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The Queen of the South

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The critically acclaimed, beloved, and bestselling author of The Club Dumas and The Nautical Chart delivers his most magniÞcent novel to date.

Few authors inspire the kind of passion that Arturo Pérez-Reverte does. Reviewers, readers, and booksellers alike have embraced his fiction as the perfect blend of suspense and literary ambition. A global bestseller, he is one of t
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Putnam Adult (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
Feb 03, 2010 Madeline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-judgements
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
Mar 27, 2008 will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Chrissa Vasileiou
Πάντα θα ευχαριστώ την καλή μου τύχη και τη μαμά μου,που διάλεξε να μου χαρίσει αυτό το βιβλίο για την Πρωτοχρονιά του 2010.Ήταν η αφορμή για να γνωρίσω έναν συγγραφέα,ο οποίος έμελλε να γίνει ένας από τους top 5 αγαπημένους μου ever.
Η ιστορία της Τερέζα Μεντόθα είναι ιδιαίτερη.Είναι η ιστορία μιας γυναίκας που ξεκίνησε από τις φτωχογειτονιές της Σιναλόα και κατέληξε να γίνει η βασίλισσα του εμπορίου ναρκωτικών σε 3 ηπείρους.Η πολυκύμαντη ζωή της σημαδεύτηκε από απώλειες και νίκες,χρήματα και αί
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 really liked it  ·  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
Olga Milemis
En “La Reina del sur” (2002), Pérez-Reverte narra la vida de Teresa Mendoza, una chica mexicana, nacida en Sinaloa involucrada con el narcotráfico a través de su novio piloto. Cuando el chico es asesinado, Teresa tiene que correr para salvar su vida y termina exiliándose en España donde comienza una trepidante carrera cuesta arriba en el mundo del narcotráfico.

Encontramos en este libro tres planos de narración. Primero, tenemos la trama sobre el mundo del narcotráfico con descripciones muy logr
Tara Chevrestt
Apr 22, 2010 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tara by: Susan
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Apr 05, 2015 Margarida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teresa Mendoza, a Mexicana. De namorada de um narcotraficante de Sinaloa, México, a chefe de um império de tráfico de droga na Costa del Sol, Espanha. De miúda analfabeta a leitora voraz, de rapariga frágil a mulher implacável. Para sobreviver num mundo de homens, há que ser melhor do que eles. Muito melhor.
Entre "corridos" e tequila, regado com um humor perverso, um escritor investiga a história de Teresa Mendoza.
Uma ficção espantosa, confirmando o autor como um dos grandes romancistas espanhói
Nov 27, 2011 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2009 Ernesto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jul 19, 2014 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
Dec 11, 2011 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2010 Idaliz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fco. Salvador
Esta obra cuenta, en medio millar de páginas, la historia de Teresa Mendoza, desde su huida de México para salvar la vida, y a lo largo de toda su escalada en el negocio del contrabando de drogas. La narración se hace desde dos puntos de vista: el de la propia protagonista, y el de una suerte de novelista (podríamos decir que es un alter ego del autor) del que nunca sabemos su nombre. Este último va citándose con diferentes personajes secundarios de la vida de Mendoza o entrevistando a diversas ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Elisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No más porque es Pérez-Reverte....y ni siquiera así me gustó esta novela.

Lo que lo rescata es precisamente la pluma de Pérez-Reverte, pero en muchas ocasiones falló.

Lo que pasa es que nunca me importó la mentada Teresa, ni lo que le estaba pasando. Quizá durante el episodio cuando contrabandeó con su novio Santiago Finisterra, pero fue interesante más por él que por ella.

Otra cosa es que ya no supe si este personaje de Teresa Mendoza está basado en Sandra Ávila Beltrán o no, porque la mayoría
Jan 30, 2008 Bird rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Edith Sánchez
Tomé este libro porque me sorprendí que lo tuviéramos en nuestra biblioteca personal y pensé que sería fácil de leer para alcanzar mi meta del año. Al inicio no me convencía mucho. Supongo que la manera de contar la historia no me llamaba la atención. Pero ya avanzando me empezó a atrapar y a absorber la narración de su protagonista (me gustó mucho su manera de hablar consigo misma), quien es desapegada pero analítica de las situaciones que vive. Los capitulos que el periodista decide narrar son ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-list
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
Richard Kunzmann
Apr 15, 2009 Richard Kunzmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Aug 28, 2011 hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really glad I read this, if for no other reason than I never read books like this, not this scope, not this topic, not this style. This is the type of story I prefer in my mindless movies but I might have just had my mind changed, because after 100 or so pages, this novel was rather gripping, if confusing due to my very square-ness when it comes to drugs and violence and the vocabulary and context associated with them.

That said, there are some problems, like jumping around a lot, and the ine
Jan 13, 2009 Deidre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2012 Nymphredyl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 10, 2016 Pau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran libro. Gran trabajo de investigación de Reverte. Gran final. Grandes reflexiones. Grandes diálogos. En fin, otra genialidad a la que nos tiene acostumbrados este autor. Hacía tiempo que no disfrutaba tanto de un libro, de sus personajes, su ambientación y su lenguaje. De la trama en sí, aún siendo un tema del que a priori no tenía ni idea. Recomendado para todo aquel que disfrute con novelas de acción con un trasfondo de ideas.
Gracias Reverte. Chale.
Jul 19, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Reverte Teresa Mendoza was once attached to a talented drug smuggler in Mexico. That is, until he started skimming off the top and got himself killed. She had to flee to the back end of Spain. But her story doesn’t settle down into a quiet life there. More drugs, organized crime, and heart break ensue.
Set in the 1980s, this is a sweeping story about endurance. Teresa was born into a world where there are few paths out of poverty. When fortune gave her a cha
Aaron Bellamy
There is a decent, if somewhat conventional, rags to riches crime story here, layered under some gratuitous literary posturing. The focal character, Teresa Mendoza, keeps herself emotionally distant from everyone, including the reader, which almost surely is intentional (as the story is being told by a reporter, who pops in every now and then for some first person narrative while on the hunt for details) but handled poorly. The result is a watched pot that never boils, and ultimately cools compl ...more
Lucas Rodriguez
Una vez terminado de leerlo, te toque profundamente o te deje con un sabor amargo en la boca, "La Reina del Sur" no va a dejarte indiferente.
Es que la novela es un crudo relato de como una muchacha mexicana de un momento a otro tiene que correr por su vida al saber que su novio fue asesinado y que estaba involucrado con un cártel de la droga mexicano. Una vez que se exilia a España comienza una trepidante carrera cuesta arriba en un mundo en el que sólo los hombres-hasta ese momento- mandaban:

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
Jan 04, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe her story is not something to take as an example, but as every book as i read, i tried to take the best from Tereza. They called her the 'South Queen', but she never cared about all of this. She had a principle: to survive and in her Sinaloa this was the only way. But after all our life is created by choices. Tereza made hers, as well as everyone made its owns. She became a queen and a legend, and fact of this is that i read her story breathless without stopping reading and reading, as wel ...more
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