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Imagining ArgentinaThis Astonishingly Proficient And Gripping First Novel Should Be Required Reading For Anyone Who Calls Him Or Herself A Responsible Citizen Not Only Is It Masterfully Written, With Images As Sharp As Shards Of Broken Glass, But It Also Carries A Message So Potent It Burns Into The Conscience Set In Buenos Aires During The Rule Of The Generals And Their Brutal Policy Of Abducting And Obliterating Those Who Opposed Them, The Narrative Tells Of Playwright Carlos Rueda, Who Suddenly Finds Himself With The Power To See The Disappeared Ones And Their Fates In The Tradition Of Magical Realism, By Rendering Almost Palpable The Sense Of Unreality That Bizarre Events Evoke, Thornton Makes Carlos S Gift Entirely Convincing Carlos S Power Announces Itself When His Journalist Wife Cecilia Is Abducted He Uses It To Bring News Of Their Loved Ones To The Courageous Mothers Who March In The Plaza De Mayo In An Effort To Make The Generals Acknowledge Their Missing Kin Thornton Conveys The Fates Of The Disappeared In Hauntingly Credible Scenes, At The Same Time Providing A Mesmerizing Portrait Of The Xenophobic Ideology That Allows The Generals To Commit Any Brutality In The Name Of Patriotism In Spite Of His Personal Tragedy, Which Is Compounded By Two Additional Bitter Blows, Carlos S Faith In The Power Of Reason Remains Strong There Are Two Argentinas, He Says, The Regime S Travesty Of It, And The One We Have In Our Hearts Eventually The Pure Power Of His Imagination Wins Out Over The Obscene Power Of The Ruling Junta The Generals Flee And Some Of The Disappeareds Come Home It Is Not Often That You See Life And Fiction Take Each Other By The Hand And Dance, Says This Novel S Narrator The Judge At The Trial Of The Generals Cries Out Nunca Mas Thornton S Achievement Is To Make Us See The Power Inherent In Books Such As This One, Books That Carry A Message Of Hope To Those Who Will Read, Believe, Act And Survive.

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  1. says:

    This is a very rich book considering its modest length It tells of Carlos Rueda, a writer, who has an unusual gift He can see what has happened to disappeared people when asked by those close to them His ability allows him to see that his wife, a political journalist, is still alive even after years as a captive of the generals In a beautifully told tale, Thornton show us how the junta affected individual lives, families, communities What is real and what is imagination Using the magical realism of South American literature, the author imbues his tale with images and events beyond the realm of normal life It is a moving and beautifully written novel, content and form in wonderful combination P 79 If you are forced to...


  2. says:

    The material is rich with dramatic possibilities Argentina during the dark days of military dictatorship in the late 1970s when thousands disappeared, abducted and killed for opposing, or just being critical, of the military regime.While I was reading it, for unknown reasons, I got this feeling that the author is constantly fighting off a personal inadequacy so that he keeps on failing to bring to a bursting point the heart of his readers which is how such a book should be to make it a good read That is why I had time to notice trivia like a snide innuendo he made against the church remembering that the present pope came from Argentina and had been criticized for allegedly not standing up to the powers that be during those years of los desaparecidos and that the vehicle of choice here for the abductors was the green Falcon I wonder which car manufacturer carried this brand, the Falcon In Mario Vargas Llosa s The Feast of the Goat set during the long, brutal reign of the dictator Trujillo of the Dominican Republic it was the Volkswagen Beetle which was the dreaded chariot of death Good that during both times they didn t have cheap vans or SUVs yet Otherwise, they would have made abductions of people efficiently.The principal protagonist here had a journalist wife who was taken after writing a critical article about young students who had been kidnapped en masse earlier Thereafter, he discove...


  3. says:

    The first of Lawrence Thornton s trilogy about Argentina s dirty war , Imagining Argentina is a nightmarish story of a children s theater director ,Carlos Rueda, whose outspoken wife and innocent daughter disappear during the period of right wing military rule following the ouster of Juan Peron s widow, Isabel Peron 1976 82 Based on true stories of those who survived their abductions, Thornton weaves a tale using a magical realism style of writing that won this work the Hemingway PEN award After his wife disappears, Carolos Rueda develops a clairvoyance, allowing him to see imagine what has happened to those abducted His reputation spreads and soon his home is filled with desperate people, trying to find out what has happened to their loved ones The torture and rape sequences are frequent, long, difficult to read and horrific This is a powerful story and a reminder that man s capacity for cruelty and evil continue to coexist with all that is good and beautiful in our world Scary Amnesty International has estimated that between 10,000 and 30,0000 Argentinians disappeared during this period Infants were taken from families and given to those who were loyal to the generals Families, to this day, continue to search for those still missing and not accounted for The faile...


