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Das Geheimnis der roten Villa (MP3-CD) (edition 2011)

by Cristina Lòpez Barrio

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Title:Das Geheimnis der roten Villa (MP3-CD)
Authors:Cristina Lòpez Barrio
Info:RADIOROPA Hörbuch (2011), Edition: 1., Audio CD, 2 pages
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The House of Impossible Loves by Cristina Lopez Barrio

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Auf den Frauen der Familie Laguna lastet ein Fluch, der es ihnen unmöglich macht in der Liebe glücklich zu werden. Vielmehr sind sie alle dazu verdammt wegen der Liebe zu leiden und nur uneheliche Mädchen zu gebähren, die den Fluch forttragen. Sollte ein Mann versuchen das Unglück der Frauen zu verhindern, so wird diesen ein tragisches Schicksal ereilen.
Mit dieser Geschichte ist Clara Laguna aufgewachsen. Sie ist dennoch davon überzeugt, dass sie trotz des Fluches mit ihrem Liebsten glücklich werden kann.

Die Geschichte folgt mehreren Generationen an Laguna-Frauen. Die Prämisse des Buches verheißt gute Unterhaltung und der Schreibsstil der Autorin lässt das Buch angenehm "fließen". Auch an der Sprecherin des deutschen Hörbuchs habe ich nichts auszusetzen.

Was mich jedoch bald zu stören angefangen hat, ist die Tatsache, dass so gut wie jede der Protagonistinen absolut unsympathisch war. Nun könnte man das natürlich damit erklären, dass die Damen einfach alle an einem schweren Schicksal zu hadern haben und ihr Charakter sich daraus erklären lässt. Allerdings hätte jede auch ein anderes Leben führen und so einen besseren Charakter entwickeln können. Insofern sind die Damen mir nicht auf eine verständliche, im Rahmen des Plots nachvollziehbare Art unangenehm aufgefallen.

Diese unangenehmen Charaktere haben mich mehrmals dazu verleitet das Hörbuch einfach aufzugeben. Davon hat mich allein die Tatsache abgehalten, dass ich eine noch größere Abneigung dagegen habe ein Buch nicht zu beenden. ( )
  Zurpel | Sep 22, 2013 |
The House of Impossible Loves is a multi-generational tale of magical realism set in Spain. The Laguna women are cursed in love and destined to bear only girls. Despite her mother's warnings, Clara Laguna falls in love with an Andalucian man who loves her but will not marry her; he buys her an estate but then abandons her, and she dedicates her life to revenge, turning the house - the Scarlet Manor - into a brothel.

Clara's daughter, Manuela, tries to become respectable, eradicating all traces of the brothel, but the town will not accept her. Manuela remains obsessed with respectability, hiding her daughter Olvido's beauty from the world; but Olvido too succumbs to the curse, falling in love with Esteban and giving birth to Margarita. Margarita, finally, is the one to break the curse by giving birth to a boy, Santiago, who becomes a storyteller in Madrid; thus, it is only toward the end of the novel that the reader learns the origin of the curse.

The House of Impossible Loves is similar to other Spanish and Latin American magical realist novels in its descriptions of smells; in the way that food and emotion are linked; in the impossible, unseasonable growth of various plants (daisies, honeysuckle, roses, violets, irises). In this literature, metaphor becomes real.

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"I'm never going to fall in love." Margarita plunked down on the double bed. "I've decided."
"Well, that's a shame. Besides, you should know by now it's not something you can stop. It just happens and that's that." (Margarita and Olvido, 158)

"A wolf takes one sheep, but the rest still need tending." (Ezequiel Montes to Olvido, 225)

"Love sometimes goes astray when you love too much, but it's always love and it can get back on track again." (Olvido to Santiago, 301)

