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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — La hora azul by Alonso Cueto. La hora azul by Alonso Cueto. Su presente, al igual que su infancia, transcurre con gran placidez, sin grandes conflictos.
Es entonces cuando descubre que su padre estuvo a cargo de un cuartel durante la guerra de Sendero Luminoso. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 1st by Anagrama first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about La hora azul , please sign up. Is this book for sale in the amazon store in English thank you. See 1 question about La hora azul…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of La hora azul. The Blue Hour is one of those hidden gems you find once in a decade. Hard to believe, but there was just one cursory review on Amazon. But if you want to add a wonderful novelist to your library, turn your eyes toward Lima, Peru, where Alonso Cueto writes and teaches journalism at the Catholic University of Peru.
The Blue Hour is both a psychological thriller and a story of love and irredeemable loss. When his mother dies, Ad The Blue Hour is one of those hidden gems you find once in a decade.
When his mother dies, Adrian Ormache, a successful Lima lawyer, finds a letter indicating that she was being blackmailed for crimes his father committed. He learns that his father, an army colonel, was responsible for horrible torture during the war against the Shining Path, the leftist revolutionary group that plagued Peru in the s. Adrian barely knows his father, who has been divorced from his mother since he was a child.
When Adrian enters this unfamiliar world, he also dredges up some deep, unsettling secrets about himself. Alonso Cueto is one of those rare writers who can grab you from the first page and hold you to the very end. The Blue Hour is not to be missed. Adrian Omache is a successful lawyer in Lima, Peru. As the narrator he is actually using an assumed name as he tells the story to disguise his identity and that of his family for protection.
He is happily married with two daughters. Suddenly, his mother dies which is upsetting since he was close to her. His brother Rueben lives in New Jersey and comes to Lima for the funeral. When their father had died, Adrian had been with him in the military hospital.
Their father had been a commander in the a Adrian Omache is a successful lawyer in Lima, Peru. Their father had been a commander in the army. As he was dying, he asked Adrian to find a woman he had known while he was serving during the Peruvian Civil War in the s.
His father told Adrian where the waman was from, but little more. The mystery of the woman and her fate begins to obsess Adrian as he follows each lead and learns more about what kind of a man his father really was.
He shares his obsession with finding the woman with a number of people including his wife, his friend and his secretary.
The quest begins to affect his work and his marriage. This is not a typical genre mystery. It is more of a novel with a mystery at the heart of it. Along with Adrian, the reader learns more about the unsavory aspects of the war as well as the class divisions within the culture. This is a journey that both Adrian and the reader profit by taking Adrian is a prosperous lawyer in Lima with a happy family , a wife he loves and two teenage daughters with whom he has a great relationship.
On the death of his mother that all explodes when he discovers a letter addressed to his mother purporting to be from the aunt of a woman cursing her and her children because of her husband's behaviour to the young woman, Miriam, when the father had been in the Peruvian navy fighting a war with the 'Shining Path' revolutionaries.
Adrian recalls how when hi Adrian is a prosperous lawyer in Lima with a happy family , a wife he loves and two teenage daughters with whom he has a great relationship. Adrian recalls how when his father died he had begged him to find Miriam. The book then flows Adrian's obsession with finding Miriam and it takes him to some harrowing accounts of the atrocities that were inflicted both by the government forces in 's Peru but also the Shining Path.
As Adrian tries to atone for his father's sins it comes at a very high personal cost. This is a book that reminds me why I enjoy reading translated fiction , it is that fiction allows a reader to step into another world and view history and societies through the eyes of individuals with whom you instantly connect. An interesting read even though Adrian is a little annoying at time. One of the best books I've read the past years. Alonso Cueto manages to capture perfectly the aftermath of the peruvian civil war in the level of plain people and their lives.
It adds to other excellent novels tackling the shining path era of Peru Death in the Andes, Red April, etc. Cruel, violent, and very atmospheric it will capture your attention since page one making it very hard to let the book down. He leads a life of bourgeois pleasures and fears, mostly caring for his job and family. In his effort to locate her his life and most of all personality will take multiple twists, seeing the world from a different perspective.
Alonso Cueto dives into the mind of a standard high-class lawyer making him almost destroy everything for shadows of the past, love, and some latent psychological issues.
Bottom-line: Another great Peruvian novel that you will read in one go. Jan 07, Mark Aston rated it it was ok. Compelling plot but clunky dialogue and a host of unappealing characters. Seemingly a rich man's fantasy of benevolence that descends into gross class voyeurism. Your interpretation will depend largely on whether you feel that you're reading the words of an unreliable narrator or those of an unreliable author.
I should add that I read an English translation, so to an extent that may account for the problems with dialogue. May 22, Connor Saparoff Ferguson rated it it was ok. An engaging, captivating story with heartbreaking insights into the Peru of Sendero Luminoso and Fujimori — and then when you finally meet the woman in question, she turns out to be a flat character whose actions make little to no sense and demonstrate the author's complete unwillingness to understand the effects of sexual trauma, and who exists solely to inspire the male protagonist's personal epiphany.
Well-written, and pretty well translated. A few beautiful passages, but a bit heavy-handed and repetitious. Strange, touching Beautifully written. The character and his fascinations made no sense to me, but maybe that was the idea. Made me think of my visit to Peru! Oct 08, Jenifer Yalitza added it. I think in read the book, it called my attention the cave page the book interesting, also serves me for my monograph. I chose this book because the cover statement was: "Winner of the Premio Herralde de Novela for World's best Spanish novel".
The novel is set in Peru. It followed events after Adrian Ormache, a prosperous lawyer in Lima and the main character discovered that there were hidden secrets to his family history. This discovery led him on a journey away from the privileged and sheltered existence of his life to date, into a tiny village in the mountains called Huanta. There his life goes on an unexpe I chose this book because the cover statement was: "Winner of the Premio Herralde de Novela for World's best Spanish novel".
There his life goes on an unexpected tangent from the predictable path he has so far followed. The story has it's origins in events arising during the Peruvian Civil War in the 's. Adrian's father, Colonel Ormache, led military operations against the "Senderosa Luminosa" geurillas.
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