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5 Must-Read Latin American Novels You'll Love


5 Must-Read Latin American Novels You'll Love
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Latin American novels are known for featuring picturesque places. They take readers to beautiful locations, capturing their imagination through breathtaking imagery.

There are countless inspiring novels reading enthusiasts will surely love. Here are 5 of the top must-read Latin American novels that will surely take the reader to places.

Considered as an "accomplished historical novel" by many book reviewers, "Tierra del Fuego" was published in 1998. It brings back the story of Captain Fitzroy, and the kidnapping of Jemmy Button and three more indigenous citizens of Fuego.

The story travels from a large island in Argentina and South America to England, where an effort is made to educate Button. In this novel, Iparraguirre takes her readers to the Falkland Islands as well.

The author's imagery of London, according to a review "is convincingly Dickensian". Even more rousing are the descriptions of the dark forests and rocky shores of Tierra del Fuego, described as the "lonely home of the 'coldest winter in the world'."

This is Chilean author Allende's extraordinary debut novel in 1982. It sweeps through the Valle-Trueba family's three generations in an unidentified country, although some reviewers say, the novelist is referring to Chile,

More so, the novel tempers its so-called "political sloganeering" and paranormal journeys with sharp psychological observations.

"The House of the Spirits," tells the story of class struggles described as "relevant" and the characters, Clara, who has paranormal powers, Alba and Blanca Trueba.

Alba and Blanca are the mother and granddaughter. They control the titular home are characterized as always engaging companions as they amusingly "flit between the stretch of Santiago" and the agricultural heartland around it.

Described as a creative Peruvian author, Llosa, according to many who have followed his stories, is "The Voice of Latin American literature." He is popular for being a political activist and has long been considered a high-profile spokesperson for "Spanish language letters."

Readers won't find a single protagonist in this novel by itself. Instead, there are tangled narratives that focus on six main characters-all Piura residents of northwest Peru.

The title's "green house" pertains to Amazon and the brothel outside Piura. For those who just want to relax and have some good read, be forewarned that this, according to many who have read it, "is not an easy read."

Llosa was described in his early works as "a high modernist." However, only those who let his lengthy, impressionistic statements wrap themselves around them will understand his trait as a novelist.

Published in 2012, this is a collection of interlinked narratives working as a loose type of novel with Yunior de las Casas as the main character. As such, Yunior reveals his various infidelities from his late teens to adulthood.

His revelations were presented through trips "home" and in his adopted state, New Jersey. Highlighted in this novel are the joins and pains of migrant experience, as well as the life of a Latino family, competently formed in what reviewers described as "punchy streetwise prose," in all the stories included in the collection. One the stories though, "The Island" in particular, is exerting a forceful pull on both the body and mind.

This novel, published in 1985, presents the romanticism in its story, a late-retaliated love, in which its fictional location evokes the pastel-painted facade of Cartagena.

Meanwhile, the Colombian city of Cartagena then a main Spanish quarters and principal port of the Caribbean fleet of pain, is currently swamped by passengers of cruise ships, and, in a modern dialect, perhaps, the most "instagrammable" place in Latin America.

With what's described as "aromatic mangoes," loquacious parrot and riverboats, "Love in the Time of Cholera is a typical South American story although it is highly inventive too, laced with luscious irony as it riffs on multiple genres of literature.


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