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10 thoughts on “Índice Médio de Felicidade

  1. Philip Philip says:

    15ish starsThis was a total cover pick from scrolling through Kindle First books It looks uirky and warm and inviting right? Reminds me of the DVD cover of a uirky warm inviting movie called The Station Agent highly recommended Alas appearances are deceivingThis book is a mess It's told from the POV of Daniel a husband and father struggling through the recent financial crisis of Portugal It's written as if Daniel is writing to his best friend who has been arrested in a desperate attempt to provide for his family but who now refuses to communicate with either Daniel or his family from jail The friend Almodovar also provides imaginary commentary in the form of Daniel's speculations to himself about what Almodovar might say if they were actually conversing A pretty strange literary device especially near the end when the Almodovar in Daniel's head goes off for several pages in flashbackexplanation mode A little too meta for meThe premise if you can call it that and the rationale for the title is that Daniel is repeatedly trying to assign a happiness value to his life based on a Happiness Index his friend Xavier has told him about It doesn't actually have much to do with what's really going on except that sometime during each chapter Daniel takes stock of his life and tries to define his happiness on a scale of 1 10I got the impression that this was supposed to be something like a dark comedy It just never reaches the point of being funny Daniel Xavier and Almodovar again only in Daniel's imagination take turns calling each other motherfucker an exorbitant amount of times If that's funny to you then this book will be a hootI was sucked in at first through my curiosity about the Portuguese economic collapse and what I hoped would be a portrait of a man struggling through and overcoming hardship through humor and hope It reads almost like a comedy of errors minus the comedy when Daniel goes through one crisis after another after another It started to get old about 40% of the way through when I realized that Daniel was a totally unsympathetic main character He's an idiot and a selfish prick and if I could muster up enough give a crap about him I'd want to shake him and tell him to figure it outTruth be told I skimmed through the last half complete with a sell out schmaltzy ending in which the power of hope overcomes My thoughts were occasionally provoked it made me want to determine my own Happiness Index and I appreciated the author's insight into a nation in collapse That's all I have to recommend This was just not for me


  2. Carl White Carl White says:

    I got this book for free as an Prime member and that is exactly the right price to pay for this bookIt was a uick read an easy read but you can probably figure out what the book is going to have to say just by reading the title yes happiness is a relative notion as most of us probably already realizeThe plot is predictable and not that interesting nor are the characters but it gives you a bit to think about if you ever spend a moment contemplating the concept of happinessAnd if you are thinking about reading this book because you seek happiness let me save you the money If you want to be happy just uit thinking so much about it and simply choose to be happy and like your shampoo lather rinse repeat do this over and over in every moment for the rest of your life and you will be just fine You're welcome


  3. Hamideh Mohammadi Hamideh Mohammadi says:

    35 5This was the first time that I used the kindle option of reading a book before it was published It was a nice easy read I liked the idea of happiness being measured based on numerous independent values the idea that we have to take so many aspect of our life into consideration before deciding on a scale of 0 10 how happy we are However the story was a little too dark People were so miserable in this book each and every one of the characters were suffering I guess that's supposed to be a realistic approach to the existing social situation in Lisbon but as Daniel also suggested there is always hope


  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Like a lot of other reviewers I was pulled into this story I didn't want to put it down Even though it was really dark and I feared the worst I was sucked in Then the ending kind of flopped It felt unfinished I think someone else said it in a review that maybe the editors said give it a happy ending or Hey deadline time or something anyway I wasn't pleased with how it ends so I'm torn on the overall ratingI read it as a Kindle First book and I don't always read those but this one intrigued me


  5. Daniel Clark Daniel Clark says:

    A wonderful literary experiment on happiness One of the best Prime First selections


  6. Glia Glia says:

    I was really excited to read this book eventhough it had an average of 389 out of 5 ratings before I got it I was optimistic that this would be a good read and I would enjoy it Reading this book from the start is a little bit of slow and boring and I thought it would progress However I found that reading every word of this book is like dragging yourself or forcing yourself to swallow the food you don't want to eat There are also a lot of curse words which is fine if it is used appropriately in context or to reiterate a feeling but in this book curse words were used too much that they just added to that sinking feeling I have been having from reading the book it made the experience worse I was hoping I could find happiness by reading this book but what it gave me is this loathing feeling with a sense of despair Not good for a title with the word happiness in itIf you are looking for a book that will make you hate every page and waste your time I recommend this book


  7. Danielle N Danielle N says:

    The Shelf Life of Happiness is an incredible journey of self discovery told through the eyes of a unfortunate soul as he writes his incarcerated friend Beautifully narrated the author has cleverly took something so bleak and crafted an amazing message for us allFull review here


