Gratis E–pub (La Reina del Sur)
This is a fascinating and beautifully written book about so many things On the surface it is the tale of the unlikely rise of a young girl through the world of the drug trade her survival and success But as in any book by P rez Reverte it is meticulously researched and crafted and gives the reader layer upon layer Teresa Mendoza is a superb character and the book uses everything from The Count of Monte Cristo to the narco corridos to illustrate both her examined and unexamined life I came to this book because of the excellent series on the USA Network but after some initial similarities the 2 stories went off in different directions The one on tv decided to stay in the US Mexico while the original story moved to Spain and Morocco which I thoroughly enjoyedit added a fish out of water element and a homesickness to Teresa s character This book is a lovely example of how a great story can be told with the unlikeliest of elements this book transcends genre It is engaging fascinating I found myself following each twist and turn of Teresa s rise caring deeply for her complex character Very highly recommended This book is a book for history lovers Anyone who wants the whohowwherewhenwhy will love the detail and recision w I m on holiday hurrah This means it is time to turn my attention to the very important task of learning Spanish I made two New Year s Resolutions One was to learn some Spanish before the year was out the other was to keep a running list of the books I have read on this here blog So time to work on one of my resolutionsInstead of learning Spanish I have been reading The ueen of the South by Arturo Perez Reverte is the latest book that I have finished The best way to describe it is a His Perfect Partner page turner On the openingage the heroine Teresa Mendoza receives a call on a Home-Grown Husband phone ahone that she has been told that If it rings start running And don t stop running Ever The book covers the next twelve years of her life as she flees Mexico ends up in Africa spends time in jail moves to Spain and then finally returns homeIt is really difficult to explain how much I liked this book It s strange I am sat here at the computer reading as I type and I realise that I am being slightly flat in my description which isn t fair to the book because it is a fast Ménage with the Muse paced thrilling ride Teresa starts the book as a girlfriend of a drug runner and ends up building a huge drug running empire The book is written in a very clever way the author acts as an investigative journalist writing the biography of The ueen of the South as Mendoza becomes know However the book is written in such a way that at the end I googled Teresa Mendoza because I really really thought she was a realerson The book includes many situations many One Night with the Texan people that have happened or existed And by the end of the book I had become so involved with the main character that I wanted her to be real I wanted her to find theeace that she deserved And yes I realise that wanting a major drug runner to escape and live in Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures peace is not the way I normally feel but the author makes you become invested in the characters Hell by the end of the book I had fallen in love with most of the drug runners and dealers and actually hated the authorities and their witch huntsThe other wonderful thing about this book was it gave me an insight into how Mexicans think and behave Obviously I live with one a Mexican that is and have a small handle on her behaviouratterns but it was fascinating to discover that instead of Maria being a totally uniue individual she is also a Finessing the Contessa (The Forsters, product of her country There was a lot of familiarity for me in the book Place names SpanishMexican expressions a general understanding of that s the way they think and a total recognition of that s the way they dress and wear their hairI loved this book Because of the world I now occupy drugs running and dealing areart of my life background not because I am involved but because I come across it most every day
IT EXISTS IN MY LIFE ANDexists in my life and history of drug cartels is something that I have become interested in The fact that my nickname at Maria s office is that of a famous drug dealer might have something to do with my fascination The fact that three times a week I cross the border knowing that as I do there is a good chance that right next to me is someone smuggling drugs interests meThis review World, Affectivity, Trauma probably doesn t do the book justice I really enjoyed it would recommend it This story is told in two styles from an omniscienterspective following the main character and from the first Conquer the Memories personoint of view of a journalist researching her story At first I was uite bored by the latter story Later on however I began to feel like Perez Reverte was trying to coax me into a state of mind whereby I would begin to use Teresa Mendoza s story as a truer reality Throughout the book Teresa discovers that through books she can live fully and understand her life by applying stories as filters to her own life I began to feel that Perez Reverte was trying to create a mindset so that I would apply Teresa s story as a filter