Rosario Ferré: The House on the Lagoon / La casa de la laguna


A Poor Man’s (or Woman’s) “House of the Spirits”

Ugh.  If this hadn’t been my final “Snakes and Ladders” book I’d have DNF’d it.  This is essentially a Puerto Rican version of House of the Spirits minus magical realism, plus a plethora of characters and episodes that don’t greatly advance the plot (think 500-episode telenovela) and a whole lot of telling instead of showing.  That isn’t to say I learned nothing at all about Puerto Rico, its people and its history — indeed, the island itself was by far this book’s most interesting, believable, fully elaborated and just plain likeable character — but by and large, I’d have accomplished more by reading a nonfiction history book or a travel guide about Puerto Rico … or by going there to see it for myself.  (Which I’m still hoping to do at some point.)

Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed my “Snakes and Ladders” run enormously — a huge thanks to Moonlight Reader for her spur-of-the-moment inspiration in initiating this game!

(Charlie and Sunny also say thank you for the exercise and all the snacks along the way.)

 

 

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