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Overall rather slow moving Never really cared for the characters Ending was odd There were many parts that didn t have any resolution Did Ignacio murder Blanca intentionally Is Reina pregnant At 48 Is Dulcita dying of cancer, suffering from STD, pregnant or going thru menopause Is Isabel crazy now, like her grandmother, Blanca What was deal with the crazy fish bite on Blancas heel, and bite on isabels hand and the mark on baby raku Was the fragment of bone that Blanca kept in the po Overall rather slow moving Never really cared for the characters Ending was odd There were many parts that didn t have any resolution Did Ignacio murder Blanca intentionally Is Reina pregnant At 48 Is Dulcita dying of cancer, suffering from STD, pregnant or going thru menopause Is Isabel crazy now, like her grandmother, Blanca What was deal with the crazy fish bite on Blancas heel, and bite on isabels hand and the mark on baby raku Was the fragment of bone that Blanca kept in the pouch her mothers I enjoyed how the author created the family history and how it also showed the history of the island I would have liked a bithitstorical fiction componet Ie Ignacios parents lector at the cigar factory and musicians Eugenia Mestre as Matriarch and saint like figure Smell Scent reoccurance Dulcita sharp saffron scent p38 Sweet Fishy scent p83 Rain subdued stink of skin to a bearable mixture of vinegar and suede p101 malordorous skin Dulcita in reference to boyfriend Bengt he gives off a sharp tresspassing smell p147 Theme birds collecting specimens Killing them Birds going extinct.Preserving things Killing things to understand them as Ignacio says.Theme things aren t always what they seem Reina sees a woman in Cuba and makes the comment she looked festive from afar but looking closer there is no mistaking her misery p97 Blanca tells Reina you don t know how much of what you see you never see at all p98 Eugenia says in a country of the blind the one eyed men are kings Ignacio says I would have gladly chosen blindness over this sorrow p262 Theme of immortality and remembrance Reina says who will remember mami Papi Me We hold only partial knowledge of eachother P201 Dulce I search for somewhere to leave my mark p207 In reference to eating a cuban sandwich made me realize how close we are to forgetting everything how close we are to not existing at all p288 Theme death Reina in reference to Jose Luis s drowning Death begins from within p70 Ignacio one simply had to kill a creature to understand it p150 Blanca says everywhere this reckless procession toward death p186 Blanca kept a series of pet crows Silvestre after a certain point in life, nothing aimless and purely happy can happen again Perhaps only death After all, the dead have many advantages over the living Like being infintelyrevered Theme magic spirituality vs science An absorbing story of the two Cuban sisters who are reunited after many years apart Told through their eyes, and that of their father, the story is beautifully crafted with elements of magical realism, so totally fitting in terms of the characters and the settings The descriptions of Cuba, Miami and elsewhere are rich and vibrant, transporting the reader to each place as the story moves forward.Various family secrets are uncovered as the narrative progresses leading to a satisfying conclusion An absorbing story of the two Cuban sisters who are reunited after many years apart Told through their eyes, and that of their father, the story is beautifully crafted with elements of magical realism, so totally fitting in terms of the characters and the settings The descriptions of Cuba, Miami and elsewhere are rich and vibrant, transporting the reader to each place as the story moves forward.Various family secrets are uncovered as the narrative progresses leading to a satisfying conclusion.A well written book @READ DOWNLOAD Ù The Agüero Sisters Ú Reina and Constancia Ag ero are Cuban sisters who have been estranged for thirty years Reina tall, darkly beautiful, and magnetically sexual still lives in her homeland Once a devoted daughter of la revoluci n, she now basks in the glow of her many admiring suitors, believing only in what she can grasp with her five senses The pale and very petite Constancia lives in the United States, a beauty expert who sees miracles and portents wherever she looks After she and her husband retire to Miami, she becomes haunted by the memory of her parents and the unexplained death of her beloved mother so long agoTold in the stirring voices of their parents, their daughters, and themselves, The Ag ero Sisters tells a mesmerizing story about the power of myth to mask, transform, and finally, reveal the truth as two women move toward an uncertain, long awaited reunion Ai uitat să râzi darkly beautiful Der rätselhafte Adventskalender: 24 Weihnachtsgeschichten zum Knobeln and magnetically sexual still lives in her homeland Once a devoted daughter of la revoluci n Maigret in Court she now basks 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Bilanzsteuerrecht. a beauty expert who sees miracles and portents wherever she looks After she and her husband retire to Miami Battlefront Vietnam she becomes haunted by the memory of her parents and the unexplained death of her beloved mother so long agoTold in the stirring voices of their parents Edward's Menagerie: Over 40 Soft and Snuggly Toy Animal Crochet Patterns their daughters Das Hucow Labor (Hucow BDSM Erotik) and themselves Intelligence The Ag ero Sisters tells a mesmerizing story about the power of myth to mask Freaking Out to Flying Free: Experience Freedom Amid the Chaos of Life transform The Complete Stories and finally Wirtschaftskriminologie reveal the truth as two women move toward an uncertain Der Brief Jakobi: Untersucht Und Erkl�rt (Classic Reprint) long awaited reunion A well crafted story of the reunion of two sisters separated from early life by disparate familial loyalties, and later by political paths following the rise of El Comandante in Cuba There is a wealth of ironies and mystical significance bordering on magical realism, yet the complex personalities are