Talking to Ourselves

Talking to Ourselves

Book - 2014
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"A family drama about a seriously ill father and his son who go on a road trip while the mother/wife remains at home, reading literature and carrying on an affair with her husband's doctor"--
"A searing family drama from one of Latin America's most original voices One trip. Two love stories. Three voices. Lito is ten years old and is almost sure he can change the weather when he concentrates very hard. His father, Mario, anxious to create a memory that will last for his son's lifetime, takes him on a road trip in a truck called Pedro. But Lito doesn't know that this might be their last trip: Mario is seriously ill. Together, father and son embark on travels that take them through strange georgraphies, ones that seem to unite the borders of Spanish-speaking world. In the meantime, Lito's mother Elena looks for support in books, undertaking an adventure of her own that will challenge her moral limits. The narratives of father, mother, and son each embody one of the different ways that we talk to ourselves: through thought, speech, and writing. While neither of them dares to tell the complete truth to the other two, their solitary voices nonetheless form a poignant conversation. Sooner or later, we all face loss. Andre; s Neuman movingly narrates the ways the lives of those who survive loss are transformed; how that experience changes our ideas about time, memory, and our own bodies; and how the acts of reading, and of sex, can serve as powerful modes of resistance. Talking to Ourselves presents a tender yet unsentimental portrait of the workings of love and family; a reflection on death, sex, grief, and the consolation of words. Neuman, the author of the award-winning Traveler of the Century, displays his characteristic warmth, humanism, and wide-ranging intellect, giving us the rich, textured, and strikingly different voices and experiences of three singular characters while presenting, above all, a profound tribute to those who have cared for a loved one. "--
Published: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374167530
0374167532
Branch Call Number: F NEU
Characteristics: 150 pages ;,22 cm

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Jul 26, 2014

Disappointing. I read this book based upon the awards given to the author's other book translated into English, and Roberto Bolano's recommendation. (As an aside, I wonder if the story is based upon Roberto Bolano's life.) In any event, I found little worthwhile in it.

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