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Tales From The Town Of Widows: And Chronicles Fom The Land Of Men

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A beautifully crafted story about a group of women in a Colombian village who find their lives changed while their husbands and sons are away fighting a deadly civil war. The women of Mariquita, made widows when their men are swept away by the army or rebel forces, learn hard lessons about love and survival. Forced to grow in extraordinary ways, they challenge the tenets o ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Fourth Estate (GB) (first published November 2006)
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ندين لكولومبيا بالبنّ و ماركيز و الواقعية السحرية.
الرواية تتقاطع مع عزلة ماركيز فهناك ماكوندو و هنا ماريكيتا و قد أتى ذكر روايته أكثر من مرة في هذه الحكاية بل وصل الأمر بالكاتب إلى مغازلة ماركيز حيث أكد في مقابلة صحفية على أن السطر الأخير من روايته هو في الحقيقة ليس أكثر من رد على السطر الأخير من رواية ماركيز.

غير أن الرواية تتناول موضوعاً مختلفاً و تضج بالسخرية أيضاً و الكثير من قصص الحب و الجنس على النمط اللاتيني. ليست بالسطحية التي ظهرت بالفيلم المصور عن الرواية. يقتحم الثوار كما جرت العادة ق
Sarah ( Paris )
"قرية النساء في أرض الرجال " .
في قرية نائية "ماركيتا" في كولومبيا يأخذ الثوار جميع الرجال ذات صباح ، وتبقى النساء في البلدة التي أضحت بلدة للآرمل .. "في أجزاء من الرواية يبدو مصطلحاً متعارفاً عليه هناك يطلق على للبلدات التي تبقى فيها نساء فقط " .بمرور الوقت ، أسست النسوة في قريتهن المعزولة عن العالم نظاماً مجتمعياً واقتصادياً خاصاً بهنَ وحدهنْ ، مكتفيات وسعيدات ، لا يعكر صفوه شيء ، ليقمن مملكة النساء في أرض الرجال .
في قرية ماركيتا الجديدة الزمن دائري ، بدأت الرواية حينَ اختفى الرجال ، وانتهت يوم
حكايات من ضيعة الأرامل ووقائع من أرض الرجال

رواية أخرى كولومبية تستهدي بماكوندو ماركيز – حد أن أحد أبطال الرواية يقرأ (مئة عام من العزلة) -، وهذه هي الرواية الأولى لمؤلفها جيمس كانيون، افتتاحية جميلة لمسيرة لعلها تقترب من الكولومبي الكبير الراحل.

ما الذي يحدث لقرية خلت من الرجال؟ هاجمها الثوار في بداية التسعينات وساقوا الرجال معهم بعد أن قتلوا بعضهم، وتركوا القرية بلا ذكور تقريباً، الخوري فقط، وبضعة أطفال، وحتى الشباب الذين نجوا من الهجوم، صاروا بلا نفع، مثليين، لا يمكن لهم أن يشبعوا نساء القرية
Feb 23, 2008 Hillary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyONE
Tales from the Town of Widows and Chronicles from the Land of Men is a feast for anyone who relishes beautiful, intelligent writing infused with humor and humanity. Set against the backdrop of the Colombian civil war, it tells the story of a group of women living in a remote mountain village who are forced to fend for themselves after a band of Communist guerrillas descends on the village and forcibly recruits all the men, killing those who resist and leading the others away to fight for their c ...more
When guerillas come to the small Colombian village of Mariquita and take away all the men, the women are left with a withered old priest, a young boy who's mother disguised him in one of his sister's dresses, and later, a young gay man. Clueless at first as to how to proceed, the women finally organize themselves under the guidance of the police chief's wife who declares herself magistrate, and the new schoolteacher who must earn the trust of the villagers. The loss of their husbands, boyfriends ...more
I must say this book has become one of my favorites and will definitely have a place on my bookshelf when I start my library. A tale of a small Colombian village that is touched by the on going civil war that has wreaked havoc over the land for 4 decades. Its a funny, magical, sorrowful and empowering tale of the women who are left behind after their men are either killed or kidnapped by the guerillas. A definite must read for those who love reality tinged with fantasy.
Anne Claire
Depuis le jour o les gurilleros ont dbarqu et rquisitionn tous les hommes du village de Mariquita, les femmes sont livres elles-mmes. Qu cela ne tienne ! Les mnagres soumises, les pouses dociles vont instaurer un nouvel ordre social. Ainsi, les trs moustachues soeurs Morales dcident de remdier leur condition de clibataires frustres en crant un bordel ambulant ; Francisca, la veuve dun grippe-sou notoire, mne la grande vie aprs avoir dcouvert le magot de son mari. Et puis, il y a la tenace Rosa ...more
L'idée de ce livre est excellente et, de plus, l'action se déroule dans une société contemporaine. Tout débute à Mariquita, en Cplombie, le 15 novembre 1992 "Le jour où les hommes disparurent". Il faut être un peu patient parce que bien que je prenais plaisir à la lecture, les choses n'avancent pas très vite. Les chapitres sont parfois des nouvelles en soi qui décrivent certaines des femmes du village ou certains moments de la vie. C'est imagée, empreint d'humour, de folie, mais aussi d'une gran ...more
Mar 29, 2008 LisaRose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All who love to read
Recommended to LisaRose by: My book club
This is a story about finding one's identity and humanity. Just what can we endure when all that we know, all that has been culturally engrained, has been brutally ripped from us? That's one of the questions that Tales seems to answer. James Canon's style is elegant and lyrical, yet he never allows his reader to forget there is a war going on. And while the war is the backdrop for the overall plot development, it's the small battles, told in the tales of the widows and the chronicles of the men, ...more
الواقعيه السحريه في اروع تصوير لها....اذا كنت من محبين ماركيز وأدبه...فحتما ستغرم بهذه الروايه الممتعه
Megan Udesky
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Tales from the Town of Widows James Canon

