Narrator Michael Crouch portrays Neruda Diaz's quest for romance as the 16-year-old imagines a love life like that of the Chilean poet for whom he was named, Pablo Neruda. The fictional Neruda has been sheltered by his loving parents, his devotion to art, and dreams of love. Crouch expresses both Neruda's innocence and his horror when his reality is shattered as he discovers that his parents' marriage is not stable, his artistic vision can be sabotaged, and his classmate, Callie, is more difficult to court than he'd imagined. Neruda's reactions are confused and sometimes hurtful as he learns that he must experience life's messiness before he can find its beauty and truth. Crouch's dramatizations of minor characters add dimension to the story. In particular, his depiction of Callie makes her passionate nature vivid and Neruda's attraction understandable. S.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2017]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2017
CD ISBN 9781524749767 $40.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9781524749774 $20.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2017
CD ISBN 9781524749781 $40.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9781524749798 $50.00
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