[La hija de la española] EBOOK

Grieving over the recent loss of her mother Adelaida struggles to persevere amid revolution in Venezuela While alone and desperate she is forced to make a harrowing decision in order to ensure her own safety In my opinion this story can best be described as monotonous The blurb misled me to believe it would be a penetrating page turner but the story itself was underdeveloped It said there would be twists and turns but I couldn t find them Yes there was looting and raids Yes it was during the revolutionbut what about the story The only thing intriguing in the novel was the setting itself and what it entailed Venezuela during hyperinflation with the revolutionar I received an ARC of this book from HarperVia an imprint of HarperCollins at BEA 2019When I ot this book I was instantly skeptical Anything published by a mainstream publisher in the US about Venezuela makes me skeptical When I saw the book from a relatively unknown author has been republished in TWENTY TWO LANGUAGES when it doesn t come out till OCTOBER in the US Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood gave away exactly what this book is bourgeois propaganda designed to endear American audiences so they pressure their Representatives Senators and Presidential candidates to support a US military coup of the democratically elected left wingovernment of Venezuela I ll Imagine That! give Karina Sainz Gorgo props where it s due The book itself isn t poorly written She sot a solid voice The book is technically fiction but its very clearly based on her life She shows the fear of violence and the desperation of the people of Caracas who are indeed struggling and dying Caracas has routinely been one of the deadliest cities in the world for the last decade However who does this self identified White Venezuelan blame for the misfortunes that her middle class business owning family encounter The agents of the Bolivarian Revolution of course Now the chavistas have become notoriously corrupt weaponizing their positions of power within the state bureaucracy to harass people But this book is so blatantly one sided The US is not mentioned ONCE in this entire book despite the fact that food and medicine crisis in Venezuela is a direct result of crippling economic and political sanctions imposed by the US Elena's Conquest government and it s regional allies You know how this book reallyives away that it s Sister of My Heart gusano propaganda There s a throwaway line where the main character talks to a White Chilean and asks who Augusto Pinochet iswas The White Chilean responds with a president Pinochet was a military dictator who overthrew a democratically elected socialistovernment in Chile in 1973 with the assistance of the CIA who then proceeded to mass arrest and execute anyone who was accused of undermining the peace ie social justice activists labor leaders and members of various left wing political parties and organizations It was illegal to criticize Pinochet and tens of thousands were sent to concentration camps for doing so The US meanwhile supported Pinochet with billions in military and economic aid because he privatized all of the country s resources and allowed American businesses to do whatever they wanted to the Chilean people The idea that to the author Pinochet an unelected military dictator is a president and Chavez and Maduro wereare commander presidents despite the fact they have won every election held since 1999 in UNCarter Center monitored election processes tells you all you need to know about what this book is and what it seeks to accomplish The author also has characters ush about how everything was amazing in Venezuela before the socialists took power Which is true if you like the author and her family were a part of the propertybusiness owning White middleupper class of Venezuela If you were a part of the overwhelmingly mestizo black and indigenous majority that put and keeps the socialists in power it was a terrible time a time when the White ruling class ot away with violent labor abuse and kept the nonwhite majority under their heels by denying nonwhite people the right to vote The moment the nonwhite people could vote the result of a several decade long agitation they sent the socialists into overnment and have kept doing so for the last two decades HarperVia says they published this book in an attempt to help publish international voices offering readers a chance to encounter other lives and other points of view via the language of the imagination I wonder if HarperVia would publish a book from an indigenous or black Venezuelan talking about building rural workers Communes In The Venezuelan Countryside in the Venezuelan countryside with fulfilling the radical promises of the Bolivarian Revolution in the face of US imperialism Or of a mestizo Venezuelan leading labor unrest against a usano factory owner who is working with the CIA Somehow I doubt HarperVia would pre publish a no name author in 22 languages if that was the plot If you think I m being too political know that the author herself notes in the beginning that she wrote this story because all stories about the ocean are political So interestingly she fully admits her story is political HarperVia and Sainz Borgo know what they are doing The uestion is will you fall for it Initially this book felt chaotic but I realized not too far in that the chaos was an essential part of the story Life in Venezuela as depicted here is unpredictable capricious and dangerous The narrative does take shape clearly as the novel progresses the structure loses its chaos though chaos in Venezuela continuesReading this book left me aware of how little I know even though I am someone who pays attention to the world and events around me The narrator who is an ordinary woman in so many ways rises to the challenges she faces She s not heroic but she solves problems I would find impossible ANY political comments will be deleted I do NOT #discuss politics or religious or social issues with #politics Or Religious Or Social religious or social with If you attempt to do so via a friend reuest you will be blocked and reported My opinions are my own and I do not engage in discussions over personal convictions and ethics Don t like it don t read it Promised That there would be no stealing that everything would be for the people that everyone would have the house of the. Told with Class of 92: Out of Our League gripping intensity It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous sometimes deadly turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she musto to secure her futureIn Caracas Venezuela Adelaida Falcon stands over an open rave Alone except for harried undertakers she buries her mother–the only family Ade. La hija de la españolaIr dreams that nothing bad would happen ever again They never stopped