Search Results: "Juan Gabriel Vásquez"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Toward the end of the novel, Yammara comments that Maya wrinkles her brow 'like someone who's on the verge of understanding something,' and this ambiguous borderland where things don't quite come into coherent focus is where most of the characters remain."
An odd coincidence leads Antonio Yammara, a law professor and narrator of this novel from Latin American author Vásquez (The Informers, 2009, etc.), deep into the mystery of personality, both his own and especially that of Ricardo Laverde, a casual acquaintance of Yammara before he was gunned down on the streets of Bogotá. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF COSTAGUANA by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2011

"To read this novel is to enter a Borgesian rabbit hole—it's a fiction that purports to tell the truth obscured by another fiction—yet its strangeness helps make it both brave and engaging."
An ambitious picaresque tale about civil war, love, propaganda and the Panama Canal, delivered with verve and wit. Read full book review >

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THE INFORMERS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2009

"An impassioned exploration of how the past erupts into the present and continues to shape our personalities and our fates."
Leisurely paced, intensely focused tale of collusion and intrigue, spotlighting Colombia's German community before, during and after World War II. Read full book review >

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REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis."
A Colombian political cartoonist has second thoughts about a takedown he delivered decades earlier. Read full book review >

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LOVERS ON ALL SAINTS' DAY by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Lackluster accounts of men feeling sorry for themselves. Sometimes while hunting."
Newly translated stories from the author of The Sound of Things Falling (2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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LOSING GABRIEL by Lurlene McDaniel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 14, 2016

"A standard weeper. (Fiction. 13-18)"
The lives of three high schoolers become deeply entangled around the birth of a child. Read full book review >

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JUAN VERDADES by Joe Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

As Hayes (El Cucuy!, not reviewed, etc.) explains in his author's note, he has revised a variant of Aarne-Thompson's tale type 889, "The Faithful Servant," drawing on versions collected in Spain and New Mexico. Read full book review >

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JUAN BOBO by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"Spanish versions are given in smaller type at the end. (Folklore/Easy reader. 5-9)"
In an attractive collection, subtitled Four Folktales from Puerto Rico, a Puerto Rican-born author and illustrator present their island's popular comic simpleton. Read full book review >

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DON JUAN by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Whether you call it 'postmodern' or 'meta-fiction,' there isn't much here."
A slim, odd volume in which the Austrian novelist (Crossing the Sierra de Gredos, 2007, etc.) spins a story about storytelling. Read full book review >

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JUAN QUEZADA by Shelley Dale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Libraries that have the first book on Quezada will want this one, too. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The second children's picture book within a year about the famed potter, Juan Quezada of the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, this one is very different from The Pot that Juan Built, by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, illustrated by David Diaz (2002). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A useful biography, though overwritten and overlength; of particular interest to students of contemporary European politics."
An impressively thorough but tepid life of Spain's reigning Bourbon monarch, who helped foster democracy after the dark decades of the Franco junta. Read full book review >