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Sara
 Sara
(@topperarnold)

@lindaf

I finished! I forgot to tag you in the above post. Ooops! 

 

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Posted : April 13, 2020 8:34 pm
Linda F.
(@lindaf)

@topperarnold

I’m glad we read this book, but I think it would make a better TV series than novel. It would be a blast to cast, and the setting is so original and picturesque!

The structure seemed needlessly complicated, but I got the impression that, as a young writer, Jufresa wanted to experiment and be innovative. It will be interesting to see how she develops over time and what she publishes next.

I really ended up disliking Noelia, but maybe it has to do with the medical crisis we’re experiencing right now. In two cases, her professional arrogance nearly cost people close to her their lives and, in her own case, she ignored the cancer until it was too late. Here were the two incidents:

  • Chela – Noelia diagnosed a “pedo atorado” instead of peritonitis
  • Alf – She treated his severe illness from Friday until Monday with Paracetamol and teas. It wasn’t until he turned yellow that she let him go to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with hepatitis.

Alf put it this way: “Varias veces le falló el diagnóstico, el suyo y el mío”. I didn’t get the impression that Noelia felt particularly bad about any of this or ever offered any apologies. Again, I might be judging her harshly because of the pandemic and my own heightened health concerns at the moment.

Like you, I wish I understood better what happened when Luz drowned. I almost feel like there was a symbolic message there that went over my head.

My best friend and his sister are adopted, and many of my coworkers have adopted children from China, South America, or mixed race children here. I guess I see adoption as such a blessing for parents and kids that’s it’s hard for me to respect someone who invests so much time, energy, and money into a “reborn” doll. I know I’m being inexcusably judgmental, but it’s how that storyline hit me!

All in all, I think this was a fun book to read together. Knowing I’d get to hear your opinions (and hopefully Kat’s later) motivated me to keep reading.

 

 

This post was modified 4 months ago 2 times by Linda F.
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Posted : April 14, 2020 1:42 am
Linda F.
(@lindaf)
Posted by: @topperarnold

PS: I think I am going to read Desierto Sonoro next 🙂

I think my Spanish book club will be starting Desierto sonoro in late August or September. We just began La catedral del mar, but it's a really long book. And I just found out that it was made into a series for Netflix!

Anyway, our group is now meeting via Zoom, instead of in person. If we're still doing that once we get to Desierto sonoro, I'd love for you to join us online! I'll keep you posted on our virtual meeting status. 😀 

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Posted : April 14, 2020 1:50 am
Sara
 Sara
(@topperarnold)
Posted by: @lindaf

I think my Spanish book club will be starting Desierto sonoro in late August or September. We just began La catedral del mar, but it's a really long book. And I just found out that it was made into a series for Netflix!

Anyway, our group is now meeting via Zoom, instead of in person. If we're still doing that once we get to Desierto sonoro, I'd love for you to join us online! I'll keep you posted on our virtual meeting status. 😀 

I have seen the Netflix series and I recommend it. It definitely had telenovela-esque story qualities. 😊 

I have a copy of the book too. I might dust it off and give it a whirl. (Ok, technically it's on my kindle...but the kindle cover *is* a little dusty...

I would love to join in if I could!

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Posted : April 14, 2020 4:58 am
Sara
 Sara
(@topperarnold)

@lindaf

I had the same feelings about Noelia. Clearly you have better recall because I knew she misdiagnosed someone with basically gas and it ended up being pancreatitis. It was Chela. I knew the conversation was in one of the Marina sections. I cut her some slack about her own diagnosis because like her, I really don't like to go to doctors (the Noelia character kind of confirms my thoughts about doctors....) And also, I think that's pretty true about doctors/people in the medical field. They avoid hospitals and doctors' offices if they can. What do they know that we dont? 🤣 Anyway....I am right there with you about Noelia. By the end her strong personality was coming off as more a bully than assertive.

I think because of the experimental nature of the book, I was willing to give the reborn dolls thing a pass. In real life I would have no patience with someone who spent that much money to buy dolls when living, breathing (je je brida...) children so desperately need homes. 

 

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Posted : April 14, 2020 5:04 am
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Posted by: @topperarnold

I have seen the Netflix series and I recommend it. It definitely had telenovela-esque story qualities. 😊 

I have a copy of the book too. I might dust it off and give it a whirl. (Ok, technically it's on my kindle...but the kindle cover *is* a little dusty...

I would love to join in if I could!

