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By Lionel Shriver

Following the demise of her priceless liberal mom and dad, Corlis McCrea strikes again into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all 3 siblings. Her timid more youthful brother hasn't ever left domestic. while her bullying black-sheep older brother strikes into "his" residence in addition, it's war.

Each inheritor wishes the home. but to shop for the opposite out, siblings needs to staff opposed to one. simply as in girlhood, Corlis is torn among allying with the respectable yet anxious youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to spoil it. A completely strong Family is a beautiful exam of inheritance, literal and mental: what we take from our mom and dad, what we discard, and what we're caught with, love it or now not.

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Em cada releitura me espantava com uma revelação, com um comentário sutil sobre a sua permanência no Amazonas. Eram observações feitas com a acuidade de um crítico, com o olhar de quem quer enxergar com uma lupa o que já foi visto a olho nu. Para mim, a Cattleya Eldorado era apenas duas palavras que encerravam um certo mistério; para Dorner era uma orquídea preciosa que originou outras de um colorido variadíssimo como a Splendens, a Ornata, a Crocata e a Glebelands. Ao mencionar essas catléias, ele precisava o tamanho de sépalas e pétalas, e me enveredava a uma nomenclatura excêntrica citando bulbos claviformes, folhas crassocoriáceas e flores aromáticas cujas cores oscilavam entre o rosa-pálido e o rosa-violáceo.

No meu íntimo, creio que deixei a família e a cidade também por não suportar a convivência estúpida com os serviçais. Lembro Dorner dizer que o privilégio aqui no norte não decorre apenas da posse de riquezas. — Aqui reina uma forma estranha de escravidão — opinava Dorner. — A humilhação e a ameaça são o açoite; a comida e a integração ilusória à família do senhor são as correntes e golilhas. Havia alguma verdade nesta sentença. Eu notava um esforço da parte de Emilie para manter acesa á chama de uma relação cordial com Anastácia Socorro.

Ao fim de algumas poucas semanas, já não se assustava em saber que dentro de uma cuia fervia um líquido que "fedia às maravilhas", e bastava inalar o vapor para que um mortal experimentasse a sensação do infinito. Dorner ouvia calado as descobertas e sensações do médico. Depois, a sós comigo, comentava, não sem um sorriso irônico, que os da terra percebem algumas evidências com uma certa demora. A amizade de Emilie com" Lobato foi louvada por uns e tripudiada por outros. Tu deves lembrar o atroz sofrimento do seu Américo, genro do Comendador, nossos vizinhos de linhagem lusitana; desde que aprendeu a andar tomava diariamente uma injeção de insulina.

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