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La Novia Oscura = Dark Bride

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  627 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Laura Restrepo da vida a una singular amalgama entre investigacion periodistica y creacion literaria. Asi, la miseria y la violencia que anidan en el corazon de la sociedad colombiana estan siempre presentes, pero tambien lo estan en su fascinacion por la cultura popular y en el juego de su impecable humorismo, de una ironia a la vez acida y tierna que salva a sus novelas ...more
Paperback, 468 pages
Published July 20th 1999 by Grupo Editorial Norma (first published 1999)
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Joe
Feb 02, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love south america and those who like to find cool devices in literature
Recommended to Joe by: John Gitliz
I read this book in English, the spanish is infinitly(sp) more beautiful. Laura Restrepo is clever, clearly a learned writer. The characters are attractive and salacious and dirty. The social reversal of the strength/power of women within a red-light district vs. them in a greater community, the force and prudence of a religious society, the super-natural hue of Sayonara and the rustic genius of Todos Los Santos all contribute to Restrepo's arsenal of colombian historical-fiction. There are endl ...more
Lori
Feb 04, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Restrepo is a gifted writer, an artisan with her words, her characters, her plot and it these are the talents that make this work of fiction a good piece of literature.

This novel is magical. The main characters are prostitutes, women typically considered vulgar and base, but she makes them queens. Restrepo creates a lushness that illuminates the reality of love and life and the sisterhood of women who teach, guide, embrace, love, and support each other through the triumphs and losses they exper
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Scarlet
Dec 02, 2015 Scarlet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-15
Sayonara es un personaje de esos que dejan huella no sólo en la historia, sino en el lector. Cada vez que piense en una luz morada pensare en ella y en como su historia fue entretejiéndose con ese magnético resplandor mientras fue la más bella y cotizada prostituta de La Catunga.
Esta escrito como una investigación realizada por una reportera, lo que permite que conozcas el magnetismo de Sayonara desde que era vista por primera vez, y al mismo tiempo sepas la historia más allá de si ella se encon
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Laura
Jul 28, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta es otra de las recomendaciones de mis compañeros en el curso sobre Latinoamérica de Coursera. La autora es bien conocida pero yo me estreno con esta novela.
La obra se plantea como una fusión de géneros: el reportaje periodístico y la historia literaria. Según declara la propia Laura Restrepo en uno de los apéndices de esta edición, esta es una de sus formas preferidas de trabajar, por la libertad que le otorga. Se inserta así en una poblada tradición en la que residen Truman Capote, Mailer
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Editorial Alfaguara
Una historia de amor trgica y brillante. Library Journal Restrepo es una estupenda escritora y ste es su mejor libro hasta ahora. La historia Sayonara, una joven bella prostituta que atiende a los empleados de los pozos petroleros en la selva, es tan perturbadora como el elenco de personajes excntricos que la persiguen. El universo cerrado de la zona de tolerancia del pueblo miserable en el que Sayonara trabaja bien podra ser considerado como una metfora de Colombia y de la mayor parte de Amrica ...more
Eduardo
May 26, 2014 Eduardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como mucha de la literatura de L. Restrepo, esta novela está basada en eventos, historias y personajes reales, que ella filtra de manera espectacular. Aunque uno de los ejes centrales de la trama, la pasión amorosa entre una ramera y un obrero del petróleo, se anticipa por el lector, en su desarrollo, desenlace y justificación, la maestría con que la narradora nos cuenta las vidas y milagros de todo un barrio de prostitutas en un lugar perdido de Colombia, con creces suple este "spoiler" que seg ...more
Amandasaved
Aug 16, 2009 Amandasaved rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid reader so usually I give books away to the Library or good will the moment I am done with them. This one is great. It haunts you in a way that is good. It makes you think back, makes you apreciate the world you grew up in. While women in the 50s and 60s in the USA were typing up memos or being good little housewives, a world away in rural South America women were engaging in the oldest job in the world. And were rejected by the authorities for it. Love was a word the young girl didn ...more
Joe Cummings
I've been wanting to read this novel for a while. There are a lot of interesting Latin American women writers-like Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, and Gioconda Belli-who have written in the "magic realism" style started by Gabriel Márguez García back in the Sixties. Laura Restrepo belongs to this group.

