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Amed of his peeping and suggests that he pay a visit to Father Albornoz Instead Ismail wanders the town visiting old friends plagued by a tangle of secret memories Where have I existed these years I answer myself; up on the wall peering over When the armies slowly arrive the profesor's reveries are gradually. A new Colombian author You know how some books say Heart of Darkness which I re read recently they're like haymakers just huge bodyblows that knock you flat This book is like a uick jab Your head gets rocked back before you even realize you got punched It's about a small mountain town in the pre Uribe paramilitary days It opens hazily and it's hard to tell what's happening at first; it's like it opens in the immediate aftermath of a bomb blast and for a while there's just smoke and noise and it's only as things settle down that you realize who's hurt Neat trick and a very worthwhile book

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Taken over by a living hell His wife disappears and he must find her We learn that not only gentle grassy hillsides surround San Joseacute; but landmines and coca fields The reader is soon engulfed by the violence of Rosero's narrative that is touched not only with a deep sadness but an extraordinary tenderne. From read Evelio Rosero's The Armies a novel about a rural Colombian town in the middle of the FARC paramilitaries and the army The back cover says Gentle in voice but ferocious in impact and that is a perfect summation The novel centers on Ismael an old man in a rural Colombian town that becomes an epicenter of violence The Colombian army is viewed as unpredictable and corrupt but at least preferable to the truly insane violence of the guerrillas or paras which are indistinguishable anyway At any rate the government refuses to helpIsmael is a voyeur and as the novel begins he stares at his beautiful neighbor As the novel progresses he watches everyone else but slowly gets sucked in himself He lives in fear to the point that he laughs at it It is fear this fear this country which I prefer to ignore in its entirety playing the idiot with myself to stay alive or with an apparent desire to stay alive because it is very possible really that I am dead I tell myself good and dead in hell and I laugh again p 157This is not light reading yet Ismaels' first person narrative keeps a brisk pace He experiences horror but keeps moving and thinking Maybe that is the only way he maintains sanity as the town is engulfed in murder rape kidnapping and sadismIt reminded me of Sandra Benitez's The Weight of All Things which depicts a family in El Salvador getting stuck between guerrillas and the military during the civil war There is the same helplessness and the same sense of wanting just to be left alone because no one cares about the ideology They just want all of the armies to leave them alone Firm Abs Flat Stomach reader is soon engulfed by the violence of Rosero's narrative that is touched not only with a deep sadness but an extraordinary tenderne. From Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 read Evelio Rosero's The Armies a novel about a Living the Eternal Way rural Colombian town in the middle of the FARC paramilitaries and the army The back cover says Gentle in voice but ferocious in impact and that is a perfect summation The novel centers on Ismael an old man in a Tamara de Lempicka rural Colombian town that becomes an epicenter of violence The Colombian army is viewed as unpredictable and corrupt but at least preferable to the truly insane violence of the guerrillas or paras which are indistinguishable anyway At any Amazon.com: Solaris Internals: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture eBook: Richard McDougall, Jim Mauro: Kindle Store rate the government Solaris Internals refuses to helpIsmael is a voyeur and as the novel begins he stares at his beautiful neighbor As the novel progresses he watches everyone else but slowly gets sucked in himself He lives in fear to the point that he laughs at it It is fear this fear this country which I prefer to ignore in its entirety playing the idiot with myself to stay alive or with an apparent desire to stay alive because it is very possible The Story of Before really that I am dead I tell myself good and dead in hell and I laugh again p 157This is not light Tempting Treasures reading yet Ismaels' first person narrative keeps a brisk pace He experiences horror but keeps moving and thinking Maybe that is the only way he maintains sanity as the town is engulfed in murder Mikrocontrollertechnik Mit Avr rape kidnapping and sadismIt Geschichte Der Hexenprozesse reminded me of Sandra Benitez's The Weight of All Things which depicts a family in El Salvador getting stuck between guerrillas and the military during the civil war There is the same helplessness and the same sense of wanting just to be left alone because no one cares about the ideology They just want all of the armies to leave them alone