promising Under the threat of nonfulfillment unanswered prayers crumbled beneath the weight of the resentment fueling them The Sons of the Revolution weren t responsible for anything that happened If the baker was empty the baker was to blame If there were shortages at the pharmacy even of a single box of contraceptives the pharmacist was to blame If we reached home exhausted and hungry and with only two eggs in our shopping bag the person who d bought the egg we needed was at fault We found ourselves wishing ill on the innocent and the executioner alike We were incapable of differentiating between them Adelaide and Santiago are two residents of Caracas that try to protect a home The young woman aided by Santiago what a beautiful name a persecuted friend of the family struggles to keep herself and her property safe from a curse that haunts the streets of the capital of Venezuela A curse created by a regime that firmly walks on the path of the Soviets suads of thugs that murder and plunder to teach the wealthy and privileged a lesson And what can you do What is your punishment for being a human being with education and values For refusing to accept that uns and violence are the answers Threats Rape Humiliation Death But there are some people like Adelaide People who refuse to yield to the mob They d taken everything from me even my right to scream That afternoon I wanted to have hooks for hands To kill everyone by just moving my arms like a mortal windmill This is a vicious world Power cuts dead bodies lying on the streets Thugs male and female invade your house They occupy it and turn it into their very own personal toilet Their shit is everywhere You are thrown out by the soldiers of the Revolution Now you need to invade another house to defend yourself to survive to show that the humanoid worms will not put you down The suads of murderers and a regime that does nothing except accumulating wealth and extinguishing the ones who aren t idiots to fall for their lies Product shortages black market controls targeted at women who are easier to yield chocolate and books confiscated everything we know I hope from the days of the Soviet past and their vision of democracy are laid bare for the readers The brave readers The library was deserted What the hell had they done with my books So many were How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead gone Where had they taken Children of the Mire The Green House Family Airs Ask the Dust I only had too to the bathroom to realize that entire sections of my Eugene Montejo and Vicente Gerbasi editions had been used to block the pipes What do those filthy beasts that occupy Adelaide s world know of Literature or Culture The only Art they are aware of is the one that serves their vile notions of a new world What do they know of History What do Change and Justice have to do with violence murdering civilians women and children innocent students In Adelaide s life the victims are left wondering struggling to ather the broken pieces If they survive the armed mob Who s alive today Adelaida Since everything went to the dogs who s not dead As we seamlessly move back and forth in time the moments of Adelaida with her late mother relieve the tension even #for a few blessed moments To say that the writing is beautiful and shocking would be a tremendous understatement This #a few blessed moments To say that the writing is beautiful and shocking would be a tremendous understatement This one of the most memorable touching terrifying books I ve ever read I will never ever forget itThere are certain books that need no reviews or the conclusions that we as readers strive to conclusions that we as readers strive to There are certain books that speak for themselves that ask us to contemplate on the dangers of populism and the web of lies on blind violence and the poisonous ask us to contemplate on the dangers of populism and the web of lies on blind violence and the poisonous that aim to sweeten our troubled minds This is one of those books Being in the street at six in the evening was asking to cut your life short Anything could kill us a stray bullet a kidnapping a robbery Blackouts lasted long hours and meant sunsets were followed by everlasting darkness Then I died once I was never able to rise again from all the deaths that accumulated in my life story that afternoon That day I became my only family The only final part of a life that nobody in that place would hesitate to cut short machete blow by machete blow By blood and fire like everything that happens in this city Many thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy reviews can also be found on It Would Be Night in Caracas is a moving and intensely ripping debut novel from critically acclaimed Latin American author Karina Sainz Borgo It simultaneously tells the story of a woman and a country both of whom are falling apart at the seams It s a enuinely challenging book to read because of this but it has an important and eerily compelling tale to tell all the same When it begins the times in which it is set flit around in a disorienting manner but this was almost certainly Borgo s intention in order to depict the chaos and discombobulation felt by both protagonist Adelaida and Venezuelans at the time of the economic collapse It sh In Caracas Venezuela Adelaida Falc n has just buried her mother a process that is made even difficult by the explosive violence and scarcity ripping her country People are routinely arrested and tortured supermarket shelves are empty the black market flourishes selling anything from medication to sanitary napkins and blackouts are a regular occurrence When thugs take over Adelaida s home she discovers her neighbor dead in the apartment next door If she can impersonate the neighbor she might be able to Moonrise get out of the country using the dead woman s Spanish passportTold like this the novel sounds like a tense case of The Talented Mr Ripley but set in South America Be warned It s not really a thriller The book is too uiet and small for that and does not seem interested in turning into a suspense novel Full review It Would Be Night in Caracas is a story about a woman named Adelaida who struggles living in Venezuela during turbulent times of uprising and violence She s just experienced a death in the family and as time moves forward she eventually loses her home It s a nightmare and now she has no choice but. Laida has ever knownNumb withrief Adelaida returns to the apartment they shared Outside the window that she tapes shut every night to prevent the tear as raining down on protesters in the streets from seeping in When looters masuerading as revolutionaries take over her apartment Adelaida resists and is beaten up It is the beginning of a fight for survival in a cou. To make a difficult decision for her survivalThis book is harrowing and