  8. Azita Rassi Azita Rassi says:

    A formulaic waste of time


  9. Stephanie Burton Stephanie Burton says:

    See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsI don't have much experience of Portuguese fiction but the books I have read all seem to have a dystopian viewpoint and The Shelf Life Of Happiness fits right into that genre despite its present day setting Perhaps its cover art doesn't really fit with the storyline because although a road trip in a worn out minibus is part of the tale the main narrative is of a man being reduced to homelessness and almost to destitution as a result of the crumbling Portuguese economy It's a preview of how much of Britain will look after a few Conservative years those areas that aren't already wrecked anywayDaniel isn't an easy character to sympathise with but I found myself liking his bloody minded refusal to give up hope Even as his dream life falls apart around his ears he still has hope for his own future and that of his family The Shelf Life Of Happiness title is actually a mistranslation of the original Portuguese title which references an Index of Average Happiness nations ranked by the average professed happiness of their people and I couldn't see why this was changed for the English language edition The Index is an interesting and presumably genuine list which along with Daniel and his friends got me to thinking about how I would score my life pretty high I thinkFor a book ostensibly about happiness this is a pretty dark read One character is trapped in his home by chronic agoraphobia another spends his leisure time assaulting homeless men the horrors of factory farming are reduced to a cute computer app and Daniel himself is struggling to stay financially afloat Yet despite all this misery Machado lifts his tale with black humour and an engaging writing style that I enjoyed reading I was surprised that I wasn't depressed by the book at all


  10. Sue Sue says:

    This novel reminds me of Jose Saramago’s works with its lack of punctuation marks long paragraphs addressed to the reader and the shortage of American style “scenes” but I loved every page The author is spare with details about the characters but the story hurtles along like I’m holding on to the door of a freight train and don’t dare let go Daniel the protagonist is telling the story in his mind to a friend named Almodovar who is actually in prison and refuses to see him or talk to him on the phone It’s tough times a recession Daniel has been unemployed for over a year Still hoping to find another job he stays in Lisbon while his wife and two kids go to another part of the country so she can live with and work for her father The great job doesn’t come and he ends up living in his car He keeps losing the temporary jobs he finds because he has to take time off to help Xavier his agoraphobic friend who can’t leave his apartment; Avila a former teacher is abused by a teenage gang and Vasco Almodovar’s son who keeps getting into trouble Xavier has this mathematical theory about happiness that gets everyone thinking how happy they are with their lives It’s a tale of complications lies and mishaps that culminates in a wild road trip I loved this book Locke’s translation is beautiful I think I need to find me Portuguese novels


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Índice Médio de Felicidade [Read] ➭ Índice Médio de Felicidade By David Machado – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Ripped apart by Portugal’s financial crisis Daniel’s family is struggling to adjust to circumstances beyond their control His wife and children move out to live with family hours away but Daniel b Ripped apart by Portugal’s financial crisis Daniel’s family is struggling to adjust to circumstances beyond their control His wife and children move out to live with family hours away but Daniel believes against all odds that he will find a job and everything will return to normalEven as he loses his home suffers severe damage to his car and finds himself living in his old abandoned office building Daniel fights the realization that things have changed He’s unable to see what remains among the rubble—friendship his family’s love and people’s deep desire to connect If Daniel can let Índice Médio PDF or go of the past and find his true self he just might save not only himself but also everyone that really matters to him.

10 thoughts on “Índice Médio de Felicidade

  1. Philip Philip says:

    15ish starsThis was a total cover pick from scrolling through Kindle First books It looks uirky and warm and inviting right? Reminds me of the DVD cover of a uirky warm inviting movie called The Station Agent highly recommended Alas appearances are deceivingThis book is a mess It's told from the POV of Daniel a husband and father struggling through the recent financial crisis of Portugal It's written as if Daniel is writing to his best friend who has been arrested in a desperate attempt to provide for his family but who now refuses to communicate with either Daniel or his family from jail The friend Almodovar also provides imaginary commentary in the form of Daniel's speculations to himself about what Almodovar might say if they were actually conversing A pretty strange literary device especially near the end when the Almodovar in Daniel's head goes off for several pages in flashbackexplanation mode A little too meta for meThe premise if you can call it that and the rationale for the title is that Daniel is repeatedly trying to assign a happiness value to his life based on a Happiness Index his friend Xavier has told him about It doesn't actually have much to do with what's really going on except that sometime during each chapter Daniel takes stock of his life and tries to define his happiness on a scale of 1 10I got the impression that this was supposed to be something like a dark comedy It just never reaches the point of being funny Daniel Xavier and Almodovar again only in Daniel's imagination take turns calling each other motherfucker an exorbitant amount of times If that's funny to you then this book will be a hootI was sucked in at first through my curiosity about the Portuguese economic collapse and what I hoped would be a portrait of a man struggling through and overcoming hardship through humor and hope It reads almost like a comedy of errors minus the comedy when Daniel goes through one crisis after another after another It started to get old about 40% of the way through when I realized that Daniel was a totally unsympathetic main character He's an idiot and a selfish prick and if I could muster up enough give a crap about him I'd want to shake him and tell him to figure it outTruth be told I skimmed through the last half complete with a sell out schmaltzy ending in which the power of hope overcomes My thoughts were occasionally provoked it made me want to determine my own Happiness Index and I appreciated the author's insight into a nation in collapse That's all I have to recommend This was just not for me

