The Angel of Galilea

Laura Restrepo Dolores M. Koch

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The Angel of Galilea

The Angel of Galilea The Angel of Galilea introduces a refreshing new voice in Latin American literature to the English speaking audience Mona is a jaded reporter for a Colombian tabloid sent on assignment to investigate

  • Title: The Angel of Galilea
  • Author: Laura Restrepo Dolores M. Koch
  • ISBN: 9780375706493
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Angel of Galilea introduces a refreshing new voice in Latin American literature to the English speaking audience.Mona is a jaded reporter for a Colombian tabloid sent on assignment to investigate an angel sighting in one of Bogot s most devastated barrios, where she encounters a community torn apart by a passionate conflict over a beautiful man who walks the fine lineThe Angel of Galilea introduces a refreshing new voice in Latin American literature to the English speaking audience.Mona is a jaded reporter for a Colombian tabloid sent on assignment to investigate an angel sighting in one of Bogot s most devastated barrios, where she encounters a community torn apart by a passionate conflict over a beautiful man who walks the fine line between sanity and sainthood For the people of Galilea, this mysterious and sensual angel without a name represents their hope amidst desperate circumstances for Mona, he awakens her desire to love and gives her a reason to believe When the barrio s priest leads a revolt against the fallen angel, Mona risks everything to protect him from the gang that threatens to destroy him.

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    1. Connie on said:

      Mona, a reporter for a Colombian tabloid, is sent to the poor mountainous neighborhood of Galilea on the outskirts of Bogota. She is to write a story about an angel who has attracted a devoted following. The angel is a handsome young man who speaks only in foreign tongues, and has a luminous charismatic quality about him. Mona falls deeply in love with him. His mother claims that the angel uses her as a psychic channel, and she has journals filled with his thoughts.The village is composed of two [...]

    2. Christina on said:

      I thought it was ridiculous, scatter-brained, and just not plausible or believable. Could have been written much better, and at a higher level with a keener sense of purpose and direction. Might be that things got lost in translation, but I don't think so. I've read enough translations to know that the original must have been equally unintelligent. If you like bad writing like Eat Pray Love, you might like this.

    3. A. on said:

      La deliciosa habilidad narrativa de Laura Restrepo puesta al servicio de una historia mística y teñida de dolor, eso sí, contada sin patetismo, más bien con el sentido del humor que la caracteriza. Una periodista es enviada a cubrir la gran noticia del día: Un ángel ha aparecido en uno de los barrios mas humildes de Bogotá. El trabajo de investigación llevará a la protagonista a descubrir dolorosos secretos, personajes imposibles ya alguien que no podrá olvidar.

    4. Andreea Ursu-Listeveanu on said:

      Nu mai stiu cum a ajuns cartea asta pe lista mea, dar acum ca am citit-o, ma gandesc ca mai bine citeam altceva sau faceam altceva cu timpul meu. A inceput atat de bine, mi-a placut stilul Laurei Restrepo, m-am amuzat la alegerea cuvintelor si la comparatiile folosite, am apreciat urma de realism si ratiune de care personajul principal parea sa dea dovada, pana cand a dat-o in telenovela, intr-un realism magic, cica, unul foarte tras de par. O reportera e trimisa sa scrie un articol despre un in [...]

    5. Diana on said:

      Nu stiu ce mi-a placut mai mult: cartea sau reproducerea picturii lui Stefan Caltia de pe coperta. Am dat 4 stele intregului ansamblu. E o mare carte mica.

    6. Semnebune on said:

      Nu vă enervează când o carte are un subiect care vă place, începe în forță, primele capitole sunt ceea ce vreți să citiți și apoi brusc se transformă într-o telenovelă insipidă? Pe mine mă enervează și mă face să mă întreb oare cum de autorul nu și-a dat seama ca nu merge în cea mai bună direcție? Oare ce l-o fi determinat să mute cursul acțiunii într-o zonă nefastă?Acest lucru mi s-a întâmplat cu cartea Dulce companie de Laura Restrepo. Am fost atras de copert [...]

    7. Ordinary Dahlia on said:

      Buku dengan cerita sederhana. Pas baca, g jadi inget kalo g pernah terpana waktu pertama kali liat Josh Groban nyanyi You Raise Me Up d TV. Sempet mikir kalau dia sosok yang pas mewakili malaikat kalau malaikat benar-benar menampakan diri d bumi, suara indah, rambut kriwil2, pandangan mata sejuk dan wajah yang innocent. Biasanya kalo g tertarik ma sesuatu g akan berusaha nyari tau sampai puas, tapi untuk kasus Groban, g biarkan gantung saja. G ga pengen tahu lebih banyak tentang dia. Lebih enak [...]

