Search Results: "Juan Gabriel Vásquez"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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LILY WOOL by Paula Vásquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Delightful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Don't judge a sheep by its cover. Read full book review >

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NOT WHAT IT SEEMS by Paula Vásquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"Ultimately the book's concept is too thin and unlikely to sustain interest beyond one reading. (Picture book. 2-4)"
As the title indicates, nothing is what it seems in this Chilean import. Read full book review >

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WHEN I GROW UP by Paula Vásquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"Love makes a family, but this may not be the best book to demonstrate this truism. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A duckling wants to be just like his porcine parents when he grows up. Read full book review >

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GROWING THROUGH THE UGLY by Jr. Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Life in the Chicano community of El Paso during the 1960s, remembered by a boy soldier killed in Vietnam as he waits in his coffin to be flown home, provides the gist and the twist of V†zquez's brash first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PET SHOP REVOLUTION by Ana Juan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An unsettling outing, with none of the dreamy lyricism that illuminated the artist's earlier Night Eater (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)"
This tale of a harsh pet-store owner who turns over a new leaf would be uplifting were it not so frightening. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT EATER by Ana Juan
by Ana Juan, illustrated by Ana Juan
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An engaging tale, made even more memorable by Juan's distinctive style and vision. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The illustrator of Campbell Geeslin's Elena's Serenade (2003) again folds humorous and theatrical elements into mystical, surrealist art for an original tale imbued with folkloric overtones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"An unusual look at the war and its consequences. (3 photos, not seen)"
paper 0-8263-1959-9 An introspective memoir in which the first-time author bluntly and self-critically examines his life before, during, and after his service in Vietnam. Read full book review >