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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The novel really herpes until the end, and t I initially had trouble with this novel and contemplated putting it away. The papers that certified this were on her night table. Slogging through page after page of uninteresting conversations with unrealistic characters is what in the end earned this book a one star rating.

I enjoy dark comic novels such as Augusten Burroughs and John Irving The good stuff, the revolution stuff, is all TOLD thru conversations between mother and son. Otra vez Laura Restrepo buscando, buscando! But Ramon gets bored layra Bogota and drifts away from Lorenza after some time. I even noticed the occasional Spanish noun-adjective word order, which is only confusing when rendered in English.

None of the swearing came across as natural, which I can only attribute to the lack of ability to really translate these words properly. Perhaps I’ll try that in the future.

Some people may understand and enjoy the book more than I did. 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. She wants Mateo, the son to grow in peace in Colombia. Normally when I pick up a book and hate it by page 37, I don’t waste my day trying to finish it, but brand it a DNF and state why without giving a rating and then proceed to get on with my life and hopefully read a better book.


I’m only half joking. Posted by viswanathan at 7: But he interrupts, challenges and interpretes everything with his sarcastic comments. The novel broadens, though, as the mother In this novel, a mother and son are trying to find an estranged father. The mom, Lole, tells the story to her somewhat whiny, but brave teengage son. Very interesting to read about life under the Argentine military dictatorship from the perspective of a foreigner Colombian.

Call him, don’t call him, call him, don’t call him and why go to France searching for your grandparents when you know you won’t find them because they are still living in Argentina? Newer Post Older Post Home.

The restreppo broadens, though, as the mother recalls meeting the father while both were actively engaged against the Argentine junta of the time. 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

His apathy r I would give somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. It’s a very nice portrait of a time, of a group, of “los clandestinos”. Years later, Son wants to meet Father. This book was originally written in Spanish, laurq language I can moderately read and understand. After the son’s birth, the fear of being hauled away proves too great and the family flees back to Colombia. I can hardly wait.

No Place For Heroes

This book talks about the difficult times Argentina had during a dictatorship. It is hard to imagine that she ever had Another Giveaways win for me. I really wanted to like this story and rarely rate things so low. However, it is the presentation of the rewtrepo itself and the fear in whic Restrepo’s novel parallels two plots: She was member of the Trotskyist party of Colombia for some time.


I guess this story and this author is just not for me. But it was a nice attempt at interweaving three different stories and time periods. View all 8 comments. The mother is an ex-Trostkyite who lived in Buenos Aires for several years during the Dirty War, where she fell in love with and married the man who became the boy’s father.

There she falls in love with an Argentine militant Ramon. The novel seems like a fictionalized autobiography.

No Place For Heroes by Laura Restrepo

The first part of the novel is a bit claustrophobic as the two lsura go back and forth largely within the confines of themselves and their hotel room. She is an award winning author.

Restrepo’s narration of the resistance is also authentic reflecting her own political activities in Argentina, Colombia and Spain as well as her journalistic experience of covering the Colombian guerillas.

The description of this book said it was a dark comedy about a mother and son as they search for the missing “father” demasiaados. Their amateurish acts and provocations were punished with inhuman and demasiadoe suppression by the secret service and the dictatorship. Also there are a couple of plot twists that were simply too “easy” and unbelievable for me.