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Tortuga: A Novel Paperback – August 30, 2004
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Anaya shares his memories of the incident which inspired Tortuga in the new Afterword of this 25th anniversary edition of his literary classic.
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The most obvious comparison here to Tortuga is 100 Years, since both are stories of societies living in isolation and infused with magic, and both are self-contained. But like Jane Eyre, Tortuga is full of lively and subtle conversation, beautifully written throughout, and shows the power of faith in and acceptance of others including their "flaws" - it is a fully human story. It's more difficult for me to find a similarity in the story line or the characters to Lolita, but there is an intellectual match in the way both books invite you to look beneath the surface of people who commit unspeakable acts, and again both are books where I often reread passages just to enjoy them again. All of these books bring smiles, laughs and tears, and it is impossible for me to say which of the four I like best - probably it is the one that is freshest in my mind at the time.
I won't tell you much about the story itself, because it is really something that you should (yes you really should) read for yourself without the baggage of some inadequate retelling. I will tell you that while I just compared it with three other novels, it is really very different from any of those or any other book I have ever read. It has changed my view of the world and it can probably change yours as well. And it does that without telling you what you should do or think, but by helping you see more deeply into life and relationships with others. And at the same time it brings you an entertaining and heartfelt story filled with pain and joy, laughter and tears, loss and overcoming - in short everything that life offers.
In case you have not figured this out yet, I really thing that you should read Tortuga, so do yourself a favor.