La casa de la laguna (The House on the Lagoon)

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La case de la laguna (The House on the Lagoon) is the story of Quintin Mendizabal and his wife, Isabel Monfort. Isabel, a fledgling novelist, is writing a multigenerational novel about the history of their families, of Spanish and Corsican origins, and their arrival in Puerto Rico. Her ambition is great, but her sense of history comically weak. When Quintin, who happens to be a historian, finds her manuscript, he begins to write alternate chapters expressing his own point of view. Isabel colorfully weaves a ...
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La case de la laguna (The House on the Lagoon) is the story of Quintin Mendizabal and his wife, Isabel Monfort. Isabel, a fledgling novelist, is writing a multigenerational novel about the history of their families, of Spanish and Corsican origins, and their arrival in Puerto Rico. Her ambition is great, but her sense of history comically weak. When Quintin, who happens to be a historian, finds her manuscript, he begins to write alternate chapters expressing his own point of view. Isabel colorfully weaves a tapestry of life among the ruling classes of Puerto Rico, with their passionate debates about independence, statehood, racism; their links to Spain and Europe; and their ambivalence toward the United States. But as she draws a self-portrait of her marriage as well, it becomes clear that her relationship with her husband is far from picture-perfect. Quintin becomes incensed at Isabel's version of events, at her audacity in writing a book, and an autobiographical one at that. And Isabel, in her struggle to forge a new identity and free herself from her coercive marriage and the constraints of the culture, precipitates a conflagration that threatens to consume the entire family.

"Narrates lives of several generations of a wealthy island family and how their social world contrasts with that of less-privileged Puerto Ricans, including those who are black or racially mixed. Female characterizations are always important in Ferrâe's narratives as women face lingering patriarchal values and search for their own survival strategies. The house near the lagoon serves as the main stage where some of the conflicts and contradictions of Puerto Rican society are carried out or revealed"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780375700491
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Vintage Espanol Series
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 634,732
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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