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The Lady Matador's Hotel: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 7, 2010
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We find ourselves experiencing the complete range of emotions as we peek in on these lives. Remember, this is Latin America. This is where we are watching things happen and suddenly realize it's our hand getting caught in the car door. (You don't have to be near a car or a door for that to happen.)
Of course, in this capital of Somecountry, Central America, we are exposed to that ubiquitous leftist/centrist/rightist trying to determine the in-power group. Within that struggle we have the also ever present 'elected' government versus the military leaders. Typically the group with the most weapons wins.
If it bothers you to read about hard living or hard dying, perhaps you should skip this book (though I hope you don't). The author has given us a visceral look at the history and present in the non-fiction world of that part of the world through the characters of The Lady Matador's Hotel.
This is the first book I've read by Garcia. She hooked me with the first few pages (yeah, there were several reasons for that) and played me like a fish on the line until the end. Pure and simple, the lady can write. She packed a four hundred page novel into half as many pages.
Her words paint pictures that I could see as I was reading. I was with the waitress, the colonel, the poet, the businessman, the lawyer and the matadora. You will enjoy being another guest at Hotel Miraflor. Check in.
Central to the story is the Lady Matador, Suki Palacios who is half-Mexican and half-Japanese. She has arrived at the Hotel Miliflor from Los Angeles for the First Battle of the Lady Matadors in the Americas. Men view her as an interloper, a "scandalous woman playing at being a man". For Suki, rituals are important to her; her father instilled this belief at an early age. Prior to a fight she slips a fifty dollar bill into the offering box at the cathedral and light fourteen candles -- one for every year that she and her mother were alive. Fourteen candles for her dead mother, pink stockings first, and one sliced pear. For extra luck, she has silent sex with a stranger two days before a fight. Then right before stepping into the ring she recites three words in Spanish and Japanese: arrogance, honor and death.
Suki also likes to tempt fate and test superstitions when she isn't fighting. She wears yellow, the color of accidents and bad omens, knowing that by doing this she will catch the attention of the journalists who can't wait to interview her. She is a woman who beats to her own drummer and is not interested in traditions or conforming to a certain image.
Another strong female character is Gertrudis Stuber, a German lawyer who specialized in adoptions, calling it her "export" business.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the way she tied the characters together all in the hotel. Let's us make our own judgment on each character. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan R .
This book got from me 3 stars because it was slow and the different characters in the story weren't capables to get my entair attention. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JVR
I liked the variety of characters and the author's skill in intertwining their stories. It is a book worth buying.Published 11 months ago by readingfan
Great style of writing and use of vocabulary. Boring book that dealt on life's negatives and dark areas. Not enough character development of the "Lady".Published on May 2, 2014 by barda
I saw the 4.5 stars and thought this would be a good book...I went back and saw how many people reviewed it...so disappointed. At the very best it was SORTA okay. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by moonovrmiami
Couldn't put it down. The characters draw you into their lives in an instant and won't let you go. Brilliant writing that paints pictures of people, politics and messy lives.Published on July 8, 2013 by Ryah
This is my first forray into Cristina Garcia's work (but not my first into South American/Latin American writing) and I must say that I was addicted to the book from its opening... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Gerald Browning
Great book. Cristina garcia is an excellent writer. Book i rec'd was in good condition. No rips, scribbles, hardcover w/ jacket intact. Fairly prompt in timing. No complaints.Published on January 21, 2013 by Bucher
This was a pretty quick read. It got a little too neat for my tastes by the end, with no loose threads or plots left unaccounted for, but I enjoyed it quite a bit nonetheless. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Clancy J Clark