5 beautiful stars for an all-time favorite
Thank you, Kaje Harper, for this wonderful story!. I was so hestitant to read this. Mostly because I'm always reluctant when it comes to historical romances. More often than not the history is only used as a setting and everything else is ignored in order to make the romance possible. Which annoys me to no end. Because when you decide to write a story in a different time period, to me that means, you also have to do extensive research in order to make it at least a tiny little bit authentic.
If you ask me, Kaje did a formidable job here. Of course my "histotrical perspective" is somewhat different, since my country was the enemy in the war she described. But still, it felt right to me. The way she told the story of two young men deeply influenced and scarred by living and fighting during WW2 was impressive and felt unbelievably real. The anger, the depression, the naked fear, the love, the secrecy - all of it went directly under my skin and made me feel so much for the MCs.
I especially liked how she didn't end the story after they found each other again after the war was over. We were able to see this couple grow together, get even more close, fall even more deeply, grow old together and break free together. It took decades, and so many sticks and stones, before they could finally get married and even though I am not the type to cry easily over a story, I had to pick up a tissue or three at the end. Really, truly beautiful.
. . . allow coyotes to seal you into a tanker truck to drive you into the desert, purportedly to reach the other side in only three hours.
Tito will never do it again. And I'm telling you: just don't do it.
The Jaguar's Children is a book of survival, of living and dying, of family and history and the future.
it is so good. Do I dare to compare it to Anne Frank? Yes, I do. She had a diary, and he had a cell phone, but as far as the importance of the content and the beauty of the writing, they are equals.
Although this is fiction, we've all heard the stories of the thousands who try to cross borders and never make it to the other side.
if you decide to read this book, be prepared for difficult scenes that are hard to sit through, but also you will find this to be meaty with lots of food for thought.
"The human soul was not made to know such things and live." -- Tito, Day 2
Progress updates as I was reading through the book:
"The battery is getting low now, and the life of the phone is not the only one that matters."
Jeffrey Ford is a great short story writer. This story is very good and it's free and you should go over and read it on Tor.com.
But keep in mind that you really need to read about five stories by Jeffrey Ford to get a feel for what he's doing, to appreciate his range.
So, read "The Thyme Fiend" and, if you like it, do yourself a favor and grab one of his short story collections. They're all good, but I'd recommend you start with either of the following titles:
If you love the short story as an art form, I'm pretty damned sure these books will make you happy.