My (personal?) review, in chronological order of edits.
~7:00pm, finishing part 4. Outstanding, kinda brilliant but at times insufferable. Very hard tMy (personal?) review, in chronological order of edits.
~7:00pm, finishing part 4. Outstanding, kinda brilliant but at times insufferable. Very hard to stay interested in the Liars because God, how entitled and privileged and annoying-about-it they are. Stop it with the "why can't we just get along" thing already. :(
Like ten pages later, when part five starts I am not exactly shocked, I feel like I don't understand a thing or that at least I can't make conjectures properly.
~9:00pm, through part 5. I have a knot on on my throat and I honestly don't know how to go through with this book. I don't know if I want it to end. Or not.
~finishing part 5. I was wondering if I should've left it on hold like on a real shelf and let it get dusty and wrinkled and only think about it when I wasn't annoyed by the idea of it. But damn, reading through was rewarding, more or less. It made me think a lot, and it was all around pleasant to read, esp. the dreamy, impossible romance. Now it was hard to come to the realization that the book ended. I have so many mixed feelings. My throat is still on a knot, tight and uncomfortable....more
When you get to the half of the book you're used to the way the autor shifts between one character and the other. At the beginning it's super confusinWhen you get to the half of the book you're used to the way the autor shifts between one character and the other. At the beginning it's super confusing but by the second half you're used to it and probably would predict who talks next (unless you reach the surprises!). The plotline is more or less simple but it continues to thicken from page to page, until the last word. The characters are interesting, there are tons but it's easy to get the hang, again, after the first part.
Erica Falck is a writer with great curiosity, current dealing with a loss in her family and to top it off, she discovers a childhood friend's dead body, in an awful manner. Erica does some of the investigation on her own, sometimes she's kind of childish in her ways but most of the things she goes through ring true and I really liked reading her, her mind and "watching" her from afar.
By far the person I liked the most is Patrik Hedstrom. A guy with joyful, youthful personality and funny features, but with a good heart for police work. Reading Anna's parts, Erica's sister and Lucas's wife, in the story was almost physically painful, I had to retreat from reading or read cautiously, it was hard and difficult for me to keep reading, Even if violence and domestic abuse are topics spread through crime novels like nothing I still don't get used to it, nor I think I will.
At times I found myself laughing and feeling happy with the silly circumstances in which Erica and Patrik met and talked; also I got my eyes open like never before whenever the author deliberately left some leads untold and mentioned them in such a casual way like 10-20 pages later.. Dayum. That's a weird way to keep me interested but it definitely works because 360 pages later I want to read the rest but I don't want the book to end. I know it has a second part but the idea that its ending is sad. :/
~Update, when I finished it. The ending was very pleasant, surprising and unexpected, but very well for an ending on such tragedies within this book. I wish I had more details about what happened with other characters but I'm okay. Again, it was hard and unbelievable sometimes, some scenes where frankly painful to read I'm incredibly glad I started and ended the year (the review was made by December 11, 2014) with Swedish and Finnish female authors of crime. I'll definitely continue reading Camilla Lackberg and intend to read the next book of the series.
What I disliked: the shifting from character to character, the lack of numbers/chapters(is it a continuum?).
What I liked: getting totally blown away with the leads and facts the author kept hiding from me until later, getting to know in 3D the characters, they weren't plain and similar/bleak and or lacking personality like regular crime books where they focus on the gorey details of murders, rape and violence. Instead, the author gave you a glimpse and a particular feel through your spine with some mind games, another thing: it's a page turner. The digital edition I own has 400 pages and I actually had to stop myself a few times from reading it entirely (mainly cause' I wanted to savour the end), me, who takes like a month to read +400 pages, took like two weeks of slow paced reading. ...more
Increíble, los últimos capítulos me los acabé tan rápido que todavía no puedo creer que ya no hay más páginas.
Compré este libro casi por impulso porquIncreíble, los últimos capítulos me los acabé tan rápido que todavía no puedo creer que ya no hay más páginas.
Compré este libro casi por impulso porque no estaba leyendo nada en español y latinoamericano en el momento, y la verdad es que ni sabía que era ficción histórica. De acuerdo con la contraportada Roncagliolo es el ganador más joven del premio Alfaguara gracias a esta novela (aunque por lo general nunca tomo muy en cuenta premios sino la trama) y definitivamente se nota que trabajó mucho por lograr el realismo y recrear la situación, sin exagerar en las descripciones y de una manera que hace que uno se absorba por completo en lo que se lee.
Desconozco toda la historia del comunismo en Perú y del PCP-SL pero me encanta el acercamiento que le hizo Roncagliolo. Me recordó muchísimo a Noticia de un Secuestro de Gabriel García Márquez pero a la vez, Abril rojo es diferente. Estas novelas hablan sobre cómo el terrorismo, los bandos, a veces los narcos y la policía son todos uno solo y básicamente exprimen el pueblo para sus fines. Mientras algunos desayunan muerte, el martillo y la hoz otros están celebrando las fiestas, cultivando el turismo, viendo la tv y pensando "ya la guerra se acabó".
