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The Sky Over Lima
The Sky Over Lima | Juan Gómez Bárcena
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“Refreshing, comic, and sublime...The conquest in this novel, a game played by one writer and his readers, captivates, drawing us in through the seductive power of a monumental young author.” —Laura Esquivel, bestselling author of Like Water for Chocolate and Malinche “Intoxicating…I’ll be thinking of these characters, what they longed to create and what they managed to despoil, for a long time.” —Helen Oyeyemi A retelling of a fantastical true story: two young men seduce Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez with the words of an imaginary woman and inspire one of his greatest love poems. José Gálvez and Carlos Rodríguez are poets. Or, at least, they’d like to be. Sons of Lima’s elite in the early twentieth century, they scribble bad verses and read the greats: Rilke, Rimbaud, and, above all others, Juan Ramón Jímenez, the Spanish Maestro. Desperate for Jímenez’s latest work, unavailable in Lima, they decide to ask him for a copy. They’re sure Jímenez won’t send two dilettantes his book, but he might favor a beautiful woman. They write to him as the lovely, imaginary Georgina Hübner. Jímenez responds with a letter and a book. Elated, José and Carlos write back. Their correspondence continues, as the Maestro falls in love with Georgina, and the boys abandon poetry for the pages of Jímenez’s life.
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Notafraidofwords
The Sky Over Lima | Juan Gómez Bárcena
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Jose and Carlos are poet friends in Lima, Peru during the 1900s. Their favorite poet is in Spain. They basically catfish him. It seems simple enough, but what starts out simple turns obsessive.

I really liked this book, albeit a slow read. I think it could have been a shorter book, but the characters were really well rounded.

This book explores sexuality, class structure and gender issues in 1900s Peru. Translation was on point too.

Notafraidofwords Quote: After all, people are members of the bourgeoisie not so much because of what they say aloud but because of what they keep quiet. 3y
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vivastory
The Sky Over Lima | Juan Gómez Bárcena
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I stumbled across this a couple days ago. Praised by Esquivel & Oyeyemi. It's only $2 on Kindle. #poetry

Moray_Reads With praise like that how could I resist? (Even if I can't get the cheap version in the UK) 3y
vivastory @Moray_Reads it is strange that Amazon Kindle sales aren't universal. Doesn't really make any sense. 3y
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Rhondareads
The Sky Over Lima | Juan Gómez Bárcena
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Lovely surprise perfect reading for long weekend.

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AllisonMP
The Sky Over Lima | Juan Gómez Bárcena
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Please let the rest live up to the first ten pages: so utterly charming I want to call you up and read it aloud.

AllisonMP Lovely. 3y
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Heidsalot
The Sky Over Lima | Juan Gómez Bárcena
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The story of two privileged young men and would-be poets in 1904 Lima who begin writing to the Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez as the fictional Georgina Hubner. Beautifully written and engaging. I loved it!