Consider this, seänora

by Harriet Doerr

Paper Book, 1993






New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., c1993.


The long-awaited and highly praised second novel by the author of Stones for Ibarra. The American characters here find themselves waiting, hoping, and living in rural Mexico-a land with the power to enchant, repulse, captivate, and change all who pass through it. Named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

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LibraryThing member edwinbcn
Harriet Doerr came to be a writer at a very high age, clearly free from careerist ambitions or other vanity, and that shows in her writing. Set in Mexico, where Doerr lived many years, this quiet novel develops a few story line, allowing the reader to focus more on the characters than on action. Not much thicker than the average novel, nonetheless, by the end of it, the reader feels as if they have spent a long time with the characters, and gotten to know them intimately. The reader almost comes away from the novel, as if they were one of the tenants of the estate, in the quiet settlement of Amapolas. The story enables the reader to develop sympathy, even for a dubious character like Bud Loomis, or other eccentrics, such as Don Enrique or the concert pianist.

A very touching, and beautifully written novel.
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LibraryThing member kakadoo202
a nice flowing story without any up and downs but steady moving story line. A quiet book. lots of reflection on life and people. first it took a moment to really connect all the different people but along the story the grow on me and into a full and round book.
LibraryThing member bogopea
Interesting story of several lives, mostly Americans, and how they all ended up in a new community in a pueblo in Mexico.
LibraryThing member arubabookwoman
Harriet Doerr didn't start writing until she was in her 60's, and like her only other novel, Stones for Ibarra, this book is set among a group of expatriates in Mexico. Sue Ames and Bud Loomis, who have just met, decide to buy some land with a crumbling hacienda, each planning to build a house on the land, and develop other lots to sell. The novel is told as a series of episodic stories, each roughly self-contained and focusing on a different character, but told chronologically over a period of about 5 years. Overall, the book paints a picture of rural Mexico in the 1960's and the group of wealthy expatriates who lived there. I did find that the book takes a rather condescending attitude toward the Mexican people with whom the expatriates were involved.

3 stars
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