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Reputations
Reputations | Juan Gabriel Vásquez
As Colombia's famed political cartoonist, Javier Mallarino, strolls through downtown Bogotá in the hours before a public celebration of his career in the grand Teatro Colón, he contemplates the start of his professional life, and how he set down his oils and took up a pen to begin drawing caricatures for a living. But the celebration has far-reaching consequences: as he leaves the theatre a figure from his past, now a young woman, emerges from the crowd outside and forces Mallarino to confront an incident that took place in his home half a lifetime ago, calling into question his reputation and the value of his life's work. Vásquez's terse, poetic prose contrasts starkly with the intense and sharply focused content of this beautifully structured novel. Questioning the power of memory and the media, and their ability to distort, inform and destroy, Vásquez plays with the past and the present, challenging our perception of the truth.
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Abailliekaras
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I really enjoyed this. An intriguing story of a successful political cartoonist who questions his place in society & the value of his work (like in At Dusk by Hwang Sok-Yong). I love the strength of Vazquéz‘s writing, & the characters come to life: Magdalena‘s beguiling voice; his boss‘s bumptious formality. You sense the mist in the hills & stinging pollution of Bogotá. Are cartoonists truth-tellers or just part of the mob tearing people down?

hermyknee Great review 1mo
Abailliekaras @hermyknee thank you! ☺️ 1mo
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Abailliekaras
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Starting this belatedly!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Javier Mallarino is the most renowned political cartoonist in his country, a man who wields extraordinary power with his pencil. The day after he‘s honored for his career & many achievements, a young woman shows up at his door asking about an afternoon long ago in the past. It‘s an afternoon she remembers nothing about but Javier does, he remembers the afternoon & what he decides to do next will have far reaching consequences. A good read.

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ElectricKatyLand
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Very tense read about an aging political cartoonist reflecting on power, truth, and atonement.

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LauraJ
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Brings up great questions about memories, public image and responsibility. The main character is interesting, but the one who brings about the questions is flat. Could‘ve been so much more.
#LitsyAtoZ #V

mdhughes72 Exactly what I️ thought. 2y
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batsy
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Javier Mallarino is at the peak of his life and one expects that he would be enjoying his #goldenyears as a celebrated political cartoonist in Colombia. Then a visit from a young woman dredges up past events and forces him to reassess himself. #SeptemBowie @Marchpane @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Hmmm, those unexpected visitors never go well! 2y
batsy @Cinfhen indeed 😕 2y
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mdhughes72
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A short book that felt long. I enjoyed the premise more than the story itself. It reminded me of Rachel Cusk's Outline, in that it was more meditation than novel. Beautifully written, and somewhat revealing of Colombian culture, I kept hoping for something to happen, and something different from what actually happened. But I'm glad I read it and I'm glad I'm done.

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batsy
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My brief Goodreads review sums up how I feel about this. Some masterful writing in the realist mode, but ultimately shallow in its actual ideas. It's still a pick because I think it's superior to most fiction that's highly-praised. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1886745440 #LitsyAtoZ
(My full review in PopMatters: http://www.popmatters.com/review/reputations-by-juan-gabriel-vasquez-explores-sl...)

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Annl
Reputations | Juan Gabriel Vásquez

2017 all I am going to do is read, with no specific goals. All of your mouths have fallen open! 🙀I will keep a journal and see where I end up. I plan to read more authors from other countries and more women. This article has some good starts. http://www.npr.org/2016/12/25/506763785/get-a-global-perspective-with-5-of-the-y...

[DELETED] 3216391035 I'm with you- decided savoring every reading moment is my only goal. And thanks for the link! 3y
Yournewfriendsams I'm doing the same thing, Ann! Between LGP and all the good stuff on Litsy, I don't think we'll have a problem keeping TBR's stocked! 3y
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AEBowenPhD
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Mehso-so

Increasingly, I find that I just do not care about stories about middle aged men... no matter how beautiful the writing.

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cariashley
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First book finished in 2017! I really liked this short, meditative novel about a political cartoonist in Colombia. The writing was beautiful, with the weighted artistry and atmosphere of a darker Almodóvar film. Love my signed first edition from @strandbookstore too. Percy approved. ?

