Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive From the two time NBCC Finalist a fiercely imaginative novel about a family s summer road trip across America a journey that with breathtaking imagery spare lyricism and profound humanity probes

  • Title: Lost Children Archive
  • Author: Valeria Luiselli
  • ISBN: 0525520619
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the two time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family s summer road trip across America a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today.A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona In their used Volvo and with their ten year old son From the two time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family s summer road trip across America a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today.A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona In their used Volvo and with their ten year old son trying out his new Polaroid camera the family is heading for the Apacheria the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an inventory of echoes from this historic, mythic place The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate But as the family drives farther west through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images including prior stories of migration and displacement Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 400 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group More Details ISBN 0525520619 ISBN13 9780525520610 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli Release date Feb 12, 2019 From the two time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family s summer road trip across America a journey that, with breathtaking image From the two time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family s summer road trip across America a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today.A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona In their used Volvo and with their ten year old son trying out his new Polaroid camera the family is heading for the Apacheria the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an inventory of echoes from this historic, mythic place The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate.But as the family drives farther west through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Anticipated Literary Reads For Readers of Color 2019 236 books 87 voters Man Booker Prize Eligible 2019 104 books 29 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 14, 2019 Meike rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2019 read, usa, mexico Unfortunately, this novel illustrates the difference between well intentioned and well executed Luiselli writes about the plight of migrants trying to cross the border between Mexico and the US, especially children making this dangerous passage through the desert in hopes of being re united with family members who work in the States So this author has a message, and an important one, and there is nothing wrong with selling a message to readers per se, but Luiselli is trying way to hard, thus o Unfortunately, this novel illustrates the difference between well intentioned and well executed Luiselli writes about the plight of migrants trying to cross the border between Mexico and the US, especially children making this dangerous passage through the desert in hopes of being re united with family members who work in the States So this author has a message, and an important one, and there is nothing wrong with selling a message to readers per se, but Luiselli is trying way to hard, thus over constructing her text by throwing in all kinds of ideas as well as narrative strands and sometimes forcing connections that simply make no sense The main storyline is about a patchwork family in the process of falling apart Each parent brought one child into the marriage a boy and a girl and the grown ups used to work together on a soundscape project, trying to record the languages spoken in NYC Now the husband they remain unnamed wants to do a project about the removal of the Apaches, so the family makes a road trip to former Apacheria The wife wants to do a project about the children who get lost in the desert and is also trying to help a woman to find her two kids who disappeared while trying to cross the border Oh yes, and the boy and the girl are afraid they will lose each other when their parents separate This is symbolism overload, and the composition is based on comparing apples to oranges In their respective projects, the husband and the wife aim to record the echoes of the lost children and of the Apaches I do not know how many books Tommy Orange, Joshua Whitehead, Terese Marie Mailhot et al have to write until people stop pushing the destructive narrative of the vanishing Indian Native Americans are still there, but they only appear as a vanished people in this story, firmly stuck in the past, a narrative device without a voice, defined by an alleged absence The fact that one of the children has a Mexican Indian great grandmother this info is buried deep in the text just feels like another idea that adds to the over construction of the story.The children who cross the border also don t get to speak in this text, they are represented through stories In the news, in books, in the imagination Once they are looked at, but to what end The point here is to document and record their absence that s the idea the author had, and it remains an idea in the text as well view spoiler at one point, the boy and the girl run through the desert and sense the lost children s presence this part is very well written, but it also shows how silly their mother s project is hide spoiler And does it make sense to compare the Native American genocide to migrant children trying to cross the border to siblings