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The Killer's Tears (2003)

by Anne-Laure Bondoux

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A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.
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“I like metamorphosis. . . wood that becomes books. Winter that becomes spring. Grapes that become wine . . . And the child who becomes a man.”

An extraordinary novel—spare, poetic, mystical, wise, and moving. It has the timelessness and power of a myth, legend, or the best fairytales. I understand why David Almond, author of another wonderful book, Skellig, praised it. It also put me in mind of Laura Amy Schlitz’s The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm. Bondoux’s novel—ostensibly for young adults, but more likely to be appreciated by older ones—addresses redemption and the transformative power of love. I loved this book. I cannot praise it enough. ( )
  fountainoverflows | Nov 5, 2022 |
Another odd story. An angry man shows up at a home at the edge to earth (somewhere along the Strait of Magellan). He kills the man and woman who live there, but stays around to help the orphan boy who lives there. Just odd. ( )
  RobertaLea | Jan 28, 2019 |
A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
You may not think it possible to believe a boy can come to love his parents' murderer like a father, or for the murderer to be redeemed through his affection for the boy, but this elegantly written book does just that.

Young Paolo’s parents are murdered in cold blood by Angel Allegria, a drifter who has found his way to their remote home on the harsh, windy coast of Chile. Amazingly Angel doesn’t kill Paolo and so begins an unusual relationship between the two in which Paolo, who never experienced warm love from his parents, comes to love Angel like a father; and Angel finds himself redeemed through his affection for Paolo. Matter-of-fact and elegant prose make this metamorphosis of the two believable.
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1 vote Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A beautiful read. Bondoux really lets the reader feel the emotions throughout the book, regardless of character. The Killer's Tears is simple story showing how people can change and stressing that the change usually happens too late. Change is not good or evil, it just makes things different and affects how we view life. Is occasionally graphic, so unprepared readers beware. ( )
1 vote abcrane | Jun 8, 2014 |
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Anne-Laure Bondouxprimary authorall editionscalculated
Maudet, Y.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meeuse, P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Molist, MontseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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