frightening at times it s not for the faint of heart I thought in my mind repeatedly throughout the story who could live like this It made me cringe at times and I came so close to uitting With that said I thought the book was written well for the most part I just wasn t captivated by the story It s timely and political but didn t rab my interest There was also something that niggled me like how the flashbacks and present weren t matching up well which ma Literature from Venezuela now also available in English It Would Be Night in Caracas This is a book about defeat a study of resignation It declares Venezuela to be doomed a collapsed state in free fall where people dig up fresh bodies to rob the things the deceased might have been buried with where protesters are incarcerated in underground caves where they are viciously beaten and raped with uns where people die because hyper inflation makes it impossible to afford medication The country with the biggest oil reserves in the world has apparently turned into hell hole where citizens turn against their neighbors because surrounded by dire poverty and raging violence they feel like it s the only way to survive It is a sad fact that in the West the situation in Venezuela is hardly covered in the news From time to time we et little bits and pieces but as there is no continuous coverage it s hard to really imagine let alone understand what s oing on under Maduro s authoritarian regime And that s one of the hard lessons of this book I feel like I can t possibly judge how closely this fictional account mirrors reality but as the author Karina Sainz Borgo shares many of her protagonist s traits in her thirties worked in journalism fled her home country I believe that there is a lot of truth in this harrowing story The book is written from the perspective of Adelaida a young woman who loses her mother because she was unable to et proper medical treatment as the story progresses we learn that this is not the only beloved person she and her friends have lost due to political turmoil When Adelaida s flat is occupied by a roup of woman who cooperates with the overnment and can thus not be evicted she takes over the apartment of her dead neighbors and starts to plan her flight While waiting for her chance to et out she meets her best friend s dissident brother and learns about the former neighbors immigrants who came from Spain when Venezuela still offered to fulfill the dream of a better lifeThis novel breathes a particular kind of sadness It s a form of rief about the loss of a home and whole culture that oes down in brutal violence Adelaida has abandoned all hope for her country and while she wants to save herself she has no idea what to do with her life once she ets out It s not about etting somewhere it s about the choice between leaving or dying This is a very important story to tell about the experience of a refugee and I wish it was told effectively To et the point across it would have been inappropriate to employ melodramatic language or to turn this into some form of adventure novel but why does the language have to be so bland The book has a serious problem with pacing it never really acuires speed and does not become immersive Some passages are evocative and well constructed but overall the book does *not find a rhythm that encompasses the narrative as a wholeStill I am lad that this *find a rhythm that encompasses the narrative as a wholeStill I am lad that this novel was already published in 22 countries because we need to hear voices telling the stories of countries the most influential part of the literary world and the world as whole tends to forget Whatever the shortcomings of the book there are some scenes the reader won t world as whole tends to forget Whatever the shortcomings of the book there are some scenes the reader won t I received a Alexandra, Gone galley at a BEAiveaway I normally don t write long reviews of a book but felt a bit compelled since I m seeing some factual inaccuracies in one of the other reviews here Borgo is tackling many difficult topics at a tumultuous time she is a Venezuelan writing about Venezuela So of course this will be controversial However this isn t a book about taking down socialism or blaming Chavez and Maduro for everything In fact the words Chavez or Maduro are never once used in this book Instead everything is sort of implied It s also not about wealthy Venezuelans #Or Businesses The Main Character #businesses The main character a copy editor and her single mom was a teacher And her flashbacks to a pre Maduro Venezuela aren t all paradises and rainbows There s a chapter on piloneras afro indigenous women who used to make corn flour before the big industries came in and took their business away But there is something really powerful in the chapters where the protagonist thinks back to all the immigrants she met as a child There s an Italian shoemaker and her elementary school classmates She mentions how they came to Venezuela fleeing right wing dictatorships something she didn t understand as a kid hence when another character calls Pinochet a president she A Year in 120 Recipes gets confused and made an uneasy home in Caracas It s an unusual way to tell the story of immigration and one that feels particularly jarring Like one day we could also be the ones searching for a new home I understand that it s easy to dismiss this book as about Venezuela or anti ChavezMaduro but it really is so much than that I read this book as a portrait of humans dealing with loss The protagonists loses her mother at the beginning of the book and then her home and eventually her country and identity It s not a perfect book I m not sure if the plot twist is believable but it s nuanced complicated and dares to say something important about being human And that s always worth a read Numb withrief after the death of her mother Adelaida Falcon returns to the apartment they shared just as looters masuerading as revolutionaries enter the building and violently take possession of her property This is a powerful life during wartime story told with F. Scott Fitzgerald gripping intensity thatives a very real depiction of the dangerous turbulence in modern day Caracas There are some clever twists as the novel The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents gathers pace most of all at the end as Borgo sends her protagonist on into an unpredictable and unfashionable direction. Ntry that has disintegrated into violence and anarchy where citizens are increasingly pitted against each other But as fate would have it Adelaida isiven a ruesome choice that could secure her escapeFilled with riveting twists and turns and told in a powerful urgent voice It Would Be Night in Caracas is a chilling reminder of how uickly the world we know can crumb.

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