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¡QUE VIVA LA MÚSICA!/ LONG LIVE MUSIC!

by | Read by Loren Escandon

Spanish Audio • 5.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

Narrator Loren Escandon fails to convey the intensity of this Colombian literary masterpiece. The protagonist is María del Carmen Huerta, the voice of the novella’s author, who, at age 25, killed himself the day the book was published. Escandon’s formidable task is to portray Huerta’s idiosyncratic behavior and complex emotional state. But her vocal tone and pace don’t distinguish the character’s varied experiences—from breakfasting with his parents in the elite neighborhood of Cali to his ghetto nights of taking hallucinogenic drugs and listening to 1960s rock and roll with a gang of new friends. While Escandon is clearly talented, Caicedo’s work, akin to CATCHER IN THE RYE, deserves better. K.P.

[SPANISH TRANSLATION]--Desgraciadamente, la actuación de la narradora Loren Escandon no logra expresar la intensidad de esta obra maestra de la literatura colombiana. El protagonista y la voz del autor de la novela se llama María del Carmen Huerta. Se suicida con 25 años de edad el mismo día en que se publica su libro. La tarea de Escandon es tremenda: representar el comportamiento idiosincrático de Huerta además de su complicado estado emocional. Sin embargo, el tono y el ritmo de la narración no distinguen entre las experiencias variadas del personaje—desde desayunar con sus padres en el vecindario exclusivo de Cali a tomar drogas alucinógenas con su pandilla de nuevos amigos en el gueto. Aunque Escandon es una narradora talentosa, la obra de Caicedo, como EL GUARDIÁN ENTRE EL CENTRO, merece lo mejor. K.P., trans. L.R.P. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2011]

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Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2011

CD ISBN 9781456118990 $56.75 • Five CDs

DD ISBN 9781456118990 $24.99

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