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Leopard in the Sun was a real treat, and I think magic realist fiction enthusiasts will enjoy it After reading the first sentence on the dust jacket, I couldn t wait to devour this one Imagine the Sicilian history of The Godfather rewritten by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or West Side Story reinterpreted by Isabel Allende, and you have a sense of Laura Restrepo s unforgettable novel of the making of Colombia s drug cartels I couldn t have said it better myself Likewise, since Gabriel Garcia Marquez is my favorite author and was once followed closely in that lineup by Isabel Allende before her two most recent, weak novels were published , I am happy to report that this book does deliver what it promises I did, however, find the interspersed hearsay sections of the story in italics a bit frustrating For me, they interrupted the flow of the narrative and interfered with the effect of enchantment, the whole reason I read and love magic realist fiction However, I understand what Restrepo was going for, because there is always than one explanation for the magical and strange happenings in good magic realist fiction, and these sections tend to show the warring Barragans and the Monsalves almost as folk heros or villains to the townspeople who make up these choruses of praise or condemnation, but I still thought this was a bit forced Nonetheless, this novel was delightful in its strange beauty, heartbreak, and humor that at times had me laughing raucously out loud What I wonder is why it wasn t better publicized to magic realist readers, not just the Spanish speaking ones It was first published in 1999, but I had heard nothing about it until recently, and that was by accidentally stumbling upon it here on Goodreads Restrepo s Leopard in the Sun was everything Juan Gabriel Vasquez s The Sound of Things Falling should have been but wasn t I highly recommend it. El asesinato irreflexivo de Adriano Monsalve por parte de su primo hermano Nando Barrag n, desencadena una guerra fratricida destinada a durar hasta el fin de los tiempos y marcada por la inexorable ley del desierto la sangre se paga con sangre Barraganes y Monsalves alimentar n su sed de venganza con negocios ilegales, convirtiendo al dinero f cil en rey de una nueva sociedad que habr perdido irremediablemente el camino Basada en una temible saga de la vida real, esta novela es brutal y cruda en su lenguaje, pero la dulcifica la conmovedora historia de amor que transcurre entre sus p ginas y la humaniza el protagonismo de las mujeres en su af n por preservar la vida de sus hijos En ella, Restrepo explora dimensiones humanas ocultas del alma de la mafia colombiana y logra por primera vez una radiograf a de la intensidad y complejidad de sus relaciones amorosas y familiares, de su concepci n del honor y la muerte, de su c digo tico y su fascinaci n con el dinero. i can t believe i finished this book maybe it was a bad translation, but the writing was bad and the technique of, i don t know, modern day greek chorus, that she used was unbearable i am in colombia and read it for a book group and everyone agreed skip it. I bought this at a library sale last summer, not knowing really what it was Just seemed like a theme I didn t know much about Stylistically this was not my taste whatsoever While I can t seem to put down a book without finishing it, I was resolved at the halfway mark to toss it in the trash when I finished rather than inflict it on another person Then the completely immoral and, lets face it, evil main characters began to show signs of actual humanity Beyond the grossly excessive lifestyles and meaningless murders, they appeared to finally care about something or at least someone It got me through the second half Sadly, the narrative concluded pretty much the only way it could, and that, I suppose, was the author s point Anyway, I learned some new things about how lives can be lived and I appreciate my own just a little bit. Super good book it really connects with me The book is about two Colombian families name the Monsalves and the Barraganes, both families are in the drug dealer business and they both want to kill each other only because they are opponents in their business Inside each family, we can see how women don t make decisions in the business or in the family Also, its a book where love and feelings are not important at the moment dealing with the drug business. A decent read, but it didn t impress me as much as I hoped it would. The beginning is like something straight out of Scarface the pock marked gangster and the beautiful woman he s always wanted are sitting at the bar when a rival enters, yells something about revenge for something that happened 20 years ago, and opens fire Bullets whizz, people dive for cover, the gangster and his girlfriend are riddled with no wait, he s the only one who gets shot, killing women isn t honourable No wait, he s shot, but only wounded And besides, it was his cousin who did the shooting And besides, the man he killed 20 years ago was ihs best friend, and the two families men have been killing each other one by one since For honour No, because a ghost told them to No, for power over the cocaine trade No, for love No, because violence breeds violence And besides, I could see in his eyes that how did you see his eyes He always wears sunglasses I saw him return fire No, he was unarmed, he was there for love His men returned fire He was there alone.In the end, its all just rumours What we know for sure in one of the larger cities in Colombia, the two families Monsalve and Barragan have been at war for decades One by one they ve killed each other off, always on one of the multiplying anniversaries of some previous death, and now they re down to a few last men on both sides the warrior, the thinker, the poet, the assassin, living in luxury behind locked doors and tinted windshields since they might die tomorrow And of course their women, wives, girlfriends, sisters, whores And then all the other people in town, who narrate the whole thing and occasionally start bickering, debating, speculating, inventing to account for the bits they re not actually present for How did they get here, who said what, who did what, who loves whom, who killed whom, what were his last words, where s it going to end when they make one last attempt to survive this circle of death Leopard In The Sun is a deliciously double bottomed story It can easily be read as a pure drama, a South American West Side Story with gangsters, a classic showdown between brothers forced by circumstances to be enemies As such, it works very nicely, if a little predictably it depends a lot on its characters, where the women are somehow at the heart of it all even though perhaps exactly because the story doesn t shy away from it being a brutal macho society OK, so at times, it s a question of how flowery you like your prose, but even that works into it somehow.Because somewhere in the corner of the story, we re constantly reminded that a lot of that typical South American magic realism, all the sun and the dark eyed women with heaving bosoms and the honourable bandits and the mystical old Indians that pop up a couple of times is a clich and that the narrators aren t an objective camera As a kick up the backside of literature it s not quite Bola o, but there s still a point all of it, the way everyone trips all over themselves to explain what s going on based on their own ideas of what should be going on is just wishful thinking that falls apart as the story progresses After all, who wants to live in a society controlled by completely ruthless criminals, naked power, greed and violence Isn t it easier to see the criminals as tragic, romantic, Shakespeare M rquezian characters So that s the story that gets told, as the bodies pile And if the leopard s spots start fading, we know what they re supposed to look like and we can always fill them in. I have read other books by Restrepo and found this difficult to read and appreciate In part, all of the characters are so awful as they are supposed to be Alina Jerico wife of one of the bad guys is an exception to this, as is the lawyer who in the end rescues Alina There are beautiful details in the book and sadly it does reflect the life of families involved in drug deals and drug wars in many countries So, yes, you should read it Slowly. Excellent I don t usually go for violence, or for feuding drug lords, but this book is really good The author s writing style is fabulous, and I definitely plan to check out other things she has written. So far I m having trouble relating to the characters in this book It s about two fueding families in the Columbian drug mafia and there s a lot of sex and violence in the book I m just not that into it, but I m enjoying practicing my Spanish.