The Dark Bride: A Novel

The Dark Bride: A Novel

by Laura Restrepo
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Dark Bride: A Novel 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on the free table at a used curriculum sale. I now think that I know why it was there. I really did not look very closely at the book then, but when I got home I wanted to know more about the author, so I went to Barnes and Noble's website. They were falling all over themselves about how great it was that they were able to introduce this wonderful Colombian author to American audiences. If I had read the blurb on the back of the book, I probably would have left it alone. "Once a month, the refinery workers of the Topical Oil Company descend upon Tora, a city in the Colombian forest. They journey down from the mountains searching for earthly bliss and hoping to encounter Sayonara, the legendary Indian prostitute who rules their squalid paradise like a queen." Isabel Allende, who has written some pretty raunchy stuff herself, said, "Love, lust, despair, pride, violence, magic, and irrational hope give depth and texture to this page-turning novel." Well, under the wishful but mistaken thinking that perhaps Sayonara's being a prostitute was only incidental to the story, I began reading. I got through the first three pages and it was nothing but how the men came from the jungles to Tora for las mujeres, the women, who held the "greatest promise of earthly bliss;" how the economy of Tora depended on the oil money handed over to the putas (whores) and prostitutas; how that when the men came to "optimal marketplace for love" the women "who charged the most" depended on how exotic and distant their national origins were, how sonorous their names, and how unusual their customs. There may be some actual story later on, but I was not willing to wade through all that to find it. If you like reading books about "sex for hire," this is for you, but I seriously doubt that anyone who wants to follow Paul's instructions in Philippians 4:8 about thinking on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, and praiseworthy would find anything worthwhile in this book.
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Yanier More than 1 year ago
I was in Iraq when I read this fabulous book, it had the power to take me out of that misery place and take me on a journey to "La Catunga". Like the workers on this book I fell in love with "La Flaca" and everything that surrounded her. I was real fortunate to have discovered such a great writer, without a doubt Laura Restrepo has become one of my favorites.

June 28, 2007: ** This was my Review in Spanish*** Me encontraba en AR Ramadi, Iraq cuando leia esta hermosa obra de Laura tuvo el poder de llevarme desde aquel infierno hasta 'La Catunga'. Me enamore de 'La Flaca' igual que los cu?eros. Es una fortuna haber leido este libro, Laura Restrepo se ha convertido sin duda una de mis favoritas!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lyric and mysterious lovestory between a prostituta and oil worker. Eloquently written and tasteful reading. The development of the characters are strong and holds its strength throughout the book. Written within a biographical context; a writer investigating the story behind the famous prostituta in Tora named 'Sayonara.' One of the better books that I have read in a long time.