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The Blue Hour

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  297 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
A stunning, prize-winning novel exploring the aftermath of the Peruvian Civil War, by one of the greatest living South American writers.

Adrian Ormache is a prosperous lawyer living in Lima. He has the perfect life: a great career, beautiful wife, two doting and intelligent daughters. But when his mother dies a series of events devastate his entire view of the past, his par
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Random House UK (first published 2005)
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Jose Vera
Nov 10, 2012 Jose Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es uno de esos libros que cuando se inician, no se pueden dejar de lado. La historia te envuelve y te arrastra página tras página, desenvolviendose la trama de una manera precisa y rítmica.

Alonso Cuento nos presenta a Adrián Ormache, un abogado exitoso y acomodado, en lo mejor de su carrera, con una linda esposa de sociedad (como él) y dos hijas.

El padre de Adrián fue un oficial de la marina que en la década de los 80 fue destacado a Huanta, en Ayacucho en plena guerra contra el terrorismo.
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DOCR
Apr 19, 2015 DOCR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Franco Olcese
Me pareció un libro muy fácil de leer, bastante ágil. Mientras la investigación de Adrián Ormache va escalando, lo leí muy ávidamente, sin embargo, hacia el final me parece que la historia decae y me decepcionó un poco el desenlace.

Es la primera vez que leo a Alonso Cueto, y probablemente lo haga nuevamente. Narrativamente me gustó, justamente por su ligereza y simplicidad. Pero la construcción de un par personajes no me pareció creíble y me parecieron un poco forzados. Esto no aplica para los e
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Susan
Jul 28, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A promising start to broadening out geographically from Nordic Noir, and, sadly, just as dark. What follows is an interpretation rather than a plot summary. The reader will have to match my allusions to this new story. Not exactly a spoiler alert.

Some 25 years after the Peruvian military's brutal attempt to stamp out guerrilla attacks by Shining Path revolutionaries in the mountain province of Huata, Peru, Adrian Ormache confronts the truth of his mixed heritage. When his aristocratic mother die
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Helen
Apr 01, 2013 Helen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I chose this book because the cover statement was: "Winner of the Premio Herralde de Novela for World's best Spanish novel". The novel is set in Peru. It followed events after Adrian Ormache, a prosperous lawyer in Lima (and the main character) discovered that there were hidden secrets to his family history. This discovery led him on a journey away from the privileged and sheltered existence of his life to date, into a tiny village in the mountains called Huanta. There his life goes on an unexpe ...more
Juan Escalante
Dec 28, 2014 Juan Escalante rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro maravilloso, que me hizo creer desde la primera página, que aquel abogado -Adrián Ormache- realmente existía. La calidad narrativa de Cueto se demuestra una vez más en su obra La hora azul, haciendo notoria su amplia superioridad por sobre la de Mario Vargas Llosa, el autor más famoso nacido en Perú (actuamente español). Solo queda esperar que el gran maestro Alonso Cueto jamás deje de escribir ni de sorprendernos con sus fabulosas historias.
Luca Magagni
Novela intensa, en la que se alternan momentos de grande interés, caracterizados por una prosa y unos diálogos muy acertados que meten al lector en la situación de manera muy eficaz, a otros más lentos que corresponden a las fases de reflexión y extravío emocional del narrador, y que se hacen más pesados para el lector.
kathe
Feb 24, 2014 kathe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Es un libo fresco y fácil de leer. no sé si aún se oye tanto cirtos modismos en el habla limeña peeo puede que efectivamente haya sido el caso en la época que recuerda. las referencias geovráficas son impecables. Me parece que el tema de fondo pudo ser aprovechado mejor.
World Literature Today
"The Blue Hour joins an important corpus of novels that in recent years deal with Peru’s violent political past, and it is the first major novel by the author available in English. A prolific and talented writer, Alonso Cueto is an important name to remember in contemporary Peruvian letters." - César Ferreira, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

This book was reviewed in the January 2014 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/1fhOryH
Rotkehlchen
Aug 23, 2015 Rotkehlchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sehr brutal am Anfang!
Doch das Weiterlesen lohnt sich.
Romina Micaela
Nov 16, 2015 Romina Micaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imprescindible literatura peruana.
dannyjr
tour sexy
Andrea
Jun 25, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: Peruvians
This book definitely held my attention, and I didn't want to put it down. The style isn't the best (think of stream-of-consciousness written by a teenager), but the story sucks you in. It gives an insight into how terrorism can affect the daily life of countless innocent people, even those who weren't directly harmed. Also, I love a good narrator-gone-mad, and Adrian fills that role nicely.
Sille
Jul 31, 2015 Sille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peru
Everyone should read this to know this story about Peru!!
Juliana Soliman
Me lo recomendó un amigo y no se equivoco, me ha encantado. La trama y el suspenso esta en todo el libro aunque el final fue un poco "suave", esperaba algo mas trascendente en la vida de Ormache.
Sue
Oct 16, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trying to find out about the past in an unusual story structure with twists and turns. Not always comfortable reading about the rebellion in Peru in the 1980s. Difficult to put down.
Maria
Jul 24, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro excelente. Posee un lenguaje facil de leer. Me encanto el libro tanto asi que no podia separarme de el y lo lei en dos dias.
Marc
Jan 03, 2013 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastisch boek dat een beeld geeft van hoe slachtoffers van een burgeroorlog (Lichtend Pad in Peru) daarmee omgaan.
Becky Mears
Good story but mostly enjoyed because it's set in Peru, Lima to be precise. I don't get to read many Peruvian novels!
jordan coulon
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Adriana Campbell
Excelent novel, and so profoundly sad.
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“Un escritor es un buitre que se alimenta de conflictos”, en palabras de Alonso Cueto. Alonso Cueto es considerado uno de los escritores más destacados del panorama literario peruano en la etapa post-boom, apoyado por Vargas Llosa, tal y como puede verse en sus conversaciones registradas. Nacido en Lima pero educado hasta los siete años en París y Washington, estudió literatura en Perú, España y T ...more
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