BOOKRAY: No Matter How Much You Promise
11 journalers for this copy...
I'm making a selective bookray out of this one!
The following readers take part in this ray:
"rumble-bee" from Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany (int'l) - she will be appropriately punished for holding this ray for 6 months!!!
"Pooker3" from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Canada / US, int'l surface - canoe?)
"perryfran" from Rockville, Maryland, USA (int'l)
"okyrhoe" from Athens, Greece (int'l)
"marko167" from Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland (int'l)
"madnad" from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
From the time the book arrives in your hands, please try to send it on within 8 weeks. At the latest after 3 months. Thank you!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This book goes to rumble-bee. First stop. Please send it on within 6 weeks. Thanks and enjoy!
It's quite a weighty story, no..?? In more than one sense...!
But I'm really, really curious to see whether this is a latino version of Jonathan Franzen or not. Or whatever it is...
... it surely deserves a medal for "most unique book-title of the century"...!
I'm trying to fit this in somewhere soon.
first of all, I have to apologize for keeping this book so long; I really didn't mean to!!
What can I say, "real life" always seemed to get in the way.
and as this is quite a long book, I always tried to find the "perfect moment" to read it in one go. But that was impossible...!
Anyway, it is a remarkable piece of literature, and I'm considering buying it - which would be better, I think!
I will send this on next week.
I'm going to tell you more about it when I've bought it.
Please excuse me; and I hope you won't exclude me from bookrings in the future... !
This book was in it! Even better!
And there's more. A funny postcard from Book-Man to Rumble-Bee. Thanks for leaving that in Rumble-Bee. Made me laugh, although I suspect that's me on the end pouting.
And a lovely black bookmark. Handmade? I have to tell you I'm tempted to keep that. But I'll be good and send it along too when I'm done. It just seems to suit the book.
800 pages eh? Best get started!
This book goes to bed with me every night and I'm loving every minute of it. =)
Weighty tome, so it helps to have a pillow to rest it on.
Trouble is, due to my current long days, I only get 10 or so pages read before I have to turn out the light. I've still got about 300 pages to go and I have no intention of skimming, so it will probably not be until mid November that I'll be able to send it on its way. My apologies to those waiting, but it will be worth the wait. Really.
I am relishing being immersed in this messy family. All of the characters, their situations and experiences ring very true and I just love the "Rican-ness" of the homegirls.
Although, being decidedly unmusical myself, it has taken me a while to pick up that beat but it's coming. I could hear Wyndell singing Don't Abuse your Drum clear as a bell.
Will check in later. Thanks book-man! I don't think I'll want the book to end either.
I finished this novel this past weekend and although I have moved on to new books my thoughts still return to it. A really marvelous work. I truly did not want it to end.
Yet I have to say that as wonderful as it was for the first 750 pages or so I was disappointed in the ending. I felt it was rushed. It was almost as if the author had given his all in bringing us to the horrifying climax that he had nothing left to give and wanted to wrap things up, all nice and tidy, with a pretty ribbon.
All of the characters had become heartbreakingly real to me, even Papo and his peeps sadly understood. It was as if I was living amongst them, so utterly engaged was I. That ended though. It seemed to me that his characters were less affected by the truly terrible acts of violence than I as a reader was. And so while I am able to accept that Vidamia and the others are strong and resilient and life will go on for them, they became a little less human to me in their seeming overnight ability to do that.
That said, overall, I can't remember any novel that has been so engaging. I highly recommend it.
I am indebted to you book-man-8. Thank you!
I have perryfran's address and will get the book out to her on my next trip to the post office.
As an aside: Lately, I've caught myself humming, "Won't you come home Bill Bailey? Won't you come home?" Weird. :)
I guess some would say the story rambled – it provided detailed histories of many of the lesser characters and seemed to jump all over the place at times. However, Yunqué pulled this off brilliantly. I really loved these histories of the characters, especially some of the details of Southern rural life as seen through the eyes of Pop Butterworth, Buck Sanderson, and Lurleen’s family. Some of the Buck Sanderson story was also very erotic including his early sexual encounters! Then there was the constant overlay of music and jazz in particular with guest appearances by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, etc. (Although I only listen to jazz on occasion, I had to go out and get a couple of Miles Davis CDs. I have really been enjoying them!)
I also loved all the information about New York Puerto Rican culture and the discussions about race and color (especially the arguments between Vidamía and Wyn about the meaning of being black and people of color). There was also the irony of how Vidamía learns more about her Puerto Rican culture by hanging out with her white half sister than from her Puerto Rican mother and stepfather.
As I was reading, I knew that the story was leading to a tragic conclusion but I was still shocked by its outcome. I thought the scene where Billy finally regained the memory he lost in Vietnam, the true story of why his friend was murdered and what led up to it was overwhelming. I was hoping that everything would work out for Billy and his family but the story reminds us that tragedy and pain can always intervene in life.
I know I will be thinking about this book in the weeks to come - there's a lot to ponder! Thanks book-man-8 for another great read. I'll be sending this off to okyrhoe in Greece tomorrow.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Maybe this book came to me at an inauspicious time, and I was not able to enjoy it up to this point (a little bit over half-way into the book).
Maybe also I was unwilling to immerse myself into the world of these characters. I really wanted to see how Billy will evolve, but at the same time I just wasn't convinced by Vidamia's character -- her motivations are authentic enough, but I am not so sure that a person her age can be a catalyst for the other characters in the manner presented here. Vidamia's positioning in the narrative just didn't sit right with me; she seems more of a construct meant to link up various segments/characters rather than a distinct element with her own voice.
On its way to marko167.
This book is stunning. It has made me expand my music collection, it has made me review my political views, it has made me look at myself and question myself. It is a masterpiece.
God... how to talk about it without spoiling the journey of future readers? It has taken me an age, I kept trying to read it but kept being blown back. I almost gave up. But finally I was hooked and am so happy I was.
This goes straight into my top ten ever books, and happily will I visit Vidamia, Cookie et al in the future.
Thank you for sharing.
"mrbaggins1" from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa (worldwide)
"lauraloo29" from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (anywhere BUT CDN)
"the lucy-lemon" from Bangor, Gwynedd, United Kingdom (Europe)
"voveryte" from London, Greater London, United Kingdom (Europe)
"madnad" from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (Europe)
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Off ,it flies to the land of biltong, diamonds and the fabulous Charlize Theron.
It's really a wonderful book and well worth reading. I've PM'd lauraloo29 so that the book can continie its journey.
Thanks for sharing
Posted today to Lauraloo29 in Canada whose next on the list. Enjoy, it's a wonderful read
But I am very glad to have had the chance to read this, thank you so much for sharing :-)
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to voveryte to continue the ring.
A warning though - it will be a while before I finish this, not because it's a huge book, but because I have few other ring/rays in front. But I really look forward to read this!
Thanks lucy-lemon for sending and book-man-8 for sharing!
Madnad asked to be skipped which leaves me as the last participant of the ray. I'll have to think of something really grand for this book with regards of future travels, but I also have one special person in mind...
Thanks everyone for making this possible for the book to travel all the way to my place!