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None of the characters are well developed, so you really don't care about them at all.
The author clearly knows little about Paraguay and its people and history, and clearly doesn't care, from her superficial treatment of it.
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This was a re-read for me. I was in the Peace Corps in Paraguay in the 1980's, and every so often I get an itch to go back to that environment. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Astrocat
I didn’t personally like the book. It was to long and I dislike reading. Additionally, it was very boring. Read morePublished 3 months ago by alexandria
I was disappointed not to find this book better. There were too many battles which grew confusing; there were mistakes (for example, you do not get scabs from measles) and it went... Read morePublished 11 months ago by emilia
I enjoyed the first 30-40 pages, but the plot never fully developed. The author introduced too many characters without validating their existence in the storyline. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kate194
There is always a tension in reading a historical novel between the "history" and the "fiction". In her author's note, to her National Book Award novel, "The News from Paraguay",... Read morePublished on December 25, 2011 by Robin Friedman
This could have been a juicy, rousing historical novel, but it's not. Instead, it flits among a zillion characters, most of whom are not sufficiently fleshed out to render them... Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Patti
"The News from Paraguay", is historical fiction, but with a great emphasis on the history. Now I must confess that Paraguay is Terra incognito for me, or was before I began this... Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by JAD
There's nothing particularly wrong with the novel. IT didn't so much offend me as I found it to be completely mediocre. Read morePublished on July 9, 2009 by Richard Pittman