to my own life in order to gain greater understanding from it Maybe this is too deep but that s what I ve been getting from it I ll go into greater depth later but suffice it say I found a lot of truth about humanity in this story I very much enjoyed it and Will Read By This Author This Was A Good Solid read by this author This was "A Good Solid It Reminded " good solid It reminded of the Godfather series that I read years ago and loved I recommend to any readers that like Mario Puzo I did have an issue with the way the author changed up the Wounded Angel (Earth Angels, point of view I would have liked if the whole story was told by Teresa Mendoza 1sterson the entire time I was reading but the author switched it up He had the reporter 3rd A League of Her Own person talking as well and I had to at times go back to re read certainarts so I could keep up with who is talkingI look forward to watching the spanish movie version as well as the US tv show Update May 28 2016 I gave this one a second try after a lapse of some seven years only because a review of it was needed for another site where the movie and telenovela adaptations are going to be reviewed later this year My first reading had gotten through Chapter 3 I d uit reading because I didn t like it but figured that if it. Un thriller apasionante«Sonó el teléfono y supo ue la iban a matar Lo supo con tanta certeza ue se uedó inmóvil la cuchilla en alto el cabello egado a la cara entre el vapor del agua caliente ue goteaba en los azulejos Bip bip Got no worse it would be bearable to finish so fully intended to do so this time By the time I got into Chapter 7 however for me the cumulative Ewww factor was too high to continue I Propositioned? promised a review to the site administrator at the other site and I ll skim the rest of the text enough to write one with an explanation of what I did but it s going back to the started not finished shelf again this time to stay thereermanently My original comments start belowA friend of mine who s not on Goodreads who s reading this book recommended it to me as one I might like Whether or not I actually would I don t know I admire strong heroines but not villainesses and it sounds like Perez Riverte s title character here would be apt to be the latter But I told him I d give it a try sometime later on so I ll give her the benefit of the doubt in the meantimeAug 24 2009Well I gave this book an honest try but I m not going to finish it and will be The Elizabethan Underworld - A Collection of Tudor and Early Stuart Tracts and Ballads putting it back on BookMooch where I got it It has all the usual characteristics of the contemporary noir school which effectively reminded me of why I don t like that school in the firstlace a general tone of moral cynicism an unremitting emphasis on the sordid and the grungy exploitative sexual content and an off The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee puttinglethora of bad language including the f word which is Fishcamp Life on an Alaskan Shore probably highly unrealistic in the mouths of Spanish speaking characters While I didn t wish Teresa any ill and felt sorry for her in much of what she went through her drug use and her choice of a second drug running boyfriend after the first one was killed the label learning disabled comes to mind though granted we re all slow studies at times and we all make mistakes made her hard for me to relate to as did a certain distancing effect just from the author s self consciously literary style Perez Reverte s books have gotten a lot of favorable notice in library circles so I m glad to have had the opportunity to investigate his work but I wouldn t see myself reading any of it Modified March 14 2012 There are three books to be found within this book three major storylines to follow One is mostly well done one is middling but has issues one is rather ridiculous occasionally mildly offensive and out oflace The first which I found mostly well done is Perez Reverte s homage to the high adventure stories of the 19th century specificially his modern update of The Count of Monte Cristo The Count is remade into a Mexican woman of the 21st century who is tied to the Mexican drug cartels through her drug running Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, pilot boyfriend She is set on the run for a crime she did not commit and runs off to Spain and we watch the relative naif follow the torturousath of Dantes a The Kebra Nagast path that iserhaps even Hacking interdit - 7e dition: Toutes les techniques des Hackers pour mieux vous en protger painful than his It is a clever idea to cast the Count as a woman it adds to the tale many obstacles andossibilities of obstacles that Edmund Dantes never had to face and it complicates the A Dark, Dark Cave progression of our main character to the triumphantrotaganist that we all know is coming from the layout of the A Game of Dress-Up plot I found the adventure story aspect of the novel all excellently done there are several high speed boat chases that have theages turning at a velocity to match the engines of the boats there are unexpected shoot outs there "are moments with only one way out gambles that hold the fate " moments with only one way out gambles that hold the fate characters in the The Little Veela that Could palm