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La Maravilla Paperback – April 1, 1994
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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The pastiche of characters: Beto and his family, locals and drifters, find humanity within each others' alienation in a desolate yet profound environment.
If you have been moved by the history and beauty of Marquez or Allende, and other so-called Magic Realists, if the poetic style of Michael Ondaatje appeals to you, and if you are still haunted by the characters of Steinbeck's "The Wayward Bus" or "Cannery Row"--you must read this book. And if you have read this book, please consider reading a book by Canadian author Sky Lee called "Disappearing Moon Cafe." It is equally as gorgeous.
Speaking to some of the other reviewers' comments that the book is difficult to get into, I found that the "slow" beginning was actually the author building the base on which the wonders of the rest of the book so beautifully fit.
Rarely have I felt such a sense of wonderment and connection while reading a work of fiction. Vea's depictions of some of his characters can (and should) be labeled magical realism, but those touches make the characters even more real and allow the reader a deeper understanding of the world Vea has constructed.
Read this book. You won't regret it.
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My candidate for great American novel. Vea is a brilliant novelist. Read anything he writes,Published on August 27, 2014 by Jane S. Oliver
The extensive descriptions of poverty and the ways to cope with it were most interesting.
I liked less the parts using magical realism.
This book has become one of my all-time favorites. I didn't want it to end because I loved all the characters so much (even the seedy ones). Read morePublished on October 17, 2005 by Pamela J. Mcglynn
I was only able to get about halfway into this book before putting it down. This was not because of any inherent deficiency in the book itself--Vea is a competent author, and his... Read morePublished on September 4, 2001 by magellan
Before reading this book, forget what you know about the southwest, about indigenous culture, european influences, and what you know about the US. Read morePublished on July 30, 2001 by w. menlo
I wish I enjoyed the book as much as the other reviewers, but I just can't get into it. I've wanted to put it back on the shelf numerous times, but the high marks given to it... Read morePublished on June 28, 2001 by KallyK