In case you want to read along with us, we're just starting La catedral del mar and will be reading the first 4 chapters for our 1st meeting. The group meets twice monthly, and we typically assign ourselves around 60-70 pages for each two-week stretch. So, with a book this long, it will be several months before we finish!

All of our meetings will be virtual (via Zoom) for the foreseeable future, so you're more than welcome to join us! We meet every other Saturday at 3:30 PM EST. Just let me know if you want to be included any time over the next few months. Even if you don't have time to read the book, you might enjoy the discussion (in Spanish, of course), since you've watched the Netflix series. 🙂 

 

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Posted : April 15, 2020 2:16 am
Linda F.
(@lindaf)

@topperarnold

Brida, LOL! I had to go back and read that part again to remember what it meant. I think my brain tried to erase all memory of it! 🤣 

 

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Posted : April 15, 2020 2:23 am
Linda F.
(@lindaf)
Posted by: @topperarnold

@lindaf

I cut her some slack about her own diagnosis because like her, I really don't like to go to doctors (the Noelia character kind of confirms my thoughts about doctors....) And also, I think that's pretty true about doctors/people in the medical field. They avoid hospitals and doctors' offices if they can. What do they know that we dont? 🤣

Good point! Noelia was probably a realistic depiction of how supposedly doctors make the worst patients. Do they also say that about nurses? Lately, I've been really impressed by the nurses they interview on TV about COVID-19. They seem so heroic, but also practical and professional.

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Posted : April 15, 2020 2:27 am
Sara
 Sara
(@topperarnold)
Posted by: @lindaf

In case you want to read along with us, we're just starting La catedral del mar and will be reading the first 4 chapters for our 1st meeting.

All of our meetings will be virtual (via Zoom) for the foreseeable future, so you're more than welcome to join us! We meet every other Saturday at 3:30 PM EST. Just let me know if you want to be included any time over the next few months. Even if you don't have time to read the book, you might enjoy the discussion (in Spanish, of course), since you've watched the Netflix series. 🙂 

 

I just read this first chapter this morning. Have you started reading (I don't want to spoil anything with my thoughts.) 

When is the first meeting? 

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Posted : April 15, 2020 5:19 am
Linda F.
(@lindaf)

@topperarnold

Our first meeting about Catedral is this Saturday, so I'll need to read the first 4 chapters quickly! Just let me know if you want to join us.

I haven't started it yet, because I wanted to finish the book I'm reading for another Spanish book club. It was over 900 pages, and I'm desperate to get to the end by tomorrow. The story is so intense (about the Arab-Israeli conflict), and I need something lighter right now. Here it is:

Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto

 

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Posted : April 15, 2020 11:32 pm
Sara
 Sara
(@topperarnold)
Posted by: @lindaf

Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto

 

According to Amazon a bought a copy of this book in 2013. 🤔 I wonder where I put it.

And I'd love to join if that's OK. I promise I'll just listen 😁

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Posted : April 16, 2020 3:00 am
Linda F.
(@lindaf)
Posted by: @topperarnold
Posted by: @lindaf

Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto

 

According to Amazon a bought a copy of this book in 2013. 🤔 I wonder where I put it.

And I'd love to join if that's OK. I promise I'll just listen 😁

Fantastic! And please don't be shy about speaking in the meeting. Our usual native speakers seem reluctant to try Zoom, so nearly everyone in the virtual meetings is non-native (still learning and making plenty of mistakes, LOL). Now I'll need help from you or @kat on how to send you the Zoom link and password. Kat has my e-mail address, if that's any help.

Is the book you got in 2013 the Dispara one I mentioned above?

 

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Posted : April 16, 2020 5:10 am
Sara
 Sara
(@topperarnold)

@lindaf

Yup, Dispara. I actually managed to find my copy pretty quickly too. Amazing considering I bought it 7 years ago. (Book storage/organization in my house is haphazard at best.) 

I hereby give @kat permission to share my email with you. I think that's all you need to send me the link. I've used zoom, Skype and Google hangouts. I don't have strong opinions except in the case of Skype. For some reason I just don't like it. 

I really need to make more time for reading but that means having to give up a show and right now I'm not willing to give up any of them. 

 

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Posted : April 16, 2020 5:32 am
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Dispara is really long, but the vocab seems simpler than other things I've read lately. I wasn't having to look up many words. I did have trouble keeping all the characters straight, since I didn't read the book straight through (kept putting it aside and returning to it later). I wouldn't advise reading it that way! LOL

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Posted : April 17, 2020 2:32 am
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