The Sky Over Lima

The Sky Over Lima

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Refreshing, comic, and sublime...The conquest in this novel, a game played by one writer and his readers, captivates, drawing us in through the seductive power of a monumental young author."
--Laura Esquivel, bestselling author of Like Water for Chocolate and Malinche

"Intoxicating...I'll be thinking of these characters, what they longed to create and what they managed to despoil, for a long time." --Helen Oyeyemi

A retelling of a fantastical true story: two young men seduce Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez with the words of an imaginary woman and inspire one of his greatest love poems.

José Gálvez and Carlos Rodríguez are poets. Or, at least, they'd like to be. Sons of Lima's elite in the early twentieth century, they scribble bad verses and read the greats: Rilke, Rimbaud, and, above all others, Juan Ramón Jímenez, the Spanish Maestro. Desperate for Jímenez's latest work, unavailable in Lima, they decide to ask him for a copy. They're sure Jímenez won't send two dilettantes his book, but he might favor a beautiful woman. They write to him as the lovely, imaginary Georgina Hübner. Jímenez responds with a letter and a book. Elated, José and Carlos write back. Their correspondence continues, as the Maestro falls in love with Georgina, and the boys abandon poetry for the pages of Jímenez's life.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusettes :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780544630055
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOM
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rosenberg, Andrea - Translator


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Oct 16, 2016

Maybe I'm caught up in the news lately and more aware of derogatory attitudes toward woman but I found this book insulting to females. The only favorable women in the book is fictional, made up by two males. In the epilogue:
They don't bother asking after the mothers .........
The rest of the women are whores or give themselves too easily and are after the money or title of the central characters. The writing might have been good but I can't recommend.

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