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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Holed up in the same hotel room, mother and son share a common goal, yet are worlds apart on how they perceive it.

Anything goes as this volatile pair battle it out: hilarious misunderstandings, unsettling cruelty, and even a temptation to murder. In the end, they begin to come to a more truthful understanding of each other and their human condition.

No Place for Heroes is an addition to that long tradition of the eternal odd couple—in works ranging from Waiting for Godot to Kiss of the Spider Woman —waiting for their fortunes to change, written by one of the most talented and internationally celebrated authors at work today.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of No Place For Heroes. Jun 18, Rosie rated it liked it. I am of two-minds about this book.

This is probably due to the fact that there are three stories going on at once—the main story, and two main flashback-stories. The flashbacks are wonderfully crafted, as the narrator reflects on past events with the occasional dialogue interruption from the two MCs in the present.

The final 5 pages feel rushed, as if the author realized that something needed finally to happen in the "present" and threw together a quick, unsurprising ending.

I'm giving this 3 stars on Goodreads because of how much I did enjoy the flashbacks, but that's all. Also, a note on translation. This book was originally written in Spanish, a language I can moderately read and understand. The translations feel like Spanish with English words, which simply make the English feel full of choppy or run-on sentences. I even noticed the occasional Spanish noun-adjective word order, which is only confusing when rendered in English. Finally, the translator changed all the swearing to some of the strongest of English, which I don't believe properly carry the meaning of the words in Spanish, and felt jarring in the prose.

Don't get me wrong—I love a good swear word in my reading and my own writing, but only when it flows naturally from the characters or from the narrator.

None of the swearing came across as natural, which I can only attribute to the lack of ability to really translate these words properly. This book would have been my ideal if 1 There had been no "present" time, because I truly loved the historical time and the parallels the author drew between the relationships in the story and the struggles against the Argentinean dictatorship; and 2 I had read it in Spanish.

Perhaps I'll try that in the future. Perhaps this book lost something in translation, or perhaps it just isn't my style. Aurelia and Ramon, Mateo's father, had been part of the resistance trying to overthrow the Argentinian dictatorship. Lorenza, her true name rather than her code name, seemed weak despite her involvement in the resistance, seemed like she was just along for the ride.

Revolution, secret meetings, double identities, possible torture and death, how could it be boring? Somehow, it managed just that. Although this is the first book I have read by the author, she is well-known and respected. Some people may understand and enjoy the book more than I did. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I was given this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. View 1 comment. Jun 30, Tara Chevrestt rated it did not like it Shelves: first-reads , release.

Normally when I pick up a book and hate it by page 37, I don't waste my day trying to finish it, but brand it a DNF and state why without giving a rating and then proceed to get on with my life and hopefully read a better book. However, this was a goodreads firstreads win and so I had to continue and I finally bailed over a quarter thru.

I love firstreads and I am grateful to publishers for posting book contests. This particular book is just not for me. I say bo Normally when I pick up a book and hate it by page 37, I don't waste my day trying to finish it, but brand it a DNF and state why without giving a rating and then proceed to get on with my life and hopefully read a better book.

He is a child of the 90s So was I and I don't say things like, "cover my eyes, Mommy, please, please, cover my eyes. So is he five or 30??? Reason two: None of the characters can ever make up their minds. Call him, don't call him, call him, don't call him and why go to France searching for your grandparents when you know you won't find them because they are still living in Argentina?

Reason three: The good stuff, the revolution stuff, is all TOLD thru conversations between mother and son. SHOW me, don't tell me. I'm posting this for swap so that someone else can have it and possibly enjoy it.

If you entered the giveaway for this and lost, please, please, please take it off my hands. View all 8 comments. Jun 30, Tony rated it liked it Shelves: firstreads-wins , colombian. Another Giveaways win for me. Thank you Goodreads and Doubleday! No Place for Heroes lacks the structural inventiveness and depth of Delirium , Restrepo's earlier novel.

This work trails a mother and son: she, an erstwhile South American revolutionary; he, a son searching for his father who long ago kidnapped him, only to let him go. Mother and son fight, but not with any profundity. Rather, the boy is petulant and the mother is oddly fatigued or robotic. It is hard to imagine that she ever had Another Giveaways win for me. It is hard to imagine that she ever had any political passion or that he will ever care for anything but his video game.

Yet, the search for Ramon, and the telling of the couple's past, drives the story, turns the pages. And the writing has sparkling moments, like this nested paragraph: So she was now the inheritor of San Jacinto? That's what it looked like. The papers that certified this were on her night table. And yet she awoke thinking that if Papaito wasn't there with his soused breads, his overindulged ass and cattle, then she wasn't quite sure what it was that she had inherited.

A bit of fog, nothing more, another lost piece of blue in the middle of the jigsaw puzzle. Jun 29, Annette Martinez rated it did not like it. This one was so boring. I couldn't figure out how old the son was Was he 6 or 26? Either way, not for me. I think something must have been lost in the translation of the book. Jul 22, Katherine Marple rated it it was ok.

I received this book directly from the marketing department at DoubleDay books through a GoodReads contest. The description of this book said it was a dark comedy about a mother and son as they search for the missing "father" aka.



Laura Restrepo is the older of two sisters. Her grandfather was self-educated and spoke six languages. Her father left school age of 13 to go out to work before becoming a businessman. According to Restrepo, her father would take her and her mother with him on his business travels and they never stayed long enough in one place to attend a full year of school. Once she attended a public school in California for only one day because her father took the family somewhere else the next day. When she was around ten years old her formal education consisted of six months at a ceramics night school in Denmark. When she and her family went to Madrid the school did not accept her because she failed the required admission tests for arithmetic, grammar, sewing, and embroidery.


Laura Restrepo



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