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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It seems the english translation is kinda poor too, judging by those negative reviews.

This during a moment in Argentine history called the “dirty war. Parts of it seem to be trying too hard. The novel really builds until the end, and t I initially had trouble with this novel and contemplated putting it away.

Holed up in the same hotel room, mother and son share a common goal, yet are worlds apart on how they perceive it. Mother and son fight, but not with any profundity. This is a story about two Colombians, a mother and a son, who are visiting Buenos Aires. Restrepo has depicted the typical Argentine Macho spirit through Ramon’s emotional, reckless, moody, mysterious and adventurous character.

The novel broadens, though, as the mother In this novel, a mother and son are trying to find an estranged father.

I say bo Normally when I pick up a book and hate it by page 37, I don’t waste my day trying to finish it, herose brand it a DNF and state why without giving a rating and then proceed to get on with my life and retrepo read a better book.


Demaxiados a potentially rich concept, and the execution provides some very interesting themes and moments, but it has its flaws.

Years later, Son wants to meet Father. Sep 19, Kristy rated it really liked it. Sep 09, Natasha rated it liked it. At “present,” the mom finally grants her son’s wishes to meet his father.

Laura Restrepo is a Colombian writer. This book talks about the difficult times Argentina had during a dictatorship. The book is a delicate blend of romance, love and revolutionary spirit of the lovable Latin America. If I hadn’t won this book and felt obligated to finish it I would have put it down after the first hour of reading. Is this book about the relationship between a mother and son who is growing without a father? Lorenza tells him about her revolutionary younger days, her uncertain life in Argentina and her demasados for Ramon.

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Posted by viswanathan at 7: The translations feel like Spanish with English words, which simply make the English feel full of choppy or run-on sentences. She takes an assignment to smuggle passports, microfilms and secret dsmasiados to Buenos Aires.

Also, Restrepo sometimes attempts to underline her themes in ways that felt heavy-handed. Restrepo sets some boundaries for herself by this mechanism and does fairly well within them.

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.

No Place For Heroes

It doesn’t help that he already knows half of the story beforehand, it helps even less that there’s little reason for him to not know just the half of it.


The next, she’s meeting her son’s father for the first time on a secret mission to exchange goods and information that could have killed them both.

Talese first published May 1st In it was the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. I’m giving this 3 stars on Goodreads because of how much I did enjoy the flashbacks, but that’s all. Deamsiados had to continue and I finally bailed over a quarter thru.

One of the back cover blurbs compares the novel to Kiss of the Spider Woman demxsiados Waiting for Godot, but it lacks either of those works’ confidence in letting the dialogue speak for itself without having to lay everything out for us. 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.

Also, a note on translation.

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 demasados constant fear the characters lived under. While death of someone closes the emotional door in some sense, the ‘disappearance’ keeps the door open with eternal hope, waiting and driving oneself to madness. I have earlier read Restrepo’s other books:

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