    8. Simona GB on said:

      Structured very much like a telenovela around a love story between a rich girl and a poor man, The Angel of Galilea is a delightful mix of folklore, popular mythology, modern theology, Latin American surrealism, angelology and feminist empowerment. It offers a remarkable anthropological account of the Colombian barrios and their relationship with the rest of the city. I totally understand why this work has been praised by Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende for its freshness, originality [...]

    9. Roxana Bogacz on said:

      Me gustó mucho, tiene mucho humor, habla de la necesidad de todos de creer y de querer, habla de la locur propia y ajena, de la pobreza y de la dignidad, lo leí de un tirón.Es mi primer libro de esta autora.

    10. Cristina on said:

      One of the worst books I had the chance of reading this year. I will NOT be trying anything written by L. Restrepo ever again.

    11. Susana on said:

      Este es un libro sobre la religiosidad de los barrios, pero sobre es una historia de amor, un extraño y no correspondido amor.

    12. Patyta on said:

      «No se conoce el sacerdote que se interese por lo que pasa dentro de la cabeza de una mujer. Se contentan con vigilar que no cometa pecados con su cuerpo.»No sé si debiera llamar a ésta una historia de amor, pues amor, pasión y enamoramiento sí que los hay, mas sólo de una parte, la de la reportera «Monita», quien al igual que los habitantes del Barrio Bajo (aunque de forma distinta) cae rendida a los pies del ángel nada más verlo, arrebatada de amor por él mientras que éste, de pri [...]

    13. Juan on said:

      I bought this book because I liked what I've read from Laura Restrepo. I bought it second hand, some weeks ago, just for 3 dollars, and well, the book didn't dissapointed me. Indeed I liked it more than I expected. It is a fast read, and I really enjoyed it. I dont't know about how well will be the english translation, but I loved it is written using a lot of Colombian Spanish, even though my knowledge of Colombian Spanish is more "Paisa" (from Medellín) than "Cachaco" (from Bogotá), I managed [...]

    14. Margaret on said:

      Um livro pequeno, com um certo toque de realismo mágico, que me cativou.Uma jornalista de revistas cor-de-rosa é enviada ao bairro pobre de Galileia para investigar as aparições de um anjo e encontra uma comunidade rendida a um jovem mudo que parece não ser deste mundo. Será que estamos perante um ser divino? Ou um simples rapaz que vem dar esperança a quem já a perdeu há muito?A autora apresenta-nos um retrato interessante sobre os bairros pobres da cidade de Bogotá, bairros habituado [...]

    15. Editorial Alfaguara on said:

      "El libro pertenece al gran estilo de las mejores novelas de todos los tiempos" �lvaro Mutis Traducida a m�s de 20 idiomas, Dulce Compa��a ha tenido amplia difusi�n en todo el mundo. Gan� el premio Sor Juana In�s de la Cruz en Guadalajara y el Prix France Culture, uno de los reconocimientos literarios m�s prestigiosos, otorgado por la cr�tica francesa a la mejor novela extranjera. La reportera de una revista de frivolidades es enviada por su jefe a cubrir la aparici�n de un [...]

    16. Roxana on said:

      Some books come to your hands by accident. This is what happen to me with this book. It came with a group of other books that I bought from a client for my second handed-bookstore. I feel compel to read it, mostly because I was curious and because it seems to be a very funny book. It was, I mean, it was a funny story, the author writes in a very coloquial way, mixing her feelings with everythig that happens to her.She tells the story in first person. This is the story of a woman-magazine-reporte [...]

    17. jeremy on said:

      having been dazzled by laura restrepo's delirium, i presumed i would be equally enthralled by the angel of galilea (dulce compañía). restrepo, a colombian author and journalist, weaves fantastic stories, but where delirium excels with its sophisticated and intricate plot, the angel of galilea is a comparatively tranquil read. parts of the novel, and much of the prose, seem rather contrived and full of clichés. while the plot was mildly interesting, it lacked the narrative thrust i found so co [...]

    18. Faedyl on said:

      Entrada al diario 6 de Faedyl en City Bell, Buenos Aires Province Argentina el jueves, 07 de abril de 2011Este libro no ha sido valorado.Verguenza que no le di caza en su momento, que cosa! soy una despisteResulta que yo tambien queria leer algo de Restrepo y conocer su trabajo.El libro me gustò mucho! es una novelita corta y se lee ràpido. Me pasò como a Aeslen, yo tampoco tolerè el discurso del àngel me pareció sumamente barroco y se puede ovbiar totalmente, es algo màs que nada simbò [...]