being torn apart by divorce, because people get lost I think it s a mess What makes it even harder to read is that the characters are difficult to accept The children sometimes don t sound ike children, and it remains abstract why the parents want to separate Often, they read like caricatures of leftist intellectuals this novel has literary cross references abound , which makes the reader feel sorry for the children Oh yeah, and the book is too long.I wish I could have loved this, because migration is such an important topic, and the racism of the current US administration needs to be fought, but this book does not have the heart and the power it would have needed to succeed flag 26 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Chris Haak I liked this book so much Unbelievable how much we disagree on almost everything Jan 27, 2019 06 11AM Meike Chris wrote I liked this book so much Unbelievable how much we disagree on almost everything Hahaha, I always enjoy reading different opinions a Chris wrote I liked this book so much Unbelievable how much we disagree on almost everything Hahaha, I always enjoy reading different opinions as long as they re well argued Jan 27, 2019 08 17AM Dec 10, 2018 Neil rated it liked it Shelves 2018, netgalley This is one of those books where the reader at least, THIS reader , because of the subject matter, feels a certain pressure to like the book and post positive comments about it We are reading about the US s attitude to its indigenous people and to those, especially children, who try to cross the border from Mexico, often with the aim of meeting up with parents who work there with no documentation.But it is a strange story and one that, for my personal taste, tries a bit too hard But on t This is one of those books where the reader at least, THIS reader , because of the subject matter, feels a certain pressure to like the book and post positive comments about it We are reading about the US s attitude to its indigenous people and to those, especially children, who try to cross the border from Mexico, often with the aim of meeting up with parents who work there with no documentation.But it is a strange story and one that, for my personal taste, tries a bit too hard But on that later.An unnamed woman narrates the first half of the book She is mother to a daughter and she is now married to a man who has a son from a previous relationship None of these additional three characters is ever named Mother and father met working on a project to document languages in New York Much is made of one being a documentarian and the other a documentarist In the dictionary, these are synonymous, but here there is a distinction We d say that I was a documentarist and he was a documentarian, which meant that I was like a chemist and he was like a librarian. Note that this distinction is the opposite way round to that described in the book blurb on which refers to HIM as a documentarist, so the reader is not the only one confused by it.So that s all clear, then As the son says later in the book, But both of them did basically the same thing.The parents decide to make a road trip from New York to Arizona, using the long journey to continue the recording projects on which they are working He is driven by his desire to learn about the Apaches But why Apaches, Pa Because Because what Because they were the last of something. She is searching for the two lost daughters of a friend who were last heard of when they set out to cross into the US from Mexico riding on top of a train As part of their luggage, they take seven boxes, four for him and one each for her and the two children We learn the contents of these boxes as the book progresses.At about the halfway point, the narrator switches to become the boy This confused me for many pages Not because I didn t realise the narrator had changed but because a 10 year old narrator seems to be far mature and sophisticated than his stepmother I think there may be a clue in the fact that the narrative switches from present tense to past tense which I assume could mean that we are reading the view of an adult looking back to a time in his childhood, but I don t know Given that the six year old girl tells the most sophisticated knock knock jokes I have ever heard, it was all rather disorientating Also, the narrator switches a few times as the story progresses which suggests there s some kind of continuity in timeline.The other thing that confused me as I read, and which made me think I was perhaps reading something akin to magical realism of some kind, is that the family read a book together about lost children and then, at one point in the story, those lost children appear in the actual narrative.But that is all I will say about the plot It would be unfair to talk about what happens to the family as they head west you need to read it for yourself Just don t expect it all to make completely logical sense I don t think that is the point.It is all very clever the book the family reads plays a sort of meta narrative role in the book which I won t explain here as I don t want to spoil things but, for me, it is perhaps a bit too clever Some of the prose feels over written anyone for rhetorical usufruct or his prosody well attuned to the necrological hypocrisy of the plaque and sometimes the construction of the book seems to take precedence over the story and it feels a bit artificial I know many others will disagree with me, but I found all this a bit distracting from what, at its heart, is a story about important issues Reading the afterword where the author explains some of the subtleties of what she has done in the book just increases this feeling.My rating reflects, I hope, a balance between an important subject that was, for me, hidden by the cleverness of the book s structure and writing.My thanks to HarperCollins