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Los años con Laura Díaz

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Cardboard cutouts whose role is to show history and to philosophise at times tediouslyI m pleased I read it but I had to skim pages and kept Reading this book almost twenty years after it was originally published offered me a refresher course in Mexican political and cultural history Carlos Fuentes took on the daunting task of seeing the world through the eyes of a female protagonist That he succeeded so well says something about his stature as one of Latin America s leading novelists Given today s focus on the issues of feminism and immigration THE YEARS WITH LAURA DIAZ sheds light on the decades when Both Were Emerging As Central Aspects Of were emerging as central aspects of and personal identity in Western Europe and the Western Hemisphere Above all we see how European immigration the Spanish Civil War and the Holocaust in particular contributed to changes within Mexico and the United States Carlos Fuentes offers a panoramic view of world shaping events while intimately suggesting how individuals experienced them A sweeping novel encompassing decades of Mexican politics from the point of view of a fictional character who mingles with the movers and shakers especially the socialists labor activists and artistsParts of The Novel Are Fascinating And novel are fascinating and are so inpenetrable that I couldn t get through them I just had to skim I don t know how much was the author s style and how much was the English translation I don t think I ve encountered another novel where I loved about half and couldn t read the rest all mixed p like that Only the fact that he s supposed to be a great Latin author makes me not give it a one star Too long and obscure kind of like One Thousand Years of Solitude another supposedly great novel that I found almost nreadable This one I slogged through for book club and got about half way book club and got about half way with no reward for doing so I loved this book It is a big sweeping saga about a woman s life and reflecting pon the last century of Mexico True to Fuentes style it can be grandiose and very political and yet very intimate There were few dull parts considering its 600 pages It is the story of a woman s seventy some years so one needs time to tell the storyHer begins when she discovers a magical person in the forest glittering with jewels but she is corrected She came across a spiny ceiba tree with the sun glittering on those spines Things are not what they seem becomes a motif throughout the book Laura s life grows from her German Mexican family roots to her fame as a photographer of Mexico City So many changes take place in her seventy years especially the men in her life from her husband lovers children and grandchildren At the same time its a reflection of Mexican history as well Bear with it There are so many surprizes and I found the last chapters powerful and full of reflections on life and growing old At times it felt almost like Garcia Maruez in tone but never crosses into magical realismThen when its all over Fuentes adds his recognitions and explains how so much of the book is based on his own family I was floored Talk about life inspiring art Well done se or FuentesRead in Spanish 45the better looking version of this review is on my blog Our lives are hourglasses Every grain of sand is a moment An hourglass is turned over gravity does its job sand starts falling A life starts Personality is first an inchoate entity a grain of sand then two then the accumulation of all the fallen grains of sand is what we are what we become Until the final grain has fallen there is a continuous transformation the present me is built pon layers and layers of different alter egos the multitude of me s that we have been in the past Laura s story does not begin when she is born It would be too easy None of our stories have this kind of well established beginning We only see the trees but nder the ground there S Through her story Fuentes writes the journal of the Mexican twentieth century su. ,

This was a hot mess of a book The really infuriating part is that I am fascinated by a lot of the history that is the basis for the story He also actually made anarchist characters that were idealists organizers and artists instead of the From Mistress to Wifey usual bomb throwing nihilist villains He even had a few moments of deep thought about life thrown in But none of that madep for the long stretches of banal philosophizing It didn t make p for how lacking the characters of color Are And It Didn And it didn make p for the fact that the woman the book is about was a vessel instead of a full
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Don t just hate when a book has all the things that should make you like it but just falls down in the execution So disappointing In some ways this was sort of a slow book I kept waiting for something to happenOf course a lot did happen The book was the story of Laura Diaz a Mexican woman of partly German ancestry but it is also in many respects a history of Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuriesIn her early teens Laura met her half brother Santiago who later died in the Mexican Revolution They had been great friends and Laura vowed to dedicate her life to himOver the years she had several love affairs with different men all of whom were revolutionaries of one kind or another She seems to have been drawn to the first two because of their relationship or supposed relationship to Santiago She marries the second of these men and moves to Mexico City with him after the revolution is successful After the last of her lovers dies about 90% of the way through the book Laura finally goes out on her own and discovers her own talent She takes a camera and visits all the poverty stricken parts of Well I didn t finish this book but I read 80% of it I d previously read another book by Fuentes in a Spanish lit class in grad school which I also did not enjoy and imagined it was due to a lack of language Dance With The Devil understanding on my part Now that I ve read so much of one in English I ve realized that it wasn t that I didn tnderstand the language it was that I don t Smitten understand the way Fuentes writes nor do I like his characters His rambling paragraphs jumping from the third person to first person format was frustrating jumping through history in flashbacks was confusing to follow and there is so much political philosophy that I was often bored 400 pages in and I still didn t care what happened to the protagonist whose behavior with men and disdain for her own family irritated me throughout At least now I can accept that it wasn t that I couldn tnderstand the words after reading a Fuentes novel in Spanish Laura Diaz story is told through a series of vignettes many of which Fuentes has modeled on the experiences of members of his own family descendants of German immigrants from the region of Veracruz and her experiences illustrate the artistic and political movements that shaped 20th century Mexico In an English television interview Fuentes characterizes the book as a sort of female The Death of Artemio Cruz but it struck me as much broader in scope besides the Mexican revolution and economic development of the 1940 s and 50 s Laura shelters the refugees from the Spanish Civil War and the McCarthy hearings in the United States but also intentionally less psychologically realistic and narratively interesting That is why it took so long to reach her grandfather s bedroom Reaching the dying man s bed reuired her to touch each and every one of the days of his existence to remember imagine perhaps invent what never happened and even what wasn t imaginable and to do so by the mere presence of a beloved being who represented everything that wasn t that was that could be and that never could take place p 82 I enjoyed the range of history and the historical figures but I felt no sympathy or empathy with or for Laura The characters are like. Laura Diaz is a passionate character intimately connected to many historical event. ,

