Ack! Between a pick and so-so!
The storytelling is a pick! Vivid and lush!
The audiobook is a so-so. It is read by Cisneros. I found her voice distracting and too childish for the tales. While the narrator can be a child, the voice she gave was much too whiny..
Bonus: I bought a dinosaur dress and IT HAS POCKETS!! 🦕 🦖
Sitting in the car waiting for the hubby. Listening to this one from my #mtTBR Happy Good Friday for those who celebrate it.
Side note: fighting the grey with funky earrings that remind me of cat toys. #takethatdepression
While this book features a large and vibrant ensemble cast, it focuses on the coming of age of Lala, a young Mexican-American girl. Lala's family travels down to Mexico every summer from the U.S. to visit family. The ties between the family are tangled as the rebozo that reappears throughout the novel. Cisneros tackles class, race, immigration, colorism, gender, and dysfunctional families. Lovely interconnected stories and poetic prose.
So much to love about Caramelo. The language is beautiful, fresh, poetic. This is what I truly love in a book--the way those words all fit together to create feeling. Similar to The House on Mango Street while Celaya is young, this goes beyond and stretches to tell the story of the grandmother, the aunt, the parents. My one gripe is that these stories cause it to drag a bit in he middle. But it's a really a beautiful story if you can be patient.
Quickly snagged a few books from a neighbor's book sale without taking the time to do any research. Anyone read any of these??
Sandra Cisneros is my favorite #MexicanAmericanWriter. I've read a few of her short stories, poems, her memoir, and the classic House on Mango Street. I've never read Caramelo but I hope to fix that this summer. #maybookflowers #mexicanormexicanamericanwriters
Celebrating #LatinxAuthors! Love her❤❤❤
As Labor Day approaches, I highly recommend Caramelo on audio for anyone going on a road trip. Sandra Cisneros is the narrator. "Lala" travels with her family & she finds herself. Some of the narrative incorporates Spanish. Don't let that dissuade you. Embrace the culture & have a good laugh. If you can relate to it, even better!
As a first generation Mexican- American I hold this books dear to my heart.
Caramelo tells the story of a multigenerational family- the Reyes. Complete with stories of the rebozo, Awful Grandmother, lies, love, life. This novela tells us more about our families than what our mothers are willing to share about ours.