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Sea Monsters
Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
4 posts | 3 read | 17 to read
Pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sea Monsters offers an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980s. One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomás, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything her life is lacking--recklessness, impulse, independence. Tomás may also help Luisa fulfill an unusual obsession: she wants to track down a traveling troupe of Ukrainian dwarfs. According to newspaper reports, the dwarfs recently escaped a Soviet circus touring Mexico. The imagined fates of these performers fill Luisa's surreal dreams as she settles in a beach community in Oaxaca. Surrounded by hippies, nudists, beachcombers, and eccentric storytellers, Luisa searches for someone, anyone, who will "promise, no matter what, to remain a mystery." It is a quest more easily envisioned than accomplished. As she wanders the shoreline and visits the local bar, Luisa begins to disappear dangerously into the lives of strangers on Zipolite, the "Beach of the Dead." Meanwhile, her father has set out to find his missing daughter. A mesmeric portrait of transgression and disenchantment unfolds. Sea Monsters is a brilliantly playful and supple novel about the moments and mysteries that shape us.
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TheLibrarian
Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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Mehso-so

Meh.

TheLibrarian @monalyisha I mailed this to you Wednesday so you should get it soon. @Elma @MirrorMask 4w
TheLibrarian @monalyisha Did you get the book yet? 3w
monalyisha @TheLibrarian Yes! Sorry for the lack of communication! I set it aside for when I have time to read again. Totally shouldn‘t have signed up for this round. I didn‘t realize how much work this class would entail. Thank you for sending it & thanks for the watermelon sours! I‘ll read as soon as I‘m able. Promise! 🍉📚 #catholicguilt 3w
TheLibrarian @monalyisha No worries! I just wanted to make sure it arrived. Your original book is on my July pile and I will send it to you soon! 3w
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jenniferw88
Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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readordierachel This sounds great! 1mo
BarbaraBB This sounds great and I think @TrishB may think so too! 1mo
TrishB Sounds interesting! The cover on amazon is lovely 💕 1mo
Cinfhen This one sounds banana pants 1mo
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AudreyMorris
Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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Pickpick

Somewhere between a pick and so-so. A quick read. 17-year-old Luisa runs away from home in Mexico City and heads to an Oaxacan beach with her new friend/boyfriend Tomas. They hang out and drift apart. They eat and drink beer. After 7? 10? Days her father finds her and she very willingly goes home. The end. Started off promising but I felt it went nowhere. Maybe I am too old for coming of age books.

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LauraBeth
Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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2/3

Birdsong28 Have got The psychology of time travel thanks to #netgalley 😀📚📚 8mo
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