I was coming to Maine for the summer and wanted to get lost in a big thick weighty book, a book that would be wasted in the city where it would be not so much attacked as toyed with. How can you read a 900 page book but to attack it? You canâ€™t nibble at it. You have to take blocks of time and sit down in a quiet place and rest the tome on your lap and go after it, like a loon after a harbor sardine. I had wanted to read 2666 since it came out in English last year (from the Spanish), published posthumously a year after BolaÃ±oâ€™s death. Now was the time.
July 3, 2009
Â· Judi Clark Â· 2 Comments
Tags: 700+ Pages, FSG, Latin American, Murder Mystery, Roberto Bolano Â· Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Latin American/Caribbean, Literary, Mexico, Mystery/Suspense, Translated, World Lit
As a Latin American woman I read EMPIRE OF HUMILIATION hoping for a novel that I could relate to, and I wasnâ€™t disappointed. I loved the descriptions of Mexico DF which made me feel like I was back there again. I mean the description of dinner plates at outdoor restaurants getting so coated by the oily air pollution that you can write on them with your finger, thatâ€™s exactly how terrible it is.
May 14, 2009
Â· Judi Clark Â· One Comment
Tags: Int'l Thriller, Latin American, Mexico, Political, Real Event Fiction Â· Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Debut Novel, Facing History, Latin American/Caribbean, Mexico, Unique Narrative, World Lit
Having lost their mother in early childhood, the GabaldÃ³n sisters consider Fermina, their elderly Pueblo housekeeper, their surrogate Grandmother. The mysterious Fermina love the girls as if they are her own, and promises to endow each with a “special gift” to be received upon her death. Mindful of the old woman’s mystical ways, the sisters believe Fermina’s gifts, bestowed based on their natural talents, magically enhance their lives.