of their hand to heartounding effect Perez Reverte has always been able to swashbuckle his way into my affections and this Marvel Héroes piece was no exception However And this is a rather annoying however I do wish that he hadn t felt the need to constantly shove in our faces the fact that this was a version of The Count of Monte Cristo He had characters refer to each other as their counterparts in the book Really You couldn t trust us to figure that one out Arturo Come on man Iromise you we re smart enough for that The book becomes a major motif and a jumping off The Importance of Being a Bachelor point for the characters to make fun of each other for how much they are into it and how delusional that is It was just a little too self involved for me It reads like fan fiction sometimes It s lovely to see how giddy he is about Dumas tale and its life changingowers but I wish he would just let us see it for ourselves rather than constantly insisting upon the truth of it and insisting that his characters enact his own fascination with it It feels artificial and sometimes a bit insulting We get it I The Joy Of English promiseThe second story contained within the book and I shouldrobably say that there are spoilers from here on out is the story of the transformation of a woman Teresa begins the book a girl totally dependent upon the whims of others especially her narco boyfriend Guero She sits at home and waits for him takes care of him Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life puts him first in every way She doesn t know much about his business and she doesn t ask When she is forced to go on the run after Guero is killed by his bosses for committing several indiscretions she has to slowly learn how to become independent Perez Reverte is truly fascinated by the thought of a truly independent woman you can tell I ve said time and again that he has a dark lady obsession this book is entirely about that in fact though at least we get to see the world from hererspective and see why she is mysterious but I think this is really what the obsession is He worships the very idea of it though he doesn t seem to uite believe that it can be true or that women can completely seperate from what he clearly believes are their natural womanly urges which turned out to be a Modern Nostalgia problem While she was learning to rely on herself use her natural gifts she s gifted with a head for numbers for instance and her intelligence and rely on and trust no one Perez Reverte feels the need to frame it in terms of gender By the end of the novel she has assumed the role of her narco boyfriend in her relationship with everyone she knows and coldly addresses her businessartner who is in love with her boyfriend in her relationship with everyone she knows and coldly addresses her business Rayzors One (Alien Bounty Hunters partner who is in love with her a nagging wife who believes her husband works too much and neglects her He also hasroblems writing believably inside the head of a woman sometimes laughably so He freuently has Teresa feel things in her womb when he wants to emphasize that it is a real feeling No for reals Cause apparently that s what all we. E uedó muy uieta conteniendo el aliento como si la inmovilidad o el silencio Unleashing Mr. Darcy pudieran cambiar el curso de lo ue ya había ocurrido Bip bip Estaba en la bañera depilándose laierna derecha el agua jabonosa Rise of Shadows (Lost Tales of Power, por la cintura y suiel. Women are one big vibrating womb However that all said I did like the attempt at rendering a woman who truly does not need anyone and even when betrayed by Dropping the God Bomb 2.0 people she trusts does not descend into a weeping mess but handles the situation She gets herself out of the last tense corners of the novel without one single man left to help her in any way I really really appreciated that So if the development was uneven and somewhat unbelievable I at least was with him on his goal and the last 100ages of her developmentThe third thing going on here that was absolutely ridiculous is Perez Reverte s various Water In The Lake personal opinions and feelings beingut on display I found it rather embarrassing ReAwakened (Angel Creek, pedantic and offensive by turns First of all let s just note that there s a lot of weird attitudes towards ethnicity in this book Yesart of it is that he s writing about a world where Road Trip America people aren t exactly PC but some of it comes from the omniscient narratoroint of view Nightmare Hour part of the story is told by a journalist trying to write a book about Teresaart is told from her Things You Should Know point of view There s a really weird somewhat twisted relationship with Mexico in the book Perez Reverte seems to be arguing for the fact that Spaniards shouldn t find their culture superior to Mexico in any way because Spain has just as manyroblems which I didn t even know was a comparison that happened but okay And yet at the same time he seems to be weirdly fetishizing in a conflicted 19th century colonialist way the Mexican ethnicity At many Fallout: The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook points during the book characters tell Teresa that she looks best with her hairulled back tightly and 続・愛俺！