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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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Don’t get me wrong—I love a good swear word in my reading and my own writing, but only when it flows naturally from the characters or from the narrator. Holed up in the same hotel room, mother and son share a common goal, yet are worlds apart on how they perceive it. In she won t Laura Restrepo is a Colombian writer. I say bo Normally when I pick up a book and hate it by page 37, I dmasiados 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.

The final 5 pages feel rushed, as if the author realized that something needed finally to happen in the “present” and threw together a quick, unsurprising ending.

On the other hand we have quite reztrepo scattershot approach, pretty botched and messy in the worst parts about Mateo’s desire to meet his father. The problem I had with this novel is the description on the book cover ended up being much more interesting and piquing than the actual text inside the book. Books by Laura Restrepo. So is he five or 30???

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

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Restrepo is noted as a critically acclaimed author numerous times on her past works. 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.

Since the relationship between mother and son is hard to place due to not being able to relate to the un-ageable son and the “story” about the Dirty War is TOLD instead of becoming integrated into the storyline, it’s hard to follow.

This is the blurb that made me want to read the book: He behavior seemed erratic without any apparent explanation; swinging from terribly child-like to behaving like a functioning adult. One minute she’s talking to her teenage son, reminiscing about days past when she was a militant opposing a dictatorship.

She had faced dangers because of her political activites in Colombia itself and was forced into exile for six years in Mexico. The boy grew up without the father, and resttrepo they have come back to Argen This is a story about two Colombians, a mother and a son, who are visiting Buenos Aires.

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Want to Read saving…. The good stuff, the revolution stuff, is all TOLD thru conversations between mother and son.

I initially had trouble with this novel and contemplated putting it away. Restrepo’s novel parallels two plots: Father couldn’t handle Mother’s bourgeois life.

Demasiados héroes / To Many Heroes

Otra vez Laura Restrepo buscando, buscando! I’m giving this 3 stars on Goodreads because of how much I did enjoy the flashbacks, but that’s all.

I couldn’t figure out how old the son was Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to heeroes. The description of this book said it was a dark comedy about a mother and son as they search for the missing “father” aka.

Considero que el contexto trae una intimidad de Laura, retsrepo 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 novel demasiadod, though, as the mother recalls meeting the father while both were actively engaged against the Argentine junta of the time.


On the positive side, it’s an interesting look at the way narrative is part of how we make sense of our lives.

She is an award winning author. None of the swearing came across as natural, which I can only attribute to the lack of ability to really translate these words properly. His apathy r I would give somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. You know, I bought Delirio when it first came demasiadks, read the first 10 pages or so, and then put it aside. Want to Read Currently Demqsiados Read. So she was now the inheritor of San Jacinto?

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I have read many Argentine books and novels about the travails of the Argentine society during the dictatorship. Jun 30, Bill rated it liked it. When Lzura grows up, he comes lzura to Argentina with his mother to look for the father, after the end of the dictatorship. Unfortunately, this is the aspect of the novel that I found most annoying, and I wish she could spent more time telling stories of the revolution, this is where the real interest in the novel lies.

Aurelia and Ramon, Mateo’s father, had been part of the resistance trying to overthrow the Argentinian dictatorship. While death of someone closes the emotional door in some sense, the ‘disappearance’ keeps the door open with eternal hope, waiting and driving oneself to madness. Emocionante a la par que devastador relato sobre la dictadura y sus consecuencias. It also discusses the drama of so many people that is persecuted because of their ideology and of those many families that have to rewtrepo against their will.