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5,0 von 5 SternenA Reminder of What Ugly Really Is, and in Turn How to Find the Beauty
21. April 2019 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I downloaded this book as part of World Book Day. I read two sentences and wanted to read more. I couldn't put it down. The translation was eloquent. I can't think of how else to say it. It was like taking a spring swim in a lake of soft beautiful words. I read until I couldn't hold my eyes open, and then I read some more. Each of the characters had such touching stories. You will read it until you hurt, and only then will you realize you've been holding your breath. I love to read, but reading this book was like watching someone paint a beautiful masterpiece. The pain and sadness, the hurt and contempt, and the warped view of the coyote are all nice reminders to look for the humanity, and never let your guard down. People who aren't willing to accept fault need someone to blame and that is often the misunderstood. I can't guarantee you will love it as much as me, but I hope you will. Plenty of lovely descriptions out there if you want a synopsis of the story.
Beautifully written, very slow moving literary fiction with a lot of observations and not much dialogue, set at the start of the 20th century. Our main character is a sweet highly lovable mute, born among and surrounded by bees who lead his way. There are too many characters to keep track of, but it's a close-knit rural community with all its ups and downs. Too slow to my liking my patience gave up around the halfway mark.
5,0 von 5 SternenBeautiful story about family and loyalty
17. April 2019 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I read this novel in Spanish at the beginning of the year. What a beautiful novel!!! For someone who has grown up in Mexico, it is easy to engage in the narrative: you think about your grandma, your childhood, exploring nature with your cousins in the country, the smell of lavender in the linens, women sawing to kill time and dilute their sorrows, the way in which people overcome economical challenges and never give up...
A very special kid is the protagonist of the story, as he grows as special bond with the youngest child of a wealthy family. The way the history of the family is tied with what is actually happening in the North East of Mexico makes this novel not only enjoyable, but also lets you know about key events that occurred around Mexico's Revolution time.
I downloaded this book in a free promotion for international authors. I didn’t know what it was about and the description wasn’t super clear on what the story was about. I am so happy I decided to give it a try. It became a very personal book to me as the narrator and my grandfather are of similar ages and their background is eerily similar. Though my grandfather was from Jalisco, not Monterrey. I also grew up with a brother with a disability that made people fear him or assume he was slow. I couldn’t help but develop a deep love for the family in this story. Give it a good read and see for yourself.
If you like (love) Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you will like (love) The Murmur of Bees. I happen to love Garcia Marquez’s, Love in the Time of Cholera, which this book reminds me of. Instead of cholera, you have the worldwide Spanish Flu epidemic of the early 1900’s. The story is both magical and imaginative. It is well crafted. I like how she tells the story of several generations of a wealthy Mexican family landowners and weaves it with their extended family of servants, laborers, doctors, priests, and neighbors. Every character is described well and takes an important role in the story. I love this book. I also like it on my Kindle because I can freely highlight so many good thought-provoking lines.