Look at the Lilies of the Field by Érico Veríssimo - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

Look at the Lilies of the Field by Érico Veríssimo - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

Look at the Lilies of the Field by Érico Veríssimo - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

Look at the Lilies of the Field is an invitation to reflect on the values ​​that really matter to cultivate and pass on to future generations. It is a book about the love and influence that a single person can have in our lives, conditioning our choices and making us, in this case, better people.

Eugénio grew up in a poor, hardworking and humble family. It was always a kid who felt somehow out of place. She felt ashamed of her father, who respected but did not love, for his being submissive and without any ambition. He never realized that in order to give a different future to his children, Eugenio's father did not have much time left for his own ambitions. The relationship with the mother, although it was still better to be distant and with brother Ernesto lived in a permanent conflict that ended at the exit of this home never to know anyone else.

Eugenio grows to want to be a doctor to be able to take care of people like the father, sick and without conditions to receive the best treatment. It intends to improve the life of the whole family. When he graduates, Eugenio continues to want to improve his life, but he no longer includes in his plans the family, of which only his mother is left, nor has he any intention of dedicating himself to medicine of solidarity.
In love with Olivia, ends up marrying Eunice out of interest, thinking that in this union she will find happiness and everything she has always dreamed of.

Eugenio is not a bad person, he is a coward, yes, but a bad person. He suffers from an almost pathological inferiority complex, and perhaps comes from his blind search for a life different from that of his parents. A submissive, low-headed, meaningless life, where there was only room for work, no right to any comfort or well-being.

Look at the Lilies of the Field is a book where little or nothing happens but where the little that happens is too much and enough to make this book a must read. :) I confess I was waiting for another kind of book. From Erico Veríssimo I just read A Certain Captain Rodrigo - which is part of the author's greatest work, Time and the Wind - already opined here and, I thought that all his books would be like this. I was wrong, but I was not mistaken, on the contrary. I like authors who have the ability to write in several records and always with quality. And this is the case of Erico Veríssimo, if he did not know that the two books were written by the same person would have no way of associating one to the other. Long live the schizophrenia of writers!)

I recommend it with is evident!

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