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review 2017-10-12 00:00
Prayers for the Stolen
Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement I would love to see Prayers for the Stolen  turned into a movie. It's not typically Hollywood, but I'd love to see the landscapes and contrasts on the big screen and I love the story, especially the end.

The story revolves around several issues in Mexico that are usually backdrops to the problem of the US citizen who happens to be on Mexico for a lot of US movies that involve scenes in Mexico. Seasons 4 and 5 of Weeds is a good example. The season includes finding out about trafficked women from Mexico and the main characters desire to stop it, but it isn't about those women, nor were the episodes where Silas tries to keep a woman they found crossing the border about her. This is a story about those women and what came before and several possible fates for them.

The main character is Ladydi, who hears of the fates of other girls before running into her problems. I'm not going to spoil what hers ends up being, but again, there are several possibilities and none are good. She is an exceptionally well written character, with internal conflicts that she navigates in complicated ways because you can't always help how you feel and life is messy. That's actually one of the things I really loved about the whole book. All the women had complicated feelings about each other and their daughters futures because they only had each other and they were more than willing to work together to protect the next generation.

The progression of the plot was interesting throughout the book. It hits the best strides when it's breaking my heart and little things come together toward the end to reveal things a reader may suspect already but I'll admit to missing. The end came together beautifully and just as complicated as everything that came before it.

Ok, I know I said movie at the beginning but with how amazing some of these television shows gave been lately (ahem Handmaid's Tale and Orange is the New Black and even Good Girl’s Revolt despite its short run), I'd be just as appreciative of a series that explores the finer details of the problem and expands to include Maria and Paul and maybe Ruth as main characters too. It's just such a layered story that needs to be told with problems for women that need more attention.
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review 2015-12-12 04:10
Prayers for the Stolen
Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement

This has to be one of the most random books I've read. Not for the fact that its bizarre or unrealistic, but for the fact its an assemble of random events that happens to this poor girl. It's like the girl has written a diary including her life's story. It started in a random chapter of her life and ends at a random chapter of her life, we have no clue what happens to her, or quite a few people actually. there's so many loose ends - but in a weird way it makes sense because for her, Ladydi, she doesn't know these things, she doesnt know what happened to most of her friends, whether their dead, alive, etc so we don't know what happens to them. Its actually kind of annoying, i like resolution, i like finding out the ending, even if its not satisfying or pleasant. We don;t even know anything about the main character after she turns what? 15? 

we know her mum and half sister want to take her to america, and that she's pregnant but thats it.

(spoiler show)

the book ends after her life is practically just starting!!!

 

One thing i must say is i rather enjoyed the prison part, all the characters were interesting (much more interesting than the rest) there stories were heartbreaking and horrible to hear. But they had this incredible bond with one another, they were much more kinder than i would have expected.

All in all an interesting story, but i think there's better ones written out there. To me it felt like the author was trying to be lyrical with her words, but i just finished reading Beauty of the Broken and she had nothing on Tawni Waters. I doubt i'll ever re-read this book, but i'm glad i gave it a chance. It's horrifying what happens to some people in the world, and without people like Jennifer to tell us their stories we would never know. Stories like these help keep us compassionate and appreciative, something that appears to be lacking a lot in the world these days.


I think this book would impact someone from america a lot more than it would impact someone from other countries, just like a story similar to this by an aboriginal would impact me more than maybe someone from america. I think this would be a good book for mature teens from america to read.

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review 2015-09-17 12:55
Prayers for the Stolen
Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement
bookshelves: radio-4, published-2014, autumn-2015, play-dramatisation, mexico, women, tragedy, slit-yer-wrists-gloomy, sleazy
Read from September 07 to 14, 2015

 



http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b068tl63

Description: Inspired by true stories, this atmospheric drama follows 15 year old Ladydi Martinez in the mountain village of Guerrero, Nr. Acapulco, Mexico, where being a girl is a dangerous thing and mothers disguise them as sons, hiding them in holes in the ground as the drugs cartels scourge the town, looking for girls to steal.

More Info:- A timely drama series, as drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has recently escaped a Mexican prison for the second time,. Guzman is considered by US authorities to be "the most powerful drug trafficker in the world." He is also cited as the 14th wealthiest person in the world. This lyrical and atmospheric drama explores the effects of drug trafficking through the perspective of a teenage girl, LadyDi.

Why is LadyDi named so?

MIKE: Ladydi, Ladydi...Why did your mama name you after a dead princess?

LADYDI: Because she hated what that Prince Charles did to Diana. She watched it on TV. She loves any woman whose man has been unfaithful. It's a special sisterhood of pain and hate. Patron Saint of Betrayed Women.


1/5: Mexican girls hide in holes to avoid being taken by drug cartels

2/5: LadyDi finds out about her father and best friend

3/5: LadyDi's mother, drunk on beer and tequila, mistakenly shoots her

4/5: Scared of the Cartels, LadyDi leaves to work as a maid in Acapulco

5/5: LadyDi is in a Mexican jail for a crime she didn't commit

14:09:2015 The women disappearing without trace
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review 2014-12-02 12:09
Prayers for the Stolen
Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement

The success of Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement lies in the awareness it raises about conditions in rural Mexican communities. The book is focused on creating a picture of the society rather than developing characters and plot. It does create a vivid picture in describing the sad reality of drug trafficking, human trafficking, poverty, alcoholism and other things that threaten these communities.

 

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/12/prayers-for-stolen.html

 

Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through Edelweiss

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/12/prayers-for-stolen.html
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review 2014-11-19 00:00
Prayers for the Stolen
Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement This is an interesting novel set in mexico about drug lords, absent fathers and the mothers and daughters who are left victimized and abandoned. It has a kind of surreal feel almost like it has a mythic quality but very intersting.
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