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It would have been way easier to flip to the front of a physical book. So I never did find out what happened to all of the very vivid characters. View 2 comments.
The House on the Lagoon
Sep 03, Ryl rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , books-i-own , world. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An orphan from a small town in Spain, Buenaventura hopes to find work in Puerto Rico as an accountant. By a lucky chance, he is introduced to Rebecca Arrigoitia, the only daughter of a wealthy family. They marry soon after their first meeting and Buenaventura begins to import gourmet food from Europe, possibly as a cover for smuggling operations during World War I.
The Mendizabals become one of the wealthiest and most influential families on the island, but as time goes by they are revealed to be one of the most corrupt. These interjections reveal the conflicts that are tearing the family apart, conflicts that are mirrored in the history and politics of the island itself. In part, the novel serves as an introduction to Puerto Rico for American readers who know little about it and its relationship to the United States.
Apr 19, Bucket rated it really liked it Shelves: culture , parents-affecting-children , world-lit , reviewed , hella-sweet-book-club-read , life-and-death , many-perspectives , diversity , history , literary. Wasn't all storytelling, in a sense, like that? Each chapter is like a letter to the reader; its meaning isn't completed until it is read by someone.
The novel is generational story of Isabel's and her husband's families, but it's also a game of tug-of-war between the two of them that escalates m "Between the writing and the reading of a text, things change, the world goes round, marriages and love affairs are made and unmade. The novel is generational story of Isabel's and her husband's families, but it's also a game of tug-of-war between the two of them that escalates more and more rapidly as the story continues. Of course, it's no mystery that the author sides with Isabel. I enjoyed this novel, both as a cultural dive and a literary experience.
Themes: Puerto Rico, family, writing, politics, culture, race Jun 17, Marie Hew rated it liked it. Enjoyable multi-generational tale about a well-to-do family from Puerto Rico that spans a century of familial secrets, drama, social climbing and the desperate need to protect the reputation of their supposedly prominent clan. Literary elements aside, I liked this book because it puts PR in a historical context that most mainlanders kno Enjoyable multi-generational tale about a well-to-do family from Puerto Rico that spans a century of familial secrets, drama, social climbing and the desperate need to protect the reputation of their supposedly prominent clan.
Literary elements aside, I liked this book because it puts PR in a historical context that most mainlanders know nothing about. I got enough of a flavor of Puerto Rican history and political limbo that makes me want to learn more. The part that tickled me the most was the use of Vassar College in the female narrator's personal background. Go Brewers! May 03, Maggie rated it liked it.
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Sep 28, Ann rated it really liked it. Having visited Ponce and San Juan, I enjoyed learning about the people and the culture. In my opinion, this story is about the rights of women, and the female characters are strong women. The grandmother who encourages the mother to abort her pregnancy so that she is not bogged down.
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Then Isobel who decides to write a novel only to have her husband violate her privacy to read it secretly. The book gave more insight to the debate on the island about what their relationship to the United States sh Having visited Ponce and San Juan, I enjoyed learning about the people and the culture. The book gave more insight to the debate on the island about what their relationship to the United States should be.
Apr 30, Joann Dietch added it Recommends it for: anyone interested in quality written family sagas based in Puerto Rico. Wonderful book which I actually had to order through Barnes and Noble. Interesting all local libraries had only picked up the subsequentally written books after the fame of this one. I really enjoy the genre of the family saga. I believe this genre is the best form of complete character development because nothing is more revealing about ourselves than our family histories.
This book follows the fortunes of a family caught up in the politics of Puerto Rico in a deeply moving way.
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The contrast between the haves and have nots, the racial underpinnings, of women trying to be against a stultifying patriarchy was skillfully rendered. The English version is called "The House on the Lagoon" and it was originally written in English although she's Puerto Rican and lots of her work is in Spanish. I love Ferre's combination of great storytelling, colorful prose and history and politics of Puerto Rico.
I loved this book. I kept thinking, these are a bunch of Spaniards and Italians who immigrated, and-- consistent with history throughout the Americas--took over the narrative, put themselves in the spotlight and said, "We speak for Puerto Rico. As for the storytelling itself, I went from loving the setting and time period to growing bored and frustrated. I need an anchor character to latch onto, and Isabel just didn't do it for me. I kept going back to the family tree, and while I care about PR in general, I wasn't convinced that I should care about this family in particular.
I love the weaving of PR history, but for that I can go read a history book.
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I need to love at least one character and to be invested in at least one relationship, and I wasn't. There were plenty of micro-dramas in the chapters but the the overarching plot that holds it together was missing for me. Even the title suggesting the house as a container as in The House of the Spirits doesn't work because the house is torn down early on. So I'll try her in another form, and in Spanish. I'm grateful she wrote this, I'm grateful she trail blazed for other Caribbean writers, and I'm very sorry she's no longer with us.
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Oct 22, Darrah rated it liked it. The House on the Lagoon takes its readers through a multi-generational history of Puerto Rico as it was before and after it became an American territory. As for Isabel, I like her as a writer as she takes us through the chapters of her manuscript, but I feel like her present day self was still somewhat of a mystery. But alas, that does not exist in the book.
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Apr 16, Vicky Hunt rated it really liked it Shelves: my-world-travels It is a novel about race and the history of Puerto Rico wrapped up in the history of two families. The wife, Isabel, goes back and forth, weaving in and out of the generations, with a time line that is hard to pin down. But it is always interesting. In the meantime, Isabel's own family is progressing through time. Isabel's husband finds bits of her novel over the course of the book, and is angry about the things she is writing, and hiding.
Naturally, the ending is rather surprising. It all comes together very well.
And it does a remarkable job of reflecting the impact of race on their city. I enjoyed it in the Audible format. My next stop will be the Dominican Republic.
Aug 14, Kate rated it it was ok. There are several places where her hypocrisy is pointed out but she never owns or confronts it. Puerto Rican history and the question of Puerto Rican independence are complicated and the author feels deeply ambivalent about them. But, ambivalence made it a struggle for me to get through the book.