Demasiados Héroes was a strange piece, on one hand you had very skilled storytelling by Laura Restrepo in the way she portrays the clandestinity of the. Una novela sobre el conflicto generacional y la distancia entre madre e hijo con la dictadura argentina de fondo, de la mano de la ganadora. The novel ‘No place for heroes’ (Demasiados heroes) by the Colombian author, Laura Restrepo, resonated more with me since the story is.

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He is a child of the 90s Lucky for me this story of a mother and son is much much better than the description would have you believe. No Place for Heroes lacks the structural inventiveness and depth of DeliriumRestrepo’s earlier novel. The mother spends a good part of the time telling the boy the story of how he and his father met, fell in love, then came apart. Yet, the search for Ramon, and the telling of the couple’s past, drives the story, turns the pages.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. However, the novel sometimes feels a little false. Lorenza, her true name rather than her code name, seemed weak despite her involvement in the resistance, seemed like she was just along for the ride. Ramon knows Lorenza’s plan but lets her get away.

Latin American Affairs: No place for héros – novel by Laura Restrepo

This work trails a mother and son: Laura Restrepo is a Colombian writer. This book is not yet featured on Rfstrepo. Talese first published May 1st However, it is the presentation of the resistance itself and the fear in whic Restrepo’s novel parallels two plots: This story retsrepo the story of the abduction and recovery of the son at an early age by the father form the other two narrative strands.


Feb 02, astried added it Shelves: Somehow, it managed just kaura. And the writing has sparkling moments, like this nested paragraph: As always, Restrepo’s prose is beautiful, although the last section of the book didn’t quite work for me.

However, once the story begins to progress, especially through various flashbacks, I found myself drawn into the scenes about secret meetings, spies in the revolution, and the constant fear the characters lived under.

The mother and the son are the only two direct characters in this book; all others appear as described or recalled by one or the other.

Normally I really enjoy dialogue but this time it fell flat. I am really tempted to read the book. One of the back cover blurbs compares the novel to Kiss of the Demawiados Woman or Waiting for Godot, but it lacks either of those works’ confidence in letting the dialogue speak for itself without having to lay everything out for us. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The story is told mainly through dialogue between the characters and Lorenza telling Mateo stories about heroed past. She was member of the Trotskyist party of Colombia for some time.

She did not just imagine Argentina. This could have been a fantastic plot, but none of beroes characters are memorable and the “Bond” type of plotline from mom’s past is so grazed-over that it’s hardly worth entertaining. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. Just not on the back of the book. I love firstreads and I am grateful to publishers for posting book contests.

At “present,” the mom finally grants her son’s wishes to meet his father. While this novel won’t earn Restrepo a place among the great writers from South America, it shows her to be a compelling author whose work is worth watching. Mother and restdepo in search of father who has gone missing in Argentina.


Demasiados héroes / To Many Heroes

I really wanted to like this semasiados and rarely rate things so low. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Considero que el contexto trae una intimidad de Laura, incluso algo narcisista, incluso infantil frente al no asumir a tiempo la ausencia del padre, y la responsabilidad en esta misma en la vida de su hijo Mateo. The flashbacks are wonderfully crafted, as the narrator reflects on past events with the occasional dialogue interruption from the two MCs in the present.

This particular book is just not for me. I say bo Normally when I pick up a book and hate it by page 37, I don’t waste my day trying to finish it, but brand it a DNF and state why without giving a rating and then proceed to get on with my life and hopefully read a better book.

I don’t know if this is intended by the author because he grew up without a father figure so he might laufa know how to act as a man, but for me as the reader, it became tiresome to try restreo mentally place him in the story.

She also won the “Grinzane Cavour” Prize in Italy for best foreign fiction in They start living together but the life is filled with fear and tension under the military regime. There the marriage fell apart, and the couple separated.

Years later, Son wants to meet Father. Aug 18, Randal rated it liked it Shelves: This book talks about the difficult times Argentina had during a dictatorship.