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Todas las familias felices / Happy Families
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfaguara
Publication date July 15, 2006
Pages 424
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9789707705753
ISBN-10 9707705752
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $19.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Stories punctuated by choruses, some humorous, most of them tragic, lend their voice to the voiceless: young beggars, raped daughters, orphans, rival families, rich kids, dealers, and hard core gangs that walk down the streets of Los Angeles or make their way up the jungles in Central America.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: I come from a family where each family member found a way to hurt the others. Then, in remorse, each one hurt themselves.

A rancher wants his four sons to become priests they think differently. A man is humiliated by his master, yet his son would like to humiliate him even further. A mother relinquishes her career as a singer and wonders if it was worth it; her daughter has given up on the world and lives through reality TV shows. The president’s son rebels against his father but depends on him for protection. A woman suffers her husband’s sadism and remembers how their love began. A commanding officer must choose which of his two sons will live. A priest hides his daughter in a small village until a rival surfaces. Three daughters gather around their father’s casket for the last time in 10 years. The different stories in this novel are punctuated by choruses, some humorous, most of them tragic, that lend their voice to the voiceless: young beggars, raped daughters, orphans, rival families, rich kids, dealers, hard core gangs that walk down the streets of Los Angeles or make their way up the jungles in Central America. Todas las familias felices embodies the narratives contained within the encroaching conflicts of today’s Mexico, and, by extension, to Latin America and the modern urban world. Description in Spanish: “Yo vengo de una familia en la que cada miembro dañaba de algún modo a los demás. Luego, arrepentidos, cada uno se dañaba a sí mismo.”

Un ranchero quiere que sus cuatro hijos sean sacerdotes; ellos piensan distinto. Un hombre es humillado por su patrón; su hijo quisiera humillarlo más. Una madre renuncia a su carrera de cantante y se pregunta si valió la pena; su hija renuncia al mundo y vive a través de los reality shows. El hijo del presidente se rebela contra su padre, pero depende de su protección. Una mujer sufre el sadismo de su marido porque recuerda cómo se inició su amor. Una madre dolorosa explica la vida de su hija al hombre que la asesinó. Una pareja sesentona se reencuentra y se pregunta si de veras fueron jóvenes amantes. Un comandante debe escoger quién vivirá de sus dos hijos. La vieja madre de un joven mariachi lo rescata. Una fiel pareja gay enfrenta la tentación. Una chica fea hace peligrar el matrimonio de su primo. Un cura esconde a su hija en una aldea hasta que aparece un rival. Un mujeriego se niega a casarse con su amante por temor a que eso mate el placer. Un actor es obligado a! enfrentar la realidad por su hijo minusválido. Un hermano incómodo desafía la vida de su frater. El cínico Don Juan juega con dos mujeres que le dan su merecido. Tres hijas se reúnen en torno al féretro de su padre por última vez en diez años. Estas historias son puntuada por “coros”, algunos humorísticos, la mayoría trágicos, que dan voz a los sin-voz: niños mendicantes, hijas violadas, huérfanos, parientes rivales, muchachos ricos, traficantes, pandillas asesinas que descienden de las calles de Los Ángeles o ascienden de las selvas de Centroamérica. Todas las familias felices es la polifonía narrativa de los ramales conflictivos del México contemporáneo y, por extensión, de la América Latina y del mundo urbano moderno.

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Paperback
Book cover for 9786071109422 Book cover for 9788466318013 Book cover for 9789707705753
 
With Carlos Fuentes | from Punto De Lectura (October 30, 2012)
9786071109422 | details & prices | 423 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.72 lbs | List price $11.99
About: Yo vengo de una familia en la que cada miembro dañaba de algún modo a los demás.
from Punto De Lectura (September 30, 2007)
9788466318013 | details & prices | 421 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $12.99
About: A rancher wants his four sons to become priests they think differently.
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from Alfaguara (July 15, 2006)
9789707705753 | details & prices | 424 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Short stories exploring a variety of dysfunctional families in contemporary Mexico alternate with short pieces that give voice to street children, beggars, rape victims, drug dealers, gang members, and others whose views are silenced.

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