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Posted October 25, 2009
Lost City Radio - Eric Clark
Lost City Radio tells the story of a society that has felt the extreme effects from a Civil War. Taking place in South America, villages have been stripped of their languages and names, being replaced by numbers. The protagonist of the story, Norma, is a radio personality who hosts a show called "Lost City Radio" (hence the name of the novel). As the host of the show, her main responsibility is to help families recover their long lost loved ones, and eventually reunite and patch families back together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Norma is extremely invested in her show, as she too has felt the pain of the Civil War. Her husband, Rey, disappeared in the midst of a trip to the village called 1797. Ironically, a boy from 1797 arrives at Norma's studio with a list of names his village would like her to read. As Norma spends time and acts as a guardian for Victor, she tells him the story of her loss and her pain. Victor realizes that he may know the whereabouts of Norma's husband, and provides a ray of hope into Norma's otherwise melancholic state of mind.
During Lost City, the main theme is not implicit, nor does it hide itself beneath the details of the story. War destroys not only buildings, homes and businesses, but it rips apart families, friends, and the willingness to live among a village's people. Although this is the main theme, there is an underlying theme of hope, a theme of hopefulness in a time of tragedy. Victor carries this theme into Norma's life, and brings not only hope to a village, but hope to the entire country.
The novel is told in a third person selective multiple point of view. This style helps the reader understand the thoughts of the characters, develop emotions, and establish connections to the characters and the novel.
Alarcon's style is not only unique, but it fits this particular type of novel like a glove. As he switches his points of view from character to character, the reader becomes much more invested in the story, and can make a particular connection with the thoughts and feelings of a specific character. Alarcon divides the book into three separate parts, which also gives the reader an idea of what details are most important to the story, as he divides the book nearly perfectly into specific time frames.
Although the novel's setting takes place in a post-civil war stricken country, Alarcon shows the reader that it is society as a whole, not individuals, who make villages, towns, and country's what they truly are. Whether it is a militant group, (in this novel, the IL), political activists, or simply nay-sayers who try to destroy a country, the resiliency of a people can always rebuild, reunite, and become strong once again.
Posted May 14, 2007
I saw Alarcon in the PEN World Voices Festival and I was really impressed. The logical next step was reading his novel that didn't let me down. Lost City Radio shows the broken nature of South American countries: the country side about to disappear in the middle of the jungle and the cities becoming more dustier and poor because the migration. In this imaginary country, tainted for the war (any Latin american country war), we are witness of this nations scars, the weight of their mistakes making even darker every child or river or voice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2011
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