"During these long years...I came to understand that our true curse was this: to hate one another, to never forget. We spent our lives seeking revenge." (Olvido to Santiago, 301) ( )
  JennyArch | Sep 16, 2013 |
The Laguna women have suffered under a curse for unknown generations: each Laguna will find only tragedy in love, and she'll give birth only to daughters who carry on the curse. Clara Laguna, a golden-eyed beauty, defies her mother's warnings and begins a passionate affair with a young hunter, but he soon leaves her with nothing but a large house and a swollen belly. Clara swears revenge and turns his home into a house of prostitution. As subsequent generations of Laguna women are raised in the house, her life is shaped by Clara's vengeful spirit. One daughter tries to turn her back on everything Laguna and become respectable; another is so shattered at the death of her lover that she returns regularly to his grave for decades under the cloak of night to weep over her loss. Behind the closed doors of Scarlet Manor, passions run high and vengeance saturates everything, turning the Laguna women against the world outside and family within.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. The writing is excellent, evocative and seductive. From the first page you are drawn into the small town life of the Laguna, and their world casts a spell. Cristina Lopez Barrio is a storyteller, and her words invite the reader to forge an intimate connection with her characters. But this is where it falls short. Her characters take quirkiness to such an extreme that I don't really want to be so close to them. Manuela, daughter of Clara, is forced into prostitution at an early age. The experience warps her so much that she the only vent she can find for her rage is by killing chickens and tormenting cockroaches. When she gives birth to a beautiful daughter, she resents the child and spends her days beating the girl and trying to eradicate her good looks. When Manuela catches her daughter with her lover, she forces the boy to make love to her before shooting him with a rifle. She's a dreadful, twisted woman – and she's only one of the Laguna. They are all seriously flawed, which makes them interesting but also abhorrent.

It's a very sensual novel. Sex and food becoming increasingly linked with each generation. A servant of Clara so loves her mistress that she sneaks things that her mistress touches – food, pots, hair, anything – to eat and savor on the sly. As the years pass, this servant because creepier and creepier. But she's hardly the only chef; all the Laguna women cook, and cook well. When Manuela's daughter Olvido cooks, she kisses ingredients and drips sauce on her nipples to test for temperature and consistency. Any man who sees her in the kitchen falls head over heels for her...throw in that curse, and you know it'll never end well.

The House of Impossible Loves does tend to ramble, though, and the never-ending backstabbing and anger and bitterness just wore me out. It's a novel that needs endurance, but at the end I'm not sure the journey was worth the time and effort to get through.

The writing style of this book reminds me strongly of authors like Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, falling into the magic realism tradition. I've seen a lot of reviewers also compare it to Like Water for Chocolate, but as I've never read that book I can't confirm the similarities. I personally didn't like the book, but I am the first to admit that it's beautifully written, and if you like these authors you'll enjoy this one, too. ( )
  makaiju | Aug 26, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547661193, Hardcover)

An “exuberant” (El Mundo) debut novel of a family bound by searing passions, an earthy magic, and a very unusual curse

The Laguna women suffer from an odd affliction: each generation is condemned to tragic love affairs and to give birth only to girls who are unable to escape the cruel fate of their mothers. One fateful hunting season in their small Castilian town, a young landowner arrives and begins a passionate affair with Clara Laguna, the latest in the family line, daughter of a one-eyed woman known as “the Laguna witch.” He leaves her pregnant with yet another daughter, but the seeds of change are sown. Eventually the long-awaited son—Santiago, the great-great grandson of Clara—is born. A window of hope is opened, but is the curse truly over?

Introducing a cast of memorable, eccentric characters from a bearded, mute female cook to the local do-gooding priest and the indelible Laguna women themselves, The House of Impossible Loves is a feat of imaginative storytelling that marks the arrival of a talented new novelist.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:16 -0400)

Debut novel of a family bound by searing passions, an earthy magic, and a very unusual curse. The Laguna women suffer from an odd affliction: each generation is condemned to tragic love affairs and to give birth only to girls who are unable to escape the cruel fate of their mothers. One fateful hunting season in their small Castilian town, a young landowner arrives and begins a passionate affair with Clara Laguna, the latest in the family line, daughter of a one-eyed woman known as "the Laguna witch." He leaves her pregnant with yet another daughter, but the seeds of change are sown. Eventually the long-awaited son--Santiago, the great-great grandson of Clara--is born. A window of hope is opened, but is the curse truly over? The novel introduces a cast of memorable, eccentric characters, from a bearded, mute female cook to the local do-gooding priest and the indelible Laguna women themselves.--From the publisher's statement on Amazon.com.… (more)

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