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Avenue of Mysteries (2015 original; edició 2015)
de John Irving (Autor)
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I really wanted to like it but could not finish it. ( )
I had not read anything by John Irving before, and read this for a book club. The pacing wasn't great and I probably would not have finished it had it not been for the book club, but many of the issues I had with the story did get resolved by the end, and it did make for a very good in-depth discussion.
Great book, maybe not perfect, but a lot of fun. Beautiful and funny. Sad and mysterious too. Not my favorite John Irving book, but I'm glad I read it.
Great story told in flashbacks while traveling to the Philippines in the present. Supernatural elements play a part in the past and perhaps present. Religious experience and institutions are sub-themes as are relationships. And there are parallels between the main character and Irving -- novelists teaching in Iowa and past novels sound similar.
I'd rank it around Cider House.
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In Avenue of Mysteries, Juan Diego--a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico--has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what's coming--specifically, her own future and her brother's. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn't know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what has happened, as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you. Lupe doesn't know the future as accurately. But consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future--especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future? As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. As we grow older--most of all, in what we remember and what we dream--we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past--in Mexico--collides with his future.--Dust jacket.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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