  4. says:

    It s Argentina week for me I read this book last weekend, and saw my friends documentary on the land grab involving Mapuche indians in Patagonia several days later These two were mutually reinforcing In the case of the dirty war, the shock was that we ve forgotten so quickly for the Mapuche, that we didn t know their houses were literally being ripped apart.But I digress This is a lovely story and a...


  5. says:

    I found this book on a sidewalk in DC before I moved to Brooklyn and, being from Argentina, decided to pick it up I figured I d give it a read at some point.I finally grabbed it one morning on my way to work and I am so glad I did I FELT this book A lot The whole time I thought of my family and what those poor people went through I imagined my own cousins and aunts and uncles and felt so sick to my stomach But these things need to be remembered It even prompted to me to ask my Nonna about it I found out her step brother was one of the disappeared, and when I go home this weekend we plan on talking about it over some mate Something I love about this book is that the author managed to create ties between this and the Holocaust I know they are completely separate situations, but the suffering and torture endured is not dissimilar, and as someone who is both Jewish and Argentine, seeing all...


  6. says:

    this was given to me years ago, and last night i finally picked it up, despite its not compelling cover i can t put it down later So in the end, I really liked this book It was engaging from page 1, but held the pace through the end.On a personal note, it took me back to Buenos Aires, which I had the pleasure of living in for a short while many years ago And it made me want to go back effective immediately But it showed me a much sadder, mystical side of the city.The book uses magical realism in a way to tell the story of the Dirty War and those who were affected by the overnight kidnappings and in most cases, murders of intellectuals and other liberals as well as a disgustingly large number of mistaken identity situations To tell the tale, the story focuses on the art of storytelling and the power of belief, wrapped into the lives of a small community of those left behind, piecing together the...


  7. says:

    This was my second time reading this book and I liked it just as much this time through It is set in Argentina during the Dirty War in the late 1970s There was a military takeover, and while the Generals were in power thousands of people disappeared children, students, dissenters, journalists, professors, etc The government didn t acknowledge those who disappeared and there was a climate of fear and repression Those taken were tortured and usually killed This book is about the power and strength of imagination, memory and personal convict...


  8. says:

    Meghan Darigan Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton is the strange yet, intriguing story of a man named Carlos Rueda Carlos has the incredible ability of being able to see the fates of those who have been taken by Argentina s government through vivid visions Carlos wife Cecilia is soon taken by Argentina s government for writing a controversial article about children who went missing in La Paz and Carlos is grief stricken Shortly after, when one of his theater students father is taken he learns of his gift He sees the fate of the boy s father and tells him his father will be returned When this comes true Carlos world is transformed Just by thinking of a person who went missing he can see what happened to them and what will happen to them Carlos starts holding weekly meetings and has people tell him what happened to their loved ones Even though the endings aren t always happy people still get closure and get closer to knowing what is really happening With the help of Carlos families are reunited and people who have lost their loved one are given closure Even he is reunited with his family Imagining Argentina is truly a great piece of work It is full of mystery, drama, and suspense With that in mind however it also has deep morals and motifs I really love books that have meaningful messages and mystery, this book gave me a two in one It s filled with mystery about what has happened to the missing people in Argentina People know that the governmen...


  9. says:

    A book which deals with the very difficult issue of the military regime in Argentina during the mid 70 s to early 80 s a regime which performed many atrocities I believe the genre is referred to as historical fiction as it discusses events which really happened and people who really existed within a fictional tale of someone who is able to influence reality through his imagination The tale is fantastic in nature, though interspersed with the telling of the horrid acts that happened during this time The theme of the power of the mind and the imagination in the most sordid of circumstances, reminded me of Viktor Frankl s writings If anyone has issues reading fairly detailed descriptions of atrocities of dictatorial regi...


  10. says:

    This is one of those books that proves don t judge a book by its cover The title doesn t sound all that interesting nor does the description on the cover, but this book blew me away It reminds me of Midnight s Children, in that it s set during a time of political unrest and one of the characters uses magical abilities to connect with others in order to cope with the turmoil around them The wr...

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