Prepare to be enthralled by this lyrical, achingly human debut novel about a young girl's remarkable resilience in the face of loss. Struggling to cope as her family falls apart, 11-year-old Luz María Castillo retreats into her beloved set of Lotería cards - a Mexican game featuring riddles and vibrant images. Each card represents a different memory, and as Luz shuffles through the deck, she weaves her recollections into a compelling story of love, loyalty, tragedy, and hope.
By turns affecting and inspiring, Lotería is a powerful novel that heralds the arrival of an outstanding new writer, one who reminds us of the importance of remembering, even when we are trying to forget.
©2013 Maria Alberto Zambrano (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
It would be great with a PDF of the loteria pictures, that apparently begins each chapter of this book, and sets its theme - as it is, the name of the picture in Spanish is read - and not translated, so if like me you speak NO Spanish, it's even hard to guess how it's spelled and google it. There are also plenty of sentences spoken in Spanish, that are not translated, which makes you feel like you're missing out on a lot of character interaction, again in a physical book it would be easier to translate words you don't know. So, the enjoyment of the story is flawed a lot by it's unsuitability to the audio media - unless you speak Spanish,
I don't usually listen to fiction but I had read the book and wanted to check out the audiobook. The choice for the narrator was perfect. She really captured the character of Luz and pronounced the Spanish words perfectly. (I hate it when narrators pronounce words wrong...) What's missing on the audio version that I loved in the printed version of the book is the beautiful artwork. The book is a visual treat. The author's writing style is also a treat. His sentences are graceful, concise and elegant. There are parts of this book I would like to frame and hang on my wall. While the audiobook is nice, the printed version is a work of art.
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One of the passages struck a nerve. This is from when Luz's parents were fighting, "That time I saw them over the table, I crawled out the window and ran down the street to the corner store and stole pieces of chewing gum and put them all in my mouth at one time. I chewed so fast my cheeks burned, and they burned so much that I told myself I was crying because of the sting, not because they were fighting."
I'm looking forward to the author's next book.
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