Thomas Trofimuk's novel is full of nuance and moments of déjà vu. His protagonists all have something in common: they are unknowingly searching for something they cannot name, while the answers lay in their pasts. Columbus himself becomes a metaphor; the lost navigator on a ship encased in fog, wondering if to move in any direction at all is better than staying still. Grover Gardner is perfectly suited as narrator, with his confident inflection and stern tone. Gardner's voice easily becomes the voice of Columbus: all-knowing, consistent, and firm. His performance makes tangible the sensuality of this work, which, at heart, is about the complexity and specificity of our individual psyches and the influence of the past on our lives. The subtleties of Trofimuk's narrative thrive with Gardner's mysterious inflection, which continually hints at the elusiveness of memory, the impossibility of suppressing desire, and the inevitability of revelation of that which is suppressed. Erin ikeler
©2009 Thomas Trofimuk; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Trofimuk is a master of feeling." (Globe and Mail)
I fell in love with this book. When it starts you are not really sure where it is going, but it is written so beautifully that it catches you up in the unfolding stories. It is a little melancholy, but there is heart and humor in it as well. I have been recommending this book to everyone since I finished it. The characters are interesting and you feel such compassion for Columbus. Download this book, you won't regret it.
I had been hearing people talk about Thomas Trofimuk's book Waiting for Columbus every time I turned around so, I finally broke down and bought the audiobook from Audible. The book is narrated by Grover Gardner and he does an excellent job. So what's the story about? This mysterious man is found in the Straits of Gibraltar and is taken to a mental hospital in Spain. He insists he is Christopher Columbus. Throughout the story, Columbus tells stories to Nurse Consuela (who is falling in love with the storyteller). These stories tell about the loves of Christopher Columbus, of Columbus' struggle to get his ships and sail around the world, Columbus' fear of the Inquisition and his relationship with Queen Isabella. The stories are beautiful fantasies that have details of modern items interspersed in them (such as telephones) so that you never quite believe they are true but you desperately want them to be true. As Columbus tells his stories, Nurse Consuela and the doctors at the institution are trying to figure out who this man is and what has made him disappear into this fantasy world.
Overall, this was one of the best books I've read in a long time. At times, the story would slow down a bit but I didn't really realize it because Trofimuk uses language so well. His descriptions, his word choice, his sentence structure are all unique and enchanting. Numerous times I found myself thinking "I would never have thought to use that description" or "what an odd way to write that sentence." Plus, there was a very interesting point of view change in the book that I still haven't quite figured out the reason for but I can tell it was deliberate. On top of that, it's not often that a narrator reads a story to where I can feel the sentence structure and nuances of the language and Grover Gardner did that.
I definitely recommend this book to anybody who loves a good
I became convinced that this was the real Columbus in some kind of time warp. I was saddened to see it come to an end, and even more saddened at what precipitated the journey.
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