    19. miaaa on said:

      With witty approach, Restrapo shares her country's despairs and how the people clings to religion as they have nothing else out of the unrelieved poverty. To be honest prior reading Gabo's and this book all I know about Colombia was the cold-blooded assassination of Andrés Escobar, Coca cartels, and beauty pageants.***Berita kemunculan seorang malaikat di kota Galilea, perkampungan miskin di pinggiran Bogota, Kolombia, mengubah kehidupan seorang jurnalis selamanya. Jatuh cinta dan menemukan kel [...]

    20. samsarella on said:

      Al principio no me impresionó demasiado, pero luego empezaron a aparecer estos "monólogos" El angel caido gritando su ira al mundo, dejándonos conocer sus miedos, sus anhelos, su desesperación su lado más oscuro. Quedé atrapada. Esos "monólogos" fueron con mucho, la mejor parte del libro.At first it didn't impressed me that much, but then there were these "monologues" The fallen angel shouting his rage out loud to the world, letting us know his fears, his yearnings, his despair his darkes [...]

    21. Marcela Salamanca on said:

      Estoy procesándolo.A pesar de que lo tomé sin ningún tipo de expectativa, al avanzar en la lectura y al reconocer a la autora como colombiana, fui idealizando una idea que sería el argumento final de la obra, que concluyó de una manera distinta.Es un buen libro, la historia atrapa y los rumbos se enlazan y se vuelven a juntar trayéndonos constantemente entre la realidad y la fantasía. Quizás la falla que surgió en mí fue lo que primero puntualicé. Esperaba un libro donde un fragmento [...]

    22. Ale on said:

      La novela está narrada por la Monita, reportera de la revista Somos, que fue enviada Galilea para hacer un reportaje sobre un ángel que llegó al pueblo.El tema de la religión me gusta cómo es tratado en este libro y me gusta, me encanta, que dice que los pobres son más fieles que los ricos.La novela contiene temáticas referentes a la crisis económica, el abuso de poder de la religión y críticas del gobierno, etc. Laura Restrepo es mi autora latinoamericana favorita. No es coincidencia, [...]

    23. Karen on said:

      I didn't care for this book at all. It is a criticism of the Catholic church and the entrenched 50 year war that Colombia is experiencing. Also it deals with one of Laura Restrepo's favorite literary themes which is mental illness/instability. None the less, I was disappointed with this book. After Delirio which I rate a 5, this is barely a 3. I did enjoy the references to Colombian food which at times made my mouth water.

    24. Alexander Mesa on said:

      El barrio Galilea, donde se desarrolla gran parte de la novela, bien puede ser cualquier barrio suburbano de cualquier ciudad latinoamericana. Los hechos que allí se desarrollan, aunque se ubican en Bogotá, bien pueden reflejar la idiosincrasia de las gentes latinoamericanas. Es una buena historia, de lectura amena y con buen sentido del humor, una historia en la que no puedes diferenciar donde comienza la ficción y donde termina la realidad. Se pasa un buen rato mientras lees la historia.

    25. Peter on said:

      A mi me gustó muchísimo el libro. Mientras el libro se trata de la aparición de un ángel en un pueblo colombiano, también se trata de una mujer cuya vida anda cambiada por vida por una acción que la lleva a otra, luego a otra, etcétera. Este libro es una mezcla de realidad y fantasía, de curiosidades que te hacen seguir leyendo para descubrir que acontecimientos van ocurrir a más tardar.

    26. Eduardo on said:

      Después de haber leído "Delirio" y "Demasiados héroes", esta novela ha sido una decepción. No funciona nada aquí, ni la trama, ni el estilo, ni los diálogos, ni el humor Restrepo ha perdido su rumbo. Esperemos que sólo momentáneamente.

    27. Gabriel on said:

      No sé si se pueda calificar a esta novela como realismo mágico, pero es una mezcla de hechos reales y crudos con la fantasía que representa la aparición de un ángel en un barrio pobre de una ciudad colombiana, que bien podría estar en cualquier parte de Latinoamérica.

    28. Mihaela on said:

      I never thought that i would like a love novel. But i loved it, maybe because their love story was so pure and innocent.I really enjoyed the ending, because i think this sad ending gave a little bit of realism to the novel.

    29. C. on said:

      I read this book in it's original Spanish. El Angel de Galilea also known as "Dulce Compañia" She won a Prize for this book: the Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz at the Guadalajara Book Fair (1997)

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