The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

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* National Bestseller and winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
* Hailed by Edmund White as "a brilliant new novel" on the cover of the New York Times Book Review
* Lauded by Jonathan Franzen, E. L. Doctorow and many others

From a global literary star comes a prize-winning tour de force - an intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia.

Juan Gabriel V#65533;squez has been hailed not only as one of South America's greatest literary stars, but also as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. In this gorgeously wrought, award-winning novel, V#65533;squez confronts the history of his home country, Colombia.

In the city of Bogot#65533;, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar's Medell#65533;n cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia's streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend's murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend's family have been shaped by his country's recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.

V#65533;squez is "one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature," according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and The Sound of Things Falling is his most personal, most contemporary novel to date, a masterpiece that takes his writing--and will take his literary star--even higher.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013.
ISBN: 9781594487484
1594487480
Branch Call Number: VASQUEZ J
Characteristics: 270 p. ; 24 cm

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Pisinga
Jun 16, 2016

I like books by this author. To understand their pessimistic feeling, seeping from every page, you need to know more deeply about the history, politics and events in Colombia. It annoys me a bit that he is trying to create some kind of "Colombian literature of lost generation", as was the case with many authors during and after the First World War. Hence the motives of loneliness, emptiness and lack of meaning of life that Vasquez is attributing to his personages. But reality is not quite like that - what the writer is trying to show about Colombians -they in general don't suffer from a deep despair, despite the violent history of the country. But the language of the book is very good. And here we must pay tribute to the translator.

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mclarjh
Oct 14, 2014

Well written narrative prose, but some of the dialogue was weak, and the relationships problematic. Still, a joy to read.

The copy I read had wrong pagination for the chapters (which I corrected in pencil).

Winner of IMPAC award.

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uncommonreader
Sep 26, 2014

2014 Dublin Impact Award winner. This is a wonderful novel, partially set during the Escobar years in Bogota and about the impact of the violence and fear caused by the drug trade on ordinary citizens. It is also a meditation on memory and fate. The book is extremely well-written and highly recommended.

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fpshields
Dec 08, 2013

Great writing; compelling story. I looked forward to reading this, chapter by chapter.

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