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Caramelo - Sandra Cisneros
Caramelo
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Every year, Ceyala "Lala" Reyes' family--aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, and Lala's six older brothers--packs up three cars and, in a wild ride, drive from Chicago to the Little Grandfather and Awful Grandmother's house in Mexico City for the summer. Struggling to find a voice above the boom of... show more
Every year, Ceyala "Lala" Reyes' family--aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, and Lala's six older brothers--packs up three cars and, in a wild ride, drive from Chicago to the Little Grandfather and Awful Grandmother's house in Mexico City for the summer. Struggling to find a voice above the boom of her brothers and to understand her place on this side of the border and that, Lala is a shrewd observer of family life. But when she starts telling the Awful Grandmother's life story, seeking clues to how she got to be so awful, grandmother accuses Lala of exaggerating. Soon, a multigenerational family narrative turns into a whirlwind exploration of storytelling, lies, and life. Like the cherished rebozo, or shawl, that has been passed down through generations of Reyes women, Caramelo is alive with the vibrations of history, family, and love.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679742586 (0679742581)
ASIN: 679742581
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 441
Edition language: English
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theresedalrymple
theresedalrymple rated it
5.0 Caramelo
Half way through and am in love with this story! An absolutely riot! Now that I"m done I can say I enjoyed this book. Her writing style here is different, it made me feel as if I was listening to her tell the story of her life and family. Little strange toward the end but heck who hasn't imagined s...
NinthWanderer
NinthWanderer rated it
"Tell me a story, even if it's a lie." Simple words standing alone on an otherwise empty page. I like this beginning.Pg. 21 -- I just finished the part about the father giving away Lala's Bobby doll while she watches, horrified. How is it that parents never understand the attachment that children fo...
Vera
Vera rated it
Apart from what seemed to be the theme of the book - that women are slaves to men's passions and their lives will always be tossed like corks on the sea of masculine whimsy - it was pretty good. No-one seemed to be happy, though.
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