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Infinite Country: A Novel de Patricia Engel
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Infinite Country: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Patricia Engel (Autor)

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Títol:Infinite Country: A Novel
Autors:Patricia Engel (Autor)
Informació:Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (2021), 208 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 19 (següent | mostra-les totes)
A bittersweet story of the complexities of immigration. This is a young woman's perspective of a family divided between USA and Colombia. A short book that is heartfelt and expressive.

"Our family didn't cross any desert of river to get to get here, we came by plane with the right documents, now worthless. My life like my sister's and my brother's is a mishap a side effect of our parent's geographical experiment." ( )
  VivienneR | Nov 28, 2021 |
Dnf'd this one. Very strong start but then it went from telling a story to crafting a narrative to make a point. The second option doesn't work for me. Just my reading preference. Engel writes well and softens no edges. She brings home to the reader the stunning human costs of US immigration policy and the painful violent reality of living in countries where the lines between politicians and narcoterrorists is nearly invisible. I stopped being drawn to any character after the very good first chapter. Reading fiction I want a story. I go to nonfiction and honest discussions with people who have lived experience rather than historical fiction for learning. ( )
  Narshkite | Oct 23, 2021 |
Infinite Country is less than 200 pages long. But each page is packed with emotion, a sense of place, and intrigue to fill a novel three times in length. This book touched my heart.
Set in Colombia and the northeastern United States during the most recent 20 years it was certainly timely. It is the story of a family of five who are separated because of their place of birth. The lives of those considered undocumented, of those in the minority, of those escaping are beautifully presented. ( )
  Nancyjcbs | Sep 21, 2021 |
The immigrant tale of a family of five, mother, father and first daughter from Columbia, son and second daughter born in USA, father deported, second daughter raised by grandmother and later father in Bogota so mother could earn enough to support the family. All members of the family have entries, but the concentration is on the father and second daughter. To leave the country of ones birth is a lifelong trauma and to live unwelcome in a new land is another, and this is by no means close to the worst emigrant tales, rather one with real but not fatal struggles and a better stopping place than many. ( )
  quondame | Aug 30, 2021 |
Interwoven with Colombian mythology, this is a beautiful look at the complex and sometimes contradictory nature of "home." The "author-as-narrator" device is somewhat clumsily done, introduced out of the blue in chapter 19 in a story that was doing fine in third person, but the rest of the book is strong enough to withstand that. I alternated between the hardcover and the audiobook, and it was interesting to hear the audio narrator struggle with tears in some sections. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Aug 30, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 19 (següent | mostra-les totes)
The prose is serpentine and exciting as it takes the scenic route to nowhere. There is a compliment in that. Her writing sets out to be majestic, and it is, like an overflowing soufflé.

The most unforgettable scenes in the novel are the intimate and meticulously rendered descriptions of Andean landscapes and mythology, of Colombia’s long history of violence. Engel’s capacity to dive deep into history and folklore extends also into her narration of the life of Talia’s father and the family patriarch, Mauro.

The novel captures the romance of the immigrants’ first days in America with a visceral tenderness. Their skin darkens in the Texan sun. They see the ocean for the first time. I feel sorry for their lost youth, then angry at their gullibility.

This is a compulsively readable novel that will make you feel the oxytocin of comfort and delusion.

The ending reads like child-of-immigrant fan fiction. I’d hire Engel to ghostwrite my nightmares.
afegit per VivienneR | editaThe New York Times (Mar 5, 2021)
 
Patricia Engel’s novels don’t begin so much as they crack open. Consider the first line of the Miami writer’s 2010 debut, “Vida”: “It was the year my uncle got arrested for killing his wife, and our family was the subject of all the town gossip.” The start of 2016’s “The Veins of the Ocean” presents a man, maddened by his wife’s infidelity, who takes their toddler son to a bridge, lifts the boy “as high in the sky as he’d go” and throws him into Biscayne Bay. The child survives. The father is dead by the third page.

“Infinite Country,” Engel’s latest novel, leads with another surprising act of violence. At a reformatory in the Colombian mountains, a group of girls, “some of whom were murderers on the verge,” lure a nun into their room with cries of “Fire!,” subdue her and escape. The mastermind of this plot is 15-year-old Talia, an American born to Colombian immigrants and sentenced to the prison school after she burned a man in Bogotá with hot oil as revenge for a murdered cat.

A gifted storyteller whose writing shines even in the darkest corners, Engel understands that the threat of violence is a constant in people’s lives and that emotional acts of abuse can be as harmful as physical ones. In “Infinite Country,” she focuses on the psychological injury that results when families are “split as if by an ax” for political or economic reasons.

“Infinite Country” falters only when, late in the book, Engel hands over the narration to Karina and Nando in a well-intentioned if discordant gesture to bring these previously unexamined characters into the foreground. The siblings — one an American citizen, the other undocumented — have important things to say about what Karina calls “the United States of Diasporica,” but the shift in perspective and a surprise twist deflate what had been airtight storytelling.

It’s not a fatal error. Engel brings the story of Elena and Mauro, and that of Talia’s quest for freedom, to a satisfying close. And in literature, as in life, the question of citizenship, of what it means to belong to a country and to have a country belong to you, remains unresolved. “I haven’t yet figured out if by the place of my birth I was betrayed or I am the betrayer,” Karina says, “or why this particular nation and not some other should be our family pendulum.”
afegit per VivienneR | editaThe Washington Post (Mar 3, 2021)
 

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Mi patria es la tierra.
---Arturo Salcedo Martinez, Sentido de Patria
Diasporism is my mode.
---R. B. Kitaj, First Diasporist Manifesto
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For my parents and my brother
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Talia considered how people who do horrible things can be victims, and how victims can be people who do horrible things.
Only women knew the strength it took to love men  through their evolution to who they thought they were supposed to be.
Real love, her mother once told her, was proven only by endurance.
During the.years Elena and Mauro contemplated staying in the country and the threat of being caught and sent back, they thought only of their lives lived here or lived there, not a fractured in-between. It never occurred to them their family could be split as if by an ax.
It had been Mauro's idea to leave. Elena only followed.
How odd that in the end it was he who returned home and she who stayed.
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