Perfect Days

Perfect Days

Book - 2016
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A chilling English-language debut of one of Brazil's most deliciously dark young writers. Teo Avelar is a loner. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog in Rio de Janeiro, he doesn't have many friends, and the only time he feels honest human emotion is in the presence of his medical school cadaver - that is, until he meets Clarice. Teo begins to stalk her, first following to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, Teo kidnaps her, and they embark upon their very own twisted odyssey across Brazil.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Viking,, 2016
Description: 260 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780670069361
Branch Call Number: Mont


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Jun 11, 2016

Very entertaining thriller. Both the character depth and setting separates it from similar popular novels. You'll read the last 100 pages in one sitting.

KateHillier Apr 04, 2016

When I tell you that the author's notes at the back inform you that it is not only possible to hide a petite woman woman in a rolling suitcase but goes on to tell you that the author has tried it, do consider that your only warning about this book. I have read more disturbing things, certainly more graphically disturbing things, but this one just read a bit more eerie and off balance than most of that other stuff. Also there were parts where events could also be seen as being played for laughs, which helped the general uneasy feeling following you throughout the book.

You experience the book through Teo, a medical student who takes care of his paraplegic mother, who falls in love with a girl who pays him maybe five minutes worth of attention at a barbeque. He decides this lively, aspiring screenwriter is the love of his life and proceeds to stalk and kidnap her because this is totally how you win your intended's affections.

It's that kind of book and Teo is not too different from any other sort of creepy character you've met aside from how utterly methodical and convinced he is that this is the most reasonable way to achieve a goal. I'm more used to characters of his ilk understanding that their methods are wrong and just not caring but Teo just comes to a logical conclusion that this is perfectly fine. That it's all for Clarice's own good. And yes, her name is Clarice.

It's a quick read and really engaging even though you really do not want to spend time in Teo's head. Again, I'm used to way worse but I think what gets you here is how reasonable and matter of fact he is. It's earnestness really in some ways and that's just that much more unsettling.

Mar 30, 2016

Nasty and disturbing but highly readable. Inside the mind of a narcissistic psychopath.

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