The Crime of Father Amaro by Eça de Queirós

Set in 19th century Portugal, this novel follows the life of a young priest, Father Amaro, who is posted in a provincial parish. Despite his religious vows, he falls in love with a beautiful girl, Amelia, who is also the daughter of his landlady. Their forbidden love affair results in Amelia's pregnancy, leading to tragic consequences. The novel vividly portrays the corruption within the Catholic Church and the hypocrisy of the society.

The 1564th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 240

Since this book was first published in 1875, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 240.0.

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