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Fernanda Melchor

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5 teosta 1,170 jäsentä 33 arvostelua 1 Favorited

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Veracruz, Mexico
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Anna-Seghers-Preis (2019)



I fell into this book quickly, and adored Melchor's style and the way each chapter enmeshed us in character. And yet, ultimately, I ended up DNFing the book, just past the 75% mark (which is the latest I've ever given up on a book).

As much as the style of this book takes some getting used to, the content is often harder to take. I haven't looked up trigger warnings, but this book probably deserves pretty much all of them. And while for more than the first half of the book I felt like the writing and the topic more than warranted the depth of trauma, focus, and content, I got to a point in the book where it no longer felt justifiable. The book was getting harder to read in terms of the violence and objectionable content, and more and more, it felt like we'd veered into writing that was meant to shock more so than anything. I'm not one for shock value, or for extreme horror in general, and while I'd love the beginning of the book (despite plenty of rough content), I got to a point where I just felt more and more disgusted with the book. So, finally, I put it down.

There's a lot to love about Melchor's work here, her writing talent, and the effects achieved through character immersion and study. Even the interplay of violence, humor, and trauma. But, for me, it got to be too much, and ultimately felt like trauma piled atop of trauma and brought up over and over again for little more than shock value. Once I closed the book, I couldn't bring myself to open it up again.

This isn't actually a book I could recommend to anyone, to be honest. I've given it a three-star rating based on the first half of the book and based on the fact that I trust the judgement of friends in my book club who hold it in higher regard than I do...but I don't see myself ever recommending this one or picking up another work of Melchor's in the future, much as I can acknowledge the talent on display in the writing.
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whitewavedarling | 19 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 18, 2024 |
En principio este libro no sonaba como algo que me vaya a gustar, pese a insistentes recomendaciones. Decidì confiar y me encontré con una prosa enfebrecida que hila la historia en capítulos larguísimos de un solo párrafo construido en frases eternas; completamente tomadas por una fuerte jerga mexicana que me es ajena; y en donde se narran acontecimientos de los mas terribles, cargados de violencia, miseria y sufrimiento. Nada de esto suena como algo que normalmente disfrutaría, y sin embargo no podía parar de leer. Me duró un par de días de pura fascinación. Esa prosa que nunca para pareciera estar diseñada para no soltarte, y en vez de abrumar atrapa. Es un retrato crudísimo de la vida en los pueblos del interior de méxico abandonados a la pobreza y la corrupción.… (lisätietoja)
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ezequielvargasz | 19 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 11, 2024 |
According to the author's note this is more creative nonfiction (a sort of personal journalism, focusing on individual experiences) but the LCSH lists it under fiction, so as a collection of short stories I guess it might qualify as both. The stories do take place in and around Veracruz, Mexico (1970s-2000s) and are based on or inspired by real events. Originally published as a book in 2013 (in Spanish) with most stories written/published online between 2002-2011.

little free library copy.… (lisätietoja)
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reader1009 | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 3, 2024 |
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ocassim | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 26, 2023 |



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