Chacaltana Saldívar es un fiscal peruano que siempre va por la línea, llena sus informes con detalle y busca que por todos los medios se cumpla la ley y los documentos de rigor al pie de la letra. Vive solo y con mucha tranquilidad después de la gran guerra y considera que tiene un trabajo honrado y una vida de la que no podría exigir más. Los fantasmas de su pasado siguen vivos, palpitantes y los ve cada día pero es parte de su diario vivir.
Durante el carnaval ocurre un asesinato y mientras él redacta el respectivo informe, pregunta a sus superiores por lo extraño de las circunstancias, empieza a curiosear y considerar posibilidades, dentro de su pequeño papel de fiscal. A partir de ese momento ocurren una serie de hechos que parecen casi inexplicables; muertes, insultos en quechua, corrupción política en todas las esferas y ¿el renacimiento de Sendero Luminoso? ...more
First of all, this book is DENSE. I didn't expect the lenght but now I'm rather uncomfortable it ended. If you're going to keep reading, there may orFirst of all, this book is DENSE. I didn't expect the lenght but now I'm rather uncomfortable it ended. If you're going to keep reading, there may or may not be spoilers/details about the book in general.
It's incredibly hard to describe the genre of the book. It's a novel, it has great depth on history (war "veterans", colonialism, tons of places and great progressions of time) but calling it 'contemporary' isn't enough and could make people ignore the intrinsic nature of 'doesn't-need-a-genre' of the book. The thing I liked the most is the shifting of the characters, one story collides with the other and it's the root of another story, and it all fits into a one MAJOR COINCIDENCE. It's fantastic, not mindblowing but really really nice to read.
I gave it 4 stars mostly because Zadie Smith really does it to me with the humor, the contradictions, the witty ideas, the way people remember and think things, although I was tempted to leave the book unfinished several times, I think the editing pulled me off.
SEVERAL characters. So different, multicultural, each one holding to a piece of themselves or their past, the book itself is like a constant reminder of their past (and troubles) and how, given the opportunity to leave it all behind, they live because of it, they hold on to it all and well, coincidences happen. SOOOO many incredible women, I think this is one of the greatest books I've read where their portrayal is REAL, you can't tell it's a work of fiction because given certain "coincidences" there are women around us who have lived alike. Who shared the disdain from society, where they're inmigrants and people are always skeptical about "who they really are". (view spoiler)[ Alsana, Irie and Clara are the kind of characters I'd find unbareable but this is definitely not the case. Thank you Zadie Smith for this book. (hide spoiler)]
Again, the book is dense. There's a lot of confrontation, religious observations all over the place, hilarious family descriptions (view spoiler)[see: Chalfenism (hide spoiler)], revolutionary ideas (both political and scientific) and COINCIDENCES or NO COINCIDENCES (this is the key phrase). Language is in such a way I think I'm being told "a long story" by someone very friendly.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I borrowed this book, and even though it's not what I typically read, I really liked it. It's like, the typical Hemingway: Cuba, beer and fights and lI borrowed this book, and even though it's not what I typically read, I really liked it. It's like, the typical Hemingway: Cuba, beer and fights and loves seen through the eyes of a man. It doesn't mean it's predictable, but it's interesting and a great portrait of the people, their surroundings, their life, as rough and bitter as it comes. I wouldn't consider it a favorite like "The Sun Also Rises" but I'd recommend it and even read it again, I enjoyed it....more
When I first read the Foreword the only thing that came to my mind was the "Slaves Shall Serve" ideology, and I kept wondering how come Huxley had thiWhen I first read the Foreword the only thing that came to my mind was the "Slaves Shall Serve" ideology, and I kept wondering how come Huxley had this complex division of society like if us humans were cattle and we needed to breed and work for others. I had no idea what the book was about, but it really interested me from the beggining.
(view spoiler)[The whole Bokanovsky project is a great deal. First, you can replicate people with the same characteristics, condition them to act in certain ways, and fulfill their massive needs with leisure. It's a portrait of what would be a perfect world but, of course, there had to be something wrong. The lack of science, literature, arts, thinking, curiosity and knowledge as we know it is what makes it kind of wrecked. They don't care cause' they don't know about it and they don't think they should. It's just marvelous to imagine a society based on this, and how suitable would it be to stablish it in a near future, even if the novel was written so long ago. (hide spoiler)]
I think it has a lot of lessons for the society I live in. We are concerned about where our world is heading with individual thinking and decision-making and how it manages to call itself "civilization", but it's our definition of freedom. We are concerned about overcomsumption, but it'll take years for people to change their ways, learn, and tell kids what's right and what's not. We have free will, but society will condemn us for being selfish for using it. We're free, but there are conditions imposed in order to use that freedom as society dictates. And even if this Brave New World got rid of enough problems, segregation was taught as normal and even likeable; disabilities were needed in order to make this society stable. And everything is an illusion.
I can keep talking about how much I love this book, I just added it to my favourites. I'll read it again, several times hopefully, because the learning isn't reduced to the book (fiction, as well, but so much in common with reality). Everybody belongs to everyone else, we can't do without any one. Shakespeare would be glad.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more