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The Divine Husband

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
One of the most talented and award-winning writers of his generation, Francisco Goldman’s third novel, The Divine Husband, appeared to wide and rapturous acclaim. Beginning with a single, possibly scandalous love poem by Jose Marti, Cuba’s greatest revolutionary-poet-hero with an infamous secret love life, The Divine Husband is the story of Maria de las Nieves Moran, a for ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 17th 2005 by Grove Press (first published 2004)
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Itziar Fernandez
Mar 23, 2008 Itziar Fernandez rated it liked it
I am currently reading this book. It is very interesting, as it depicts my country, Guatemala, in the time of Justo Rufino Barrios. I pertains to the time Jose Marti spent in Guatemala, and as I enjoy poetry it is an interesting novel of the time. However, it is not a fast paced reading and at times it becomes repetitive.
Mar 26, 2011 Natalia rated it it was ok
The beginning of this book held lots of promise with its turn of the century settings and introduction of the main cast, namely Maria de Las Nieves, as they discover their paths in life and love. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Maria and her 'frenemy' Paquita; they were almost like sisters yet were inclined to their very different opinions that led to their eventual estrangement.
However, once the middle of the book was reached, I felt it began to go in different directions as it
May 29, 2011 Katherine rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful intense story of María de las Nieves, an unconventional woman from the late 19th century whose life weaves in and out with Jose Martí, Man of Poetry and Freedom. Francisco Goldman's writing style is intense, non-linear and descriptive in the most detailed way. It was hard to say in which direction the story was heading, but with patience and commitment, everything comes together in the second part of the book. And when you finally read all the way to the end, you start ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Meghan rated it it was amazing
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I truly believe that books speak to you, a lot of times in ways that the author least expected, and this was one of those books. I will warn you, though, that the first couple of chapters can be a bit off-putting because, for me, it was hard to get into at first. I can't give up on a book, though. It is impossible. I merely take a break, placing it on my bedside table so that I can pick it up again in a few days or weeks and begin again. I am so glad that I did that with this one. The story ...more
Dec 12, 2009 Tom rated it liked it
Set in Central America and New York in the late 19th Century, this is the story of Maria de las Nieves Moran, a clever, strong-willed girl of mixed heritage--half Irish-American, half Mayan Indian. In childhood, she and her closest friend, Paquita, discovered the pleasures of making themselves sneeze with fibers of wool extracted from their clothing. When Paquita, at age 12, began to return the attentions of a rapacious Liberal reformer nicknamed El Anticristo, Maria de las Nieves made Paquita ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Maria rated it it was ok
I love Francisco Goldman's non-fiction work and I was intrigued by the idea of a novel about the poet and revolutionary hero José Martí. So I was disappointed that this novel didn't live up to its promise. Still, it's not bad as a source of interesting factoids about Central America at the end of the 19th century.
Nov 16, 2008 Carmen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people riding public transport
I picked this up in a school staff lounge. Teachers generally have very good taste, and this one was no exception. It had a wonderful gaggle of colorful and three dimensional characters, lots of historical details. Up until the end, it was a great page turner. The end was a little weak, but other 95% was so strong, it really didn't subtract from my enjoyment very much.
Jan 09, 2009 Molly rated it liked it
Fascinating in its intricate engagement with social, political, and cultural forces at play in a historic period in Guatemala and, to some extent, New York. Not one of my favorites, though. It was a bit of a disappointment after reading Goldman's outstanding Long Night of the White Chickens.
Feb 14, 2012 Carolina rated it liked it
The Divine Husband alternated, for me, between an engaging historical and novelistic narrative to a rambling, almost mundane story. For this, I found it mostly enjoyable, but flawed. Perhaps Goldman would have benefited by more rigorous editing.
Dec 10, 2008 Libby rated it liked it
Interesting exposure to the history of Latin America from a fictional standpoint, but not a favorite of mine.
Jul 11, 2009 Kerry rated it liked it
Convoluted and humorous, set in 19th century Guatemala, it follows the story of Maria de las Nieves and her many suitors. Not a quick or easy read but well worth the time.
Apr 06, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this historical novel. It had several of my "favorites": a latino landscape, a touch of mystic, and interesting female characters.
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Read this in a graduate class. It was strange, and that's what made it interesting.
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Francisco Goldman is an American novelist, journalist, and 'maestro', at Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), the journalism school for Latin-America created by Gabriel García Márquez. Goldman is also known as Francisco Goldman Molina, "Frank" and "Paco".

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a Guatemalan mother and Jewish-American father. His first novel, The Long Night of White Ch
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“I can go years thinking that it seems impossible that I will ever satisfy that appetite again and then it is easy to satisfy and no one notices or cares, nor does it make me happy, when loneliness surrounds me like water I've already drowned in without dying.” 8 likes
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