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FREE DOWNLOAD ´ El ruido de las cosas al caer ´ Κολομβία 2009 Ο αφηγητής της ιστορίας ο νεαρός καθηγητής της Νομικής Αντόνιο Γιαμάρα διαβάζει σ’ ένα περιοδικό την εξόντωση ενός ιπποπόταμου που είχε δραπετεΚολομβία 2009 Ο αφηγητής της ιστορίας ο νεαρός καθηγητής της Νομικής Αντόνιο Γιαμάρα διαβάζει σ’ ένα περιοδικό την εξόντωση ενός ιπποπόταμου που είχε δραπετεύσει από τον ζωολογικό κήπο του διαβόητου Πάμπλο Εσκομπάρ Το άρθρο τον πηγαίνει πίσω στα μέσα της δεκαετίας του 1990 όταν ο πόλεμος της κολομβ. THIS BOOK HAS TOO IMPORTANT A MESSAGE NOT TO POST IT IN FULL HERE Rating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says In the city of Bogotá Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies aboveBack then Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder an event that haunts him still As he investigates he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change a time before narco trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmareVásuez is “one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature” according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa and The Sound of Things Falling is his most personal most contemporary novel to date a masterpiece that takes his writing—and will take his literary star—even higherI received this ARC from the publisher as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers programMy Review To every rule its exception This book is praised highly by a writer whose work I abhor Jonathan Franzen; and ordinarily that means I will avoid the book so as not to read even a Pearl Rule 46pp of something I'm bound to hateHa ha ha rules I liked this book a lot Well like is a weird word for the emotional resonance of the book I responded to the book like a tuning fork responds to a smackThe fact is that I am a fan of Latin American literature because like this book and author most of the translated works are political and tendentious in their natures and so are the authors So am I So it's usually a good fitThis story which feels as personal as the blurb suggests it actually is made me very uncomfortable as I watched Colombia's descent into warlord rule and civil failure I suspect I'd feel the same fearful anger if I were to visit Montana or Idaho or Wyoming places that white supremacistapocalyptic christian cultists have claimed for themselves When nutball extremists take over a place it's a failure of civil authority and that is a crime The net effect is the same as the drug cartels' takeover of Colombia in the 1970s or the current failure of civil authority in Mexico today or the Cascadian separatist movement hereThese are not positive developments they have tremendous costs in personal misery and they are much to be deplored Vásuez does his deploring by focusing tightly on the emotional and psychic costs of civil failure to a small group of friends Antonio's friends and his good self It's a sad sad chronicle of horror and rage And it's wrapped in beautiful words expressing solidly grounded truthsAdulthood brings with it the pernicious illusion of control perhaps even depends on it I mean that mirage of dominion over our own life that allows us to feel like adults for we associate maturity with autonomy the sovereign right to determine what is going to happen to us nextTranslator McLean has done a marvelous job of making poetry in the English and while I haven't read the original Spanish text I can only say that she is unlikely to have made such handsome bricks without good abundant strawIf I must pick a nit and I must it's that the structure of the novel is a tad complex than is strictly speaking necessary to tell the author's very involving story It's not hard to follow but it's just artificial enough to pop the reader out of the narrative flow That's almost never a good thing Okay it's never a good thing but I've learned not to make absolute statements because some little twidgee or another will come along and say something tiresome about my opinions and frankly I'm over itI hope that issue aside that you will all race out to your local bookeries and procure copies of this book It's got something important to say to us in the USA about the incredibly high cost of allowing dissent to become dissolution Colombia failed its citizens and their agony only slowly passes Mexico is mid failure and is much closer to us And yet we allow our own idiot rebels a far freer hand in obstructing and undermining our governmental institutions and shredding our social fabric in the name of some illusory right they assert that they have to do this to us allRead the book Learn the cost The price of the right wing's version of freedom is too goddamned high and Vásuez knows it first hand Please listen to him