UK for an advance copy via NetGalley flag 7 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 05, 2018 Sophie rated it really liked it Shelves for review the constant tension in those pictures, a tension between document and fabrication, between capturing a unique fleeting instant and staging an instant She wrote somewhere that photographs create their own memories, and supplant the past In her pictures there isn t nostalgia for the fleeting moment, captured by chance with a camera Rather there s a confession this moment captured is not a moment stumbled upon and preserved but a moment stolen, plucked from the continuum of experience in the constant tension in those pictures, a tension between document and fabrication, between capturing a unique fleeting instant and staging an instant She wrote somewhere that photographs create their own memories, and supplant the past In her pictures there isn t nostalgia for the fleeting moment, captured by chance with a camera Rather there s a confession this moment captured is not a moment stumbled upon and preserved but a moment stolen, plucked from the continuum of experience in order to be preserved Luiselli T S Eliot Ezra Pound Virginia Woolf Juan Rulfo This copy was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the publisher via NetGalley. flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Sarah rated it did not like it Too many words and not enough story Similar comments appeared on my English Language report when as an earnest 16 year old I would pore over the thesaurus, gleaning longer and obscure words to weave into my prose Unfortunately for me the examiners were looking for an easy read which demonstrated a basic grasp of grammar As a reader I want a book that gets my attention, tells me a story or provides some descriptive thread, and either educates, thrills or tugs on emotions In the case of t Too many words and not enough story Similar comments appeared on my English Language report when as an earnest 16 year old I would pore over the thesaurus, gleaning longer and obscure words to weave into my prose Unfortunately for me the examiners were looking for an easy read which demonstrated a basic grasp of grammar As a reader I want a book that gets my attention, tells me a story or provides some descriptive thread, and either educates, thrills or tugs on emotions In the case of the Lost Children Archive I was interested in the original set up the family and how they came to be, the lost children in the southern states and to a certain extent, the collapse of the marriage But then it went on, and on, and I did not know where it was going Not naming the characters is an unusual device, and maybe rightly so, as sometimes it was confusing but generally it prevented me from feeling any type of empathy for the characters There were pages of deviations which did not add to the story or my understanding of the situation Then I started skipping paragraphs, and one thing leads to another So sorry, I gave up it was not the book for me flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Bonnie Brody rated it did not like it I have given myself a 50 page rule I ll read 50 pages of any book and if, by that time I don t like it, I won t continue I read than 50 pages in this case but could not finish It is poorly written, the narrative is minimalist and the writing is immature.The characters are nameless, but in a postured and unrealistic way There is the father , the son , the daughter , etc There is no depth to the character development In fact, they seemed like cut outs to me The gist of the story is I have given myself a 50 page rule I ll read 50 pages of any book and if, by that time I don t like it, I won t continue I read than 50 pages in this case but could not finish It is poorly written, the narrative is minimalist and the writing is immature.The characters are nameless, but in a postured and unrealistic way There is the father , the son , the daughter , etc There is no depth to the character development In fact, they seemed like cut outs to me The gist of the story is that the husband and the wife meet on an oral history project and later marry Each has a child from a former relationship and they are integrated into a semblance of a family They live in New York City and for some obscure reason, the father wants to travel to Arizona to study the history Apache indians The wife doesn t really want to go but they pack up and leave anyway The wife figures she can study the impact of separating immigrant children from their mothers.If you want to read a looooonnnnngggg and boring book, this is a definite sleep inducer How it came to be published is a mystery to me flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 27, 2019 Chris Haak rated it it was amazing review of another edition A very powerful and impressive novel I recommend reading Luiselli s essay Tell Me How It Ends first, in order to get all the facts beforehand and to understand the political situation in the US better Both books have largely the same subject matter child migrants crossing the border from Mexico to the US, traveling dangerously on freight trains, risking their lives, hoping to reach a family member once they arrive in the US It is als a book about how native Americans have mostly disappeare A very powerful and impressive novel I recommend reading Luiselli s essay Tell Me How It Ends first, in order to get all the facts beforehand and to understand the political situation in the US better Both books have largely the same subject matter child migrants crossing the border from Mexico to the US, traveling dangerously on freight trains, risking their lives, hoping to reach a family member once they arrive in the US It is als a book about how native Americans have mostly disappeared from American society, or rather were removed And