imaginative tale. i enjoyed the idea of the interludes, the idea of using those as a tool to tell the story. i liked the use of time, the humorous telling. i've often wondered why man's proclivity for evil produces an impiety for the image of our Creator while simultaneously creating a reverence for all that is perverse in man. this story explores that idea...or so it goes for me.

time and locale
Columbia, South America Pope John Paul II is in Rome

"The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.
--Susan B. Anthony"

"Her dearest Mariquita had turned into a town of widows in a land of men."

" 'And do you think God approves of you killing others?'
He considered my question for a while before declaring, 'I think God doesn'
The premise of Tales from the Town of Widows is superb: what happens when there are no men in a remote village and the town is run by women. That's what happens to Mariquita in Colombia during the civil war in the early 90s. Guerrillas kidnap or kill all the males (save for young boys, the priest and two men dressed as women) in the village and leave it for dead. The women wait and wait for government intervention and for their men to return. Neither happens and the women decide to govern the to ...more
Tales From the Town of Widows serves up rich stories of how a small town of very unique women cope after their husbands, dads, sons and brothers are forced to go fight in the Colombian civil war for a band of guerrillas, or be shot on the spot. A few men are killed for resisting, but the majority reluctantly head out into the chaos of that devastating conflict. The women left behind consider the guerrillas' order a death sentence for their men. Their isolated, prosperous town rapidly decays, alo ...more
This is the best book I've read in a really long time. We all know that citizens of countries torn by civil war experience profound sadness and tragedy, but I think we often forget that there is still humor, love, beauty, boredom, etc., and that they need to have these reminders of life to cope with their world.

Tales from the Town of Widows tells the stories of the women left in an isolated village in Colombia after guerrillas kill or force all the men to join them. They progress from grief-caus
In the little town of Mariquita, disaster has struck. Guerrillas recruiting for their army have taken away all the males over the age of 12. The women mourn and grieve their bereaved state. But the solutions they come up with to deal with the crisis of no-man’s-land give them hope and a fierce state of independence. Then the men return…

This novel could be seen as a precursor to Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s novel “Herland”. Here we get to see the struggle these women make of dealing in a town where
Hope Corizzo
As a military wife, I thought this book would be a good discussion starter on how my subculture reacts to being left behind. When my bookclub talked of reading the book, it was an exciting discussion and we were excited to add it to our calendar. However, the book was very different from what we imagined and it was dropped from the calendar.

