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Sólo para Gigantes Autor de livros de viagem como Sudd publicado pela Rocco e referência do novo jornalismo literário espanhol Gabi Martínez conta em Só para gigantes a história de zoólogo Jordi Magraner ue passou 15 anos nas montanhas do Pauistão investigando a existência do mitológico homem das neves até ser encontrado morto em 2002 Martínez visitou a comunidade dos kalasch onde o zoólogo viveu e teve acesso aos diários íntimos de Magraner para traçar o perfil desse cientista à moda antiga aventureiro romântico e contraditório ue ao ue tudo indica foi executado pelos talibãs


9 thoughts on “Sólo para Gigantes

  1. says:

    So much potential in this book but the writing lets it downIndeed this multi faceted story has all the prereuisites of a great book a very complex main protagonist an exotic setting plenty of intrigue and mystery the yeti the murder as well as fascinating secondary topics such as the threat of radical Islamism on minorities or the grief of losing a son and a brotherUnfortunately the writing is rather confusing First of all location I found it hard to follow the geography of the place One moment the main protagonist Jordi Magraner is headed to Islambad but ends up going to Peshawar and Rawalpindi instead with no further explanation Similarly it is hard to keep track of the differences between Bumburet the valley Shekhanandeh the Nuristani village and Krakal the Kalash Village especially as the author uses them or less interchangeably at times A simple map would have made it much easier to visualise it all There are also temporal oddities one minute Jordi is inside a refuge and two sentences later he's walking towards it Or Jordi will set off on an expedition with two friends and pages later we learn there is a third friend with him It goes on and onThere are uite a few photos none of which are captioned This is important as one of them shows what I can only guess are the two domestics one of which is a suspect in the murder But there is now way to know which of the two he isFinally the author Gabi Martinez uses a lot of creative license to relate Jordi's inner thoughts but it comes off very forced and just doesn't work Although Martinez gives a short explanation of why he's chosen to do this I would've much preferred it if he had stuck closely to what was actually known Both Jon Krakauer Into the Wild and Eric Blehm The Last Season did an amazing job of exploring the personality of their subject without voicing their inner thoughts If only Gabi Martinez could have done the same35 stars


  2. says:

    This was an intriguing book While it began as an account of Jordi Magraner a Spaniard who became obsessed with searching for the Baramanu Yeti in the Hindu Kush Pakistan border near Afghanistan it shifted to an exploration of the local Kalash people and the impact of the Taliban in this region While Jordi's lifestyle was somewhat complicated his motives not always clear and his mental state obsessive he obviously cared deeply for this minority group; that remains largely unknown destitute and persecuted Parts of this book were a bit slow and repetitive and I think a detailed map of the region would have been invaluable in understanding the geography of this region Thanks to Goodreads and Scribe for my copy of this book


  3. says:

    Enthralling from beginning to end In the Land of Giants is an inspired telling of an uncommon story West Australian When reading this book one gets gusts of the best of Kipling and also of Chatwin even of Robert Byron It’s the story of an obsessive trip of a murder of several love affairs of a journey of an adventurer who got lost forever of the danger latent in trying to uncover an elusive truth and a truth only meaningful for he who wants it told and then also of course for the fortunate reader Fascinating from start to finish In the Land of Giants is the kind of incredible story only an excess of reality can provideJavier Marías Martinez ably conjures the scent of juniper the taste of black salty tea and the sight of a 40 donkey convoy heading to Panjsh Spectator A murder mystery intriguing than anything you could make up Sunday Territorian


  4. says:

