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Sin Killer de Larry McMurtry
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Sin Killer (original: 2002; edição: 2005)

de Larry McMurtry

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"It is 1830, and the Berrybender family, rich, aristocratic, English, and fiercely out of place, is on its way up the Missouri River to see the American West as it begins to open up." "Accompanied by a large and varied collection of retainers, Lord and Lady Berrybender have abandoned their palatial home in England to explore the frontier and to broaden the horizons of their children, who include Tasmin, a budding young woman of grit, beauty, and determination, her vivacious and difficult sister, and her brother."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:Sin Killer
Autores:Larry McMurtry
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 304 pages
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Oh lor', when the literary blurbs, and this has a lot of literary blurbs, tell you what an hilarious piece of literature you are about to read, then seriously consider ripping out those pages and pages of literary blurbs and making paper aeroplanes out of them and sending them flying to Antarctica. Sin Killer is funny, make no mistake, but, as is often the case with certain types of literary comedy, it's the sort of humour that involves somewhat grotesque characters slipping on banana peels and injuring themselves horribly and dying a long slow painful death crying pitifully for their mothers so that you come to hate yourself for ever having laughed at them in the first place.

Death stalks the American West of Larry McMurtry in many and varied forms, from sheer accident to Indians, slavers, weather and geography, plucking at the fringes of the party of the appalling Lord Berrybender, over from England to shoot lots of things, drinking claret and pleasuring himself on his mistress and either neglecting appallingly or verbally abusing his varied offspring. Elder daughter, Tasmin, spirited and spoiled, has a chance encounter on the banks of the Missouri Rover with the fierce but taciturn young trapper Sin Killer, leading to a tempestuous union where physical desire overmatches any sense of personal compatibility. As the Berrybenders and entourage voyage up the river, Tasmin and Sin Killer's relationship is the centrepiece around which swirls comings and goings, conflicts and fights, blunders and captures, torments and murders; and you know by the time you get to the end that there must be more books to come because, somehow, there are still plenty of characters left to kill.

It is brilliant, though. Nobody demytholigises the West like McMurtry, and this comic tragedy of the aristocracy of old Europe clashing with the democratic chaos of the Western Frontier, an advance party of the civilised despoilation of the great wilderness, leaves no myth standing. Arguably, of course, he replaces it with potentially enduring myths of his own, but whether these myths are closer to the truth, as if such a thing were knowable, is hard to say. Great to read, though. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
I listened to this via audiobook. The narrator made a good job considering how many different accents he had to cover -- American, upper-class English, working class English, Irish, Welsh.

If you enjoy stories in which you're invited as reader to sit back and watch a cast of crazy characters, this may well be your ticket. Personally, I prefer stories in which I can identify with one of the main characters.

With all of Lord Berrybender's amputations, this would have to be the definition of 'dark humour'. McMurtry does dark humour well. But I'm slightly squeamish. I preferred the dark humour of Buffalo Girls. ( )
  LynleyS | Dec 6, 2014 |
First in the Berrybender series of four books about an aristocratic family that adventures into the new American West in 1832. Some lively characters, and as befitting Mr. McMurtry, quite a few of them end up dead. A few historical figures also pass through the pages. ( )
  addunn3 | Feb 5, 2014 |
A strange tale about a bizarre, very rich English family group traveling by river through the western part of the USA in early 1800s. Part one of a four part series of books, each one on a different river. I can't imagine how the story continues considering the mayhem occurring in the first book. Intriguing is a good word to describe it. ( )
  repb | Feb 3, 2013 |
Enjoyable listen of 1832 tale of English Aristocrats river boating up the Missouri to the Yellowstone. Indian encounters and mountain men. ( )
  ZachMontana | Oct 23, 2011 |
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"It is 1830, and the Berrybender family, rich, aristocratic, English, and fiercely out of place, is on its way up the Missouri River to see the American West as it begins to open up." "Accompanied by a large and varied collection of retainers, Lord and Lady Berrybender have abandoned their palatial home in England to explore the frontier and to broaden the horizons of their children, who include Tasmin, a budding young woman of grit, beauty, and determination, her vivacious and difficult sister, and her brother."--BOOK JACKET.

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