Re roots We keep forgetting this Laura s family is a family of German immigrants Each one of its members has its own drama Discontent runs deep in THE FAMILY HIDDEN ONE WAY OR family hidden one way or behind stories that are meant to provide explanations and which only seem to succeed in romanticizing everything Returning to the past meant entering an empty interminable corridor Returning to the past meant entering an empty interminable corridor one could no longer find the A White Slave in Turkey Book 1 - A BDSM Novel usual things or people one wanted to see again As if they were playing with both our memory and our imagination the people and things of the past challengeds to situate them in the present not forgetting they had a past and would have a future although that future would be precisely only that of memory again in the present Ab ovo Laura s story is this one there is a grandmother whose fingers from the right hand or maybe it was the left one I don t recall were cut because she had been too proud to have surrendered her wedding ring to a thief she was strongly attracted to who had attacked her convoy when she was going to her husband s mansion there are two spinster aunts one a never published poet the other a never acknowledged pianist there is another aunt who was her grandfather s daughter with a prostitute there is a mom who decides that the only way to escape the seclusion of her family is to keep her feet on the ground 1898 unlike her sisters The story starts being delineated in our minds before Laura even gets to enter the stage Before the sketch of her own life starts to get contours all these lives from the past are already strongly imprinted in her DNA our existence has no other meaning but to completenfinished desires Her own story revolves around Santiagos her step brother her son her nephew and another Santiago that she does not interact with but whose Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, unseen roots below ground get to lean on her experience of life and vision The grains of sand are falling in her hourglass she encounters love and its different forms the erotical love the maternal love brotherly love she experiences solitude and lack of meaning she experiences intimacy she gets introduced to the Mexican art world Frida and Diego Rivera she gets tonderstand that she cannot love her two sons eually and that we are drawn to some people and not to others she is vulnerable and learns to embrace this since it is all a part of becoming who you actually are she finds motivation and artistic forms of self expression she learns to be alone without being lonely she learns to forgive and she learns that all past experiences have their own safe place in her mind that there is no reason to deny their existence because they are part of what she has become We have to make time for the things that have taken place We have to allow pain to become knowledge in some way Grandeur of haciendas in contrast with corruption cruelty of politics and senseless deaths are graciously woven in this saga Laura is a survivor She learns moral fortitude along the way She is a daughter and a mom she is a niece a grand daughter a mother in law a grandmother a great grandmother A stepsister A lover A wife A friend She makes mistakes and she learns from them She begins to Lay My Burden Down understand that we are allnfulfilled promises and that we all Vérité (Love at Center Court, understand this only too late Santiago had been annfulfilled promise Was that what Grandfather was too despite his age Was there any really finished life a single life that wasn t also a truncated promise a latent possibility even It isn t the past that dies with each of Beyond the Qumran Community us The future dies as well Other hourglasses are turned over all the time Other lives begin Sand starts falling First grain Second grain Other personalities are getting shaped but the process starts anew each time For Laura what might have been already was Everything happened exactly as it should have happened all photos are taken by me in Azore Islands and Lisbo. Pporting his novel with facts and characters that define the shape of today's Mexi.