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Dec 06, Elaine Kozak rated it liked it. Es una lectura poco lineal, que zigzaguea en tiempo y lugar, pero que al final te explota en la cara con la verdad. Look for example at this article The similarities to Venezuela of which you speak are striking, but the sources I have read refer instead to Colombia.
After the fire, “sixteen Panamanians were admitted to the hospital with breathing troubles,” wrote my father the breathing trouble consisted of the fact that they were not breathing, because the sixteen Panamanians were dead. It’s definitely very rewarding.
It was inspired by the geography and history of Colombia, where Conrad spent only a few days. Feb 17, Barbara rated it really liked it.
Historia Secreta De Costaguana by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
This one is not for the casual reader; it’s like certain movies – if you look away from them for a minute or two, you simply can’t figure out what’s going on. This review first appeared on my blog: This particular one is a bit convoluted as it is non- linear and at some place there are just far too many references to historical figures generals in particular and events- a familiarity with Colombian history might help but for others like me, it is an education, albeit a exasperating one at places.
The novel he is working on is set in South America, where he briefly captained a ship along the Colombian coast, but he finds himself unable to recall details about the country or its people, as he spent very little time there. But at that time our narrator did not know his father. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The story starts with the events that lead his father, Miguel Altamirano, to Panama.
You’ll see, with the passing of the years and the reflection on the subjects of this book, which I’m now writing, I have discovered what undoubtedly comes as no surprise to anyone: I trudged through a little more than pages and could not continue. Apr 07, Katherine added it Shelves: Still it helps to have some passing understanding of each before embarking on the journey.
Historia secreta de Costaguana
He could have stopped the cession of the Panama territory, but chose not to. Me tomo ese derecho”, ha dicho.
I was disappointed by this book and was tempted to quit reading it at almost every point. For THIS reader, however, the writing style was difficult to muddle through. A big theme is the story of individuals versus that of Big Historical Events, and what gets forgotten as opposed to remembered.
In my father’s article, the Canal workers were “true war heroes” who had defended the “Eighth Wonder” tooth and sedreta, and whose enemy was “fearsome nature” no mention was made of fearsome democracies. The Chinese cadaver, Father Echavarria’s actions, and the revolutions.
Although the French effort was led by a brilliant engineer, de Lesseps, who built the Suez Canal, the project was essentially sabotaged by graft and corruption. One Englishman, Charles Gould, and his beautiful and elegant wife, are drawn to cosgaguana country Charles was born there but left for school in England by the San Tome mine concession.
Anton rated it it was ok Dec 26, The book covers years of the history of Colombia during one of the darkest times in its history, which happens to be one of costafuana importance: I gradually perfected my interrogator’s technique, and Anotnia de Narvaez softened like potatoes in a stew before the insistence of my questions” Here I shall tell you of implausible murders and unpredictable hangings, elegant declarations of war and slovenly peace accords, of fires and floods and intriguing ships and conspiratorial trains; but somehow all that I tell you will be aimed at explaining and explaining to myself, link by link, the chain of events that provoked the encounter for which my life was destined.
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Actualmente vive cerca a su ciudad natal en Colombia. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We never hear anything about his mother again. Open Preview See a Problem? However the story feels sidetracked when it covers Conrad’s travel in the Congo.
Interestingly, when I read hsitoria book some years ago, I had read that Conrad based his account on the true history of Paraguay, not Panama. Then there is the fictional aspect of the book, which is easily separated from the historical facts.