Tuesday, November 4

"A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart." ~ Julia Alvarez

An amazing thing has happened! I am actually enjoying a novel that I am reading in class! This is especially amazing, because after taking my first literature class at DSC, I decided that I was going to be a Professional/Technical Writing Major instead of Literature, because I hated how literature classes ruined the novel for me! 

So, this book that I am actually enjoying is called In the Name of Salome by Julia Alvarez. It's an incredibly confusing story of two women. A daughter and her mother. I haven't finished the novel yet (so maybe I'll hate it in the end), but thus far it is interesting, if a bit confusing. 

I guess now I can say that I'm a fan of Latin American literature, which I never would have said before, but I do really love Isabel Allende, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Like Water for Chocolate is one of my favorite books. So, I guess once I finish reading every Julia Alverez book (I'm always either focusing on one author, or one topic in my leisure reading) I guess I'll be pretty well read in that area of literature. At least, for a 20-something girl who is just reading for fun. =) 

Latin American Literature I would recommend:

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival
In the Name of Salome by Julia Alverez
Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

Isabel Allende also has written a little trilogy of YA books. The first one is City of the Beasts. They are fantasy, so if you don't like fantasy, you probably won't like them. But, they're a good read and easy for during the school year when you have to read all sorts of other things!

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