    Creio ue o orgulho de um jovem ue sonha é para ele uma maneira de sobreviver E uando digo ue sonha não falo dos sonoros ue povoam nossas noites ue as encantam as exaurem às vezes as perturbam Nem das fantasias do dia a dia ue são as perambulações do espirito Falo dos sonhos despertos ue se apoderam do nosso ser ue penetram nosso coração abraçam nossa alma e nos devoram deixando nos sem sossego Erik l'Homme pág 101Os mais velhos os mais difundidos relatos do mundo são os relatos de aventuras sobre heróis humanos ue se aventuraram por regiões míticas arriscando a própria vida e trazem de volta histórias do mundo para além dos homens a arte da narrativa por si mesma vem da necessidade de contar uma aventura; esse homem ue arrisca ajuda em perigosos encontros constitui a definição original do ue merece ser contado Paul Zweig pág 192uem serei eu uando deixar de ser a pessoa ue acreditava ser e ue passava por ser? E então a resposta mais correta à minha pergunta será um ser humano E é assim pura e simplesmente como um puro e simples ser humano ue se deveriam enfrentar esses seres humanos primitivos e obscurosPara mim essa experiência foi uma espécie de revelação e não só do mundo mas de mim mesma E devo acrescentar ue foi uma sorte grande e inesperada uma libertação Este é o momento de mandar finalmente para o inferno todos os convencionalismos; eis uma nova classe de liberdade ue até agora apenas em sonhos se tinha tido É como sair de um mergulho e poder esticar à vontade como dar um salto e sair voando como ter a impressão de ter deixado para trás a lei da gravidade Pode der ue a pessoa se sinta meio enjoada pode ser afinal de contas ue tenha sido um pouco perigoso; a coragem é necessária é sempre necessária uando se trata de reconhecer a verdade Karen Blixen pág 273


  5. says:

    It’s taken me ages to read this book nearly three weeks and it’s only 390 pages long It’s partly because I’m also reading other things as well but it’s also I kept getting distracted by the other issues the book raises It’s not just a memoir of an eccentric adventurer who was murdered in a remote area of Pakistan and it’s not just a travel book It’s also a book that plays with the conventions of these genresJordi Magraner was an adventurer who fell in love with the Hindu Kush and it seems to me at different times varied his reasons for being there He was a student of the natural world and heard stories about the legendary barmanu – known to most of us as the yeti – and he set off to see if he could find it But for uite long periods of time he got involved in other uests as wellThe author would have his readers believe that the uest for the barmanuyeti is not as crazy as it seemsOne day in 1949 a doctor of zoology called Bernard Houvelmans opens the Saturday Evening Post and reads an article entitled ‘There May Be Dinosaurs’ He’s wary when he sees that it’s signed by a writer he trusts Then amid the claims made in the text he reads the names of researchers he also considers serious and by the end he has found that he needs to look into the informationSeven years later he publishes On the Track of Unknown Animals introducing a series of animals discovered to date in the twentieth century Most of them are pretty big There you’ll find the okapi the coelacanth the Paraguayan peccary the pygmy hippopotamus the Cambodian wild ox and the Komodo dragonHeuvelmans is a scientist he considers himself a scientist the animals he writes about exist ‘in reality’ but he has demonstrated that many of them were only located after conversations with indigenous people who gave assurances of their existences by recounting stories describing them Before they were discovered these animals were no than legends to westerners or the victims of extinction In which case why should we not believe other stories told about fugitive beings? p32I was immediately distracted by the thought that in this era of fake news would we believe it if there were reports of a yeti being found in the mountains of the Hindu Kush? Perhaps that would depend on where the reports came from If trusted sources like the ABC and the BBC reported it would we believe it? Or would we think that they were sincere but had been hoodwinked? Would we disbelieve it altogether or would we accept the revelation that the mythical creature had turned out to be real?How you respond to this idea depends on whether you think we have mapped our world fully or whether you think that just as other species have been found in remote uncharted places a yeti might possibly existTo read the rest of my review please visit


  6. says:

    Ce n'est pas très bien écrit et je ne sais pas si c'est l'auteur ou la traductrice ui en est responsable mais le style pataud dessert une histoire ui aurait dû être a minima intrigante À mes yeux Martínez n'a pas su trouver la bonne distance avec son personnage et son récit syncopé rend difficile de se passionner pour la uête obsessionnelle d'un homme pour une créature légendaireLivre abandonné


  7. says:

    even a top translator struggled to make this readable


  8. says:

    I enjoyed this travelogue that followed an adventurer So much history to know tragic or not


  9. says:

    Jordi Magraner decidió vivir conforme a su idea del mundo aunue ésta se ajustase poco a la cruda realidad Para ello se enfrentó a los intransigentes pero también pisoteó a algunos ue sólo uisieron ayudarle para ue esa realidad no le golpease demasiado fuerte Encontró su camino en el límite mismo de lo ue la mayoría entenderíamos como lo aceptable fue más allá incluso y por ello se granjeó demasiados enemigos


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