Evelio Rosero ☆ 3 summary

Ismail the profesor is a retired teacher in a small Colombian town where he passes the days pretending to pick oranges while spying on his neighbor Geraldina as she lies naked in the shade of a ceiba tree on a red floral uilt The garden burns with sunlight; the macaws laugh sweetly Otilia Ismail's wife is ash. This is just a great novel If you've ever read a Maruez novel especially 100 Years of Solitude you know what to expect from a rural Colombian story paramilitaries guerrillas people disappearing families torn apartall of that good stuff Rosero delves into the same stuff but this time you'll see it without the magic The drama unfolds from the point of view of a retired schoolteacher who is slowly losing his memory at first he has trouble remembering names then he can't recognize any of his town's streets and finally he's not sure whether he's alive or dead With this diminished capacity Ismael must attempt to figure out why his life is crumbling around him whether he's part of it all or just a pawn or collateral damage all the while desperately searchingwaiting for his wife If it's an allegory for the insanity of modern warfare then it's brilliant; if it's simply supposed to be an isolated human tragedy it's heart wrenching The prose is sparse and simple but this tiny book has a large impact Recommended to everyone especially those who like Latin American litThis was Rosero's first novel to be translated into English Hopefully there will be on the way soon Individual Motivation Within Groups retired teacher in a small Colombian town where he passes the days pretending to pick oranges while spying on his neighbor Geraldina as she lies naked in the shade of a ceiba tree on a Why I Am A Jew red floral uilt The garden burns with sunlight; the macaws laugh sweetly Otilia Ismail's wife is ash. This is just a great novel If you've ever Cursed by Darkness (Befallen Tides, read a Maruez novel especially 100 Years of Solitude you know what to expect from a Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, rural Colombian story paramilitaries guerrillas people disappearing families torn apartall of that good stuff Rosero delves into the same stuff but this time you'll see it without the magic The drama unfolds from the point of view of a Kick-boxing pour la ligne retired schoolteacher who is slowly losing his memory at first he has trouble Firm Abs Flat Stomach remembering names then he can't Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 recognize any of his town's streets and finally he's not sure whether he's alive or dead With this diminished capacity Ismael must attempt to figure out why his life is crumbling around him whether he's part of it all or just a pawn or collateral damage all the while desperately searchingwaiting for his wife If it's an allegory for the insanity of modern warfare then it's brilliant; if it's simply supposed to be an isolated human tragedy it's heart wrenching The prose is sparse and simple but this tiny book has a large impact Recommended to everyone especially those who like Latin American litThis was Rosero's first novel to be translated into English Hopefully there will be on the way soon


10 thoughts on “Los ejércitos

  1. says:

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  2. says:

    An unsettling read that focuses on the impact of war coming to a small town in Colombia From the very beginning the reader knows that they are in for an uncomfortable ride as retired teacher Ismael spends he’s spare time spying on the naked lady next doorAs civil war sweeps through the village the violence and death that Ismael witnesses makes for an even tougher readReally compelling and brutal it’s one of them books that I’m glad that I have read


  3. says:

    This is just a great novel If you've ever read a Maruez novel especially 100 Years of Solitude you know what to expect from a rural Colombian story paramilitaries guerrillas people disappearing families torn apartall of that good stuff Rosero delves into the same stuff but this time you'll see it without the magic The drama unfolds from the point of view of a retired schoolteacher who is slowly losing his memory at first he has trouble remembering names then he can't recognize any of his town's streets and finally he's not sure whether he's alive or dead With this diminished capacity Ismael must attempt to figure out why his life is crumbling around him whether he's part of it all or just a pawn or collateral damage all the while desperately searchingwaiting for his wife If it's an allegory for the insanity of modern warfare then it's brilliant; if it's simply supposed to be an isolated human tragedy it's heart wrenching The prose is sparse and simple but this tiny book has a large impact Recommended to everyone especially those who like Latin American litThis was Rosero's first novel to be translated into English Hopefully there will be on the way soon


  4. says:

    Rating 425🍌THE ARMIES opens with a vivid scene dripping with symbolism Ismael a retired schoolteacher in a rural Colombian village stands on a ladder in his orange tree as he spies on his neighbor's naked wife in her back garden This prelapsarian scene is only one of many biblical echoes that resound throughout a book concerned with the great themes of evil desire and ultimately mankind's expulsion from the Garden70 year old Ismael spends his retirement tending to his garden bickering with his wife Otilia and lusting after other men's wives Looming in the distance is punishment a civil war is raging and the rumble of war vibrates in the background as Ismael visits neighborhood gatherings and the houses of old friends breaking commandments in their own ways The reader though knows the war is coming and one of the great successes of the book is the unsettled atmosphere pervading the narrative This unsettled atmosphere transforms into chaos when the militias arrive; in the confusion Ismael and Otilia get separated Though others are fleeing the town Ismael stays behind to search for his wife and what follows is a haunting account of the blunt realities of war as the village is ravaged and Ismael slowly loses his sense of self The final scene in particular is one of the most horrifying passages I've read in recent memoryTold in a gentle prose that vacillates between limpid and disorienting and at times reminded me of the Portuguese author Jose Saramago THE ARMIES is a small gem of a book that deserves a wider audience


