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La Reina del Sur

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  5,506 ratings  ·  454 reviews
Nombre: Teresa
Apellidos: Mendoza Chávez (alias La Mejicana)
Características físicas: Ojos negros. Cabello negro. Sin marcas ni cicatrices. Complexión delgada. Estatura 1,67.
Historia criminal: Nacida en Culiacán, Sinaloa (Méjico). Hija de padre español y madre mejicana. Convivió con Raimundo Dávila Parra, alias El Güero Dávila, piloto de aviación relacionado con el cártel de...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Alfaguara (first published 2001)
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There are three books to be found within this book, three major storylines to follow. One is mostly well done, one is middling, but has issues, one is rather ridiculous, occasionally mildly offensive, and out of place.

The first, which I found mostly well done, is Perez-Reverte's homage to the high adventure stories of the 19th century, specificially his modern update of The Count of Monte Cristo. The Count is remade into a Mexican woman of the 21st century, who is tied to the Mexican drug carte...more
I guess I'm glad I read this, if only to satisfy a long-burning curiosity about The Queen of the South that's been in the back of my head ever since my mom hid the book from me at age fifteen so I couldn't read the dirty parts. (for the record, Mom, I probably would have been able to handle it)

That said, it could have been a lot cooler than it is. And considering the book is about a woman who goes on the run after being targeted by Mexican hitmen and eventually becomes the most powerful drug lor...more
This book is a book for history-lovers. Anyone who wants the who/how/where/when/why will love the detail and precision with which every event in this book is told. Unless you truly grew up in the culture about which it is written, and know about drug runs and border crossings and vacuum-packing marijuana in bricks to stow away in speedboats, I would wager than Perez-Reverte could convince any reader that he has done his homework. And if you did grow up in that culture, perhaps that would merely...more
Oct 23, 2007 Catherine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drug Runners
Shelves: bookclub, 2007
This story is told in two styles; from an omniscient perspective following the main character, and from the first-person point of view of a journalist researching her story. At first I was quite bored by the latter story. Later on, however, I began to feel like Perez-Reverte was trying to coax me into a state of mind whereby I would begin to use Teresa Mendoza's story as a truer reality. Throughout the book Teresa discovers that through books she can live more fully, and understand her life more...more
Tara Chevrestt
Apr 22, 2010 Tara Chevrestt rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tara by: Susan
This would make a terrific movie. I can see Salma Hayek as Teresa and maybe Angelina Jolie as her partner in crime... As a book, however, it didn't work for me.

I didn't like Teresa. Throughout the entire novel, I could not muster any sympathy or like for her. When her drug dealin, Cessna flying boyfriend is killed, Teresa runs for her life. She finds safety in Spain and what does this chica do? She finds another drug dealer boyfriend. What follows is a lot of speed boat and helicopter high speed...more

I'm on holiday - hurrah! This means it is time to turn my attention to the (very important) task of learning Spanish. I made two "New Year's Resolutions". One was to learn some Spanish before the year was out, the other was to keep a running list of the books I have read on this here blog. So, time to work on one of my resolutions.

Instead of learning Spanish I have been reading! The Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Reverte is the latest book that I have finished. The best way to describe it is...more
I read the Spanish original, but I am writing here for a wider audience. I approached the book with some skepticism; Perez-Reverte was known to me chiefly for his literary mysteries, in which the resolution falls short of the spectacular and artificial beginnings. "The Queen of the South" seems to me to have the reverse problem. The wind-up to Teresa Mendoza's career (aside from the fireworks of the opening, about which more will be said) takes too long; and the part where she actually becomes t...more
"De pronto comprendió que, durante aquél larguísimo viaje de ida y vuelta, sólo había adquirido tres certezas sobre la vida y los seres humanos: que matan, recuerdan y mueren"

La Historia de Camelia la Tejana, la protagonista de aquel corrido norteño, se cristaliza en una novela apasionante de principio a fin, con el nombre de Teresa Mendoza, una morra de Sinaloa que debe escapar después de que su novio, un narcotraficante, es asesinado por un ajuste de cuentas. A partir de ahí, la vertiginosa hi...more
Mar 14, 2012 Werner marked it as started-and-not-finished  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Werner by: An Internet pen pal
A friend of mine (who's not on Goodreads), who's reading this book, recommended it to me as one I might like. Whether or not I actually would, I don't know --I admire strong heroines, but not villainesses, and it sounds like Perez-Riverte's title character here would be more apt to be the latter. But I told him I'd give it a try sometime later on, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt in the meantime!

