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“Restrepo charts a wide and intense range of human experience in this compelling story of castaways.” (Washington Post)

Arguably [Restrepo’s] best: a ripping yarn that recreates an obscure historical incident…. Vivid and entertaining. (Kirkus Reviews)

“This extraordinarily gripping novel communicates surprising lessons on the human condition. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal (Starred Review))

“[A] finely wrought work.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

About the Author

Laura Restrepo is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Dark Bride, A Tale of the Dispossessed, and Delirio, which received Spain's prestigious Alfaguara Prize. She lives in Colombia.

Laura Restrepo fue profesora de literatura en la Universidad de Colombia, editora política en la revista Semana y miembro de la Comisión Nacional para la Paz. Ha escrito destacadas novelas tales como Leopardo al sol; Dulce Compañía, que obtuvo el premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz en México y el premio France Culture en Francia; y Delirio, que obtuvo el premio Alfaguara. Actualmente vive en Bogotá, Colombia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo; 1st. edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0060816201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060816209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Louis N. Gruber VINE VOICE on June 11, 2006
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Clipperton Island is a harsh, unliveable atoll in the Pacific, southwest of Mexico, inhabited only by such creatures as penguins and crabs, covered with a layer of bird guano, and surrounded by treacherous coral reefs. This forbidding speck of land, claimed at various times by France and by Mexico, is the setting for a sad and heroic novel by acclaimed author Laura Restrepo.

The story begins with Ramón Arnaud, a young officer in the Mexican army, who has served time in prison for desertion, and is now trying to rehabilitate himself. When he is posted to Clipperton in charge of a small Mexican garrison and as "Governor" of the tiny island, he sees it as a great opportunity and is determined to do his best. Accompanied by his new bride, Alicia, and his small contingent of troops (each with their own story to tell), the adventure begins with great promise. But then things begin to go wrong. The Mexican government goes through convulsive changes and the Clipperton mission is forgotten. The supply ships stop coming. The weather deals catastrophic blows. And the idyllic adventure slowly turns into an endless nightmare.

The story is told from the point of view of a journalist trying to piece together what happened, years later, and from that of the men and women of Clipperton, whose fates were entwined for nine long years. I won't tell you what happens, of course. You'll have to get the book for yourself. It's a story of heroism, love, disillusionment, loss and grief. And of the resilience of the human spirit. Author Restrepo writes in beautiful, simple, rhythmical prose which captivates you and draws you along. Although my command of Spanish is limited I was able to follow the story and get into the minds of the characters as they struggled, suffered and triumphed. This is a wonderful, though sad, story, a story that will stay with you. I recommend it highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy A. on March 2, 2007
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Recibi la obra como regalo de navidad de parte de mi gran amiga Ana. Es el primer libro que leo de Laura Restrepo y me ha encantado, tomando la primicia que es basada en hechos reales, la trama te envuelve y no puedes dejar de leer hasta que terminas en libro. Te adentras en los detalles de supervivencia de ellos en la Isla de la Pasion y todas las necesidades por las que atravesaron, la lucha y nunca perdieron la esperanza... aunque ya al final quedaban solo un pequeno grupo de sobrevivientes.

Excelente obra. Gracias Ana por el regalo y por dejarme conocer una de las tantas historias de tu amado Mexico.

Amy
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. M Tye on July 31, 2006
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Como siempre, bueno al menos en mi corta experiencia leyendo a Restrepo cada una de sus historias te atrapa a pesar de que siempre son libros un poco grandes en cuanto a paginas.

Esta es la historia de un recien promovido capitan y gobernador de la isla Clipperton sale rumbo a la isla en compania de su recien tambien esposa y algunos soldados y sus respectivas soldaderas.

El gobierno mexicano les prometio que cada dos meses llegaria un barco cargado de provisiones, noticias y cualquien cosa necesaria para la comunidad recien instalada... pero al pasar del tiempo esta embarcacion cada vez se tardaba mas en llegar hasta que no llego...

la historia va dando vueltas poco a poco y cada vez se pone mejor. Llega el momento en que las acompanantes ahora son las protagonistas de la historia y una series de sucesos que cada dia son ellas las mas fuertes y cautivadoras.

La isla fue descubierta por primera vez por Fernando de Magallanes en 1521 llamandola la Isla de la Pasion, aunque más tarde fue denominada Clipperton, en memoria de un pirata inglés que capitaneó un motín contra William Dampier en 1704.

Actualmente, aunque Clipperton permanece desierta, sigue siendo declarada de pertenencia francesa, sin embargo existe en México un movimiento que reclama la devolución de Clipperton y que espera que el gobierno francés en un acto de buena voluntad le devuelva a nuestro país los derechos que le corresponden a su soberanía
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alatriste on March 10, 2009
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Me gustan las novelas historicas. Esta se cuenta con las mejores como "Tale of Two Cities" y por supuesto "Robinson Crusoe". Se dice que es novela feminista pero me parece que se trata de una pareja central - Ramon y Alicia - y igualmente con los soldados y soldaderas, Don Felix y Doña Carlota, Gustavo y Altigracia, Cardeno y Tirsa. No creo que disminuye ni a los hombres ni a las mujeres. Es feminista solo en el sentido que se trata igualmente a todos y la literatura anterior no lo hizo. Pero de ninguna manera se haya escrita solamente de punta de vista feminina.

Hay en la trama tanto suspenso, tantas personajes desliznados con todas sus complejidades que se da ganas leerla hasta el fin sin parar.

He leido otra novela de Restrepo "Delirio" y esta alcance al mismo nivel artistico. Espero leer toda su obra.
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