Meet Me under the Ceiba

Meet Me under the Ceiba❮Epub❯ ➥ Meet Me under the Ceiba ➤ Author Silvio Sirias – I'm not afraid of that old man Adela once told her niece But everyone in the small town of La Curva Nicaragua knew that the wealthy land owner Don Roue Ramirez wanted Adela Rugama dead And on Christma under the PDF È I'm not afraid of that old man Adela once told her niece But everyone in the small town of La Curva Nicaragua knew that the wealthy land owner Don Roue Ramirez wanted Adela Rugama dead And on Christmas Day Adela disappeared It was two months before her murdered body was found An American professor of Nicaraguan descent spending the summer in his parents' homeland learns of Adela's murder and vows to unravel the threads of the mystery He begins the painstaking process of interviewing the townspeople and it uickly becomes apparent that Adela a hardworking campesina who never Meet Me PDF/EPUB or learned to read and write and Don Roue had one thing in common the beautiful Ixelia Cruz The love of Adela's life Ixelia was one of Don Roue's many possessions until Adela lured her away The interviews with Adela's family neighbors and former lovers shed light on the circumstances of her death and reveal the lively community left reeling by her brutal murder including her older sister Mariela and her four children who spent Christmas morning with their beloved aunt excitedly unwrapping the gifts she brought them that fateful day; her neighbor and friend Lizbeth Hodgson the beautiful mulata Me under the Kindle Ö who rejected Adela's passionate advances early in their relationship; Padre Uriel who did not welcome Adela to mass because she loved women though he has no ualms about his lengthy affair with a married woman; her former lover Gloria the town's midwife who is forever destined to beg her charges to name their newborn daughters Adela Through stories and gossip that expose jealousies scandals and misfortunes Sirias lovingly portrays the community of La Curva Nicaragua in all its evil and goodness The winner of the ChicanoLatino Literary Prize this spellbinding novel captures the essence of a world rarely seen in American literature. La Curva is an unremarkable small Nicaraguan town a few kilometres south of Masaya I’ve known it for twenty years and to me its only outstanding feature is a pair of huge ‘guanacaste’ trees bedecked with epiphytic plants that stand on the south side of the main road or stood I’ve been told that one was recently cut down There is a story about the main bread shop being the product of a swindle involving a local woman and her North American husband who invested his money in it but whom she then deserted And there are several ‘viveros’ or plant nurseries one of which is owned by a relative of my wife’sBut curiously I’d never heard the story that at the time made La Curva famous the murder in 1999 of Aura Rosa Pavon a young lesbian who fell in love with a local beauty who was at the same time the unwilling mistress of a 70 year old coffee grower owner of the farm called Mata de Guayabo The ageing coffee grower his mistress’s mother and an accomplice were found guilty of Aura’s murder after her body was discovered by Aura’s sister at the bottom of a disused latrine The combination of a lesbian love affair and a murder involving both the victim’s mother and a local landowner created a national scandal A few years after it happened it drew the attention of writer Silvio Sirias and ‘Meet me under the Ceiba’ was the resultLike his most recent novel ‘The Saint of Santa Fe’ his ruse is to act as a fictional reporter trying to find out why the murder occurred and how it was done He does as he puts it aim to keep the spirit of the true story while inventing many of the details of the fictional one Strangely for such a lurid tale he creates many likeable characters and even portrays La Curva where in real life Aura seems have received mixed acceptance as a congenial place which it is There are other similarities between the novels In both the murderer turns out to be a right wing wealthy landowner who in the Latin American tradition believes himself superior to the poor majority in his community and behaves accordingly especially with women In both the victim’s sister plays a prominent role in investigating their sibling’s disappearance and in aiding the chronicler of the story which is a version of Sirias himself of course complete with bald pateAbove all both novels are about odd ball characters who embody wider social themes about Latin America The priest in the later novel set in Panama is a liberation theologist aiming to put his theories into practice by helping a poor and isolated community transform itself and challenge the landowner’s power The novel is an exploration of how a community can become politically aware and exercise its latent ability to build a better future The young lesbian killed in the earlier novel is both challenging the status uo herself Nicaragua’s then predominant homophobia and in death helps to shift social attitudes through the solidarity local people express and their horrified realisation of the ultimate conseuences of homophobia Silvio Sirias wants to tell a good story – and he does – but in both cases he wants to use the telling of the story to throw light on a social theme He does this too in a serious way which means we think about the issues even as our imaginations are gripped by the plot A novel that at one level is an entertaining crime story is also a delightful exploration of small town Nicaraguan life and a chilling analysis of the hatreds and prejudices that can sometimes be hidden behind its welcoming exterior As in the Panamian novel the characters who emerge best from the story are the victim and the victim’s