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Mal de amores

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A spectacularly rich novel spanning 50 years in the history of a nation, a family, and a love affair, this #1 bestselling novel by the author of "Tear This Heart Out" offers a "large, lyrical, evocation of life and love during the Mexican Revolution" ("San Francisco Chronicle").

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A spectacularly rich novel spanning 50 years in the history of a nation, a family, and a love affair, this #1 bestselling novel by the author of "Tear This Heart Out" offers a "large, lyrical, evocation of life and love during the Mexican Revolution" ("San Francisco Chronicle"). Ganador del premio internacional Rómulo Gallegos

Mal de amores es la historia de una pasión entretejida entre la historia de un país, de una guerra, de una familia y de varias vocaciones desmesuradas.
Emilia Sauri, la protagonista de esta inquiétate novela, nace en una familia liberal y tiene la fortuna de aprender acerca del mundo de quienes lo viven con ingenio, avidez y entereza. Cobijada por la certidumbre de que el valor no es tal sin la paciencia, busca su destino enfrentando las limitaciones impuestas a su género y los peligros de su amor por los hombres: desde su infancia por Daniel Cuenca, inasible aventurero y revolucionario, y en su madurez por Antiono Zavalza, un médico cuya audacia primera está en buscar la paz en mitad de la guerra civil.


Series Title
Vintage Espanol
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Angeles Mastretta
Publication Date
June, 1998
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.10 x 5.20 x 0.78 Inches

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3.5 starsWhen did you...

3.5 stars"When did you get here?" Emilia asked him, kissing him as she had when their lips were smooth and unwrinkled. The eternal throbbing beat below her breastbone."I never leave," said Daniel, stroking her head with its scent of mysteries.Spanning almost 50yrs, this is the story of Emilia. The vast majority of the story takes place during the Mexican Revolution (1910-20) and does a good job shining a light on how discontent, injustice, and passion bring about such wars. Emilia's childhood friend, who grows up to be her love, Daniel, is more than full of passion for the war and constantly leaves and is at battle leaving Emilia. Their love story is one people in their younger years would find exciting, dramatic, lustful, and love torn; a lovestory that is exciting to read about but hellish to live. Emilia's father was a pharmacist, and she starts to study under him and grow her own passion but for medicine. She naturally and fights her way to becoming a doctor, no mean feat during this time period. She meets a Dr. Zavalza and love triangle ensues. I really enjoyed the first 70% of this, as we get a historical feel for the Revolution with discussion and interaction with Diaz, Madero, Zapata. I do wish we could have had some scenes from Daniel to get a feel for the battles but this look at it from ordinary citizens was encompassing in its own way, too. Emilia's aunt and a poet who is in love with said aunt, were my favorite secondary characters and I would happily read the aunt's life story, what a woman she sounds like. The last 30% was very rushed through as we get some of the conflict following the Revolution with Zapatistas and Cardenas with Daniel and Emilia continuing their relationship in a not thought of conventional way. Years pass quickly and Emilia becoming a doctor and having children is quickly told. This rushed ending kind of gave all the emotional upheaval and drama, I as the reader, went through less gravitas. Lovesick couldn't be a more apt title as Emilia and Daniel's relationship wasn't exactly healthy. Daniel's passion for the war and how he constantly puts it above Emilia and Emilia's inability to let impulsive Daniel and his frenzy for fighting go in favor of Zavalza's calm supporting love will make you want to pull your hair out. The historical context was weaved expertly into the story and Emilia's life journey will definitely make you feel.

Set in Puebla, a villa...

Set in Puebla, a village in Mexico, this quintessential Latin American story embraces three generations in the life of a country. As in many other such tales, the smaller story of love and family is enhanced and challenged by the larger story of politics and war, with a few delightful twists. At the heart of the tale is the daring, fearless Emilia, the second generation of pharmacist Diego Sauri's freewheeling, politically astute family. His daughter Emilia is torn between two loves in a classic Wuthering Heights conundrum: choose your childhood friend, the rough and tumble radical who is unreliable and tortured, but makes your body sing? Or choose the gentle, steady doctor who can provide a home and a family, and never leave your side? As her nation and her village, her family and her career waver, Emilia sorts through this problem of the heart. In the end, her solution is so simple that we all wonder why we never thought of it. Well-written and adeptly plotted, this book is peopled by such a large number of endearing characters that you may go away with a virtual photo album of people you will always want to remember. I know I will.

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