- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hipso Media
- Audible.com Release Date: October 27, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LXYH88R
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Valentina Goldman's Immaculate Confusion Audiobook – Unabridged
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is hilarious and insightful. She rides life's roller coaster and the reader gets to go along for the ride. As Valentina narrates her own story, her street smarts, philosophy, and enthusiasm in the face of a crazy Latina family, a few no-good husbands and tragedy make this a truly uplifting work of fiction. This book is a perfect for any woman on the planet who has a heart.
The book as written as sort of a letter to Valentina's step daughter after the death/suicide of her father. It delves into Valentina's own upbringing in Venezula and her life after immigrating to the United States. There were parts that made me laugh out loud, parts that made me tear up. There was just so much explored in these pages, marriage, divorce, poverty, assimilation, kidnapping, death, and even an illusion to incest, and teenage pregnancy. Any other author could have left you feeling depressed or overwhelmed by the contents she presented but I feel that Marisol Murano did a wonderful job, drawing you in and making you care about her characters. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read this book.
Cover: Well done. It's contemporary, clear, and the text doesn't obscure the model much. Thumbs up.
This book was one of those books that when I picked it up, utterly threw me for a loop. I was expecting a narrative tale of Valentina Goldman's life--and that's what I got, just not in the way I expected. This story is written completely in the telling voice as if the main character, Valentina, is telling a story to a young girl named Emily. To be honest, it took me a long time (four or five chapters) to really reconcile with the strange way it was written, and it did almost have me putting the story down. For a very long while I wasn't sure if the voice was going to change to a more narrative approach later on, who Valentina was talking to, or who that person was in relation to herself. I'm still not sure how old Emily is. This lead to a very confusing read at times.k
Another thing that threw me off was the constant jumping around. One chapter Valentina would be telling Emily about her sister's marriage, and then the next she'd be talking about her own step kids. A chapter later, she'd be back to her sister... or her aunt, or her childhood. I felt like I was getting jerked around quite a bit, and it made the story a bit hard to follow at times. I had to spend way too much time piecing the story together for myself than I would have liked.
That aside, I'm not entirely certain what the point of the story was. There didn't seem to be a theme, moral, or even explanation of why Valentina was telling this story to Emily. There was no discernable plot.
This book did do some things right however; The main character, Valentina, had a very strong Latina voice that was both authentic and entertaining. I live on the border of Texas/Mexico, and I'd dare to say that a lot of the Mexican women I know have the same brash, outgoing personality and sensibility that I found in Valentina. (I mean that in the most positive of ways) Sometimes I found her voice rude and crass, but by the same token, Valentina sometimes found our American ways baffling and absurd, it's just a difference of culture, and it was interesting to get that kind of perspective on America and to compare the differences.
Did I enjoy the book? Meh... it was all right. I sometimes found the stories Valentina told entertaining, but there were a lot of them that never seemed complete. I do think Valentina as a character was well written and well voiced, but in the end I'm not sure it was the type of book I normally would have picked up off the shelves. The way in which it was written (jumping all over the place, and being told with very little active narrative) made it hard for me to enjoy and follow a long. Still, it wasn't a bad book, just very confusing. Overall, I consider it a mixed bag, some of it was done really well, and some of it wasn't. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys quirky, humorous memoirs, or who may enjoy different cultural perspectives given in a South American, female voice. It was certainly an interesting read.
The entire book is based on Valentina, a Venezuelan immigrant, telling her American step-daughter, Emily about her life and the series of events, some stranger than others. The writing style and the short little chapter kept me engaged the whole time. I really wanted to see how Valentina ended up with this life and these children that she never really expected. The tone is very conversational, which also made me really like Valentina even more.
The book's story is not told sequentially, which makes it really hard to follow at some points. It took a bit of re-reading for me to figure out where I was in the story. I wished that the story had been a little more chronological. That being said, since I was enjoying the story that much, I didn't mind the flipping back and forth but wanted to mention it for anyone that does take issue with that sort of thing.
There is also a sort of cliffhanger at the end of the book, which makes me wonder: will there be a sequel? It also left me wondering what happened.
I had never heard of Murano before I got the opportunity to read this book. Now I really want to go back and read her other books because I loved the writing in this book so much!