Caramelo

by Sandra Cisneros | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 140003406x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Bjorg of Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Höfuðborgar svæðið) Iceland on 2/25/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by Bjorg from Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Höfuðborgar svæðið) Iceland on Wednesday, February 25, 2009
My sister was cleaning out her bookshelf today and this is one of the many books I took with me:)

This book is about a family which packs up in 3 cars every year and drive from Chicago to the Little Grandfather and Awful Grandmother´s house in Mexico City for the summer.

Seems to be an interesting book:)

Journal Entry 2 by Bjorg at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, June 14, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (6/14/2010 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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Caramelo will now travel to Finland:) hope you will enjoy the book Tarna:)

Journal Entry 3 by Tarna at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The book arrived today. Thank you so much, Bjorg! I've read The House on Mango Street some ten years ago - and loved it. I'm sure I'll like this one too.
I didn't, btw, mail your package until yesterday but I think it should be there this week. My computer broke down and I'm out of Internet access for the time being, so I couldn't check if there's enough stamps. (The price list I've got is dated 2008 but I think it's still up-to-date. Didn't make it to the post office either.) If there's any problem in receiving the package or if it doesn't arrive, say, by the end of next week, please, let me know. I'll make it up to you somehow.
Once again, thanks for the book. Not to mentionthe letter. How did you know I love letters?

Edited to add, on Dec. 29, 2010, that Caramelo is now reserved for aetm. I'll read it first, of course, and then it'll leave for Texas. :)

Journal Entry 4 by Tarna at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, February 04, 2011
Haven't got many words left. Sandra Cisneros used them all. ;)
Physically, it was a struggle. I've got such a poor eyesight and such a small print made it really hard to read this book Otherwise, I really liked this book.
Liked the first part very much. I wasn't that interested in the second part where Lala was telling the Awful Grandmother's life story. The whole idea of writing stories seemed to come out of nowhere and the second part seemed a bit loose somehow. Wasn't too keen on the third part either but it did seem better anyway. Loved the few last chapters.
I like the way Cisneros writes. Her narration style is ample and yet disciplined. It's interesting how she manages to weave Mexican history into Lala's family history. And the way she's dropping names (Josephine Baker, for instance) is hilarious. And, of course, I did enjoy the description of immigrant life and, especially, feelings of second generation immigrant. It's the same theme the author used in The House on Mango Street which, btw, still is my favorite. But I really liked Caramelo. Thank you so much for this reading experience, Bjorg!

Next, Caramelo will leave Europe for North America and Texas. Someone there has wished for this book. I'll mail the book when I get back home, some time next week.


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Sandra Cisneros at Wikipedia

Journal Entry 5 by Tarna at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, February 07, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (2/8/2011 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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In December, I hosted a little guessing game in the Finnish Forum. One of the lucky winners was aetm, and she chose Caramelo as her prize.
Congrats, aetm! Happy Reading!


Edited to add that the estimated travel time is 10 to 15 business days, so it should reach its destination by the end of February.

Journal Entry 6 by aetm at Austin, Texas USA on Monday, February 21, 2011
The book arrived safely here in Texas, thank you Tarna! Austin would most likely be on the way when doing a car ride from Chicago to Mexico City, like in this book, so it should probably travel after reading somewhere around here or in San Antonio.
Curious... Just Friday I found a book by an Icelandic author in a bookstore that I couldn't resist (Jar City, by Arnaldur Indridason), and on Saturday saw a short Icelandic film in a film festival here ("Epic Fail") - and now this book started its journey there... I don't believe in coincidences, so perhaps Jar City should be read next. Too many Iceland-related coincidences otherwise... :)

Journal Entry 7 by aetm at JW Marriott (Ihilani) in Ewa Beach, Hawaii USA on Friday, January 20, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (1/20/2012 UTC) at JW Marriott (Ihilani) in Ewa Beach, Hawaii USA

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Safe journey little book - I hope you'll make many new friends on your travels!

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A sweet and fragrant read, very enjoyable on a beach, a holiday, or anywhere nice and fragrant (like Hawaii...). And since I love leaving the travel reads traveling, I've got a feel this book might just run to its next reader here. The book is with some other traveling books on a coffee table in the coffee shop of JW Marriott in Ihilani/ Ko Ilani. Enjoy the read & the holiday :)

Journal Entry 8 by alexandrabdimarco at Ko Olina, Hawaii USA on Saturday, March 10, 2012
Found it in the Marriott hotel lobby

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