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Lispector’s most shocking novel.

The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector’s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid’s room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door - crushing the cockroach - and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in Brazilian literature....

Lispector wrote that of all her works, this novel was the one that "best corresponded to her demands as a writer."

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the best of it's kind

a perfect story of sensual & spiritual living philosophy that feels simple & honest yet complete

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  • Dave
  • 25-01-2018

Truly unforgettable

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passion According to G.H.?

"And it is no use to try to take a shortcut and want to start, already knowing that the voice says so little, starting straightaway with being depersonal. For the journey exists, and the journey is not simply a manner of going. We ourselves are the journey. In the matter of the living, one can never arrive beforehand. The via crucis is not a detour, it is the only way, one cannot arrive except along it and with it. Persistence is our effort, giving up is the reward. One only reaches it having experienced the power of building, and, despite the taste of power, preferring to give up."

Have you listened to any of Sofia Willingham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I loved her delivery in Anais Nin's Little Birds which convinced me to give this a try as well. I'm very glad I did. She did a fantastic job!

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  • Gordy
  • 11-04-2018

So freaking good!

What an incredible classic to record as an audiobook. I can't believe her work hadn't been produced yet. Thank you, TalkingBook!

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  • S. Blank
  • 18-11-2020

Agonizing listen

Nothing happens. There really is no story. I thought there would be some deep insights but not enough to keep my interest.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-2018

Incredible book!

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Sofia Willingham is so amazing. I really loved every moment of this book. I'm going to listen to it again starting tomorrow.

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  • Debra Hartrum
  • 25-01-2018

Keep The Lispector Coming!

I can see why this book is so acclaimed. Fascinating, strange journey of the mind and spirit. All over a dead cockroach. Get this!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-2021

only okay

great material marred by a lackluster reading. willingham's performance drained Lispector's prose of all life and urgency, leaving it dull and dry.

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  • Postgrad student
  • 04-07-2021

Mental breakdown or mystical experience?

This is not a normal novel. It is a highly reflective, introspective work of prose that sounds like poetry, about a woman who enters the room of her housemaid and finds her world shaken apart. The trigger is the cockroach in the wardrobe, split in half by the door. If this intrigues you, give it a try. The novel is in first person narration and both translation and performance are quite good. Don’t buy this if you are looking for a standard novel with a linear plot.

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