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Like This Afternoon Forever | Jaime Manrique
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Two Catholic priests fall in love amid deadly conflicts in the Amazon between the Colombian government, insurgent groups, and drug cartels.
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What this is about is something they call ‘False Positives.‘ From 2002-2008, the Colombian Military/Government incentivized the killing of guerrillas. This lead to thousands of the poor and the mentally ill being tricked into thinking they were being given jobs and being lead to their deaths, being shot, and being dressed up in guerilla fatigues for photo proof of death to earn money bonuses from the government.

readordierachel That's horrifying 6d
Christine What!!? 😳 How awful. 6d
batsy 😔😔 6d
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Crazeedi That's horrific!! 6d
Chrissyreadit Sometimes the atrocities on this earth make me cry. 5d
Centique God that is shocking and horrifying 😭 5d
Rissreads Wtf?!?! Horrifying and sad. 3d
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I just want to say that something bothers me about this book that I can‘t put my finger on it just yet. This was a very complex book about two gay priests who we follow from a young age, to meeting each other and falling in love, to becoming priests and their simultaneous personal struggles with faith while serving their communities. Oh yeah, this all against the instability in Columbia with the guerillas, the military government and the 👇🏼

Reggie gangs. Also covered in here was how drugs and AIDS affects the gay community. It was a lot. There was quite a bit to think over in this 219 pg. book. Thank you so much @Suet624 for this book and that hilarious card. (edited) 6d
Cinfhen Great review as always ❤️ 6d
TrishB That does sound a lot for a little book! 6d
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Suet624 I couldn't even review it because I was so confused by it. There was a lot in it, but it seemed to bob and weave all over the place. There were things I really liked about it though, so I didn't want to just ignore the fact that I'd read it. I figured you'd do a better job of using words to explain my confusion. 😃 And you did! Thanks for taking one for the team. 5d
Reggie @Cinfhen Thanks! ❤️ 5d
Reggie @TrishB that‘s what it was for me, that it was a queer novel, a religious novel, and a Columbian life novel, but never at the same time. I still cried and was moved but it just needed a seamlessness it didn‘t possess. 5d
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Well this made me stop and do some research. From Wiki: “Camilo Torres Restrepo was a Colombian socialist, Roman Catholic priest, a predecessor of liberation theology and a member of the National Liberation Army guerrilla organisation. During his life, he tried to reconcile revolutionary Marxism and Catholicism.”

jchawkins That's an ambitious reconciliation to attempt. 7mo
Suet624 😂😂 yes, but I get it. 7mo
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The young man in this book credits San Martin de Porres Velázquez for healing his injury. I looked him up: “[He] was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony.” I think I‘ll start chatting with him about that racial harmony bit.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like someone we should know more about. 7mo
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Thanks to LibraryThing for a review copy. “Two Catholic priests fall in love amid deadly conflicts between the Colombian government, insurgent groups, and drug cartels.” Sure, I‘d like that one please. And it has arrived.

Reggie You have to tell me if they die. 8mo
RaimeyGallant Terrific concept and what a great cover too. 8mo
Suet624 @Reggie I can't tell if you're kidding. 8mo
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Suet624 @RaimeyGallant I know! I saw the synopsis and it seemed right up my alley. 8mo
Reggie Sorry Sue, I was. I just read the synopsis and just thought there‘s no other way. But, I‘m gonna read it so I‘ll find out for sure. 8mo
Suet624 @Reggie I never reviewed this book because I couldn‘t figure out what I thought of it. Wondering if you want to give it a try. 2w
Reggie You know what? Yeah I‘ll give it a try. 807 Ash Loop. Espanola NM, 87532. Thanks, Sue. 2w
Suet624 @Reggie Oh goody. There are many parts I really liked and I kept thinking I‘d read it again to get a more solid opinion. But I know I‘ll never get back around to it. Reggie, what‘s your last name? (edited) 2w
Reggie Lara 2w
Reggie I think what bothered me about this novel was that it was a queer novel, then it was a religious novel, then it was a this is Columbia‘s history novel. I think he could have written it to where he sewed it together so that it was all 3 at once instead of feeling like 3 separate novels. I was still moved by it. I cried in the end. And I recognized what it was like to question the existence of God in the world in which we live. Thank you so much 6d
Reggie again for this book, Sue!! 6d
Suet624 @Reggie Exactly! I liked what he had to say but it was all over the place. I also liked being introduced to some of the priests he mentioned (I posted items on them under this title.) But I had no idea how to write about the book. Thanks for your thoughts. 5d
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Here‘s my short stack for #24B4Monday. I hope to finish/read all three of these.

@TheReadingMermaid and @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid You got this! 💪🙌💗 10mo
Andrew65 Good luck. 👍👏😊 10mo
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