not compromised and remain as strong entities in the reader s imagination Garc a also provides a complex modern perspective on the Cuban situation, going right to the heart of the issues facing Cu A well crafted story of the reunion of two sisters separated from early life by disparate familial loyalties, and later by political paths following the rise of El Comandante in Cuba There is a wealth of ironies and mystical significance bordering on magical realism, yet the complex personalities are not compromised and remain as strong entities in the reader s imagination Garc a also provides a complex modern perspective on the Cuban situation, going right to the heart of the issues facing Cuban patriots and Cubans in exile in Miami This novel came to my list from the Seattle Public Library s reading list Reading Across the Map Latino Fiction , and from Nancy Pearl s Book Lust category Cuba Si When I read Cristina Garcia s debut Dreaming in Cuban I was so spellbound that I immediately started traipsing around every book shop I passed to try and find another of her books to read Having had no luck, I proceeded to order pretty much every one of her books at once online Whilst Dreaming in Cuban remains my firm favourite, The Aguero Sisters did not disappoint me Garcia weaves together a narrative through different generations and personalities of the same family with subtlety and sympa When I read Cristina Garcia s debut Dreaming in Cuban I was so spellbound that I immediately started traipsing around every book shop I passed to try and find another of her books to read Having had no luck, I proceeded to order pretty much every one of her books at once online Whilst Dreaming in Cuban remains my firm favourite, The Aguero Sisters did not disappoint me Garcia weaves together a narrative through different generations and personalities of the same family with subtlety and sympathy to tell us about the many truths of Cuba and life which exist both through time and in people s minds She has a fabulous talent for writing complex characters and evoking vivid images which kept me utterly absorbed through pages in which, in certain respects, not much really happens Like a lot of those who have written reviews below, I did not find the characters in this novel especially easy to like There remained a constant distance between me and the Aguero family, but in this book this did not feel important to me in fact, I felt like in some sense this added to the mystery and magic that the novel evoked I picked this book up at a used bookstore, the cover interesting, and the back cover description enough to make me want to give it a try.This is the first time I ve read Christina Garcia s writing, unfamiliar with her first book Dreaming in Cuban First of all, this is not a light easy read I m not saying that s a bad thing, but if that s not what you re looking for, it could be There is the switching of characters voices which make it difficult in the sense to know any one of them well T I picked this book up at a used bookstore, the cover interesting, and the back cover description enough to make me want to give it a try.This is the first time I ve read Christina Garcia s writing, unfamiliar with her first book Dreaming in Cuban First of all, this is not a light easy read I m not saying that s a bad thing, but if that s not what you re looking for, it could be There is the switching of characters voices which make it difficult in the sense to know any one of them well This is the kind of book that would be best read not once, but twice, for gaining so muchof a connection with the various personalities The story is told in the voices of two estranged sisters, one living in the USA and the other in Cuba, who comes to visit the sister in the states The story is not only told by both sisters, but their parents and their daughters There is also the memory each sister has of their parents and their beliefs held surrounding the mystery of their mother s death The book focuses on difficulties that arise when confronting the truth and letting go of an old reality Several lines in the book that stood out for me are Page 206 What we pass on is often as much of a burden as a gift, my mother told me I used to wonder how I d be able to tell the difference, how I d ever know what the hell might save me.Page 212 Constancia looked hard at her daughter, at the quiet defiance she knows so well She s convinced that by two years old, children have expressed all they will ever feel for the rest of their lives.Page 243After a certain point in life, nothing aimless and purely happy can ever happen again Perhaps only death after all, the dead have many advantages over the living Like being infinitelyrevered.There are lots of wonderful words and imagery throughout this book So if might just be worth adding to your to read list I liked this book at times but the style of writing, the magical santeria elements, and some of the loose ends left were not really my cup of tea The book provided some interesting insight into the lives, cultures, and mindsets of Cubans living on the island and contrasts it with those who made it to Miami both historically andcontemporarily I was only really drawn to one or two of the characters and found it difficult to relate but that may have been a personal preference as I was irrit I liked this book at times but the style of writing, the magical santeria elements, and some of the loose ends left were not really my cup of tea The book provided some interesting insight into the lives, cultures, and mindsets of Cubans living on the island and contrasts it with those who made it to Miami both historically andcontemporarily I was only really drawn to one or two of the characters and found it difficult to relate but that may have been a personal preference as I was irritated and became disengaged at times with the use of magic as the answer to conflicts problems, the old fashioned and at times misogynistic attitudes of the characters even and perhaps especially the women , and the goals actions which did not seem logical to me and were not always made clear through the characters thought processes or a cultural lens Either