LectricSheep Percy could be my cat's brother, they look so similar! ❤️️So cute! 3y
cariashley @LectricSheep oh my gosh, totally! I showed your last pic of her to my husband and we said the same thing! Percy did have a sister at the upper east side ASPCA that we didn't take home, you're not in NYC are you?? 🤔 3y
LectricSheep No, I found her in 2010 in New Jersey as a stray kitten in a snowstorm... If she escaped the NYC ASPCA and made it down to Jersey, I would be extremely impressed. 😂 3y
cariashley @LectricSheep ha that would be seriously impressive! I had to ask though 😊 3y
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LauraJ
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Thought today's #SeasonsReadings2016 would take a few minutes to gather, but five out of the seven in my tbr stack fit the #weneeddiversebooks theme.

LeahBergen 😂😂 3y
Beckys_Books I loved this book! 3y
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JenP
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Pretty short and interesting book in which a political cartoonist examines the impact of his work on others. The book has some flaws but overall was pretty engaging. Vasquez' style is minimal and sparse and not a whole lot happens. This book is more about a quiet reflection on morality than it is fast moving plot. I do which that the author would have examined the implications of a free press in a country where it is limited but still good.

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read_diverse_books
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Panpan

This book had so much promise and I really enjoyed the first half. But then suddenly a new character enters the story and sexual assault is used as a plot device, which I found problematic because the victim's struggle with it was not centered. It was the male protagonist's reaction to it that was the focus!

For a detailed explanation, read my full review: http://wp.me/p7a9pe-VA

#diversebooks #diversereads #literaryfiction #Litsygram #reading

silentrequiem Ugh. I hate that. 3y
8little_paws Yuck. On my to NOT read lost now 😤 3y
kristenlcoates Fabulous photo and review; gonna bypass this one. 3y
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Notafraidofwords Ugh. Bypass. 3y
dastevensish Lovely photo. Thanks for the heads up! 3y
Kristy_K Great review! 3y
kspenmoll Thx for review! 3y
read_diverse_books @silentrequiem @8little_paws @kristenlcoates Haha,glad I could help decide what books not to read! 😄 3y
read_diverse_books @kspenmoll @Kristy_K @dastevensish Thanks for reading! I had to be honest and I just can't recommend this book. 3y
AEBowenPhD Thank you for this review! I felt so icky about the way that whole character was handled. 3y
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CarolynOliver
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Beautiful writing in this one (especially loved his similes and his use of tense). Moving and thought-provoking consideration of memory, power, and reputation.

#recommendsday

Review:
https://rosemaryandreadingglasses.com/2016/10/25/reputations-the-mothers/

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Beckys_Books
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Javier Mallarino has been a political cartoonist for decades. After receiving an award for his work,he is forced to reflect on how he has built his own reputation by destroying those of others. If you like works that inspire self-reflection, you should read this book.

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Beckys_Books
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I like the way this man thinks.

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Beckys_Books
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Hmmm. This reminds me of someone I know. Perhaps my teenage daughter?

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Beckys_Books
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Loving this book and the beautiful October day. Thanks to @LizzyM for putting up with all her guests!

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CarolynOliver
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It is such a beautiful day here in central Massachusetts that I couldn't resist sneaking out of my (home) office for a few minutes of reading on the porch.

ApoptyGina69 Love Reed's ginger beer!! 3y
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CarolynOliver
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Next up! Has anyone read this?

BookishFeminist Not yet but I just got it from the library. Really looking forward to it! 3y
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CarolynOliver
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The #bookmail from @strandbookstore is so good! Cannot wait to read this. #wndb #diversebooks

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KVanRead
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#signedsundays My first signed edition from my Strand Book Hookup subscription. Looking forward to this one!

cariashley Yay! I loved this quarter's package too! 3y
KVanRead @cariashley It was my first ever and I'm so glad I signed up! 3y
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KVanRead
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My first #bookmail from the Strand's Book Hookup subscription. So awesome —this is going to be like having four extra birthdays a year 🎉 This book looks great and the #booktober challenge just made me realize I need to read more Latin American writers. @strandbookstore

RealLifeReading Ooh am gonna go check this out 3y
read_diverse_books Very cool! I'll look this subscription box up. 3y
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cariashley
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This quarter's signed first edition subscription from @strandbookstore is STRONG. 😁😁

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read_diverse_books
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I'm disappointed with myself for today's #booktober challenge. I like to take pictures of books I actually own in print, but the only one I could find set in South America was Reputations, as it is set in Colombia. I do have TONS of books set in Latin American countries, but it's mostly Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. I've also read books set in S. America but don't own any. I need to fix that soon! 😞
#reading #diversebooks #books

