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The Blue Hour

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  158 ratings  ·  14 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...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Random House UK (first published 2005)
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Jose Vera
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....more
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...more
Apr 01, 2013 Helen rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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.
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

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Jun 25, 2008 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Adriana Campbell
Excelent novel, and so profoundly sad.
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