colorful, sensual, heartfelt
The discovery that Sira had lost everything including a baby to that scoundrel.
fluid, inconsistant Castellano, mispronunciations
I really liked Sira's character and empathized easily with all her feelings of happiness and sadness, fear and confusion.
I loved the story, but kept wanting to correct the mispronunciations of the reader, some in Castilian Spanish, some in French and some in English--that was distracting. For example, the c's in Palacio Nacional are both "lisped", but the s's in San Andres are not. This was inconsistent throughout.
This audiobook is one of the best I've ever listened to. It has enough historical background to make it real, it is beautifully written with sensitivity and humor, the characters are sympathetic and the reading was wonderful!
I think Tomas Urrea was my favorite-- a regular guy caught between trying to make his rancho profitable and juggling the peculiarities of his family and the "magic" they were gifted; caught between the government and private rights, between tradition and change,between education and practicality. He handled everything with grace (once he understood that he really had no choice...)
Luis Urrea did not only a phenomenal job of writing, but also of reading!
The story was unforgettable, tragic.
The reader obviously knew the language and could communicate her knowledge of the place and its people easily. The story, although tragic in nature, was spell-binding and educational.
All the characters were believable; I had the most sympathy, of course, for Mariam.
I don;'t think I could take a character to dinner because I feel inadequate to their suffering, and I lack the cultural knowledge for that.
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