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ALMOST NEVER by DANIEL SADA

After a lengthy debate at the January 9 meeting, an offering by the Nobel Prize winner, Mo Yan, and a Man Booker prize winner by Kiran Desai were rejected in favor of this book by one of Mexico's foremost authors in recent times.


"Demetrio Sordo works a dull but remunerative job at a ranch near Oaxaca. To forestall boredom he meets with Mireya, a prostitute. On a visit home, Demetrio falls into a more proper love with Renata and exchanges chaste letters with her while still frolicking with Mireya. But problems, as they say, ensue in this antic, Rabelaisian tale of lust and longing."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Sada is considered by many to be the boldest and most innovative writer in Spanish of his generation. His numerous awards include the Herralde Prize for Almost Never and Mexico's most prestigious literary award, the National Prize for Arts and Sciences for Literature.

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  • Phyllis

    Chris....thanks for preparing the notes and quotes--all very interesting and I must say it looks like the Kindle has some useful applications!

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This morning, I prepared some notes and quotes from the book to share with the group. I feel like far too much was left unremarked and uncommented upon to do proper service to the author's significant effort. I hope this helps illuminate and expand on what we were unable to discuss at length: http://svor.me/XnUTIa (Spoilers) Key points:

    - The book as presenting mirrors and parallels. Both of situations and of ideas. See the link above for examples.

    - The use of names and place names. See the link above for examples.

    - Protagonist as mirror of author: Demetrio Sordo vs. Daniel Sada. Similar and not coincidental. I suspect some of the themes are autobiographical, in terms of the author's development. Perhaps even coming full circle.

    1 · February 28, 2013

    • Tod M.

      Very interesting, for sure. It makes me wonder even more how it would have come across in Spanish to a native Mexican reader (i.e., avoiding the possible problems of translation and the satire of a foreign or unknown culture). My remaining concern is that even with an extraordinary puzzle of sorts hidden within the text, a book still needs to stand on its own at a more superficial (for lack of a better term) level. Put another way, even if an author concocts an incredible list of symbolism and references, it still requires an engaging story to hold it all together. Hopefully, that's what Sada did in the Spanish version.

      1 · March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree also. As both a former English and History major (a long, long time ago) I totally preferred a work that not only was deep with symbolism but also offered a compelling, engrossing story/plot.

      1 · March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    the book -- not so much, but the conversation - GREAT

    February 28, 2013

  • David S.

    The comments of group members summarized my impressions of the book. This was not a bad book. As some observed, the translation or the inability to translate certain experiences or passages probably contributed to the problems many of us experienced in reading.

    February 28, 2013

  • Peter

    Only three people really liked the book but it proved an interesting subject for discussion.

    February 27, 2013

  • M.E.

    Not only am I a dropout, but a rude one--I am sending a message during the meeting instead of before. I hated to miss. Am eagerly awaiting news of next book selection.

    February 27, 2013

    • Peter

      We missed you!

      February 27, 2013

  • Christine

    Peter- Well
    I only got to page 30... But if we are talking About the possible new bookclub i will
    Come :)

    February 27, 2013

    • Peter

      Hi Christine, I would like to discuss the new group so it would be great if you could come. Don't worry if you haven't finished the book. Thanks. Peter

      February 27, 2013

    • Christine

      Ok!

      February 27, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Sorry to join the list of dropouts, but may need to attend to some business late tonight. Will be there if possible, but doesn't look good.

    February 27, 2013

    • Peter

      Thanks. Hope you can make it but fully understand if you can't.

      February 27, 2013

  • Christine

    Well
    I only got to about page 30 :(

    February 27, 2013

  • Clay W.

    This has turned into a crazy week -- sorry to miss.

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have had something come up.

    February 25, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Possible guest

    January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a conflict that just came up.

    January 21, 2013

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