Lupita's hard-knock life has gotten the better of her time and time again. A childhood robbed of innocence set off a chain of events that she still has not managed to control, no matter how hard she tries. Every time she thinks she has a handle on things, unexpected turns make her question everything, including herself.
When Lupita witnesses the murder of a local politician whom she greatly admires, the ghosts of her past resurface as she tries to cope with the present. She quickly falls back into her old self-destructive habits and becomes a target of Mexico's corrupt political machine. As the powers that be kick into high gear to ensure the truth remains hidden, Lupita finds solace in the purity of indigenous traditions. While she learns how to live simply, like her ancestors, she comes to understand herself and rediscovers light within a dark life. And if there is hope for Lupita's redemption, perhaps there is hope for Mexico.
©2015 Laura Esquivel (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2016 Jordi Castells.
"Horrible would be an upgrade"
I read a reasonable amount and couldn't make it past the first chapter. The superfluous use of profanity with no real contribution to the story line made it a complete waste of time.
"Poor translation and robotic reader"
Possibly read the book it's probably better. This is too painful...
The reader sounds like a computer.
"As a symbol of Mexico . . ."
Lupita travels through a journey of alcoholism, drug addiction, corruption, and self-defeat, but her triumphs in the end suggest a return to the indigenous way of life as "Mexico's cure." Her healing process is unrealistic, but the indigenous motif symbolically portrays a lost nationalism and refreshes the soul for hope for a country that seems to be lost to the carteles. There are those who are still willing to fight for an honest government. ¡Viva México!
"A trip into the mind of a fascinating character"
This book is told from the point of view of a fascinatingly spiritual yet very flawed character. It shows the underbelly of politics and religion in Mexico and it also gives a great look into the native culture. I really loved this book.
The information about the native spiritual practices and beliefs.
Her ability to accurately pronounce not only English but also Spanish and Nahuatl words really enriched the story.
I just wished it had been longer.
"Political at Heart?"
I'm not very political. I struggled to finish it. The storyline of the main character was worth following and identifiable but the background story was definitely single minded in direction. The narration was a little monotone at times, as well as, animated.
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