In some ways, Restrepo has much more in common with the maestro Gabo than the others. Both are from Columbia, and both have a background in journalism. So I thought that she might write in style t
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Kayla
The Dark Bride is an intense book that will definitely keep you interested, though it isn't the best novel that I've ever read. I needed to read it for class and found myself needing to push through it because I wasn't very connected with the characters. I thought that the setting was interesting and was depressed about the lack of possibilities for the men and especially the women living in this area. I haven't read much about Colombia so in itself I thought that it was a good experience to rea ...more
Diana Dincau
Cuando empecé el libro entendía poco y nada, era más bien una combinación de nombres y descripciones de personas, una tras otra y así sucesivamente. No le veo lo malo al asunto, salvo que hasta más tarde no hallaba el ''desarrollo'' de la trama. Además, cuenta con una dosis de ''humor'' -o por lo menos eso me pareció- que al contrario de lo que imaginé por la portada y la sinopsis, es particular. Y... no menos importante: no me agradó para nada. Es decir, es una clase de recurrencias del tipo c ...more
Sara
Jan 12, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buenisima historia. Sorprende, divierte y enamora igual que Idilio. Las situaciones a las que se enfrentan los personajes van y vuelven entre la comicidad, el drama y hasta la violencia, sin perder el sentido de lo contado, o lo buscado. Laura Restrepo en sus historias siempre buscando algo o alguien. Son de resaltar los personajes, sobre todo las personalidades de las compañeras de profesion de "La novia oscura".
Kary
Jan 19, 2009 Kary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se me hizo bastante largo y a veces recaía en detallar cosas o situaciones que a la larga no tenían ninguna trascendencia. Aparte de eso, era de un lenguaje exquisito, aunque sencillo y de fácil lectura, y en general me gustó mucho. Mi única queja es que el final no se sentía como un final, en lo absoluto, no vi concluida la historia y distó mucho del final que me esperé.
Eduardo Hernandez
Mar 16, 2014 Eduardo Hernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cautivante, ese adjetivo describe este libro. He leido otros libros de Laura Restrepo, pero ninguno como este. La historia contada de una manera magnifica, me tuvo atrapada en las diferentes historias contadas, viviendolas. Obviamente que la influencia de Garcia Marquez se reconoce, pero no empaña la novela que cuenta con luz propia.
Relato sobre la historia de Colombia que no podras encontrar en ningun texto de historia, pero que es tan real, tan humano, pero a la vez tan magico como es todo el
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Ricardo Moreno mauro
Sayonara "Adios", en japones, en una prostituta que vive en la "Catunga", un pueblo en la selva colombiana. Las prostitutas de allí viven en función de los obreros de la Compañia petrolera que bajan al pueblo cada cierto tiempo. Saypnara en mezcla de balco con india guahira, y quizás esta bibalencia o ambigüedad le marcará el resto de su vida. Ella llegó al pueblo para ser prostituta, los hombres se mueren por ella, pero ella no los quieres. Sin embargo, al único que ella quizo de verdad será su ...more
Claudia
Jan 26, 2008 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it in Spanish. Great book.
Gustavo Vazquez
Dec 16, 2014 Gustavo Vazquez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I have enjoyed "Delirio" a lot, I've got this book - the one Restrepo wrote before Delirio. But I was disappointed. The book deals with some whores in a city in Colombia, mainly about two of them, Todos los Santos and Sayonara, and it's written as if Restrepo was listening to an old Todos los Santos (and some other old people) remembering their "adventures".
I would like to compare with two other writers that told stories about whores. As a great accomplishment, I would cite the fantastic "Mid
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Marty
Laura Restropo was inspired by the photograph of an unknown woman, reproduced on the book's cover, to write this imagined account of her life. The skinny girl, who becomes the infamously beautiful Sayanora, shows up on the doorstep of the motherly madam Todos los Santos, determined to make her living serving the men from the local oil fields. What is known of her life before and after her time at the bordello La Catunga is revealed piece by piece through 'interviews' with those who knew her best ...more
Edgar Marín
Aug 26, 2014 Edgar Marín rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personalmente, la escritora colombiana más importante de la actualidad. Esta novela es hermosa de principio a fin, con gran influencia de la obra de García Márquez.
La historia de Sayonara es tan particular que se mueve en esa delgada línea entre la inverosimilitud y la magia, y sumerge al lector en un mundo lleno de una belleza embriagadora.
Muy recomendado, sin dudas lo disfrutarán.
NikolayM
Sep 05, 2015 NikolayM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Du, säger hon och pekar på mig - du som studerat vid universitetet, kan du förklara varifrån människan har fått sin ovana att lägga hela sin lycka i en annan människas händer."
Susana
Feb 22, 2014 Susana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know what to think about this novel. The English translation was clunky and awkward so this is probably a better experience if you read it in Spanish or enjoy the magic realism that seems to be common in many Latin American novels. Fun fact: my Japanese teacher told my class that "sayonara" is how you tell someone goodbye if you don't expect to see them ever again, or at least not for a long time.
Andrea
Feb 01, 2010 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Waste. Of. Time. Laura Restrepo is one of my favorite authors, but I seriously struggled to make it through this novel. The style and originality that captivated me in Leopardo al sol and Delirio are completely absent in La novia oscura. To be brutally honest, it reads like a cheap knock-off of Garcia Marquez and/or Vargas Llosa. Redeeming feature: There is a brilliant scene, in Chapter 23, when one of the female characters looks through the fence of the wealthy neighborhood that houses the Amer ...more
Elise
Jul 12, 2014 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Dark Bride" is an alluring, beautifully written, magic realist escape of a book about legendary prostitute, Sayonara, who captivates the petroleros (oil workers) in the jungle of Colombia in a remote time in the past. I loved it, but I found the journalistic narrative style somewhat distracting. Yes, almost all of my favorite Magic Realist authors from Latin America cut their teeth on journalism and were reporters first, and that is a strength in every case, but I was craving a more seamles ...more
Yalinda Carames
Aug 01, 2011 Yalinda Carames rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Como termina la historia y que puedo decir al respecto? No lo sé porque es la primera vez que dejo un libro incompleto, llegue a la pagina 189 y me pregunto cómo es que pude aguantar tanto?



