Teodorico Raposo, the novel's lascivious anti-hero is a master of deceit; one minute feigning devotion in front of his rich, pious aunt, in order to inherit her money, the next indulging in debauchery. Spurred on by the desire to please his aunt, and in order to get away from his unfaithful mistress, he embarks on a journey to the Holy Land in search of a holy relic. The resulting fiasco is a masterpiece of comic irony as religious bigotry and personal greed are mercilessly ridiculed.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing
This books started out as an amusing portrait of a religious hypocrite, but then ran into some problems. There was an extended dream sequence where the narrator finds himself in Jerusalem during the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Miguelnunonave - LibraryThing
A funny little book by one of Portugal's greatest 19th century writers. One of his least-known, though it's a gem. Very good satire about a hypocritical nephew and his over-religious fanatic old aunt ... Read full review