it is about a marriage falling apart, about wanting other things, silence and not knowing how to reach each other any A couple and their children aged 5 and 10 are making a road trip from New York to the Arizona Mexican border The father is following the trail of the Apaches and recording remnants of their lives the mother is collecting material for an essay on child migrants Whilst traveling they are telling stories, listen to music or the audiobook Lord of the Flies I liked the fact that the parents communicate with their children as if they are or less grown up, which makes for interesting conversations and point of views These children are curious, smart and very likable and I just love how great the brother and sister are together The book can be a bit intellectual at times with loads of literary references and different narrative techniques, which some people may find annoying, but I rather liked It also has something to teach us, but in such a way that it never feels imposed It s a book that made me angry, sad and occasionally had me close to tears It will stay with me for quite some timeThank you Knopf Harper Collins UK 4th Estate and Edelweiss Netgalley for the ARC flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Kristen Beverly rated it it was amazing Shelves received from publisher The mother who is narrating most of the story is noting moments of simple significance in her life, an archive in of itself, mostly on a road trip to move from New York to the Southwest As they drive, they hear about the refugee crisis at the border, which becomes juxtaposed against the crisis within their family The mother is insightful and at times full of wonder about the world that she experiencing The reader sees the United States through their eyes as they travel At times it seem The mother who is narrating most of the story is noting moments of simple significance in her life, an archive in of itself, mostly on a road trip to move from New York to the Southwest As they drive, they hear about the refugee crisis at the border, which becomes juxtaposed against the crisis within their family The mother is insightful and at times full of wonder about the world that she experiencing The reader sees the United States through their eyes as they travel At times it seems a love letter to books, with the family visiting bookstores and the mother quoting favorite lines from an array of books throughout When the story flips, it is narrated by the son, as he is documenting their experience for his younger sister that he believe won t remember any of this Through the eyes of a 10 year old child, we see how he misunderstands what is going on around him and the devastating action he takes because of it Absolutely stunning book I really loved it tore through the pages to get to the end flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Kalen rated it liked it Shelves 2019 reads, 2019 books by women 1 2 This feels sacrilegious to say but I think this book would have worked better had it been shorter Not that it was long but sometimes it got bogged down in itself A spare novel would have been effective, at least for me The powerful voice was the boy s and I wish there would have been of him Seeing the family s journey through his eyes was really powerful Recommended for book groups There are a lot of discussion points here, especially about the role of truth in 1 2 This feels sacrilegious to say but I think this book would have worked better had it been shorter Not that it was long but sometimes it got bogged down in itself A spare novel would have been effective, at least for me The powerful voice was the boy s and I wish there would have been of him Seeing the family s journey through his eyes was really powerful Recommended for book groups There are a lot of discussion points here, especially about the role of truth in fiction and fiction in truth flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 01, 2018 James Beggarly rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaway Such an intelligent, emotional epic as a modern family, mother, father, two stepchildren, drive from NYC to Arizona over the course of several weeks one summer For most of the drive the mother is our guide to the places they go, but importantly, she guides us through who who she and these three others are right now She s a great character Caring and in tune with everything she sees and feels around her, as the husband tells endless stories about the Apache from years gone by and she tell Such an intelligent, emotional epic as a modern family, mother, father, two stepchildren, drive from NYC to Arizona over the course of several weeks one summer For most of the drive the mother is our guide to the places they go, but importantly, she guides us through who who she and these three others are right now She s a great character Caring and in tune with everything she sees and feels around her, as the husband tells endless stories about the Apache from years gone by and she tells of immigration deportations that are going on here in the present Brilliant and thoughtful flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Barbara Hall rated it really liked it This novel could not be timely Luiselli s poetic and quietly powerful writing explores themes of family, belonging, separation, justice, through the story of a young family on a cross country road trip Though the story is narrated by the mother and then the son, Luiselli strongly develops the father and daughter as well Humorous, heartbreaking and full of humanity flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Billie rated it it was ok This is getting a lot of pre pub buzz, and I can see why Unfortunately, it just didn t quite work for me as a reader It s very, very written and the style often gets in the way of the substance The parents