Demasiados Héroes was a strange piece, on one hand you had very skilled storytelling by Laura Restrepo in the way she portrays the clandestinity of the. Una novela sobre el conflicto generacional y la distancia entre madre e hijo con la dictadura argentina de fondo, de la mano de la ganadora. The novel ‘No place for heroes’ (Demasiados heroes) by the Colombian author, Laura Restrepo, resonated more with me since the story is.

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Yet, the search for Ramon, and the telling of the couple’s past, drives the story, turns the pages. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Restrepo uses mini-stories within the novel to describe the path a mother takes to find demaskados formerly cemasiados baby boy.

As Mateo is the actual protagonist in the “present” time of the novel, this is a serious flaw that turns a great story into a “hit and miss” experience, shame.

There seems to essentially be no point to the entire novel. In the end, they demssiados to come to a more truthful understanding of each other and their human condition. Mother and son fight, but femasiados with any profundity. I couldn’t figure out how old the son was She did not just imagine Argentina. And yet she awoke thinking that if Papaito wasn’t there with his soused breads, his overindulged ass and cattle, then she wasn’t quite sure what it was that she had inherited.

In this novel, a mother and son are trying to find an estranged father.

Slogging through page after page of uninteresting conversations with unrealistic characters is what in the end earned this book a one star rating. She wants Mateo, the son to grow in peace in Colombia. This one was so boring. Yes, it held my interest but it jumped around too much and focused too much for me on this story with Mateo, her son, who I found to be an immature and pretty much annoying character.

She also won the “Grinzane Cavour” Prize in Italy for best foreign fiction in She gives a vivid account of the good life in Buenos Aires by taking the readers through the lively and elegant cafes, bars and restaurants as well as the discrete but unmissable ‘telos’ of Buenos Aires.


The papers that certified this were on her night table. Using adolescence as a cheap excuse his personality tends to change for no reason, sometimes sacrificed just to keep the dynamic flow on his relationship with his mother going, sometimes instantly evolved to give the tale a reason to move on. Don’t get me wrong—I love a good swear word in my reading and my own writing, but only when it flows naturally from the characters or from the narrator.

He behavior seemed erratic without any apparent explanation; swinging from terribly child-like to behaving like a functioning adult. So was I and I don’t say things like, “cover my eyes, Mommy, please, please, cover my eyes. In she won t Laura Restrepo is a Colombian writer. The best part of the novel is the constant conversations between the mother who narrates the stories of her adventurous life and the adolescent son who questions everything she says in his irreverent way.

Revolution, secret meetings, double identities, possible torture and death, how could it be boring? Lorenza gets even madder when a narco mafia group threatens her and her family for repayment of a large sum of money Ramon had taken from them with a cheque in which Lorenza’s signature was forged.

Latin American Affairs: No place for héros – novel by Laura Restrepo

But he interrupts, challenges and interpretes everything with his sarcastic comments. Although this is the first book I have read by the author, she is well-known and respected. A friend gave me this one for my birthday, and I read it in about four days.

Unfortunately, this is the aspect of the novel that I found most annoying, and I wish she could spent more time telling stories of the revolution, this is where the real interest in the novel lies. Another Giveaways win for me. Normally I really enjoy dialogue but this time it fell flat. Restrepo sets some boundaries for herself by this mechanism and does fairly well within them.


Restrepo made the focus of the novel about a relationship between a mother and her son, and the difficulties they have in relating to each other despite the strong bond between them. It is hard to imagine that she ever had Another Giveaways win restepo me.

This book lakra not yet featured on Listopia. It’s a very nice portrait of a time, of a group, of “los clandestinos”. As always, Restrepo’s prose is beautiful, although the last section of the book didn’t quite work for me. One minute she’s talking to her teenage son, reminiscing about days past when she was a militant opposing a dictatorship.

The real life of Laura Restrepo is demaziados as fascinating as her novels. However, once the story begins to progress, especially through various flashbacks, I found myself drawn into the scenes about secret meetings, spies in the revolution, and the constant fear the characters lived under.

Demasiados héroes / To Many Heroes

Is this book about the relationship between a mother and son who is growing without a father? It seems the english translation is kinda poor too, judging by those negative reviews.

I even noticed the occasional Spanish noun-adjective word order, which is only confusing when rendered in English. Return to Book Page. They start living together laurra the life is filled with fear and tension under the military regime.

I’m only half joking.

No Place For Heroes

She takes an assignment to smuggle passports, microfilms and secret stuff to Buenos Aires. Es una buena novela, en su contexto es honesta y resalta la calidad humana y literaria de la autora. I was given this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. I think a film would do great with such an excellent blend of love, passion, revolutionary spree narrating lives between two amazing countries, Argentina y Colombia.

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