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The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel (vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Patricia Engel (Tekijä)

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"Reina Castillo is [an] alluring young woman whose beloved brother is serving a death sentence for a crime that shocked the community: throwing a baby off a bridge--a crime for which Reina secretly blames herself. With her brother's death, though devastated and in mourning, Reina is finally released from her prison vigil. Seeking anonymity, she moves to a sleepy town in the Florida Keys where she meets Nesto Cadena, a recently exiled Cuban awaiting with hope the arrival of the children he left behind in Havana"--Amazon.com.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:Maureen_McCombs
Teoksen nimi:The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Patricia Engel (Tekijä)
Info:Grove Press (2016), 320 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto, Aion lukea
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This book has left a hole in my heart.

So good.

It is so sad. The language is so lovely. The sense of place blows my mind. The spirituality is a living, breathing thing (it is so beautiful to read about Santeria in an everyday context and not just associated with fantasy).

I'm not sure I've ever loved an audiobook this much before. I can feel a book hangover coming on. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Different paths in life, but same internal struggles draw Reina and Nesto together. Their tale isn’t a love story and I wouldn’t call this a romance novel. Rather, more of a tale of two survivors learning to carve their own way in life.
I found myself immersed in the story with them and hoping for their redemption from themselves. ( )
  LDVerbos | Aug 12, 2020 |
Reina's brother Carlito has just committed suicide in a south Florida prison, and her mother is moving in with her boyfriend. With no one left who needs her any longer in her hometown of Miami, Reina quits her job as a manicurist and heads down Hwy. 1 to the Keys in search of a new beginning. She finds a new job and a rental cottage on serene Crescent Key, intending to start over, and runs into Nesto, a Cuban refugee whose past (and present) is nearly as painful as hers.

Though it wasn't 100% my writing style, I loved reading this #ownvoices novel because it gave me a new and welcome perspective on what it's like to be an immigrant, particularly one with Latin American origins. The situations people are escaping and the risks they take in doing so are almost unfathomable to those of us who have never had to deal with that level of adversity and pain. I have to say the book gave me momentary pause when Reina and Nesto engaged in an act that was illegal but morally admirable -- I guess their alignments are chaotic good! ( )
  ryner | Jan 4, 2020 |
A moving, slow and meditative novel about love, loss and moving on, set in south Florida and Cuba. It echoes with memory, magic and passion and deals with difficult issues and tragedy but there is hope as well among the waves and the breezes of the Florida Keys. ( )
  bostonbibliophile | Aug 12, 2019 |
Immigrants are highly visible in the news right now, both legal and illegal. We talk about the effect of immigration on jobs, taxes, health care and education costs, infrastructure, and more. But the emotional cost of leaving your home for another country, perhaps forever, is rarely examined in depth. Patricia Engel's novel, The Veins of the Ocean, addresses life as an immigrant, the bonds of family, and a loyalty that stretches beyond country and beyond death.

Reina Castillo came to the US from Colombia as a baby. After discovering his wife's infidelity, her father, Hector, threw her older brother off a bridge in Miami. Young Carlito was saved by a fisherman who jumped in after the child. Although it didn't happen to her, this is the central fact of Reina's life, indeed of her whole family's life. When Carlito, in his turn, throws his girlfriend's daughter off a bridge, the child is not saved. Hector committed suicide while in prison for his actions. Carlito spent years on death row for his, with Reina visiting him dutifully for that entire stretch of time until he too died in prison. Cut loose from her vigil and mourning the loss of her beloved older brother, a man no one else would grieve because of his terrible crime, Reina moves to the Florida Keys where she tries to move on with her life, meeting Nestor, a Cuban refugee with his own sad history.

Reina and Nestor are both leery of relationships with others, both having lost so much. Both are still deeply tied to their countries of origin and the people and places they've left behind, there and here. Their slow, almost offhand, developing connection to each other is tenuous. They are afraid to fully commit because of the cost of their already existing family bonds and each of them needs to figure out how they can break free of the real and created prisons of their lives. They contend with guilt and despair, grief, love, and loyalty, loneliness and poverty. The freedom of the open ocean and the contrasting captive dolphins at the center where both Nestor and Reina work are powerful allegories for the place in which they each find themselves and for which they are each searching.

About a third of the novel focuses on Reina, her childhood, her past, and her connection with her brother. The rest of the novel focuses on her life after Carlito's death and her fragile relationship with a damaged Nestor. The narration is slow and contemplative, almost dreamy and drifting in places. The characters are scarred and lost. The story aches with hurt, sorrow, and a feeling of displacement. It's dark and complicated and sometimes frustrating, much in the way that life can be. Readers who are drawn to family dysfunction or to immigrant stories or to character driven narratives will find much to think about in these pages. ( )
  whitreidtan | Feb 22, 2017 |
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"Reina Castillo is [an] alluring young woman whose beloved brother is serving a death sentence for a crime that shocked the community: throwing a baby off a bridge--a crime for which Reina secretly blames herself. With her brother's death, though devastated and in mourning, Reina is finally released from her prison vigil. Seeking anonymity, she moves to a sleepy town in the Florida Keys where she meets Nesto Cadena, a recently exiled Cuban awaiting with hope the arrival of the children he left behind in Havana"--Amazon.com.

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