hours and it was interesting enough for me to not put it down.