The Sound of Things Falling
* One of NPR’s 6 Best Books of the Summer * Esquire recommends The Sound of Things Falling if you read only one book this month” * Starred early reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and Kirkus * Lauded by Jonathan Franzen, E. L. Doctorow and many others From a... show more
* One of NPR’s 6 Best Books of the Summer * Esquire recommends The Sound of Things Falling if you read only one book this month” * Starred early reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and Kirkus * Lauded by Jonathan Franzen, E. L. Doctorow and many others From a global literary star comes a prize-winning tour de force an intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia. Juan Gabriel Vásquez has been hailed not only as one of South America’s greatest literary stars, but also as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. In this gorgeously wrought, award-winning novel, Vásquez confronts the history of his home country, Colombia. In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare. Vásquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature,” according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and The Sound of Things Falling is his most personal, most contemporary novel to date, a masterpiece that takes his writingand will take his literary stareven higher.
Publish date: August 1st 2013
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Spanish Literature
, Latin American
This is a gripping novel, very absorbing from start to finish. This is a page turner that describes Bogota and the Colombian life in a well-constructed plot that neatly and carefully meshed the country’s violent past with present elements. This beautifully written story explores the aftermath of the...
Antonio wants to know who murdered his friend Ricardo Laverde. He was also shot at the same time. He has a difficult time dealing with being shot and it is affecting his life. He has determined he needs to know so he begins to look into Ricardo's life. He discovers the daughter Ricardo left behind a...
From the chance encounter with a fellow billiard player to the possession of a tape (remember that, kids?) which turns out to be the recording of a black box, Juan Gabriel Vasquez weaves a tale of 60s innocence and the loss of it. I haven't been so affected by a novel in a long long while and I high...
Interesting and engaging. Here the theme is the violence and fear that permeated all Colombian life in the 80s and 90s when the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar held sway. Who wasn't affected? How did this play out in the lives of Colombians, children and adults? Fear. This is a book about fear. It...