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The prisoner slid his fingers between the bars. Salazar forbids it. As long as our feet are in slippers and rags, our bellies must be full. An old man with a bent back, obliged to gaze at feet the long day through, grunted a loud assent. A younger man, blinking back tears of fury, said, "It is true. The prisoner tipped back into the dark cell as though wrenched by some unknown force, perhaps by the darkness itself.

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Each free man discovered he had something to do elsewhere. Rui stood with his hands on his hips and tossed his head like a bullfighter. He grabbed Rui's elbow and dragged him away. He looked up and saw Rui's hat on a large stone, bathed in a circle of milky light. He imagined Rui sitting there, taking off his hat for the last time.

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He shifted in the damp grass and looked across and saw how oddly Rui's legs were lying. His trousers were hemmed with mud.

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One boot faced down and the other faced up. He had been there as usual on Thursday, outside the Junta de Freguesia for the game. Only Mario did not come, because Mario had broken his hip. Malhadinha was the best way for men to talk. You rolled the balls out onto the green and rolled the words out after them. You didn't have to face each other. But she always says that. But in all those years he had never walked alone with Rui.

He thought and thought about what to do. A bird flew down and landed on the hat's ridge. It was gold with a black head and black feet. Then he remembered about Rui's wife. Dona Rosa Maria had died not last year but the year before that. The day they buried her was a scorcher. July the fourth: memorial day of Isabella of Portugal, patron saint of difficult marriages and the falsely accused. At the top of the steps, he turned and watched as a boy marched out of the ranks and raised his right arm in the infamous salute. He was talking, drawing people in from the corners of the room.

Doesn't the Public Man himself tell us we must restrain our desires? Why should a man work according to his ability? Why should a man receive according to his needs? Imagine what would happen if people took this nonsense into their heads! Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Random House.

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Tourism and Identitary Conflicts in Monica Ali's Alentejo Blue

Book Description Doubleday. Alentejo Blue is the story of the Portuguese village of Mamarrosa told through the lives of those who live there and those who are passing through - children and old men, expatriates of all ages, tourists and locals. For some, such as Teresa, a beautiful, dreamy village girl, it is a place from which to escape; for others - the dysfunctional Potts family - it is a way of running from trouble but not eluding it. Vasco, a cafe owner who has never recovered from the death of his American wife, clings to a notion that his years in America make him superior to the other villagers.

One English tourist makes Mamarrosa the subject of her fantasy of a new life, while for her compatriots, a young engaged couple, Mamarrosa is where their dreams finally fall apart. At the book's opening an old man reflects on his long and troubled life in this beautiful and seemingly tranquil setting, and anticipates the return of Marco Afonso Rodrigues, the prodigal son of the village and a symbol of this now fast-changing world.

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This homecoming continues as a subject of much speculation, and when Marco Afonso Rodrigues does finally appear, villagers, tourists and expatriates are brought together and jealousies, passions and disappointments collide. Items related to Alentejo Blue. Alentejo Blue.

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