Get this from a library! Les Lusiades.. [Luís de Camões; Roger Bismut]. Les Lusiades has ratings and reviews. K.D. said: This epic poem tells the story of the voyage of Vasco de Gama particularly his pioneering. Results 1 – 30 of 86 Les Lusiades by Camoens and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at

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Op sommige plaatsen is de tekst hierdoor praktisch onleesbaar en komt Pos’ uitgebreide notenapparaat zeer van pas. Of course again, this is the era when Christian Portugal as ridding itself of Islam, and Camoes, in addition to being a fine writer was also quite the lover got in trouble for it too and fought in wars against Islam.

Those readers who get angry at writers from earlier eras may want to skip this, for the clear villains in human form at lest are almost anyone of the Islamic faith. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Write a customer review. The intertwining of Christianity and Greek mythology is gracefully done. Yet it speaks powerfully, too, of the precariousness of power, and of the rise and decline of nationhood, threatened not only from without by enemies, but from within by loss of integrity and vision.

All in the name of heroic exploration, bring As an epic poetry, maybe some of the beauty and wit got lost in translation. The depreciation includes women, Islam, black people, foreigners, and so on.

I have a moderate understanding of classic mythology having taken some courses in school but still had to look up multiple references. I am India and my American teammates are Portugal. To ask other readers questions lusiaded Les Lusiadesplease sign up. Jan 10, K. Virtue, valour and prudence of the Portuguese are contrasted with the scheming, materialistic Moslems whose defeat is inevitable.

I made my usual mistake of buying the cheap translation, so probably a poorer edition than I could have read.

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. The religious petty-wars seem so absurd now that the book can not be taken seriously. Want to Read saving…. There is no way to deny it. 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.


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.

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 think if you enjoy reading history and have a solid foundation in classic mythology you will enjoy this book. Historical events, names of countries, cities and places are so numerous, I can not recognise and remember many of them. This is Portugal’s national epic. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? It’s full of gods, weather, exotic locations, Portuguese history and imperialism, and fascinating digressions.

Of course it is probably the greatest portuguese texts of all the time, but it’s quite difficult to catch either the rhythm either some ancient words, even for a native portuguese as I am myself. I am fond of history but not really big on mythology so I am rating this book with 3 stars. However, I cannot put my heart on it and appreciate it entirely, as it would not be fair either. A bit peculiar this, as its hero is Vasco da Gama, rightly heroic for his amazing travels, but epic?

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. One such challenge comes from “the barbaric Moslems”. Renaissance Italy, epic poem [s] 6 32 Nov 07, However, since I am just alone in the team working here in Manila, I lusiaxes to adjust to their time. While all these names and historical moments might have inspired pride and awe in Portuguese readers in the lateth century, they lusiaded bog down the text. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [The Lusiadas is a History book about the Portuguese navegations but is also a great love story.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Written lfs 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 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.

This translation would have been a more difficult read if not for my fluency in French. I came across this book when I was in Lisbon in April. Unlimited One-Day Lusuades and more. However, it was not an enjoyable read. I listen attentively to the presenter and participate in the discussion whenever I can.

All in the name of heroic exploration, bringing the good word of Christian religion with the blade of the sword.

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It is not a case of when the cat is away but I am sure that, just like the Philippines, India had its own civilization when the Portuguese came lrs so the latter’s, just like Spain’s for the Philippines, claim that they bought civilization to that country was all baloney.

In this regard I’d say that lse the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I found it fairly cleverly done. Open Preview See a Problem?

Da Gama travels around Africa encountering terrible storms and unfriendly natives along the way before reaching his goal of India. I’m sure that were I Portuguese I would have appreciated it much more. The perils that befall and baffle men at sea And lds is the prize of their massacres, their own beautiful virgin nymphs handcrafted by Venus herself