Juan Gabriel Vásquez ☆ 1 FREE DOWNLOAD

ιανής κυβέρνησης με το καρτέλ κοκαΐνης του Εσκομπάρ μαινόταν στους δρόμους τα δάση και τον ουρανό της Κολομβίας Εκείνη την εποχή ο Γιαμάρα γνωρίζεται μ’ έναν μοναχικό μπιλιαρδόρο «πρώην πιλότο» κατά δήλωσή του η δολοφονία του οποίου ωθεί τον αφηγητή σ’ έναν αγώνα εξιχνίασής της αλλά και σε μια ?. First my thanks to David from Calgary who recommended this book to meA story set in Bogota Colombia The narrator is a young man who was severely wounded when his companion was murdered in a motorcycle drive by shooting The main theme of the book is how the violence of Pablo Escobar’s drug wars impacted not only the narrator’s life but that of a whole generation in Colombia mostly during the 1980’s The narrator is hospitalized for a long time and ends up with PTSD and agoraphobia that severely impacts his relationship with his wife and infant The man becomes obsessed with wanting to know why his friend was killed He learns about a secret cassette tape His dead friend was an older man who used to be an airplane pilot and who came from a family of pilots As he investigates the story is interwoven with bits of true history involving recent Colombian air crashes in which his friend’s wife had been killed and historical crashes such as one in 1938 where a daredevil pilot performing for a a national patriotic celebration crashed into stands killing than 50 spectators and almost killing the President of Colombia Thus the title Other true history is part of the story such as Escobar’s zoo he maintained at his estateThe author shifts the focus of the story around on us We think it’s going to be mainly about the narrator Then as he starts investigating his dead friend we think it will shift to the pilot But then he gets in contact with his friend’s daughter and it kind of becomes her story But in the end most of the focus ends up on his friend’s wife killed in an airline crash who was an American Peace Corp volunteer in Colombia back in the 1960’s His friend’s wife left a collection of letters and news articles that her daughter gathered We learn uite a bit about the operation of the Peace Corps in Colombia and to be honest the book drags a bit at this point The author creates a parallel between how Americans of that era marked time by dramatic events Vietnam Nixon’s resignation Kennedy and Chappauiddick the Manson murders with how Colombians did the same – “Where were you when that car bomb went off that killed 100 people”A good story translated from the Spanish that won the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award I had also enjoyed another novel by this author The Secret History of Costaguana a historical novel about the building of the Panama Canal Photo of Bogata from diana auacomNewsclip from ebaycomThe author from expansionmx

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El ruido de las cosas al caer?ιαδικασία αναπροσδιορισμού της ίδιας της ταυτότητάς του και των σχέσεών του με τους ανθρώπους του Οι έρευνές του θα τον οδηγήσουν ώς την τρομερή δεκαετία του 1960 που άλλαξε τον κόσμο λίγο πριν το εμπόριο ναρκωτικών παγιδέψει μια ολόκληρη γενιά σ’ έναν ζωντανό εφιάλτη σ’ έναν κύκλο βίας και φόβου. After reading an invigorating review by Glenn of the English version of this book I decided to reread this book Why I remembered many things that he noted in his review but I was curious This was the very first book that I read in Spanish and I wanted to know how well I read it as well as how my initial review stood upI was very surprised Yes of course this is a book about the drug violence of Colombia in the later 20th century and it deals with challenging issues such as terrorism and crimeBut I came away with a different angle At the heart of the story it is a love story and how one faces life’s challenge Young Antonio Yammara learns painfully about life and love He makes friend with Ricardo Laverde a pilot with a shadowy background During an outing they are both shot by a drive by motorcyclist Yammara survives and wants to find out what happened while at the same time almost abandoning his wife and young daughter to understand whyVasuez shows his dynamism as a writer as we delve into the painful past of Laverde and the connections to the present A rollercoaster ride that is truly remarkable Politics the drug war tragedy and even the past can greatly influence people’s lives How we deal with it is the challenge How we cope and it’s outcomes can change our perspectives This is what makes this book so good We fall for the story wonder about our narrator Yammara and want a proper outcome But life changes thatWould bump this to a 45 and my favourite Alfaguara winner read to dateHere is the original 2012 reviewI first heard a radio interview with Vasuez on CBC Writers and Company last month and was intrigued by his life and his literary interests He was born in Columbia but educated in London and lived in Paris following after Garcia Maruez Vargas Llosa and Carlos Fuentes three writers that I admire He has spent the last decade living in Barcelona I was recently there and tracked down his most recent book The Noise of Things Falling This was a challenge as this is the first novel I read entirely in Spanish since the English translation is not due till the fall of 2012This book won the Premio Alfaguara de novela 2011 and there is a reason why it won it is a great read The story is a beautiful tragic and very disturbing tale that neatly unfolds the recent drug war in Columbia through the eyes of the main characters Antonio is a young professor who befriends an older man Ricardo Laverde who enjoys playing billiards When he is murdered Antonia begins to discover Laverde's past and uncovers a family caught up in the violent drug world Imagine a world where when you walk down the road you pay attention to where all the phone booths are because if there is a bombing you need to call home in those pre cell phone days Imagine a world where children visit a private zoo owned by the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar who killed many people and even blew up planes to make his point This book had so many revelations on Columbia good and bad What I like about Vasuez is he isn't preaching and our hero truly shows his feelings the he discovers Vasuez has been compared to Vargas Llosa and often I caught the same language and style in his words but he definitely has his own style He plays with words about sounds and things falling and even makes a joke about 100 years of Solitude by teasing the Columbian master's title His descriptive ualities are masterful and his characters both real and ambiguous but I like that uality Read this book when the English translations comes out