The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel titled Lost City. It is a strange and beautiful novel, set in a near future where a sixteen-year-old Dominican girl, not all that ...more
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I’m an avid reader but horrible reviewer. I either like a book or I don’t. I recommend it to others or I don’t.
Sometime a book is good right up to a bad ending and I’m left shaking my head, rolling my eyes.
Other times I’m so engrossed in a book but wondering how is this ever going to pan out.
Well, the Lost Book of Adana Moreau did not disappoint. It was different from anything I’ve read recently in tone and ...more
Its themes of displacement, connection, stories, and family all swirl together beautifully as we are asked to consider the potential for what else might have been. Plus, this is a book that likes books, and you’ll get some new recommendations for your TBR.
Pair with: Famous Men Who Never Lived
This is not a SF story, but it is a love letter to all SF lovers.
Zapata kept me guessing how will all this tie up together and he did not dissapoint.
He has a realy unique way of writing, his sentences are so lyrical and each word is there with purpose.
Can't wait to read more of Zapata's work, I'll keep my eye on him ...more
A book about books and twisting paths of life and whatnot.
A journey panoramic enough to give one just a teensy bit of agoraphobia (or maybe timephobia?).
At night, she slept on park benches and dreamed of future civilizations and an endless seabed full of strange luminescent creatures. (c)
She listened as he talked about war and mechanical soldiers and an eternal library that he would one day discover and never leave. (c)
Maxwell’s mother, who had started reading the letters of ...more
It's a story spanning decades and we see the life of Adana Moreau and her journey from illiterate woman to science-fiction author. We follow their son, Maxwell, as he grew up through the Great Depression. There is also the thread of Saul Drower, who finds the lost manuscript of Adana ...more
What reader would fail to be enticed by a book whose theme is the irresistible enticement of books? For Michael Zapata’s expansive, big-hearted, and time-hopping debut novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is about many things, but its overarching subject is the sensation one sometimes gets as a reader that one has “stumbled upon the presence of something extraordinary” (67).
The Adana Moreau of the title hails from the ...more
I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .
The mesmerizing story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the ...more
The story is basically about a science fiction book that was written by a Latin American writer that was lost for decades. Saul, cleaning out his grandfather's home after his death finds the lost book and tries to reunite it ...more
This will appeal to SF fans, but the speculative elements are restricted to books written by characters in the book. The novel itself is literary fiction, of the highest order. An incredible debut, highly recommended.
This is one of the most unusual books I've read in a while. The whole time I was reading it, I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. I wasn't fully sure what was ...more
Zapata has written an ode to stories - storytelling and story-listening. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a beautiful novel. It covers some dark events and heavy themes but ultimately feels hopeful and uplifting. Zapata wraps the reader in the comfort of a much-loved childhood memory, while igniting the fires of possibility and potential for the future. It was the (unintentionally) perfect book to start the new year.
A plot summary really can ...more
The story interweaves the tales of Adana Moreau and her son Maxwell, Saul Drower, his Russian Jew grandfather, and his best friend Javier, plus the lost manuscript that ultimately connects them all.
Spanning the globe and ninety years, the novel is part family saga and part mystery, with a pinch of adventure and a whole heap of literary prowess thrown in. ...more
I really, REALLY liked this one. If you asked me to describe to you what it's about, I'd have a hard time doing so beyond the blurb: Dominican immigrant Adana Moreau writes a sci-fi book called "The Lost City" that becomes a cult favorite in sci-fi circles, and writes a sequel called "A Model Earth." Before the sequel can be published, Adana falls ill and dies, but not before burning the manuscript.
Seventy-some years ...more