way an interesting read I can t decide for sure how I feel about this one The writing drew me into the lives of the family members, and her representation of memory was intriguing I just hated all of the characters, with the exception of maybe Ignacio I felt like I SHOULD like Reina, but I couldn t I hated everything about Blanca, in particular I get tired of reading stories about strong women who are either crazy or completely heartless and cruel Surely there is some middle ground between this and the angel o I can t decide for sure how I feel about this one The writing drew me into the lives of the family members, and her representation of memory was intriguing I just hated all of the characters, with the exception of maybe Ignacio I felt like I SHOULD like Reina, but I couldn t I hated everything about Blanca, in particular I get tired of reading stories about strong women who are either crazy or completely heartless and cruel Surely there is some middle ground between this and the angel on the hearth, where truly awesome women can exist I absolutely love Dreaming In Cuban and from what I can remember I enjoyed A Handbook to Luck though I might have to reread that one and make sure after this , but The Ag ero Sisters was a severe letdown The story itself had great potential the closing line of the book s first chapter in particular conveyed this Then he carried his wife seventeen miles to the nearest village and began to tell his lies p 5 but it was sadly squandered Even though Garc a attempted to stylistically mai I absolutely love Dreaming In Cuban and from what I can remember I enjoyed A Handbook to Luck though I might have to reread that one and make sure after this , but The Ag ero Sisters was a severe letdown The story itself had great potential the closing line of the book s first chapter in particular conveyed this Then he carried his wife seventeen miles to the nearest village and began to tell his lies p 5 but it was sadly squandered Even though Garc a attempted to stylistically maintain her unique use of magical realism and imagery, the story was just lackluster through and through there was little to no character development it just felt like 200 pages of treading water if that In general, the changes in narration among the book s characters gave the book the feel of numerous disparate stories with no binding agent, in spite of the familial connection between all of them For me, Dulce s chapters were the most interesting unfortunately hers were also the least in number Garc a tries to pass off the relationship between Reina and Constancia s parents as that aforementioned agent, but this rings hollow once it becomes apparent to the reader pretty early on that the characters arepreoccupied with other less interesting pursuits Even Garc a s habitual use of oddities which I ve become accustomed to in her writing became repellent in The Ag ero Sisters For example, Reina s peculiar fixation throughout the book with being breastfed, and at one point even requesting to be breastfed by her own niece p 241 Another character s whose name I will omit so as to not include a spoiler consumption of a dead loved one s ashes p 292 was also disconcerting Even Garc a s greatest strength her use of words felt overwhelmingly off in this novel, to the point of being heavy handed and clich T a Constancia lives in New York and has two grown children I like to imagine how cold it gets there I d like to wrap myself in fur and skate endlessly on frozen lakes Round and round I d go, my breath a trace of vapor behind me In Cuba, there aren t any lakes And only the future is frozen p 54 Save yourself the trouble and read the first 5 pages of the book and the book s last chapter to find out what really happened to between the Ag ero patriarch and matriarch You can just skip everything in between sadly, that s how truly insignificant the bulk of the novel felt For me, Dreaming In Cuban remains Garc a s best work to date Noteworthy passages In the tropics, twilight is such a swift affair, one flamboyant cloak exchanged for another, with a glare and a whirl In New York City, she recalls wistfully, the days receded gradually, sulking for hours p 41 When he died, Reina knew somehow that Jos Luis had chosen it Death, she is certain, begins from within It doesn t wait onstage like a retired general, eager for the podium, but overcomes a body cell by cell For a few people, this happens long before the accidents and wrinkles, long before the conjugations of regret p 70 71 This book was achallenging read for me harder to follow and grasp the general understanding the author is aiming at Not a great first book club book I hope I don t sound like an idiot when I m talking about it The story begins with a murder and then the fallout in the lives of the individuals effected The father, who can t seem to forgive himself, the daughter who embraces her dead mother s spirit and the other duaughter who wants to erase her memory entirely It also vaguely f This book was achallenging read for me harder to follow and grasp the general understanding the author is aiming at Not a great first book club book I hope I don t sound like an idiot when I m talking about it The story begins with a murder and then the fallout in the lives of the individuals effected The father, who can t seem to forgive himself, the daughter who embraces her dead mother s spirit and the other duaughter who wants to erase her memory entirely It also vaguely follows the life ofr Reina s daughter a girl lost in her own identity, perhaps because her mother never really adopted her own.Much of my analysis of this book is speculation I was confused a lot In fact my analysis above could be highly inaccurate, I m so unsure But maybe the confused feeling is supposed to be felt the remaining family members certainly feel confused and uncertain about their histories and future Maybe the author wants us to feel that same sense of uncertainty.For me, I need the story to becut and dry and much of this book seems to be lost in translation to me On the surface the story in basics stays with me, but much of the characters motivations befuddled the gist of it for me