Waiting for Columbus

Waiting for Columbus

by Thomas Trofimuk
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Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

On a beautiful April morning, a man is brought to an insane asylum in contemporary Spain, claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus. Found in the treacherous Straight of Gibraltar, he is clearly delusional and has suffered a trauma so severe that he has turned away from reality. As he spins the tall tales of adventure and romance of someone who existed in the late fifteenth century, the lonely Nurse Consuela can’t help but be enchanted by his spirit. Who is Columbus? Where did he come from? This dazzling story about one man’s painstaking search for truth and loyalty will haunt the reader long after the final page. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385529136
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 6.54(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Thomas Trofimuk is a writer, editor, and communications consultant. His poetry and short fiction have been widely published in Canada to critical acclaim. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife and daughter.

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Waiting for Columbus 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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houxhobbit More than 1 year ago
Consuela is a nurse at an insane asylum in Sevilla, Spain. When a man is brought in who insists that he is Christopher Columbus she is curious about who he is and what would cause him to break from reality so. His is a wonderful story teller and as she listens to him tell his stories, Consuela finds herself falling in love with a man who, is some ways doesn't exist. Through his stories the book moves from modern day to historical day. Sometimes Columbus slips up and brings modern day tecnology into his historical stories. Unknown to consuela an interpol agent is searching for a missing man who is thought to be suspiicious. I thought this was a wonderful book and I have recommended it to many readers.
debbook More than 1 year ago
A man is found washed up on the Spanish shore of the Strait of Gibraltar. He insists that he is the legendary Christopher Columbus and is taken to an insane asylum in Seville. Consuela is a nurse at the asylum and the man who calls himself Columbus tells her his memories/stories. But his stories seem to be mixed in with modern life. Emilie works for Interpol and begins tracking a missing man that has been declared suspicious. As he tracks his mystery man, Columbus enthralls Nurse Consuela with his stories and she begins to fall in love with him. my review: I loved this book, it was so well-written and beautiful. I would read just a couple of chapters a day as I really wanted to savor this amazing work. As Columbus tells his tales, one can feel how haunted this man is and as he nears the end of his stories, his fear of what he will discover about himself, if he lets go of his conviction that he is Columbus. The author moves back and forth from the the fifteenth century Spain to the present and while some may not like that kind of writing, I felt that it was perfect for the story. It is hard for me to review this book and do it justice. But once I finished it, I understood why Rebecca from The Book Lady's Blog could not stop raving about this book on twitter. Let's just say it is amazing, touching, thought-provoking, amusing, compelling, and brilliant and leave it at that! my rating 5/5 http://bookmagic418.blogspot.com/
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Waiting for Columbus is the story of a man in a mental institute in Spain who believes he is Christopher Columbus. Since he was pulled out of the Strait of Gibraltar, who he really is and how he came to be there is unknown. As the staff at the institute try to unravel his story he slowly begins to charm them, reveling a compelling intelligence. He tells tales of Columbus' life to his lovely and devoted nurse Consuela until the tales start to lead gradually into his own. Also in Spain is Inspector Emile Germain searching for a mysterious man who disappeared from the scene of a crime. If you believe, with every fiber of your being, that you are Christopher Columbus, does that make it true? How do you know when you are sane, or not? Waiting for Columbus is a well-written character study on the insane and the people who work in mental institutes. The people in the book are infinitely human and it is possible to imagine yourself in their situation. Heartbreaking as the story is, yet it is filled with gentle, sometimes pointed humor. The places where Queen Isabella collides with modern day are very funny and provide some good comic relief to the intensity. I listened to the audio version of this book, beautifully read by Grover Gardner.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Reading this book I was reminded of a similar book I read by Timothy Findlay called "Pilgrim." In that book a man in a mental hospital is treated by Karl Jung and remembers past lives as famous historical figures. In this book a man in a mental hospital in Spain claims to be Christopher Columbus. The hospital also has a woman who claims to be The Pope. Columbus is very amiable and his nurse Consuela takes an immediate liking to him. She is fascinated with his dreams and other tales of how Columbus met Beatriz and got his ships. Consuela starts checking the information given by Columbus on the Internet and finds everything to be fairly factual (note: the author obviously took great pains in doing research and should be highly commended for that). She obviously finds Columbus attractive and must wrestle with her own conscience which tells her it is morally and professionally wrong to get involved with one of her patients. In the meantime Emile, a police officer is investigating a crime that seems to point to the mental patient Columbus as a prime suspect. I really enjoyed how the author presents details of Columbus' history in a very interesting fashion. He could have done a very effective historical novel on Columbus too. This book drew me in from the start. One of the drawbacks in the history is the talk about the people believing that you would sail off the end of the flat Earth if you sailed west. The current concensus seems to be that the whole flat Earth thing originated in a Washington Irving novel about Columbus published in the 1800's and was not really fact.
BabsBonMots More than 1 year ago
A sensual kind of novel that was easy and enjoyable to read. A man is brought to an institution, he truly believes he is Christopher Columbus. He tells wonderful stories with a charisma that draws people to him. He tells stories of his desire to find the new world, stories of women he has made love to and how that loving feels, stories of his doubts. Are the stories real and true, or are they lies? Like Consuela in the novel, you will begin to fall for Columbus yourself!