  5. says:

    though he has written over a dozen novels two works of poetry and three children's books the armies is the first of evelio rosero's works to be translated into english the colombian author was awarded the independent uk foreign fiction prize this year for the english translation of the armiesset in the small colombian village of san josé the first half of the book chronicles the day to day life of the town's inhabitants ismail a retired schoolteacher whiles away the hours spying on his neighbor's wife as she lies nude in the garden adjacent and visiting friends in town the idyllic days of village life uickly come to an end as the armyparamilitaryguerilla forces move in kidnappings maimings rapes murders; no one is safe from the seemingly senseless onslaught of violence ismail's wife otilia disappears and ismail spends the second half of the book searching for her while the remaining inhabitants flee to safetythe pace of the book accelerates from bucolic to bellicose as peaceful village life is thrust asunder when the incursions begin rosero writes uite well with glimpses of dazzling prose the armies is a significant work and while no book can make sense of war's many horrors this one goes far to portray its impact on family and civilian life maestro claudino's hut is the last place left the last place you could have gone looking for me otilia i told you myself i planned to take the maestro a chicken there you are i shall find you there and so there i go repeating it to myself with all the force and stubbornness of a light in the middle of the fog that men call hope


  6. says:

    A new Colombian author You know how some books say Heart of Darkness which I re read recently they're like haymakers just huge bodyblows that knock you flat? This book is like a uick jab Your head gets rocked back before you even realize you got punched It's about a small mountain town in the pre Uribe paramilitary days It opens hazily and it's hard to tell what's happening at first; it's like it opens in the immediate aftermath of a bomb blast and for a while there's just smoke and noise and it's only as things settle down that you realize who's hurt Neat trick and a very worthwhile book


  7. says:

    From read Evelio Rosero's The Armies a novel about a rural Colombian town in the middle of the FARC paramilitaries and the army The back cover says Gentle in voice but ferocious in impact and that is a perfect summation The novel centers on Ismael an old man in a rural Colombian town that becomes an epicenter of violence The Colombian army is viewed as unpredictable and corrupt but at least preferable to the truly insane violence of the guerrillas or paras which are indistinguishable anyway At any rate the government refuses to helpIsmael is a voyeur and as the novel begins he stares at his beautiful neighbor As the novel progresses he watches everyone else but slowly gets sucked in himself He lives in fear to the point that he laughs at it It is fear this fear this country which I prefer to ignore in its entirety playing the idiot with myself to stay alive or with an apparent desire to stay alive because it is very possible really that I am dead I tell myself good and dead in hell and I laugh again p 157This is not light reading yet Ismaels' first person narrative keeps a brisk pace He experiences horror but keeps moving and thinking Maybe that is the only way he maintains sanity as the town is engulfed in murder rape kidnapping and sadismIt reminded me of Sandra Benitez's The Weight of All Things which depicts a family in El Salvador getting stuck between guerrillas and the military during the civil war There is the same helplessness and the same sense of wanting just to be left alone because no one cares about the ideology They just want all of the armies to leave them alone


  8. says:

    this is a great novel about a war torn village in Colombia rosero is a consumate prose stylist and you feel in reading this book the terror of the main character an elderly teacher stranded in his home town which paramilitaries guerillas and the army have taken as a theater of waran english translation of this book just came out on New Directions under the title The Armies if you can't read it in spanish you should definitely read it in english


  9. says:

    Harrowing terrifying sickening A book about the descent into hell Best read in one sitting because once you put it down it may be hard to pick it up again The worst thing about this book is that every word in it could be true Such is my home country Colombia It hurts It hurts But it has to be written down it has to be read It has to be done


  10. says:

    I think this accurately though not having been through it I wouldn’t know for sure depicts the violence present in Colombia during its many years of war and its impact on Colombians but wow is it bleak I read a lot of depressing books about war etc but this one was hard to get through for some reason


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