~男子校の姫と女子校の王子~ 1 [Zoku Ai Ore! ~Danshikou no Hime to Joshikou no Ouji~ 1] parted down the middle in the style of a Mexicaneasant Everyone who sees her is five times attracted to her when she My Life in the Mafia presents herself in as Mayan or Indian a way asossible those are the descriptors used And yet she ends up being dressed up makeover style in a modern discreet European way Everyone including Teresa looks down on the garish way that Mexican drug cartel Traders Troubleshooting Tools people dress and live and yet The other Mexican character who is held up as an example refuses to let go of his garish ways and listens to his corridos songs about drug cartels loudly and often They are uoted freuently throughout the novel seemingly as examples ofoetry It s this weird mixture of idealization and looking down his nose that I can t uite figure out It just Real Women Dont Wear Size 2 popped up uncomfortably often and I didn t uite get why that was thereAnyway this has likely gone on for long enough but theoint is its a lovely adventure novel and a good coming of age tale in its way but not without a good deal of complication This is my least favorite of his books though it is still not bad or anything Just not representative of what he is capable of Perez Reverte tends to do better with historical settings or characters who look back towards the Drakes Rock (Jess and Steph, past This looks back but still in a modern setting And his way of looking at the world well it s just sometimes a little jarringly old fashioned for the modern world There are a lot of reviews available here which outline thelot so I won t attempt to do so here other than to say cocaine smuggling logistics deals and double crossings Moroccan hashish fast boats cargo ships dirty Learning By Heart politics shootouts Mexican drug cartels the Colombians indiscretions and revenge Teresa Mendoza is our lead character She starts off as a simple narco s morra uiet and unassuming Her boyfriend is murdered and she is on the runIt is a high speed read almost a guiltyleasure read for me and it was enjoyable for the most The Witchs Daughter (The Chronicles of Ynis Aielle part There was the narration style which was fairly annoying half narrated by a reporter who interviews variouseople throughout the book His sections set up the following sections where the action is explained from Teresa s One of Us point of viewThe story rolls out in various stages and gathers momentum until the very end where a conclusion is met There are other things going on aarallel to the Count of Monte Christo which admittedly I have not read and therefore could not track there is the Mexican cartels unwritten rules there is the international smuggling the deals the doublecrossingI haven t read other books by Arturo P rez Reverte and I may A Primer on Samatha Meditation pick up another if the opportunity arises as I did enjoy this as a fictional romp with some basis for reality in the drug underworld4 stars I guess I m glad I read this if only to satisfy a long burning curiosity about The ueen of the South that s been in the back of my head ever since my mom hid the book from me at age fifteen so I couldn t read the dirtyarts for the record Mom I The Albanians probably would have been able to handle itThat said it could have been a lot cooler than it is And considering the book is about a woman who goes on the run after being targeted by Mexican hitmen and eventually becomes the mostowerful drug lord in the Mediterranean that s saying a lot The story itself was really cool and
HAD A LOT OF POTENTIAL TERESAa lot of Kincades Rose (The Megalodon Team, potential Teresa starts out as just some low level drug runner s girlfriend but when he gets killed by his employers and they come after her resulting in the single best opening line of any book ever The telephone rang and she knew she was going to die she runs to Spain gets involved with another smuggler goes torison comes out and then begins selling and shipping cocaine all over the The Serpent and the Grail (Arthor, place Sex drugs and shooting ensues It s good in a trashy guiltyleasure living vicariously through books kind of way My The Heart Remembers problem is the format of the book it sartially narrated by a reporter doing a story on Teresa once she s become the so called ueen of the South and he butts into the story every few chapters so we can watch him interviewing eople Teresa interacted with during her career They hint at what is about to happen next in the story and then it happens As far career They hint at what is about to happen next in the story and then it happens As far I could tell the reporter served absolutely no urpose as a second narrator and all of his chapters should have just been
CUT OUT COMPLETELY ALSO PEREZ REVERTEout completely Also Perez Reverte really really terrible at writing from a female mindset but this review is already long enough so I won t bother getting into that rant Smuggling and double crossing were in se ar able If I can give this book 10 stars I would gladly do it One of the best books I d read in 2011An insightful review by Sarah here. Desnuda se erizó igual ue si acabara de reventar el grifo del agua fría Bip bip En el estéreo del dormitorio los Tigres del Norte cantaban historias de Camelia la Tejana La traición y el contrabando decían son cosas compartidas». .