sister the former very strong but ultimately paying the price for their convictions the latter in both cases stalwart defenders of their siblings who come to share something of their ideals and remain alive to defend themTwenty five years after the events the novel describes I’m happy to report that in my perception attitudes among average Nicaraguans have changed In Masaya the city closest to La Curva while jokes and even hostility persist it is much muted than it used to be and gay people are much open about their sexuality We have several gay friends and acuaintances and while not all are happy it seems inconceivable that any would be murdered for what they represent Indeed Masaya has gained something of a reputation for its tolerance of gay people one of the many reasons why I am uietly proud of the place where I live Silvio Sirias had a real good chance of moving this story forward with in depth descriptions of Nicaragua but he failed to give me any substance at all The only props Sirias used to differentiate Nicaraguan setting from other Central American regions is the constant talk of Rojitas cafe con leche nacatamales and the brief mention of the Somoza dynasty The language is not only repetitive On that fateful Christmas this line appears at least twice in each chapter but also dull and extremely flat and this is mainly due to the novel's styleformat Sirias chose to write Meet Me Under the Ceiba not as a fictional story but as a journal or a report There is hardly any narrative breathing space since most of the text in the novel is riddled with dialogue friends neighbors and family members of the murder victim Adela Rugama The dialogue unravels the plot something dialogue definitely shouldn't do unless you want your readers to fall asleep half way through each conversation Sirias' dialogue is unrealistic it derives on perfection instead of going in circles like real life conversations tend to be and it doesn't capture the uniue way Nicaraguans speak on a daily basis harsh blunt sentences without S sounding words and the constant moving of the palms in the air and the occasional profanity not in all but in most cases I'm still not clear what the purpose of this novel is I understand that there was a need for the narratorauthor to uncover the truth about a tragic event in Nicaragua that was never resolved but there's nothing The novel lacks plot it lacks the characteristics that make a true fictional piece functional The narrator seems to be amazed at the amount of people that called the murder victim conchona faggot but not as harsh instead of Adela without ever specifying to the reader that might not know much about Nicaragua that calling someone cochona or maricona in that part of the world is a way to describe someone without intentionally offending the person of course this does not apply to everyone bad intentioned language does exist El gordo el flaco el dienton malcriado huele pega narizona el bolo el boludo these are all ways Nicaraguans identify others or themselves they're used to this I'm not saying that I agree with these apodos nicknames I'm saying that this is part of Nicaraguan life And for the narrator to leave this piece of information out doesn't do justice to the setting of the novel And it's definitely not a love story because I didn't see love through scenes etc I was TOLD it was love It's hard to critiue a novel that tells you everything the author doesn't trust his readers to make their own conclusions Without any meaty descriptions plot setting concrete dialogue and three dimensional characters what am I left with? In this case a 238 page police report This is the best way I can describe Meet Me Under the Ceiba There are some aesthetically pleasing sentences like But then little by little the way darkness slowly chokes the light out of a beautiful afternoon Adela grew distant 144 but they're few it's as if Sirias was concerned with plot especifically the ending where the reader is told not shown how Adela is killed by Don Roue His language lacks the same hunger he had to tell the tale Reviewed by MarciaMember of Livin' la vida LatinaReview What can I say? This book just pulls you in and devours you It makes you feel part of the story as it's happening The author did a great job in reflecting on each character's life history and involvement in Adela Rugama's murder It's interesting how this book reads like a journal and a story at the same time You feel like an observer and a participant This book had all that I was looking for and I'm glad I read it Well developed characters that inevitably head for tragedy Characters that you respect characters you hate and characters you feel unbelievable pity forall living in a culture restricted with homophobia While injustice is rampant the spirit ultimately wins After two years this book still has me stuck on the story of Adela Rugama Interesting read though I feel he was fascinated by the woman from Bluefields okay we get it she's beautiful move on Aside from that I have recommended this book to tons of people who were not disappointed I didn't really like his writing but the story did draw me in Very vivid and descriptive It reads like both a journal and a story The details make you feel like you are right there in the middle of it all I really enjoyed this book Even I enjoyed meeting him here in Panama A great speaker also A very interesting based on a true story re telling Very interesting window into the lives of many different Nicaraguans And good story I enjoyed the way it's told from many different points of view

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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Meet Me under the Ceiba
  • Silvio Sirias
  • English
  • 03 October 2015
  • 9781558855922