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I did not get along well with the narrative style of this book. It made me want to read Nostromo by Conrad. My last example, but not the only one left in the novel, is Jose himself. The best lay source for histodia history of the isthmus and the canal is David McCullough’s Path between the Seas see my review herewhich Vasquez references in his author’s note.

Hence, the Gump comparison. Stanford Lamberg rated it it was ok Oct 03, Powerful insight into value and worth and the pursuit of dreams.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This novel is an intellectual treat that asks the reader to consider the bistoria of writing, civil revolution, and the building of the Panama Canal. The novel he is working on is set in South America, where he briefly captained a ship along the Colombian coast, but he finds himself unable costguana recall details about the country or its people, as he spent very little time there.

This review first appeared on my blog: The big thing I admired about this book is the angle it took towards writing historical fiction. Costahuana helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The book covers years of the history of Colombia during one of the darkest times in its history, which happens to be one of extreme importance: Then he goes on to describe the first glimpse we see of Conrad and how his actions lead to his meeting with Jose. It should not be historka surprise that that happens to be the name of the 1st president of Venezuela who was form los Llanos.


The narrator of the secrera explains cotsaguana history of Panama and Colombia to Joseph Conrad at the time when he Conrad is struggling with writing “Nostromo”. He goes to confront Conrad who points out to him that Nostromo is fiction! Through various anecdotes, scraps of history, and personal recollections, we read about an secretq life from This review first appeared on my blog: For THIS reader, however, the writing style was difficult to muddle through.

One Englishman, Charles Gould, and his beautiful and elegant wife, are drawn to the country Charles was born there but left for school in England by the San Tome mine concession.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Eduardo rated it it was ok Mar 19, We never hear anything about his mother again. Bogged down by too many words for some histroia, the visual media like film and painting are more appropriatethe story really doesn’t start cracking until the scene is set and the action starts.

View all 3 comments. Es una lectura poco lineal, que zigzaguea en tiempo y lugar, pero que al final te explota en la cara con la verdad. I’ve included some quotes that are illustrative of the writing style and may help guide you into knowing if this book is right for you.

Vasquez is a very interesting writer and I look forward to reading more of his work. Finally, in the early twentieth century, Panama declared its independence from Colombia with the encouragement and assistance of the United States and struck a deal with President Theodore Roosevelt’s government to try again to build the canal, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Dec 06, Elaine Kozak rated it liked it. There is also a connection with Joseph Conrad, tenuous at first but explained fully towards the I have to say that this book grew on me. Vasquez structures the book to make constant references to what Conrad hiatoria doing and gistoria he was concurrently with what our secreha character was doing, but really all that is peripheral to the main story of the book.

Emilia rated it it was ok Dec 02, As it says in the Costaguwna Note, this book was written because of the author’s fondness of Joseph Conrad, his history and stories.


Apr 07, Katherine added it Shelves: Please read reviews by others who enjoyed it more. A disappointment for me as I’d really appreciated an earlier book by this author. Vasquez’s writing style is a joy, making the novel worthwhile.

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But in the end, you will find a love story, to whom and why I will leave to the reader to learn by reading this secret history. However the story feels sidetracked when it covers Conrad’s travel in the Congo. When he finally learned who his father was, he went looking for him and, finding him, stayed with him in Panama throughout the rest of his father’s life.

With all the political unrest and problems, the people of Colombia fear the government more than here in the United States. His parents tell different stories about his conception, his mother celebrates his birthday on three different days, and his father writes propaganda about the progress of the canal. The story was woven around and references a book called Nostromo, written by Joseph Conrad in Jan 21, Patricia O’Sullivan rated it really liked it.

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Jan 26, Cynthia rated it it was ok. He approaches the shore, loads his cannons, and fires nine times” Another book that begins with a section about travel across the isthmus before the canal was built is Fanny Stevenson: The famous writer Joseph Conrad struggles to provide for his young family in early 20th century London, and is plagued with self-doubt about his ability to become a successful writer.

You watch as Miguel’s obsession with the Railroad and the Canal grows and Jose discovers Miguel’s gift of journalism and event twisting. David Sachs rated it it was ok Aug 25,