By Eca de Queiroz
A story of bourgeois sexual folly and hypocrisy in nineteenth-century Lisbon. Eca describes a gallery of vibrant characters:
* Bazilio the artful villain
* Jorge the arrogant, uxorious husband
* Luiza the bored, foolish spouse
* Juliana, the obvious, determined maid
* Leopoldina, 'the Ever-Open Door'
* the voluminous Dona Felicidade, and lots of extra.
The booklet aroused a scandal for its frank descriptions of intercourse and wish. What nonetheless grips the reader is the author's acute portrayal of the restrictions imposed on males and, specifically, girls.
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Cousin Bazilio: A Domestic Episode (Dedalus European Classics) by Eca de Queiroz