Night Train to Lisbon

Night Train to Lisbon

eBook - 2008
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Former Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius boards the night train to Lisbon, carrying with him a book by Amadeu de Prado, with whose work he becomes obsessed, and journeys all over the city in search of the truth about the author.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2008
ISBN: 9781555849238
Characteristics: 1 online resource (438 pages)


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A chance encounter with a book changes Raimund Gregorius’ life and compels him to quit his job and board a train to Lisbon to find out what happened to the author of the book. The philosophical bent of the novel will appeal to fans of Shadow of the Wind.

A chance encounter with a book changes Raimund Gregorius’ life and compels him to quit his job and board a train to Lisbon to find out what happened to the author of the book. The philosophical bent of the novel will appeal to fans of The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

This novel should appeal to fans of Elegance of the Hedgehog. A Swiss Latin instructor named Pascal Mercier, has a mysterious meeting with a Portuguese woman. He becomes obsessed with a book written by Amadeu de Prado, a Portuguese doctor, during António de Oliveira Salazar's right-wing dictators... Read More »

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LPL_TriciaK Apr 19, 2014

This book took me a long, long time to read, but I am glad I stuck with it. A very philosophical book -- it asks the reader to imagine what would happen if you questioned everything about your life and started a new existence.
The main character in this book does exactly that, using a book written by a Portuguese doctor to as a tool for self-discovery.

If you want to be prompted to think more deeply about life, who you truly are, and about human nature in general, read this book.

Jan 05, 2014

Started out interesting: a staid professor of ancient languages at a university in Switzerland has a chance encounter with a mysterious Portuguese woman, and abruptly leaves his predictable life to take a night train to Lisbon. Written by a philosophy professor, the story seemed to gradually degrade into a plot of ideas, where characters were less complex personalities and more intellectual or emotional stimuli for the main character. I abandoned the book after getting about 1/3 of the way through it.

Dec 30, 2012

Quite an erudite novel, borderline navel gazing and as a consequence a bit hard to read. No action, 400 pages happen in the characters' minds. Nevertheless, some interesting insights and worth reading. Good introduction into the recent Portuguese history too.

CaseyQ Sep 05, 2012

Beautiful language, fascinating story

debwalker Oct 20, 2011

Vanessa Redgrave, Melanie Laurent and Bruno Ganz have been added to the cast of Night Train to Lisbon, director Bille August's adaptation of the novel by Pascal Mercier. They join an impressive cast that also includes Jeremy irons, Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, Martina Gedeck and Jack Huston. Variety reported that the movie will go into production next month and is scheduled to begin filming in March 2012.

Sep 16, 2010

Raimund Gregorious is a complete creature of habit. He teaches classical languages at a lycee in Bern. His entire life has been absorbed in studying and teaching these ancient languages. He is such a dry scholar that he has earned the nickname "Papyrus".

When he has an unexpected encounter on a bridge with a mysterious Portuguese woman, and then discovers the little-known work of a Portuguese author, Dr. Amadeu de Prado, Gregorious experiences a sudden, life-altering transformation. Instead of showing up, to work at the lycee as usual, he decides to pursue the author and find out as much about him as possible; what made him tick, etc.. He departs for Lisbon, leaving only belated, confusing explanations for his colleagues.

As he delves deeper into the life of Prado, he finds that Prado and many of his aquaintances were involved in the resistance against Portugal's dictator, Salazar.

This was an excellent book. The tone is very similar to Shadow of th4 Wind by Carlos Ruíz Zafon. The language was sumptous.

However, I found that as much as I loved it, my interest began to wane about two-thirds of the way through the book. That was an unusual reaction from me, and I'm not sure what caused it. There seemed to be some kind of shift where language became less important than the characters and historical events. It also became more about Prado, and less about Gregorious and his reaction to him.

Overall, though, I loved it! Not only for the language, but for giving me a chance to learn about a place and bit of history that I knew little or nothing about. Until now, Portugal wasn't much more than an extension of Spain, to me, with a nearly blank history. I was rather shocked that I hadn't known of these events that happened during my adolescence half a world away.

Sep 07, 2010

As Library Journal well states this book "becomes a moving meditation on the defining moments in our lives, the 'silent explosions that change everything'." I couldn't put it down. If you like rich characters and profound thinking, this book is for you.

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