El asesinato irreflexivo de Adriano Monsalve por parte de su primo hermano Nando Barrag n, desencadena una guerra fratricida destinada a durar hasta el fin de los tiempos y marcada por la inexorable ley del desierto la sangre se paga con sangre Barraganes y Monsalves alimentar n su sed de venganza con negocios ilegales, convirtiendo al dinero f cil en rey de una nueva sociedad que habr perdido irremediablemente el camino Basada en una temible saga de la vida real, esta novela es brutal y cruda en su lenguaje, pero la dulcifica la conmovedora historia de amor que transcurre entre sus p ginas y la humaniza el protagonismo de las mujeres en su af n por preservar la vida de sus hijos En ella, Restrepo explora dimensiones humanas ocultas del alma de la mafia colombiana y logra por primera vez una radiograf a de la intensidad y complejidad de sus relaciones amorosas y familiares, de su concepci n del honor y la muerte, de su c digo tico y su fascinaci n con el dinero. So far I m having trouble relating to the characters in this book It s about two fueding families in the Columbian drug mafia and there s a lot of sex and violence in the book I m just not that into it, but I m enjoying practicing my Spanish. This is a tale of fratricidal Columbian drug gangsters and the women who love them.Once upon a time the Barrag ns and Monsalves were cousins and friends and shared their criminal enterprise But then Nando Barrag n killed Adriano Monsalve in a drunken barroom fight over the widow Bracho, what the French would call cherchez la femme, and the two sides of the family began an almost ritualized series of revenge killings Prolific breeders, the two sides have plenty of lives to squander.The first sentence of the linear notes on the jacket cover hints that there will be some West Side Story feel to this and, as if to ratify that, one sequestered couple spend a night on a couch chastely watching that very movie.This is my third book by Laura Restrepo I like how she takes chances, not having some template She uses an interesting writing technique here Popping up now and again through the story is italicized dialogue We don t know who s speaking to whom but it sounds like some ongoing gossip from the surrounding community In this way, it advanced the story while not always being entirely reliable There were times that this seemed designed to explain things without needing to incorporate the action in the main narrative Like acknowledging that there was sex without having to undergo the inevitable clumsiness of writing it out That was okay, mostly, except when that technique was used in the big climatic shootout scene This is a good story, well told The author nicely develops character, even in a very crowded book The lawlessness was startling, as it was meant to be The lack of governmental authority was just as startling We never see a cop, and it isn t until the last twenty pages that Colonel Pinilla shows up with a platoon, eight jeeps, three motorcycles and a tank The colonel proves, however, to be no effectual than Officer Krupke. Leopard in the Sun was a real treat, and I think magic realist fiction enthusiasts will enjoy it After reading the first sentence on the dust jacket, I couldn t wait to devour this one Imagine the Sicilian history of The Godfather rewritten by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or West Side Story reinterpreted by Isabel Allende, and you have a sense of Laura Restrepo s unforgettable novel of the making of Colombia s drug cartels I couldn t have said it better myself Likewise, since Gabriel Garcia Marquez is my favorite author and was once followed closely in that lineup by Isabel Allende before her two most recent, weak novels were published , I am happy to report that this book does deliver what it promises I did, however, find the interspersed hearsay sections of the story in italics a bit frustrating For me, they interrupted the flow of the narrative and interfered with the effect of enchantment, the whole reason I read and love magic realist fiction However, I understand what Restrepo was going for, because there is always than one explanation for the magical and strange happenings in good magic realist fiction, and these sections tend to show the warring Barragans and the Monsalves almost as folk heros or villains to the townspeople who make up these choruses of praise or condemnation, but I still thought this was a bit forced Nonetheless, this novel was delightful in its strange beauty, heartbreak, and humor that at times had me laughing raucously out loud What I wonder is why it wasn t better publicized to magic realist readers, not just the Spanish speaking ones It was first published in 1999, but I had heard nothing about it until recently, and that was by accidentally stumbling upon it here on Goodreads Restrepo s Leopard in the Sun was everything Juan Gabriel Vasquez s The Sound of Things Falling should have been but wasn t I highly recommend it. i can t believe i finished this book maybe it was a bad translation, but the writing was bad and the technique of, i don t know, modern day greek chorus, that she used was unbearable i am in colombia and read it for a book group and everyone agreed skip it.
- 320 pages
- El Leopardo al sol
- Laura Restrepo
- 21 August 2019 Laura Restrepo