Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thorsday Book Review: Chasing the Sun

It turns out that the "magical book fairy" is none other than our friend Pam at Sidewalk Shoes!  I didn't even know she had my address, so I never knew I'd won her book giveaway.  It was a wonderful time to win, since Ryan was leaving home in August, making it a sad month.

CHASING THE SUN
by Natalia Sylvester

Andres is a successful, self made businessman in Lima, Peru in the 1970s.  He and his wife, Mirabel, have a son and daughter, but their marriage is tense.  About 4 months ago, Mirabel left Andres, but ultimately she returned.  So, after an argument over the phone, Mirabel didn't come home one night.  His anxiety became fear the next day, when he received a telephone call stating that she'd been kidnapped, and the ransom was $1,000,000 - a sum Andres didn't even come close to having.

The first half of the book is told entirely from Andres' point of view, while he's working with a hostage negotiator to secure her release.  During that time, he recalls for us their recent history, along with remembering when and how they met and married.  It all felt really sad, all the more so because during this time he went to visit an old family friend, who had at one time been his girlfriend, who had been kidnapped a couple of years back and was now hospitalized for mental health reasons.  It was enough detail for me to get a sense of the entire history of their relationship, and conclude that Andres and Mirabel should never have married.

This was a very moving and sad book.  It's also scary to think that this sort of thing could have been a common occurrence in a nearby country like Peru (the author notes that this book is based on an event which actually happened in her family).  4/5

7 comments:

Pam Greer said...

That's me, the book fairy!

Sue said...

Sounds interesting but I don't need depressing just now. Msybe in the spring.

Pam said...

Wow. It sounds like an intense and sad read... I love a good cry in a book sometimes.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Well done for winning the book but I think I will give this a miss. I try not to read books that depress me at the moment. I have friend with cancer, who has just lost his wife to cancer keeping me more depressed than I want to be at present. Hope that all is well with you Diane

altadenahiker said...

Getting your address right is a mystery in itself.

SissySees said...

So fun to have figured out the book fairy, but like Sue, I'm not doing sad right now...

Dexter said...

Sounds a bit dreary. Might have to consider my timing if I opt to request this one from the library.

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