were unpleasant to spend time with too self important and focused on their work and other people s problems to be good partners to each other or good parents to the children and a large chunk of the book is narrated by the mother, which makes it almost unbearable.But, the subject matter is This is getting a lot of pre pub buzz, and I can see why Unfortunately, it just didn t quite work for me as a reader It s very, very written and the style often gets in the way of the substance The parents were unpleasant to spend time with too self important and focused on their work and other people s problems to be good partners to each other or good parents to the children and a large chunk of the book is narrated by the mother, which makes it almost unbearable.But, the subject matter is timely and the author employs some non traditional narrative elements there is one chapter that is just a 20 page long run on sentence, ffs , so it will likely do well with critics and the literary minded This reader, though, mostly just found it tedious and show offy flag 2 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 22, 2018 Lynda rated it really liked it This is the kind of book that you start and the whole world stops till you finish it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 L A rated it it was ok Thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for the Advance Review Copy.I tried with this book, I really did The premise was interesting and there is some good buzz around it.This novel follows a family on a road trip from New York City to Arizona The mother and father document sounds The sounds of life and the city Or something To be honest I was pretty much lost and confused from this point onwards The narrative is intersected with migrant children s experiences and attitudes towards in Thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for the Advance Review Copy.I tried with this book, I really did The premise was interesting and there is some good buzz around it.This novel follows a family on a road trip from New York City to Arizona The mother and father document sounds The sounds of life and the city Or something To be honest I was pretty much lost and confused from this point onwards The narrative is intersected with migrant children s experiences and attitudes towards indigenous people.The topic is clearly a current and important one and sometimes I felt like I was reading an article or thinkpiece as opposed to a novel I thought the tension between someone having to sacrifice their career desires for their partner s was identifiable What really killed this book for me though was the writing style The language is exceedingly turgid and there are long rambling paragraphs that made no sense to me whatsoever It came across as trying to be rather smug and clever to me The narrator switch about half way through was jarring and the boy s voice wasn t credible to me as a pre teen boy.This is also the third book I ve read recently where children are referred to as the boy or the girl If writers could stop doing this that would be GREAT.Just not for me at all I m afraid 1.5 stars rounded up to 2 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Charlotte rated it it was ok review of another edition A novel about a couple trying to rid themselves of each other, and at the same time trying desperately to save the little tribe they have so carefully, lovingly and painstakingly created They are desperate and confusedtwo people who simply stop understanding each other, because they have chosen to not understand each other any In the process their children lose their future as part of the family unit, in the same way as the children waiting at the Mexican border lose theirs whilst th A novel about a couple trying to rid themselves of each other, and at the same time trying desperately to save the little tribe they have so carefully, lovingly and painstakingly created They are desperate and confusedtwo people who simply stop understanding each other, because they have chosen to not understand each other any In the process their children lose their future as part of the family unit, in the same way as the children waiting at the Mexican border lose theirs whilst they re held in limbo at a deportation centre Undeniably well researched and with literary references aplenty, for me, Luiselli s tale never drew me in Whether through a deliberate attempt to communicate how alone the mother who narrates is feeling, or because she wants the reader to remain objective is unclear But at no point did I connect or respond emotionally to the family s plight We are offered no character names the children are merely boy and girl and pronouns as the author herself observes in one chapter litter the pages We would drive to Arizona, where he would stay, for an undetermined amount of time, but where she and I would probably not stay She and I would go all the way there with them, but we d probably return to the city at the end of the summer At one point, the mother comments on a video of a ballet choreographed and danced by Martha Graham Her phrases are so impeccably danced that they seem to spell out a clear meaning, even when if you try to translate them back to words, that meaning immediately fades away again But this is the problem that Luiselli faces here amongst her pages It just feels so deliberate and like she has toiled too hard That s not to say that amongst that there aren t sit up and think moments or poignant reflections upon life We know I suppose even the boy knows how confusing it must be to live in the timeless world of a five year old a world not without time but with a surplus of it Our mothers teach us to speak the world teaches us to shut up In a photo Adults pose for eternity children for the instant But sadly these observations are not enough to make it a