BookishFeminist I have a similar problem- I've read tons from S America but I read them from the library! Hoping I can dig up a few though. 3y
WOCreads Yeah LA lit isn't well repped on my shelves either 🙈 Definitely need to work on it! 3y
read_diverse_books @BookishFeminist Take a quick trip to the library and take pics on the spot. 😂 3y
read_diverse_books @Ifyoucanreadthis_Bina I just have lack of books set in South America in particular! 😕 3y
WOCreads So much better than me!! Total lack except for some Borges somewhere on the back🙈🙈🙈 Want to read AfroLatina lit specifically. 3y
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read_diverse_books
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Reputations was one of the very first books I received from a big publisher, Riverhead Books. I originally contacted them to get a copy of The Mothers by Brit Bennett, but I did it too late. Instead, they offered to send me Reputations! That was months ago & I'm ashamed to admit I still haven't read it. I'm fixing that tonight, though! I need to finish quickly & write up a review so I can request more books😁
#reading #diversebooks #books #arcs

read_diverse_books I'm enjoying it so far! The writing is excellent. 3y
GabyReadsMx I'm really curious about this book! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it! :) 3y
read_diverse_books @GabyReadsMx I read about 70 pages so far. It's good! It's about a political cartoonist in Colombia who becomes famous for his work. The plot is about to thicken where I left off. 3y
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Wildmoonchild
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ATTENTION ALL READERS! I'm starting a club for...
If y'all don't know that it's Hispanic Heritage Month, and one of the publishers that I love, Riverhead (thanks to @Liberty for introducing) has put out a list of books to add to your list. So listen, I'll be hosting a readalong of these books until Dec and will be trying to be very interactive with anyone who wants to join my group.#weneedmorediversebooks If you're interested please comment below!

Hooked_on_books I might be involved with too many book clubs already, but it sounds good. I'll try to give it a go! 3y
Wildmoonchild @Hooked_on_books yay welcome! I think that I'll either be creating a good reads group or slack channel depending on the number of people that I get in. But you're the first one and I'm so excited that you're going to be along for the ride. 3y
read_diverse_books I got an ARC of Reputations and was planning to start it in the next few days so this is perfect! I will join at least for discussions of that book. :) 3y
Wildmoonchild Sounds good @read_diverse_books Yeah I'm hoping to make this super casual, I just don't know which app is the best for interactive discussion yet. 3y
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prowlix
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Mehso-so

Javier Mallarino is an artist turned newspaper caricaturist set to receive a tribute to his career. His unflinching drawings have destroyed public figures but also alienated his family and friends. The language is beautiful and I so wanted to love this novel but I could not connect to Javier. He felt self-centered and careless. And a womanizer. And the novel abruptly ends! #Translation #ColumbiaLit

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Kathrin
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I actually loved the book, but the ending really spoiled the experience for me.

The writing is beautiful and the whole narrative felt very fluent even though it moved between the present and the past. I also liked the idea about how shaky people stand on the moral high ground and how it was fleshed out in the book. But the ending, I just can't get over it.

read_diverse_books Omg, me too. Hated the ending. 🙈 3y
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Kathrin
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Day 1 of staycation was a great success on the reading front.... Now I wonder if I can finish this one before the debate is on.

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Kathrin
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Up next! Another one from the September Releases video from @bookriot

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prowlix
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Magdalena's voice: husky and smooth at the same time, one of those voices that paralyze the hand of someone about to turn the dial, that translate the chaos of the world and convert its obscure jargon into a diaphanous tongue. "A cello that speaks..."

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prowlix
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Look #bookmail curtesy of winning a Goodreads giveaway! Really excited to start this next! Thanks @RiverheadBooks

BookishFeminist Ooooh I'm really looking forward to this one! 3y
SusanInTiburon Those beautiful pajama pants go with ALL your reading material! 😍 3y
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ramyasbookshelf
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September can't come fast enough.. Spotted on river head books feed in IG!

Mayread I'm first in line on my library queue! Have you heard the intv w him on the guardian podcast? Really excited about this one. 3y
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ramyasbookshelf
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September can't come fast enough.. Spotted on river head books feed in IG!

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musemonthly
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The final BEA haul - it was an incredible 3 days and we've got some amazing books to read! Better get crackin!

Matilda Well done! 4y
JSW I love you. That is all. 4y
Megabooks Awesome! 4y
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GuiltyFeat So exciting. 4y
TheWellReadOwl Holy cow. ❤️ 4y
tkingsanchez Wow!!! 4y
Beckys_Books That had to make for some heavy luggage. 3y
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WallaceYovetich
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Bookmail is on fire lately. Yes, yes, yes! To this one. Coming in September. Anyone had a chance to read it yet?

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