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- Monterrey, Nu, Mexico
- member since April 21, 2007
Hi Rebeca, I finally have a little bit of breathing space (the school year is over) so I'm catching up on Shelfari. I'm sure you've been incredibly busy with school - I hope the year went well for you. If you have time for diversion this summer, you might check out "The Brief, Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz. What a treasure! The author is Dominican and moved to New York at about age 7 or 8. He uses a mix of English and Spanish in the book which is masterfully written. It won the Pulitzer Prize this year. Really, really great read.
Take care and let me know how you're doing if you have any down-time. :) Campeche
I just got your card yesterday! It is beautiful (I may make it into a framed piece for my wall! Thank you so much! I have not gotten your's out either. Being sick this year has NOT been good for me at all. I am hoping to get it sent ASAP. I should have sent it at the start of the month :P
There are a lot of words and phrases that are not in the dictionary. But fortunately my husband is willing to explain some of them to me. I will probably read some of the story several times so I can comprehend them better. The first time I read something I like to just read it straight through. The second time, I might use a dictionary if I need to.
Hi Rebeca, I haven't had time to post much on Shelfari lately because I've been so busy with work and family. I finished A Thousand Splendid Suns (wonderful book) and started "El Llano en Llamas". I wanted to thank you for recommending the book. I'm really enjoying it. It's just what I wanted, something authentically Mexican written in the voice of the everyday people. Thanks again.
You asked me which book adaptation was the best...and I am stumped. Let me dwell on that question for a bit. :) So many good book to movie adaptations, and so many that were just plain awful.
Let's name the best and worst. ;)
I agree. Books are almost always better than the movies.
After writing a screenplay myself, I finally figured out why. A screenplay is roughly 120 pages or just under for a feature movie (except ones like Lord of the Rings that are super long). The screenwriter has to condense dialogue and action to the point that so much has to be cut. Even in a shorter novel of 250 pages, scenes are cut.
And then there's the changed endings...don't get me started on that! :)
Hi Rebeca, I've been so busy with work lately that I've not been able to spend much time on Shelfari. I just got "El llano en llamas" yesterday and I haven't started reading it yet. I'm currently reading "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by the author of "The Kite Runner". It's a great book.
I've seen "amores perros" and thought it was a great movie.
I saw the movie "Como agua para chocolate" and loved it. I was able to order "El llano en llamas" from Amazon. It sounds like exactly what I'm looking for.
I also want to look for something informative and well written about all the murders of young women in Juarez? BTW, I just read this morning about the increased drug violence along the border. Very sad..... I hope the government can get an upper hand on the problem.
Did you see the movie "Man on Fire" with Denzel Washington. It takes place in Mexico City and is very suspensful.
Houston has been a good city for us. It is easy to live here - there are plenty of jobs and the cost of living is pretty low compared to many other American cities. I like the diversity of the city. There is such a huge array of races, religions, languages, and cultures. We really wanted to raise our kids to be bilingual and it has not been difficult to do in this city. My 3 girls, who range in age from 23 to 17, all speak Spanish but my 12 year old son has had trouble acquiring the language. He is highly motivated to learn it because so many of his relatives speak it so I hope he will improve.
As for Esmeralda Santiago - I've read "Cuando era Puertorriquena", El Sueno de America" and "Casi una mujer". I really want to read "The Turkish Lover". She's a good writer and a pleasant read in both English and Spanish. Maybe if I had to recommend one book to start with, it would be "Casi una mujer". It's autobiographical and deals with her experiences growing up in New York City in a large Puertorican family. Because she was so bright, she was able to gain entrance into the School for Performing Arts and the experience changed the course of her life. She also writes about her first experiences with meeting men. It is a coming of age book and a lovely read.
My husband went to Medical School in Mex. City. But through a series of life events he ended up here in the USA. He doesn't practice medicine here but he works in the field of Public Health in Houston.
Yes, I've been to Mexico several times. We've driven to Campeche several times and spent time in Cancun, Merida y el D. F. I really love Mexico. It's a beautiful country. My favorite thing to do is to go to the ruins. We've been to El Tajin, Chichen Itza, Edzna, Uxmal, and Palenque. I would love to see Calakmul.
I also loved Mexico City. I've only driven through Monterrey but I hear it's very modern and beautiful.
Esmeralda Santiago is Puerto Rican and her books deal a lot with the experience of Puerto Ricans in New York. She's a good writer. I enjoy her books in both English and Spanish.
I would send you some ;) gladly
I need help tp get all mine recorded!