La historia de la prostituta no es mala por el contrario creo que es muy interesante, me encantan las palabras y los toques de poesía que nos transmite la autora, pero su forma de tejer la trama es demasiado lenta y sin ninguna secuencia a lo largo de los hechos. La encontré muy aburrida y muy simple. No me g
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Cindi
Apr 04, 2008 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those currious about the sex trade of ages past.
Recommended to Cindi by: I got this book for free when I showed up for Jury Duty. Theu l
Sayonara, the elusive "Japanese Princess" is the main subject of this interview flashback. The story is told by a woman who seeks the history of a girl who arrived as a whirlwind in the prostitution district of a south-American oil town, run by US executives, and disappeared forever. The characters have such rich flavor, from Santos, the orphan of a prostitute turned oil-worker, to the Mexican-Indian-girl-who-would-become Sayonara, herself.
This book was amazing reading material, highly reminisce
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Tej
Apr 06, 2012 Tej rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the writing was quite good, so I can't give it a poor rating. But this book really needed an editor. I prefer a more tightly structured narrative. This one was constantly breaking away to talk about people and events that had nothing to do with the plot or the main characters. They might have made for good anecdotes, but they didn't belong in the novel. Plus, I despised the ending. I was very disappointed.
Kyote4me
May 13, 2011 Kyote4me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing style is very lyrical and visual, refreshingly different from most American (USA) writers. Restrepo paints a very realistic and unflattering picture of the U.S. oil company and its interactions with the Colombian community. Novel about the Colombian oil field workers and the prostitutes in Colombia written by a professor of literature at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, Colombia.
Erin Sheldon
Oct 07, 2015 Erin Sheldon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it in English, but I wish I spoke Spanish, because I'm sure it's even more beautiful in its native language. There were several moments where I had to stop and digest certain paragraphs, lines, or phrases. The language, the story, the symbology was absolutely amazing. The ending left me in awed shock. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it.
Sylver
Jan 15, 2012 Sylver rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-finish-it
I really want to like it, but it's too, I don't know... abstract for me. The main character, Sayonara, the child prostitute, is super intriguing. I want to know who she is. At the same time, why did I pick this book up? i wish I'd known about the subject matter...
Greg McCain
Sep 24, 2008 Greg McCain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the humor and historical document of the remote jungle town where the Oil workers went to find "love" and Love. The politics is both on the surface such as the workers stricks, but also within the dynamics of the characters.
Marissa
Jun 20, 2011 Marissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
The book and story itself was very good but towards the end it began getting jumbled and the ending seemed a bit rushed. I am not sure if I would pick it up and read it again but I am glad to have it on my bookshelf just in case.
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Laura Restrepo is a Colombian writer. Her first fiction novel, Isle of Passion, is based on historical facts from Clipperton Island.

She is an award winning author. In 1997, she won the "Premio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz" prize at the Guadalajara Book Fair for her novel The Angel of Galilea. In 2002 she won the "Premio Arzobispo San Clemente" Award for her novel Leopard in the Sun. In 2004 she won t
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“Escribir esta historia se me ha convertido en una carrera perdida de antemano contra el tiempo y la desmemoria, que son dos hermanos gemelos de dedos largos que todo lo tocan.” 2 likes
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