A recent book group selection, I welcomed the chance to learn more of a different culture. I almost think I'd have understood it better if I read it in the original Spanish. L ó pez '93 The year is 1952, and Ricardo Beintigoitia sets off on an overnight train from the Bolivian capital of La Paz to the Chilean coast for a final carefree vacation before leaving for university in Europe. Not as good or atmospheric as American Visa. Some things are often lost in translation: The train ride from the bowl of the city of La Paz up to the rim, across the stark and dry plateau, and then down to the coastline of Chile was the highlight of the book for me.
Posteriormente fijó su residencia en París donde estudió periodismo y televisión. This is not a traditional crime caper in the oeuvre of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, but owes much to that great book for its inspiration. A young Bolivian man has just graduated from high school and he is traveling by train to Arica, Chile for a seaside vacation. In the end, this is a novel about the Altiplano. Everything's familiar and timeworn, nothing's original, and yet.
Here, they may as well be playing tiddly-winks for pesos. But the comparison can be taken only so far. This is a fine book. None of which bothers the reader. Bolivian social classes, and the politics of of this country in 1952, are played out well, but the overall narrative is not nearly as strong as the details within.
Noir and mystery lovers, and armchair travelers, will enjoy Andean Express. Honestly, I'm not sure what to think. Durante su estadía en Europa, obtiene una beca para Juan de Recacoechea Saenz 11 de agosto de 1935 en La Paz , es un novelista boliviano. The action takes place on a train through the Andes in the early 1950's. Juan de Recacoechea was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and worked as a journalist in Europe for almost twenty years. Vivió en: Holanda, Inglaterra, Austria, España y Suecia, entre 1958 y 1968. It is not a typical mystery.
And that was Baccarat, anyway. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the andean express de recacoechea juan althoff adrian gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. Juan de Recacoecheas Andean Express faldt jeg tilfældigt over på Bolivia-hylden i i London for en måneds tid siden. I read the book for a mystery book group, but I didn't find it to be a mystery. It takes place on a train in Bolivia, so somewhat like Christie's The Orient Express, in that the characters are limited to those passengers.
The experience disrupts social norms just enough for the characters to challenge their everyday mores, and to take uncalculated risks. A brilliant little book, compact and intriguing. Andean Express is first-class suspense. Hovedparten af handlingen i Andean Express udfolder sig under en enkelt togrejse fra La Paz i Bolivia til kystbyen Arica i Chile i 1952. All in all an excellent short read, beautifully translated from the original. As Adrian Althoff's professor and advisor at Amherst, I had the opportunity to share his growing enthusiasm for Bolivian culture and society, and I was excited to read his superb translations of the work of one of the finest contemporary Andean authors. After two books now, one thing is clear--the author has a solid ability to build his characters and weave a narrative that reveals the complicated nature of each character's life.
La novela Altiplano Express, fue traducida al inglés por la misma editorial estadounidense que publicó American Visa: Akashic Books. So it's a who-done-it on a 24-hour train ride with a lot of local color and quite a bit of sex. It's not amazing, but i After reading American Visa, I was ready to devour Recacoechea's new novel, Andean Express. Andean Express er ikke meget stor litteratur, men den er ganske underholdende med sin lidt skæve, noir-agtige stemning — komplet med den unge Gulietta som en overraskende femme fatale — og de udmærkede portrætter af de forskellige typer ombord på toget, som repræsenterer forskellige dele af det bolivianske samfund. A captivating read cover to cover, highly recommended.
The cast of characters is like a mini-United Nations and a potpourri of humanity: a circus contortionist, a Russian Jew, a card hustler, a phony Franciscan father, a hard-drinking Irishman, a contract killer with a peg leg, and so on. The controlled, sparse prose and calibrated pacing of the story merge with descriptions of the air and land to convey how movement through this particular real and symbolic space impacts how the young hero views himself and his relationship to others. Posteriormente fijó su residencia en París donde estudió periodismo y televisión. This book concerns a death on a train and has a lot of dark humour. Its treatment of place invites comparison to Gabriel García Marquez's magical realist village of Macondo, or, even more so, to the barren landscapes masterfully conjured by Juan Rulfo.