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  1. says:

    This novel is kind of a “three fer” – three stories wrapped around one Mostly it’s a historical novel about Panama at the time when the Isthmus was still part of the nation of Colombia The story is built around the failed attempt by the French to construct a canal in the late 1800’s before the US engineered a coup to split

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    What an amazing tale This is one of the best books I have read in the last decade evoking Cien Anos de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Maruez in both power and scope This is the story of the founding of Panama as told through the eyes of Jose Altamirano the son of a leading journalist who was forced to flee Columbia for political reasons

  3. says:

    If you want to understand the history of Colombia and the birth of Panama this book is perhaps not the place to start The multitude of generals and numerous wars can be confusing The speed with which names and even

  4. says:

    Growing up during France’s disastrous attempt to construct a canal across Panama José Altamirano’s young life is shaped by the business politics disease and warfare associated with the project Years later however his life becomes a uest

  5. says:

    I admit I have never read Joseph Conrad's Nostromo but after reading this book it is definitely going on my to be read listJuan Gabriel Vasuez a

  6. says:

    It took me three attempts to read this book in full but I'm so glad I did It's definitely very rewarding A knowledge of Joseph Conrad and of Panama Colombia history would be useful though it was kind of fun to read this and have no idea what was true and what wasn't I definitely want to know if the anal abcess story is true Part of what made this book a bit hard for me was all the names but at a certain point I was just like well

  7. says:

    This is the second novel in a row that I've read from Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasuez The author did a great job in writing 3 different and related stories simulaneously In 1924 the narrator and leading char

  8. says:

    This review first appeared on my blog this rather convoluted tale the narrator Jose Altamarano the illegitimate son of a married cynic and an idealistic Renaissance man poor anonymous exiled and Colombian tells the reader how his story was hijacked by the Great Novelist caps from the novel Joseph Conrad and twisted into NostromoThrough vario

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    The famous writer Joseph Conrad struggles to provide for his young family in early 20th century London and is plagued with self doubt about his ability to become a successful writer The novel he is working on is set in South America

  10. says:

    A compelling novel about the tortured history of Colombia but also about the slipperiness of historical accounts and indeed of fiction

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Imself back into existence As the destinies of real empires collide with the murky realities of imagined ones Vásuez takes us from a flourishing twentieth century London to the lawless fury of a blooming Panama and back Tragic and despairing comic and insightful The Secret History of Costaguana is a masterpiece of historical invention It will secure Juan Gabriel Vásuez's place among the most original and exuberantly talented novelists working tod This is the second novel in a row that I ve read from Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasuez The author did a great job in writing 3 different and related stories simulaneously In 1924 the narrator and leading character writes his story his side of his stories and History The author through the narrator wrote about1 the fictive biographies of the narrator and his father 2 Colombia s History during the 19th century and the birth of Panama as an independant country early 20th century 3 and an imagined andor real biography of real PolishBritish sailor and author Joseph Conrad who wrote NostromoThe characters of the narrators are very well developped There are countless secondary characters whom are developped enough to understand the stories The stories are well written and importantly the intrigues are well maintained throughout the novel It was interesting for me to read about Panama going from a province of Colombia to an independant country and how the Panama Canal came to be realized I had no prior knowledge to Panama Canal s history and tragic stories I hadn t read Joseph Conrad thus his story wasn t much of interest to me especially that I suppose his story in the book is only a brief summary of his lifeOverall I liked the novel very much because the stories were captivating and always on the move from beginning until end

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A bold historical novel from one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature Mario Vargas Llosa winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature In the early twentieth century a struggling Joseph Conrad wrote his great novel Nostromo about a South American republic he named Costaguana It was inspired by the geography and history of Colombia where Conrad spent only a few days But in Juan Gabriel Vásuez's novel The Secret History of Costagu If you want to understand the history of Colombia and the birth of Panama this book is perhaps not the place to start The multitude of generals and numerous wars can be confusing The speed with which names and events are thrown at you is daunting Previous knowledge helps Check out David McCullough s The Path Between the Seas The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 1914 which covers both how the Panama Canal came into existences and the split between Panama and Colombia It doesn t cover Colombia s fight for independence from Spain as V suez s does and it stops in 1914 when the canal was completed V suez s continues only to 1904 I have not read McCullough s book myself but have discussed it with my husband who read it it being a paper book I could no longer read Another book that begins with a section about travel across the isthmus before the canal was built is Fanny Stevenson A Romance of Destiny This was very good The railroad monopoly and the diseases are all there Each book you read imparts a little and makes it easier to continue You have to start somewhere so if you don t demand complete understanding OK give this a try There is always Wiki The facts in Vasuez s book are reliableThen there is the fictional aspect of the book which is easily separated from the historical facts Supposedly Joseph Conrad got his story for Nostromo from the central character Jos in Vasuez s book This is not true The facts about Joseph Conrad are historically accurate So you do indeed get a lot of interesting historical details both Colombian history and a bit of Joseph Conrad s life However the story feels sidetracked when it covers Conrad s travel in the Congo Also some of Jos decisions just didn t make sense to me view spoiler He tells us why he leaves his daughter behind in Panama but this just didn t make sense to me More importantly it seems terribly naive of Jos to tell his whole life story to an authorand then get mad when he uses it in his own way hide spoiler

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Ana we uncover the hidden source and one of the great literary thefts On the day of Joseph Conrad's death in 1924 the Colombian born José Altamirano begins to write and cannot stop Many years before he confessed to Conrad his life's every delicious detail from his country's heroic revolutions to his darkest solitary moments Conrad stole them all Now Conrad is dead but the slate is by no means clear Nostromo will live on and Altamirano must write h Growing up during France s disastrous attempt to construct a canal across Panama Jos Altamirano s young life is shaped by the business politics disease and warfare associated with the project Years later however his life becomes a uest to reclaim the life he feels he lost after telling his story to Joseph Conrad who incorporates Altamirano s experiences into his novel Nostromo set in the fictional South American country of Costaguana I disappeared from history by magic Altamirano writes Altamirano s first person narration is steeped in cynicism about historical truth His parents tell different stories about his conception his mother celebrates his birthday on three different days and his father writes propaganda about the progress of the canal In addition Altamirano watches battling political factions in his country spin ideas and events to their version of the truth Even Joseph Conrad has spun the truth of his early years to cover up a suicide attempt and now as a writer makes a profitable profession out of lying Altamirano learns that the truth is simply what one person writes and others accept It is not magic but the writing of an alternative version of events that has made him disappear and so The Secret History of Costaguana is Altamirano s attempt to write himself back into history This novel is an intellectual treat that asks the reader to consider the ethics of writing civil revolution and the building of the Panama Canal