I M Not Afraid Of That Old Man, Adela Once Told Her Niece But Everyone In The Small Town Of La Curva, Nicaragua, Knew That The Wealthy Land Owner, Don Roque Ramirez, Wanted Adela Rugama Dead And On Christmas Day, Adela Disappeared It Was Two Months Before Her Murdered Body Was Found An American Professor Of Nicaraguan Descent Spending The Summer In His Parents Homeland Learns Of Adela S Murder And Vows To Unravel The Threads Of The Mystery He Begins The Painstaking Process Of Interviewing The Townspeople, And It Quickly Becomes Apparent That Adela A Hardworking Campesina Who Never Learned To Read And Write And Don Roque Had One Thing In Common The Beautiful Ixelia Cruz The Love Of Adela S Life, Ixelia Was One Of Don Roque S Many Possessions Until Adela Lured Her Away The Interviews With Adela S Family, Neighbors, And Former Lovers Shed Light On The Circumstances Of Her Death And Reveal The Lively Community Left Reeling By Her Brutal Murder, Including Her Older Sister Mariela And Her Four Children, Who Spent Christmas Morning With Their Beloved Aunt, Excitedly Unwrapping The Gifts She Brought Them That Fateful Day Her Neighbor And Friend, Lizbeth Hodgson, The Beautiful Mulata Who Rejected Adela S Passionate Advances Early In Their Relationship Padre Uriel, Who Did Not Welcome Adela To Mass Because She Loved Women Though He Has No Qualms About His Lengthy Affair With A Married Woman Her Former Lover Gloria, The Town S Midwife, Who Is Forever Destined To Beg Her Charges To Name Their Newborn Daughters Adela Through Stories And Gossip That Expose Jealousies, Scandals, And Misfortunes, Sirias Lovingly Portrays The Community Of La Curva, Nicaragua, In All Its Evil And Goodness The Winner Of The Chicano Latino Literary Prize, This Spellbinding Novel Captures The Essence Of A World Rarely Seen In American Literature. La Curva is an unremarkable small Nicaraguan town, a few kilometres south of Masaya I ve known it for twenty years, and to me its only outstanding feature is a pair of huge guanacaste trees, bedecked with epiphytic plants, that stand on the south side of the main road or stood, I ve been told that one was recently cut down There is a story about the main bread shop being the product of a swindle, involving a local woman and her North American husband who invested his money in it, but whom she then deserted And there are several viveros or plant nurseries, one of which is owned by a relative of my wife s.But curiously, I d never heard the story that at the time made La Curva famous the murder in 1999 of Aura Rosa Pavon, a young lesbian who fell in love with a local beauty who was at the same time the unwilling mistress of a 70 year old coffee grower, owner of the farm called Mata de Guayabo The ageing coffee grower, his mistress s mother and an accomplice were found guilty of Aura s murder after her body was discovered by Aura s sister at the bottom of a disused latrine The combination of a lesbian love affair and a murder involving both the victim s mother and a local landowner created a national scandal A few years after it happened it drew the attention of writer Silvio Sirias, and Meet me under the Ceiba was th
Silvio Sirias had a real good chance of moving this story forward with in depth descriptions of Nicaragua, but he failed to give me any substance at all The only props Sirias used to differentiate Nicaraguan setting from other Central American regions is the constant talk of Rojitas, cafe con leche, nacatamales, and the brief mention of the Somoza dynasty The language is not only repetitive On that fateful Christmas this line appears at least twice in each chapter but also dull and extremely flat and this is mainly due to the novel s style format Sirias chose to write Meet Me Under the Ceiba not as a fictional story, but as a journal, or a report There is hardly any narrative breathing space since most of the text in the novel is riddled with dialogue friends, neighbors, and family members of the murder victim, Adela Rugama The dialogue unravels the plot, something dialogue definitely shouldn t do, unless you want your readers to fall asleep half way through each conversation Sirias dialogue is unrealistic it derives on pe
Reviewed by MarciaMember of Livin la vida LatinaReview What can I say This book just pulls you in and devours you It makes you feel part of the story as it s happening The author did a great job in reflecting on each character s life, history, and involvement in Adela Rugama s m
After two years this book still has me stuck on the story of Adela Rugama Interesting read though I feel he was fascinated by the woman from Bluefields okay, we get it, she s beautiful move on Aside from that, I have recommended this book to tons of people who were not disappointed. Well developed characters that inevitably head for tragedy Characters that you respect, characters you hate, and characters you feel unbelievable pity forall living in a culture restricted with homophobia While injustice is rampant, the spirit ultimately wins. I really enjoyed this book Even I enjoyed meeting him here in Panama A great speaker also A very interesting based on a true story re telling. I didn t really like his writing, but the story did draw me in. Very vivid and descriptive It reads like both a journal and a story The details make you feel like you are right there in the middle of it all. Very interesting window into the lives of many different Nicaraguans And, good story I enjoyed the way it s told from many different points of view.
- 240 pages
- Meet Me under the Ceiba
- Silvio Sirias
- 13 December 2019 Silvio Sirias