La reina del sur (The Queen of the South)

La reina del sur (The Queen of the South)

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by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
     
 

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This spellbinding thriller describes the cocaine trafficking adventures of Teresa Mendoza from her home in Sinaloa, Mexico, to Cadiz, Spain, and beyond as she passes from being the naive companion of a Mexican cartelero ("drug trafficker") to a merciless gang leader of international repute. Acclaimed author Perez-Reverte became one of Spain's most-translated contemporary writers with such best-selling historical thrillers as La tabla de Flandes (The Flanders Panel, Debolsillo, 2000) and El club Dumas (The Club Dumas, Suma de Letras, 2000). Unlike his previous historical novels, this saga is set in the present and features a female protagonist. As Teresa escapes from the Mexican drug lords and enters the Spanish drug scene, she is raped and imprisoned, has recurrent confrontations with the law, and partners with Russian mafiosi. Readers will sympathize with her ability to overcome abuse and her courage as she manages to enter and control the male-dominated world of drug trafficking. Once again, Perez-Reverte excels in his meticulous research, successfully recreating the language, music, and cultural codes that characterize this illegal business in both Mexico and Spain. The novel is chock-full of references to Mexican narcorrorridos ("Mexican drug ballads"), as well as to crime lore on both sides of the Atlantic. This is also a linguistic experiment, as Perez-Reverte masterfully adopts a Mexican dialect throughout. Already a best seller in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, this novel is highly recommended for all bookstores, and for academic and public libraries.
—Ilan Stavans, Amherst College, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781589866171
Publisher:
Santillana USA Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Cartagena, noviembre de 1951) se dedica en exclusiva a la literatura, tras haber vivido 21 años (1973-1994) como reportero de prensa, radio y televisión, cubriendo informativamente los conflictos internacionales en ese período. Desde 1991 y, en forma continua desde 1993, escribe una página de opinión en El Semanal, suplemento del grupo Correo que se distribuye simultáneamente en 25 diarios españoles, y que se ha convertido en una de las secciones más leídas de la prensa española, superando los 4.000.000 de lectores. Pérez-Reverte es considerado uno de los mejores novelistas internacionales cuyos 2.000.000 de ejemplares vendidos lo colocan como el autor más leído de España. Sus obras han sido traducidas a 23 idiomas, y cuatro de sus novelas --entre las cuales figuran El maestro de esgrima, El húsar, La tabla de Flandes, El club Dumas, y Territorio Comanche-- han sido adaptadas al cine. Es miembro de la Real Academia Española.

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La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
avila3510 More than 1 year ago
este libro nos da un magnifico vistazo sobre el trafico de drogas y sobre la vida de una mujer mexicana que fue exitosa en ese ambito. El autor nos mantiene en suspenso por la mayor parte del libro
conchitaMT More than 1 year ago
I definitely liked this book. The way how it's author describe people, places and show us how life is nos static, it moves around, it can change from one minute to another. Once you start reading it, you will be transport to a world that not too many people can be in real life. It's amazing!!! I love it.
BeckyGoro More than 1 year ago
Do you know what it's like to live on the edge, knowing who is capable of killing or hurting, but not knowing when this could happen? Step into the life of Teresa Mendoza in the novel La Reina del Sur by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Here Reverte evokes off the pages of this book the passion, intensity, and danger a woman lives, in the mafia world of drug trafficking. With throat clenching description and the raw reality of what it takes to survive, and thrive. Teresa lives in Culiacan, Mexico with her longtime boyfriend El Güero Davila, when she receives a call saying that he is dead. In this world she has become a part of, when you're alone, you're completely alone. This is how she felt at that very moment. El Güero had told her, the day she received that call, she had to run. Practically cheating death after being raped, she escapes the clutches of those who are sent to kill her and with the help of an old friend, departs to Melilla, Spain. In Spain her story unravels to show the measures she took to be a woman at the top, along with the men in this life threatening world. She constructs her own business with her cell mate Patricia moving hashish then cocaine all throughout Spain, incredibly enough earning millions and although illegal, still earning, the power she obtained. Teresa Mendoza earns the title of La Reina del Sur by rising to the top of drug lords in the south of Spain. Teresa was an innocent woman in her younger years not completely aware of the life she was leading and how alone she really was until she loses the one man she loves. Her appearance, as they mention quite frequently in the novel, is of a good looking Mexican woman, but not so good looking. She finds the strength and intelligence in herself to make it in life and become something, she would never dream of. I admire this woman a lot, granted that her life and prosperity is based on an illegal business, but in a world of men, being a woman that took control of drug trafficking in the south of Spain, I see as an incredible accomplishment. The point of view changes constantly, back and forth, in this novel. Reverte has a peculiar way of writing because half of the story is written in third person, telling the reader about Teresa in her life with more of a present situation feel. The other half is written/ narrated in first person, where the narrator is talking to the people he interviewed to write this novel. It kept me interested and intrigued to learn how it really happened and how these people told her story. With encouragement from some people and wisdom from others she encountered along her journey of life, one person who stood out a lot was Patricia O'Farrell. She introduced Teresa who was not a very educated woman, to a world of literature and reading, during her stay in prison. She told Teresa "With books you learn, you educate yourself, travel, dream, imagine, live other lives and multiply yours by a thousand." I love this line and felt the need to mention it because it is completely true; the gift a novel of any kind gives to a person is found only on the pages. Keep reading, hopefully not only this novel, which will leave you with your mouth open and constantly turning the page, but read to experience all those things Patricia talks about and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Este libro es lleno de accion y me gusta q el libro se trata de una mujer fuerte y independienteopppkoippppjprjkgtngb ?, sin hombre y sin compacion. La primera "queen-pin", ese!
River_dance-001 More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
muy interesante una historia muy intensa
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once i started reading this book i could not stop. Well written and a very facinating story about a Mexicana who succssed in a men's drug world. It takes you to wonderful places in Europe.
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The best book i read #1fan:)
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zenazw7562 More than 1 year ago
It is a very good written story with a lot of excitment.
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Maggie36 More than 1 year ago
My husband and I read this book it was hard to put it down. It open our eyes to a different world!
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