book I would recommend Thank you to the publisher and netgalley who sent me a free copy in return for an honest review flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Carol rated it really liked it Shelves arcs I think the structure of this book is brilliant The narrative is divided into parts, which are separated by contents lists of 7 boxes that the family brings on this trip The adults bring materials to help them in their sound projects, the boy and girl each get a box because the adults have them The contents lists of the adults include academic and little known works such as Ilf Petrov s record of their road trip across America, a Rebecca Solnit book, and many titles on native Americans I think the structure of this book is brilliant The narrative is divided into parts, which are separated by contents lists of 7 boxes that the family brings on this trip The adults bring materials to help them in their sound projects, the boy and girl each get a box because the adults have them The contents lists of the adults include academic and little known works such as Ilf Petrov s record of their road trip across America, a Rebecca Solnit book, and many titles on native Americans, I imagine every item listed is important to the story, but I was not familiar enough with most of the contents to understand the significance I found much to ponder in this story, which is held together with a plot that is both familiar and unique a road trip, a family, which is contrasted with thoughts on sound, memory and history I loved the photos included in the story, most of which are taken by the boy as he travels The photos add detail to the story despite being of poor quality blurry, bad lighting, etc This is a very interesting read that describes a family that is maybe falling apart and the effects on the children, a man s obsession with the fate of the Apaches, and the journey of children from south of the US border and what can happen with them The latter is certainly something to think about in the US in 2019 flag Like see review Dec 17, 2018 Cathy Beyers rated it really liked it I am a bit conflicted about this one On the one hand it is book that tackles an issue that is at the heart of a lot of social debate right now immigration The writer really manages to bring home some truths about the inhumanity of our approach to those who yearn for a better life, especially if those who are too young to comprehend the full scope of what is happening to them Luiselli writes beautifully, but herein also lies the problem Her writing sometimes becomes a little too convoluted, I am a bit conflicted about this one On the one hand it is book that tackles an issue that is at the heart of a lot of social debate right now immigration The writer really manages to bring home some truths about the inhumanity of our approach to those who yearn for a better life, especially if those who are too young to comprehend the full scope of what is happening to them Luiselli writes beautifully, but herein also lies the problem Her writing sometimes becomes a little too convoluted, too crafted and the book looses the story and turns into a long self introspective flow of the main character, with whom I found it very hard to sympathize Maybe this is because all the characters feel like nameless puppets Even though I can see why she chose to do so, it makes it difficult for the reader to connect I finished it but it took me a while, so read this when you have time because you need to have time to think about it to really enjoy it flag Like see review Dec 12, 2018 Vipassana rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, contemporary Gut wrenching, brilliant, and essential I will eventually write a review but perhaps not until much closer to the books release But order this early and read it immediately Valeria Luiselli tells the truth of the asylum seeking children All the other names are cruel lies and euphemisms for the plight of those from the northern triangle Mixing within the story of a marriage under stress, siblings, family, and the vast expanse of USA In a style reminiscent of her Earlier work faces in the cr Gut wrenching, brilliant, and essential I will eventually write a review but perhaps not until much closer to the books release But order this early and read it immediately Valeria Luiselli tells the truth of the asylum seeking children All the other names are cruel lies and euphemisms for the plight of those from the northern triangle Mixing within the story of a marriage under stress, siblings, family, and the vast expanse of USA In a style reminiscent of her Earlier work faces in the crowd, Valerie Luiselli sifts between narrators in telling this story She has become the master of the craft of giving perspective How is it that this vast empty country has no room for these children in need flag Like see review Nov 26, 2018 Jessica Rickert rated it liked it Looking for children, looking for Indians, looking for themselves, and searching for truth This book kept searching but I still am not sure who was truly lost Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives and families we lose ourselves The kids in this book prove that sometimes we all need to pause and just listen and let go.I won this book for free on the Good reads giveaway flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Zish rated it it was amazing Possibly the best novel of 2019 flag Like see review Jan 18, 2019 Kyle Crockett rated it it was amazing Wow oh wow flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Katharine rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, social justice I will be happily surprised if this is not the best novel I read this year flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Karen Lewis rated it it was amazing For readers who love flow of consciousness literary