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Margarita está linda la mar History and fiction are poetically entangled to retall modern Nicaraguan history In 1907 Ruben Dario the legendary poet writes the famous verse Margarita esta linda la mar on the fan of a nine year old girl Fifty years later the same girl plays a role in the plot to assassinate the dictator Anantasio Somoza

10 thoughts on “Margarita está linda la mar

  1. says:

    Maybe this reads better in Spanish than English but I didn't really enjoy this book It is a popular book written by a former vice president and is based on Nicaraguan history including events such as Ruben Dario's return to Leon and his death and President Somoza's assassination in 1956 The rest is fiction but it's hard to keep straight if you are in 1906 or 1956 The cast of characters is very long and I had to keep looking at the back of the book to see who was connected with who

  2. says:

    Margarita the sea is beautiful And the longer you gaze at it you won’t see how silly the humans are on the land Such as Nicaragua We are in the land of the dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1956 Propped up by the Americans the dictator with his wife visits the city of Leon the city where the poet Ruben Darío was buried fifty years earlier Under the guise of a big fiesta an undercurrent of unrest is coming to a boil Some want Somoza gone NowAs the plot thickens the story of the last days of their famous poet is retold through the characters “linked” to the plot Poetry is everywhere Even the title of the book is a poetic inscription that Darío wrote on a fan to this young girl To add to the flavour and typical to Nicaraguans almost all the characters have nicknames La Luz Terrenal El León de Nemea El malo El bueno Salvadorita Rosa niña and La Caimana just to name a few Apparently this adds spice to the remarkable story telling abilities Or perhaps it hides the the true names of this mystery novel? Crime story? Revolution? Cultural reflections? Maybe allYou are in good hands with Sergio Ramírez This book won the Premio Alfaguara de novela 1998 tied with Caracol Beach by Eliseo Alberto I read the twentieth anniversary copyThis is a truly wonderful read The dual stories paints a vivid if not sombre story of Nicaragua in the early twentieth century Darío returns home from his life abroad No one reads poetry because most of the population is illiterate but they adore a good story and he has a great story Sadly Darío was drowning himself in alcohol but it still makes a great story Let’s just say he doesn’t come off nicely Somoza has a checkered past but the people love a strong man If you can get in the action you love a strong man even So let’s just say not all are happy with him and maybe his time has come Ramirez ties everything together Speculative andor the truth collide into a thorough look at his country’s past Half way through the book el intermezzo tropical fills us in on Somoza The epilogue reveals even about the outcome Now Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas are repeating that same old adage plus ça change plus ça meme chose Power is so hard to give upThe truth bites Stories are even better Not only do Nicaraguans love a good story they like to tell a good story as well Bravo señor Ramírez

  3. says:

    I tried to read this once before and only made it about 50 pages in This time I listened to it on audio book and made it all the way through I think that the spoken narration made it easier in some ways to make it through the book and difficult in othersThe story is uite informative as it blends history and fiction There are two threads both in the author's native Nicaragua one following Rubén Darío's final years in the early 1900s and the other during the Samoza dictatorship in the 1950s Personally I learned uite a bit about Samoza and his relationship to the USA He appears to have been supported by the anti communist stance of US presidents following WWII So Americans are not shown in a good light It does inform about what US policy has been in Latin America and how it has been less than admirable Ultimately I think that the Darío thread holds the 1950s thread back More time is devoted to it at the start and it makes things drag It's interesting yes and I understand that Darío is regarded as a national treasure I just don't know how necessary he was in this novel I guess it allowed the author to tie things together across decadesThe audio book was hard to follow at times mainly because there are stretches with a lot of dialogue and the characters are named over and over again characters with long names It was easy to get lost if I lost focus for a second By the end though I had gotten the hang of it I really don't think I would recommend this to anyone apart from those fascinated by dictators I enjoyed Ramírez's first detective novel and am not uite sure why this book won so many prizes

  4. says:

    The first several dozen pages confused me a bit Initially I couldn't get the story so it took me a bit of research into Nicaragua 's history to understand the background of the story It turned out into a pretty exciting thriller that couldn't stop readingIf you liked this book you will also like La Fiesta del ChivoThe Feast of the Goat by Vargas Llosa A story about another dictator

  5. says:

    Interesting narration of the last days of Ruben Dario and the assasination of Anastasio Somoza It was intriguing to find out many unkown facts about the author The stories intertwine with fun and uirky characters

  6. says:

    Learned a lot of history Not the best writing

  7. says:

    When I neared the end of this novel I started to realize how exuisitely it had been constructed The problem is I read the work in Spanish and Ramirez’ language is too elevated for me to fully grasp as a non native speaker I missed much of the works subtlety and some of its basics and therefore cannot give it a proper review I would only say here that if you’re a student and thinking about reading it in Spanish maybe don’t unless your language is at native level Seeing how it all comes together makes me want to read it again in English so I can enjoy how he weaves the threads into the climax But I don’t see the point since I know now how it ends which will kill its magic This might have been worth five stars I’ll never know

  8. says:

    Spectacular multi character time shifting poetic novel that deals with the bizarre history of Nicaragua

  9. says:

    I gave this book four stars even though it was a difficult read in parts because of the literary manipulation of time The past determines the present and the present is controlled by the past I was reminded a little of Gabriel Garcia Maruez and other Latin and South American writers who hide their stories in surrealism because truth telling was strictly forbidden by their government Poets Ruben Dario and Rigoberto López Pérez are crucial to the story and Perez is the one who assassinates Somoza This is a book best read in one or two sittings so you can appreciatekeep track of the manipulation of time

  10. says:

    I read this book in Spanish a few years ago and loved it It was very poetic and sometimes challenging to read I found the book in English and wanted to read it again I was disappointed with the English translation I don't think it gave the novel justice The writing seemed choppy and even confusing I love historical fiction and this novel had just enough history to keep you guessing to what really happened I will try to find a copy in Spanish and give my English translation away

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