Aug. 24, 2009
Well, I gave this book an honest try; but I'm not going to finish it, and will...more
I would actually give this book a rating of 3.5. This book was recommended to me by my older sister.
It was really hard for me to get too far in this book and force myself to continue because it was written, though very well detailed, a bit tedious. It's as if the author got a little distracted and continued onto a few paragraphs about something a little off subject. So it was all over the place, as intersting as I found that style, it was difficult to stay on track. It wasn't until the second h...more
Argh, he's trying to write from a woman's perspective with no real concept of what that means. At the point where he says her womb shuddered I threw the book across the room. Does even even know anatomy?
siempre me dan calambres mentales cuando un gachupín escribe "México" o "Mexicana" con J. pero siendo Pérez-Reverte, se la paso...
la verdad, esta novela, con sus saltos entre la ficción y la realidad, lo cierto y lo que existe sólo en rumor, el presente y el pasado, y otros manejos más sutiles del idioma, es lo que nos trae Pérez-Reverte a la mesa con la historia de La Reina del Sur, y lo que nos deleita a sus ávidos lectores. no obstante de que mucho de este libro es, digamos, derecho de autor...more
The story starts from the end. The narrator is a journalist who writes a biography book for Teresa Mendoza, Queen of the south, or La reina del sur, the only woman among the narco-mafia in Southern Europe.

Teresa‘s story starts twelve years ago, in Mexico. She was a girlfriend of local narco diller, Guero Davilla, who was killed. They were after her too. She had to run to save her life.

Her childhood was really bad. Father, unknown. Mother, prostitute. Growing up in a bad neighborhood, raped when...more
Richard Kunzmann
‘The telephone rang, and she knew she was going to die. She knew it with such certainty that she froze, the razor motionless, her hair stuck to her face by the steam from the hot water condensed on the tile walls. R-r-ring–r-r-ring. She stood very still, holding her breath as though immobility or silence might change the course of what had already happened.’

If only half the world’s books could open as snappily as that.

This is the epic story of Teresa Mendoza, a tinselly Mexican girl who falls in...more
AMAZING! I don't usually go for thrillers, but the female lead character is so complicated and so foreign to me that I became fascinated in trying to relate to her. Cold, calculated, cunning, indestructible, she is the female drug cartel Bond. Yet through the narrative we get to hear her vulnerability and her fragmented displacement of her fears and denial of her own desires. The fantastic setting for the story and detailed description make you want to leave your day job and start running hash i...more
I grew up in Culiacán, Sinaloa. It's probably one of the reasons why I like this book. Perhaps it's in the weather, or the meticulous description that just takes me back or the overall feeling in regards to the enviroment. You cannot longer hear narco corridos, I understand the reason why, the story teller in me would love to disagree those reasons but reason is perhaps why.
There is however something of those songs in this book beyond the ones that are quoted. An evoked feeling of a time alread...more
Perez-Reverte follows the ascension of a young woman from poverty in Mexico to naïve lover to powerful drug lord with poetry and grace. There are no admirable or even likeable characters, and yet their stories are so compelling you need to know what twist of fate or brutality will result from the next decision they make. Along the way, we are given a hard look at how society, international politics, poverty and greed, and achieved power play out in a sector we might want to ignore, but which imp...more

