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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement. Evelio Rosero Diago, a Colombian author, spun a remarkable tale abo Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.
A day for pranks, jokes and soakings … Water bombs, poisoned empanaditas, ground glass in the hog roast — anything goes. What better day to commission a float for The Black and White Carnival that will explode the myth of El Libertador once and for all? One that will lay bare the massacres, betrayals and countless deflowerings that history has forgotten. But in Colombia you question the founding fables at your peril.
At the frenzied peak of the festivities, drunk on a river of arguardiente, Doctor Justo will discover that this year the joke might just be on him. If you are a Colombian and have visited Pasto in the past, then this book might be an easy read for them, but those who don't know about Pasto or have never visited Pasto, for them this book will be a very difficult one to read.
The author might have named all the cities in Pasto and about all the locations, but what he failed to do is the intricate detailing.
All the while I felt the story belongs in some ancient city of South America with a bunch of tongue-twisting names of places that I can't at all relate to. I never read anything so factual without any visual imagery descriptions of a particular location. From the synopsis, it feels like the author has tried to capture the life and times of Simon Bolivar with another story. Unfortunately somewhere in the midway of the story, the author lost his track and ended up mixing both his stories in such a way that it feels like you're in a bad historical movie.
Honestly, I'm not much accustomed with the history of Liberator in America. But reading about it in this book, made me quite enlightened with this chapter of history. There is a gynecologist who is trying to show the real truth behind the Liberator by writing the autobiography of Simon Bolivar. Bolivar had always been an evil politician in the face of the Liberator who commanded the first slaughter of civilians in Colombia.
I believe it's not an easy thing to mix history with literature, if not done skillfully, might turn into something very dull and monotonous. And since Rosero chose Bolivar as his subject in his book, it was not an easy job to project that politician without any rigorous historical facts and data. And that is the one reason for which the narration felt kind of inarticulate and at times, I had to read twice so as to understand the story.
The prose is fine, crisp yet filled with dark humor and comics. The characters are really brilliant, the doctor and his pastusos friends, his family, his daughters and his elegant and controversial wife. Their story is what I really liked a lot and how the author tried to mend a broken marriage with his story.
Verdict: A nice historical tale about Simon Bolivar and I can accept the fact that the author has truly and gratefully paid tribute to Simon Bolivar. If you want to read about Bolivar's history filled with a tale of a bad marriage set in Pasto, then go for it without thinking about the consequences.
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Feb 22, Carlos Mancheno rated it really liked it. Very close to being a four but I just couldn't dole one out because there were moments of sexual assault that were kind of passed over as nothing or normal and I found it disturbing and unnecessary to the plot of the story.
La primera parte del libro establece una especie de renacer: un personaje que vuelve a construirse desde los despojos de la mediocridad cuando es conducido, por una serie de casualidades, hasta la posibilidad de elevarse. Sin embargo, pese a la muerte, la novela apuesta al mito, a la belleza del mito, y eso, un poco al menos, nos salva como lectores. La segunda parte de la novela no me parece realmente memorable. Un libro interesante. Oct 19, Alejandro Salgado B. Jul 03, Daniel Silva barrera rated it it was amazing.
Cuando la historia enmascara los hechos y las personas tienen miedo de la verdad es bueno encontrar novelas valientes. This was a challenging book for me to read. I kept putting it down and not wanting to pick it up again. Some of that might have to do with the chaotic, rambling style, in which sentences are very long and we jump frequently from viewpoint to viewpoint.
It wasn't until after page or so so more than halfway through that I really started to "get" it. So this might not be the best introduction to Evelio Rosero's work the unrelentingly bleak yet monumental "The Armies" still takes the cake, fo This was a challenging book for me to read. So this might not be the best introduction to Evelio Rosero's work the unrelentingly bleak yet monumental "The Armies" still takes the cake, followed closely by the darkly satirical "Good Offices".
But if you're interested in Colombian literature or Latin American history, then this is definitely a worthwhile read. I found the themes of this book moving and compelling, especially the deeper I got into the book. The book opens with a doctor dressing up in an ape suit in preparation for the famous Carnaval de Blancos y Negros in Pasto, a scene that reminded me of the opening sentence of Rosero's "Good Offices" "He has a terrible fear of being an animal, especially on Thursdays, at lunchime.
Anyway, with this scene we meet the doctor, who is a bit of an unlikeable character. It was fascinating to read this book shortly after reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude," another book concerned with representations of Colombian history interestingly, "Feast" is set the year before "Solitude" was published, in However, there were a lot of names and battles listed in these sections, and I kind of wish I'd been reading this book with wikipedia on hand I read most of it on a train so that I could look them up.
I wouldn't be surprised if other readers found themselves feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed. I wonder sometimes if the confusion was intentional, to emphasize to murkiness of history, or something.
I also wish there'd been an author's note at the end discussing the research he'd used specifically, I'd love to know if the oral testimonies shared by certain characters in the book true or fictional. I just looked at wikipedia, and apparently, YES: Karl Marx even wrote a biography of him which is a big plot point in this book. Hell, my school was named after him. The way Rosero uses the young poet character was deeply compelling to me: basically, without giving anything away, Rosero introduces someone who ends up being one of the most important characters more than halfway through the book, a very risky move.
What ends up happening to this poet evoked SO much for me in terms of Colombia's history with violence and youth that I found it personally very moving, almost difficult to endure. Another provocative aspect of the book is its depiction of women and sex. I'm sure some people would find it offensive. Personally, I found it liberating.
The wife and daughter characters Primavera and Florencia were, to me, very clearly the strongest and most determined characters in the book, the ones who are most capable of enacting agency I especially liked the way the daughter took revenge on the little prat that threw flour on her.
IDK, maybe I'm completely misunderstanding it, and they're actually, like, oppressed by their sexuality, or sociopaths in the making. But what impressed me was their bad-assness, especially after frequent depictions of women on the receiving end of violence and oppression not just in this book but in "The Armies".
It felt to me like Rosero was compensating for that, somewhat. It also can't be a coincidence, surely, that the doctor's specific branch of medicine is gynecology? A job where you're "looking" at women in the most intimate of ways?
I wonder how that connects Overall, I'm glad to see Rosero's work continue to get translated. I really want his early books to get translated I've only read one, and it was a trip. This book has made me rethink certain things I've always taken for granted, which is a terrific thing for a book to have accomplished. May 11, E. Uno llega a interiorizar que esos hombres y mujeres son poco menos que divinos, perfectos, superhombres y supermujeres en virtudes.
A beautiful, sad, funny, tragic, powerful piece of writing. Rosero is likened to Garbriel Garcia Marquez for his use of imagery and tendencies toward magical realism, and although he doesn't quite reach those lofty heights, the comparison is well deserved. Also: Now I have have to research Colombia's struggle for independence and the problematic legacy of Simon Bolivar.
La carroza de Bolívar
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Justo Pastor thinks he has everything. His hobby is to investigate the true story of Simon Bolivar. His wife makes fun of him, his daughters don't take him into account, and his friends take advantage. The doctor will ride a cart to show the historic Bolivar.
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