The structure is similar to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio collection: a collection of short stories, each set on a different town member over the year
This is an interesting dystopian book about a small Colombian town called Mariquita, in which all of the town's men are taken away by guerrilla forces. The women of Mariquita come together to put their lives back together and re-structure the town in ways that benefit them all. The story is told over the course of approximately 20 years. There are lots of characters, but it is relatively easy to keep them all straight. Along the way there are fights and struggles, erotically charged moments, and ...more
I really liked this book. It started off slowly, but sticking with it paid off. The author has a great way with dialogue and descriptive language. The characters weren't terribly fleshed out, but I think the book was more about the group of women than about any individuals. I didn't figure out until the end that the interspersed brief accounts of men in the guerrillas, paramilitaries, and army were related to the women's stories, but I don't think that was crucial. I don't think that the example ...more
Evita Bekmane
Pirms dikti gribas izšķiest laiku, lasot kaut ko bezvērtīgu, iesaku būt taupīgiem un izlasīt šo.
Amy Schneider
In Mariquita, Columbia the men have been recruited by communist guerrillas. This is an empowering, sad, and sometimes humorous story of how a group of women cope without men to guide them. Who governs? How do they defend themselves? How do they deal with basic necessities like food? Important questions to the absurdity of if you don't know what time it is, then what is a day? Is this a female utopia? Does it work? treat men This is one of the best books I've read and written by debut author who ...more
Jun 29, 2007 Flora rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: idealists, Garcia-Marquez fans, and, well, men
What a charming discovery from a library shelf!

So the men of the village are marched off by guerrillas, presumably never to be seen again. How do the women survive? What mental and social resources do they draw upon? It's delightful, entertaining, a bit mystical and probably what every guy secretly thinks would happen if women were left long enough to their own devices. (The author is graceful enough to be plausible about most of this.) Not terribly flattering to Catholicism, or men, for that m
Après que les guérilleros ont contraint les mâles d’un village colombien à s’enrôler, Mariquita devient un monde sans hommes. Mais pas sans âme. D’abord désorientées, les femmes comprennent bien vite comment profiter de leur liberté nouvelle et comment asseoir leurs pouvoirs, tant social que politique. Une fable moderne audacieuse et pleine d’humour, peuplée de portraits fantasques et réalistes à travers les veuves et les soldats. Les amazones sont-elles de retour ? La guerre des sexes n’est pas ...more
Jan 08, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like an interesting love/utopia story
What would happen if all the men in a remote Colombian village were taken away and the women were left to fend for themselves? hmmm...tempting :) I fell in love with some of the characters in this book just like in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books. It was a well working, yet ironic, utopia. Although, if I was a guy, I would be a bit angry that most of the men portrayed in this book are vicious and ruthless. It was great to see a book about war that talked about the survivors rather than the milita ...more
This book was difficult to read. It is the tales of a village in Colombia, after the guerillas have come in and taken away or killed all of the men. It is a town of widows. Between each of the chapters are first-person narratives of the men (and boys) of Colombia and how, in different ways, they are trapped by the war. The entire book is beautifully written, but very very sad. I had to stop often to think about what I was reading.
I wouldn’t say I “loved” it but I did like it and was very engaged by it and think it would make for interesting discussion. I read the reading guide questions for it and I’m not sure I know enough about “magical realism” or Latin American literature (I’ve not read much Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Allende). I did read “Like Water for Chocolate” which is magical realism…but I’ve never been in a discussion about it.
Tales From the Town of Widows begins with the day where guerrillas invade a Colombian village and kill/kidnap all the men in sight. With the men gone, the women of the village suffer for a while until they slowly but surely start taking charge of their own lives and rebuilding the community. If you’re looking for a quick and easy read this summer that will make you laugh and cry, give this one a try.
I had mixed feelings about this one. It ranges from magical realism, to humanistic stories and is interspersed with some graphic realism. A story of a central American village where the men are rounded up and taken away to be revolutionaries, it follows the evolution of the remaining people. It almost read more like a collection of short stories rather than a novel.
I really wanted to love it as it was creative and a comfortable writing style. However, halfway through the book one of the vignettes (really all the book was with a theme keeping them together) was so odd and a little disturbing that I almost stopped right there. It seemed very out of character from the rest of the book. Brought my rating down to three instead of four.
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"Cañón’s strong and simple writing, which is touched by humor and magic realism, never falters.”
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James was born and raised in Colombia. After majoring in Advertising in Bogotá, he moved to New York to study English. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
His debut novel, Tales from the Town of Widows & Chronicles from the Land of Men, has been publish
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