Otra buena novela de Pérez-Reverte. Me ha gustado sobre todo los inicios de Teresa en el mundo del narcotráfico, más que las últimas partes donde se describe su “ascenso” meteórico.
No sólo es el progreso de una mujer en la delincuencia, también es un progreso en el plano personal, de identidad y de sentimientos; un aprendizaje y enriquecimiento cultural; y un conocimiento de la sociedad y los distintos mecanismos que la componen, donde todos pueden ser corrompidos.
El autor...more
Δωράκι έκπληξη από το φίλο Ράφαελ. Το ερωτεύτηκα. Ήταν αυτό που με εφερε σε επαφή μετέπειτα με το έργο του συγγραφέα.
This book had me on the hook from the moment I started reading it. It was a bit confusing at the beginning, but the more I got into it the more it made sense. I believe this is a great story, it has a little bit of everything.
This book is very hard to put down - it's a story about a woman who leads a huge drug cartel. I was surprised to like it, but I love Perez-Reverte for making me want her to win! Everyone should read this!
If you are fascinated by drug running you might find this book interesting. Otherwise........
Manuel Fernandez
Las culichi son muy bravas.
I picked up this book on a whim. I've previously read the first Captain Alatriste novel and The Club Dumas, and loved them both, so I was confident that I'd enjoy Perez-Reverte's work in a more contemporary setting. The Queen of the South is a novel about the rise and fall of a female nacrotrafficante and her journey from Sinaloa to Gibraltar & Spanish North Africa and finally back to Sinaloa.

The book had all the things I've come to love about Perez-Reverte's work: a fictionalized journalist...more
This was probably one of the best literary novels I have read in a long time. When I say "literary" I refer to the fact that characters are well developed, setting and plot are deeply thought out and fully drawn, and the story overall is nothing less than believable. I had already read Arturo Pérez-Reverte's The Flanders Panel, The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart, The Club Dumas, and recently, Captain Alatriste. All were thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. Perhaps it's because of his bein...more
I picked this book off the library shelf for two reasons: I needed a book whose title began with the letter "Q" for a challenge to read 26 books this year each starting with a different letter of the alphabet and I'd always thought I should read one of Perez-Reverte's novels, although this wasn't the one I would have chosen. So, basically, I went into this with few expectations and found myself presently surprised.
The story is incredibly well crafted. I liked the way Preze-Reverte jumped back a...more
I thought this would be a story about a woman in Spain, rising from poverty to a position of power. I was mistaken. It was a very detailed account of the world of drug trafficking in Mexico, the Mediterranean and, in particular, southern Spain and Morroco. The title character is a poor woman who begins life in Mexico. She becomes the girlfriend of a man who is a drug runner who loves to fly a plane and risk everything. He dies as a result of his risky dealings and she runs away to Spain with the...more
Teresa Mendoza's boyfriend has told her that if the phone "...ever rings, it’s because I’m dead. So run. As far and as fast as you can, prietita…” Running drugs is a dangerous business. Teresa runs fast and far fleeing Mexico for Spain and winding up in Melilla—a city belonging to Spain but located in North Africa bordered by Morocco and the Mediterranean. After several months working in a bar Teresa finds that she is not content merely surviving and begins a long climb into the world of drug tr...more
O antes...
"Tocou o telefone e soube que iam matá-la. Soube-o com tanta certeza que ficou imóvel, com a lâmina de barbear levantada, o cabelo colado à cara entre o vapor da água quente que pingava nos azulejos."

Não é o ínicio do tipo de livro que costumo ler mas algo na sinopse me chamou. Estou mesmo muito curiosa sobre este livro, foi-me oferecido há anos e nunca lhe peguei até hoje, simplesmente achei que era o livro para ler agora. Estou um bocadinho arrepiada com a possibilidade de ler coisas...more
Otro de 2008-2009. Soy un gran fan de Pérez-Reverte, me encanta su página en el semanal del grupo vocento, pero a pesar de tener en casa bastantes libros suyos no encuentro la ocasión para leerlos, y solo he reseñado dos (La sombra del águila y Un día de cólera). Pero bueno, habrá que encontrarles un hueco porque mr. T se lo merece.

Me ha sorprendido gratamente este libro, y no me extraña que como contó el propio Arturo haya gente que se crea que el personaje de este libro es real. Yo por ejemplo

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Spanish novelist and journalist. He worked as war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo.

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