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Damnificados: A Novel | JJ Amaworo Wilson
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Uses magical realism, revolutionary politics, and romantic adventure to bring to life a colorful community of squatters in an imaginary Latin American city Damnificados is loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, the Tower of David. In this fictional version, 600 "damnificados"vagabonds and misfitstake over an abandoned urban tower and set up a community complete with schools, stores, beauty salons, bakeries, and a rag-tag defensive militia. Their always heroic (and often hilarious) struggle for survival and dignity pits them against corrupt police, the brutal military, and the tyrannical "owners." Taking place in an unnamed country at an unspecified time, the novel has elements of magical realism: avenging wolves, biblical floods, massacres involving multilingual ghosts, arrow showers falling to the tune of Beethoven's Ninth, and a trash truck acting as a Trojan horse.
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Damnificados: A Novel | JJ Amaworo Wilson
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600+ misfits, addicts, and hobos form a community in an abandoned 60-story tower and fight to keep it Undefined country and time - somewhere in Latin America, perhaps. Adventure ✅ Humor ✅ magical realism ✅✅ Definite PICK 💯

BookishFeminist I enjoyed this earlier this year too! 3y
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Damnificados: A Novel | JJ Amaworo Wilson
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Reading among the horses & hay. ❤️ Picked this up after hearing him speak on Writers on Writing podcast.

Damnificados: A Novel | JJ Amaworo Wilson
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Awesome birthday haul for me! Between a trip to my favorite used bookstore (Blue Cypress Books in New Orleans) and gifts from my family, I got lots o' great stuff to read!

OSChamberlain Happy birthday! 4y
DiruVamp Happy birthday! And that skull is amazing! 4y
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Leelee08 Happy Birthday!!😀😀 4y
Sue Happy birthday!! Nice stack 😊 I'm curious about the big book of Ireland... 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Sue it's by Frank Delaney. It's so intimidating because it's so big, but we're planning a trip to Ireland, so I thought it might be good reading. I have his other one called Tipperary. Also enormous. 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @DiruVamp Thanks! We have a weird collection - this will fit in nicely! 4y
Sue @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com they look great thanks :) 4y
Trav Happy birthday!! And that's a wonderful haul too. 4y
moranadatter Happy Birthday! 4y
TheApesOfWrath You can really never have too many skulls. 4y
quirkyreader The Wide Sargasso Sea is a great read. It also might inspire you to read Jane Eyre right away. 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @quirkyreader Funny you should say that - I'm reading Jane Eyre right now on the serial reader app! 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @TheApesOfWrath Exxxxxactly! We may be pushing it, but . . . Nah. 4y
LisaReads Nice haul!! Happy Birthday!! 4y
Gezemice Happy Birthday! Great books! 4y
Caryl Happy birthday to you! I loved Bel Canto. 4y
Stephanie-Anne 🎉🎈🎂Happy Birthday! 4y
Onioons Happy bday! Spill Simmer Falter Wither is pretty special. 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Onioons yes! I heard about it first from you, I think! Looks really good. 4y
Onioons @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com whoops, I might need to stop evangelising! Enjoy, it looks like a great book pile 📚 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Onioons Ha! No way! Preach on! 👍 4y
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