7 days 7 covers - day 5
A tour de force, but starts slowly. Aguilar tracks his wife Agustina‘s descent into madness. We also hear from her former lover Midas the money launderer - a colourful character & in some ways the most honest; & her grandfather. Agustina is wildly unstable so it was hard to get a firm foothold in her sections; her family is ‘old money‘ but lie to each other for the sake of appearances. Some wonderful, vivid, tragi-comic scenes. Masterful.
I enjoyed the weave of voices as the story of multiple incidences of unraveling is untangled. However, I found that I had to read it in small chunks as I could not live with these chaotic minds for very long. The translation was very good but I was told that it lost the humor in translation. #readaroundtheworld #colombia
I just read Delirium for the #readaroundtheworld challenge as my pick for #colombia. It is the story of a woman's descent into delirium told from four characters' perspectives. I'm enjoying this challenge as I like discovering new authors that I may not otherwise have found. I would definitely like to pick up more of Laura Restrepo's work.
I've read a lot of Garcia Marquez so I wanted to pick something different for my Colombia read. This was my first book by Restrepo & I really enjoyed it. I alternated btwn English & Spanish. The humor was much more salient in the original Spanish
Aguilar comes home from a trip to find his wife delirious in a hotel room. Told from multiple perspective, the book explores what happened to her. More below.
I swung by the library to pick this up today for the #readaroundtheworld challenge. Of course my hold also came in for 11/22/63 by Stephen King and I know that's a long one. Hope to get both read though, I love a challenge!
This book is very confusing. I'm trying to read it in Spanish but struggling a little because the author switches perspectives (different characters) from one second to the next, and from 1st to 3rd person narration within the same paragraph.
Not sure if it would be easier for me to read the English translation.
Looking for a book to read for #readaroundtheworld
This month we are traveling to Colombia. Laura Restrepo is a Colombian writer to check out. Born in Colombia in 1950, her books are realistic fiction that integrates political themes relevant to Colombia. She has been critical of Marquez' magical realism and her style is influenced by her experience as an investigative journalist - a result of which caused her to go into exile for death threats.
#booktober Day 2: Books set in South America. So the reason behind today's prompt is to get more recommendations for books set in South America, preferably by South American writers. My own S American reads are very lacking! The ones above are some of those I've read altho technically Malinche is set in Central America. If you've got recs for great reads by S American writers or books set in S America, let me know!! Add to my TBR list!!