  2. Carl White Carl White says:

    I got this book for free as an Prime member and that is exactly the right price to pay for this bookIt was a uick read an easy read but you can probably figure out what the book is going to have to say just by reading the title yes happiness is a relative notion as most of us probably already realizeThe plot is predictable and not that interesting nor are the characters but it gives you a bit to think about if you ever spend a moment contemplating the concept of happinessAnd if you are thinking about reading this book because you seek happiness let me save you the money If you want to be happy just uit thinking so much about it and simply choose to be happy and like your shampoo lather rinse repeat do this over and over in every moment for the rest of your life and you will be just fine You're welcome

  3. Hamideh Mohammadi Hamideh Mohammadi says:

    35 5This was the first time that I used the kindle option of reading a book before it was published It was a nice easy read I liked the idea of happiness being measured based on numerous independent values the idea that we have to take so many aspect of our life into consideration before deciding on a scale of 0 10 how happy we are However the story was a little too dark People were so miserable in this book each and every one of the characters were suffering I guess that's supposed to be a realistic approach to the existing social situation in Lisbon but as Daniel also suggested there is always hope

  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Like a lot of other reviewers I was pulled into this story I didn't want to put it down Even though it was really dark and I feared the worst I was sucked in Then the ending kind of flopped It felt unfinished I think someone else said it in a review that maybe the editors said give it a happy ending or Hey deadline time or something anyway I wasn't pleased with how it ends so I'm torn on the overall ratingI read it as a Kindle First book and I don't always read those but this one intrigued me

  5. Daniel Clark Daniel Clark says:

    A wonderful literary experiment on happiness One of the best Prime First selections

  6. Glia Glia says:

    I was really excited to read this book eventhough it had an average of 389 out of 5 ratings before I got it I was optimistic that this would be a good read and I would enjoy it Reading this book from the start is a little bit of slow and boring and I thought it would progress However I found that reading every word of this book is like dragging yourself or forcing yourself to swallow the food you don't want to eat There are also a lot of curse words which is fine if it is used appropriately in context or to reiterate a feeling but in this book curse words were used too much that they just added to that sinking feeling I have been having from reading the book it made the experience worse I was hoping I could find happiness by reading this book but what it gave me is this loathing feeling with a sense of despair Not good for a title with the word happiness in itIf you are looking for a book that will make you hate every page and waste your time I recommend this book

  7. Danielle N Danielle N says:

    The Shelf Life of Happiness is an incredible journey of self discovery told through the eyes of a unfortunate soul as he writes his incarcerated friend Beautifully narrated the author has cleverly took something so bleak and crafted an amazing message for us allFull review here

  8. Azita Rassi Azita Rassi says:

    A formulaic waste of time

  9. Stephanie Burton Stephanie Burton says:

    See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsI don't have much experience of Portuguese fiction but the books I have read all seem to have a dystopian viewpoint and The Shelf Life Of Happiness fits right into that genre despite its present day setting Perhaps its cover art doesn't really fit with the storyline because although a road trip in a worn out minibus is part of the tale the main narrative is of a man being reduced to homelessness and almost to destitution as a result of the crumbling Portuguese economy It's a preview of how much of Britain will look after a few Conservative years those areas that aren't already wrecked anywayDaniel isn't an easy character to sympathise with but I found myself liking his bloody minded refusal to give up hope Even as his dream life falls apart around his ears he still has hope for his own future and that of his family The Shelf Life Of Happiness title is actually a mistranslation of the original Portuguese title which references an Index of Average Happiness nations ranked by the average professed happiness of their people and I couldn't see why this was changed for the English language edition The Index is an interesting and presumably genuine list which along with Daniel and his friends got me to thinking about how I would score my life pretty high I thinkFor a book ostensibly about happiness this is a pretty dark read One character is trapped in his home by chronic agoraphobia another spends his leisure time assaulting homeless men the horrors of factory farming are reduced to a cute computer app and Daniel himself is struggling to stay financially afloat Yet despite all this misery Machado lifts his tale with black humour and an engaging writing style that I enjoyed reading I was surprised that I wasn't depressed by the book at all

  10. Sue Sue says:

    This novel reminds me of Jose Saramago’s works with its lack of punctuation marks long paragraphs addressed to the reader and the shortage of American style “scenes” but I loved every page The author is spare with details about the characters but the story hurtles along like I’m holding on to the door of a freight train and don’t dare let go Daniel the protagonist is telling the story in his mind to a friend named Almodovar who is actually in prison and refuses to see him or talk to him on the phone It’s tough times a recession Daniel has been unemployed for over a year Still hoping to find another job he stays in Lisbon while his wife and two kids go to another part of the country so she can live with and work for her father The great job doesn’t come and he ends up living in his car He keeps losing the temporary jobs he finds because he has to take time off to help Xavier his agoraphobic friend who can’t leave his apartment; Avila a former teacher is abused by a teenage gang and Vasco Almodovar’s son who keeps getting into trouble Xavier has this mathematical theory about happiness that gets everyone thinking how happy they are with their lives It’s a tale of complications lies and mishaps that culminates in a wild road trip I loved this book Locke’s translation is beautiful I think I need to find me Portuguese novels

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