style and strong ties to current and historic themes of migration, displacement, endurance I love Luiselli s storytelling, a family road trip across contemporary America that echoes other such journeys both past and present Luiselli s incredibly poetic love of language shimmers on each page Themes of migration, displacement, marriage family, border crossing, finding losing the self, childhood endurance Full review to come Thanks to N For readers who love flow of consciousness literary style and strong ties to current and historic themes of migration, displacement, endurance I love Luiselli s storytelling, a family road trip across contemporary America that echoes other such journeys both past and present Luiselli s incredibly poetic love of language shimmers on each page Themes of migration, displacement, marriage family, border crossing, finding losing the self, childhood endurance Full review to come Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC flag Like see review Diana Romero rated it it was amazing Dec 31, 2018 Stephen rated it really liked it Dec 27, 2018 Celes S nchez sug a rated it really liked it Oct 30, 2018 Kaylen Higgins rated it it was amazing Nov 16, 2018 Mariah rated it really liked it Jan 17, 2019 Dan rated it really liked it Oct 14, 2018 Yiming rated it really liked it 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    Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa Her novels and essays have been translated into many languages and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney s Some of her recent projects include a ballet libretto for the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center in 2010 Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa Her novels and essays have been translated into many languages and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney s Some of her recent projects include a ballet libretto for the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center in 2010 a pedestrian sound installation for the Serpentine Gallery in London and a novella in installments for workers in a juice factory in Mexico She lives in New York Citytp coffeehousepress authors v

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  • Unfortunately, this novel illustrates the difference between well intentioned and well executed Luiselli writes about the plight of migrants trying to cross the border between Mexico and the US, especially children making this dangerous passage through the desert in hopes of being re united with family members who work in the States So this author has a message, and an important one, and there is nothing wrong with selling a message to readers per se, but Luiselli is trying way to hard, thus o U [...]


  • This is one of those books where the reader at least, THIS reader , because of the subject matter, feels a certain pressure to like the book and post positive comments about it We are reading about the US s attitude to its indigenous people and to those, especially children, who try to cross the border from Mexico, often with the aim of meeting up with parents who work there with no documentation.But it is a strange story and one that, for my personal taste, tries a bit too hard But on t This i [...]


  • the constant tension in those pictures, a tension between document and fabrication, between capturing a unique fleeting instant and staging an instant She wrote somewhere that photographs create their own memories, and supplant the past In her pictures there isn t nostalgia for the fleeting moment, captured by chance with a camera Rather there s a confession this moment captured is not a moment stumbled upon and preserved but a moment stolen, plucked from the continuum of experience in < [...]


  • Too many words and not enough story Similar comments appeared on my English Language report when as an earnest 16 year old I would pore over the thesaurus, gleaning longer and obscure words to weave into my prose Unfortunately for me the examiners were looking for an easy read which demonstrated a basic grasp of grammar As a reader I want a book that gets my attention, tells me a story or provides some descriptive thread, and either educates, thrills or tugs on emotions In the case of t Too man [...]


  • I have given myself a 50 page rule I ll read 50 pages of any book and if, by that time I don t like it, I won t continue I read than 50 pages in this case but could not finish It is poorly written, the narrative is minimalist and the writing is immature.The characters are nameless, but in a postured and unrealistic way There is the father , the son , the daughter , etc There is no depth to the character development In fact, they seemed like cut outs to me The gist of the story is I have given m [...]


  • A very powerful and impressive novel I recommend reading Luiselli s essay Tell Me How It Ends first, in order to get all the facts beforehand and to understand the political situation in the US better Both books have largely the same subject matter child migrants crossing the border from Mexico to the US, traveling dangerously on freight trains, risking their lives, hoping to reach a family member once they arrive in the US It is als a book about how native Americans have mostly disappeare A ver [...]


  • The mother who is narrating most of the story is noting moments of simple significance in her life, an archive in of itself, mostly on a road trip to move from New York to the Southwest As they drive, they hear about the refugee crisis at the border, which becomes juxtaposed against the crisis within their family The mother is insightful and at times full of wonder about the world that she experiencing The reader sees the United States through their eyes as they travel At times it seem The mothe [...]


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