A Place Where the Sea Remembersby Sandra Benitez
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Winner, Discover Great New Writers Award. Winner, Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. "Profound.... a quietly stunning work that leaves soft tracks in the heart."--The Washington Post BookWorld "Merits placement beside some of the mesmerizing new literature with its roots in Latin America."--The New York Times Book Review
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"Profound in its simplicity and rhythm . . . a quietly stunning work that leaves soft tracks in the heart."
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La Curandera (curandera, n.f. healer)
Remedios, la curandera, stands at the edge of the sea. The old healer is weary, a result, in part, of the countless times she has cocked her head in the direction of someone's story. Remedios knows the town's stories. Just as the sea, as their witness, knows them, too.
Remedios looks out over the deep. Tucked under an arm is the swordfish beak that is one of her prized possessions. She has owned it for many years. Usually she keeps the sword in her hut, on her altar, la mesa santa. Not today. Today she has brought the sword to the sea because it signifies the waters and the mighty fish that live there. She has brought it because el pico de pez espada helps her find those who have drowned.
Today Remedios awaits the one blue wave that will bring a corpse to shore. The body we wait for, she thinks, the sea will yield up. Today. Tomorrow. The sea cannot be rushed. The others wring their hands, hold their breaths on the far side of the crag, at the place where the river joins the sea. But not Remedios. El pico has led her to this spot, and it is here she'll keep her vigil.
Gathering her long dark skirt between her legs, Remedios squats on the shore. She lays el pico across her lap. Around her neck is the cord from which her medicine pouch hangs. The pouch rests directly over her heart and contains the secret talismans that fortify and empower her. Remedios spreads a palm over the little pouch, then reaches for the line of foamy brine rippling toward her. In the biting honesty of salt, the sea makes her secrets known to those who care to listen. She touches a fingerto her tongue and the stories come.
The sea remembers. So it is the sea retells.
Copyright © 1993 by Sandra Benítez
Meet the Author
Born in Washington, D.C., Sandra Benitez grew up in Mexico and El Salvador. She is the author of four widely acclaimed novels including A Place Where the Sea Remembers, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award; Bitter Grounds, winner of an American Book Award; The Weight of All Things, and Night of the Radishes. Her novels have been published in 10 countries. sandrabenitez.com
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When reading this, I could feel the gorgeous scenery through the book. All of the characters are humane and magical. I loved it!
I absolutely loved this book. Although it's a quick read, I laughed, cried and got angry right along with the characters. I enjoyed reading about a different culture as well. I could't put this book down!
I belive this book has lots of details and emotions. This book gives you characters that will be in your mind till the last page. You wont forget the way these characters as they come alive with their on stories. All these characters become one inspiring story that i hope everyone reads.
I really enjoyed this book. It held my attention most of the time and had a great story. The only part I did not like is that the minor characters had a big, but unimportant part in the book. There where many different stories added into the main one that could've been left out. I do recommend that you read it, especially if you like books that give you insight into different cultures. I have not read any of her other books but I do plan to in the future.
I really enjoyed this book. It held my attention most of the time and had a great story. The only part I did not like about this book is that the minor characters had a big, but unimportant part in the book. There were so many different stories added into the main idea that could've been left out. I do reccommend that you read it, especially if you like books that give you insight into different cultures. I have never read any of her other books before but I do plan on reading some of them now.
I read this book and it had all of its action at the end. This book tried to make insignificant characters have too many parts, and this lessoned its quality. There was no single conflict in this book or even a main one so the book seemed very poorly written. It was not worth the time to read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It put life in a small Mexican village into perspective. I think the back and forth plot helped me to truly understand the intensely gripping severity of all that happened.
A good story for people interested in Latin folklore. The writing style is a bit jumbled and hard to follow at times. The story line of sister at odds with each other is an age old story of jealousy and pride. As the story unfolds regarding Chayo's son and her sister's wanting a child one can see the sibling rivalry unfold. This book should be recommended for high school teens. I found no real enjoyment in reading about the death of a child and the wanting of a mother for her child back.
This is the worst book I have ever read.This story was horrible and had no point.Dont waste your time and read this.
WOw..it was an interesting book although i didn't really enjoy it, i finish reading the book anywase....i like it how it's different people in different chapter..i respect your book and would like to tell everyone out there that...it's a great book..you learn from what u read ....
this book was a very hard to read because it was not an enjoyable book to read! i would rather shoot my self then be forced to read this again!