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The Fish Child

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Affluent Lala and impoverished Guayi, her Paraguayan maid, are determined to pursue their romance despite overwhelming disparities in class and status. Although they have plotted a future together near Paraguay’s Ypacaraí Lake, Guayi’s native region, a shocking discovery and an even more shocking reaction lead Lala to depart without her disappeared lover. As she ventures b ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by Texas Tech University Press (first published 2004)
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Feb 12, 2012 Meaghan rated it really liked it
Set between Argentina and Paraguay, this book is about Lala, a young Argentine woman from a wealthy and prominent family, and her love affair with their maid, fifteen-year-old Guayi. Although there are two murders here, sexual exploitation and other violent events, the story is character-driven and seemed to just float along.

The book is actually written from the point of view of Lala's dog, whom she takes with her everywhere. I at first found this perspective to be dubious at best, but it really
Consuelo Murgia
El niño pez (2004) es la segunda novela de Lucía Puenzo que he leido, después de Wakolda (2011), pero mientras Wakolda cuenta una historia cautivadora y perturbadora, El niño pez nos enseña un microcosmo lleno de personajes moralmente corruptos, donde nadie se salva. Lala (Paula Brönte) es una joven rica y solitaria que no tiene amigos y se enamora de su sirvienta paraguaya. La Guayi (Lin Guayen) parece corresponder su amor y deja de acostarse con un guardia que muere asesinado después de una se ...more
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Oct 28, 2011 Francesco Marchetti rated it really liked it
A dog as the narrator, a love story between two young women, a child that lives at the bottom of a lake. Another magical realism gem from south America? Almost....the book started out very well and had all the ingredients for making it unforgettable... And then it twisted into a story of crime, corruption and prostitution...did not see that coming and l did care that much for it. Still worth a read though
Katy Vance
May 17, 2011 Katy Vance rated it really liked it
Loved it! I like any book that is so different from the mainstream. The magical realism combined with the dog as narrator are enough to move this beyond the typical and mundane, but the plot and characterization make it a true mind bender.
Great novel. Gay characters. Narrator is a dog...very in at this time. Funnyand thought provoking. Liked it alot. Read the English translation, Texas Tech University Press. Translated by David William Foster
Aug 01, 2015 Franco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una historia bastante corta sobre la relación entre Lala, una chica de clase alta, y su mucama paraguaya, la Guayi. El libro tiene la particularidad de que el narrador sea el perro de Lala, lo que puede ser la razón por la cual la historia arranca por la mitad, o al menos, no ahonda en los detalles de los inicios de la relación de ellas dos.

Me gustaron los recursos estilísticos de la autora, esto de comenzar un capítulo y meter un flashback sin necesidad de cambiar de tipografía o incluso de
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Lucía Puenzo (Buenos Aires, 1976) es una escritora, directora de cine y guionista de cine argentina. Su película XXY de 2007 obtuvo más de 20 premios internacionales, entre ellos el Grand Prix de la Semana de la Crítica en el Festival de Cannes (2007), un Premio Goya y un Premio Ariel a la Mejor Película Extranjera, y premios a la mejor película y mejor dirección en los festivales de Edinburgo, Bn ...more
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