A Year in Reading: Mohsin Hamid

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I’d like to stand up and suggest Spilt Milk by Chico Buarque to any reader looking for some reading. The novel’s Portuguese title (which sounds gorgeously like what spilt milk looks like) is “Leite Derramado.” It’s under 200 long and yet crams in a century of Brazilian history, dozens of characters, formal inventiveness, tropical heat, racial tensions, old aristocrats, infidelity, drug violence, dramatic monologue, and a singer-songwriter’s mastery of oral cadence. It also oozes braininess and sex. If you aren’t intrigued, you’re a hard, hard soul. Ease up. Slip in.

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