Thursday, 28 June 2018
The Sky Over Lima by Juan Gomez Barcena
Unknown to Juan, it was actually two young men who collaborated to compose and send the letters of Georgina. It had started out innocently, as they did seek a copy of his book. For what ever reason, they continued with the ruse until it threatened to be exposed.
It was fascinating to read how the author proposed the reasons for why Jose and Carlos continued with this fakery. It felt so real, that it was possible it truly did occur in that manner. Some letters have survived the ravages of time and obviously led the author to create this captivating story. The rest, pure speculation...
I loved this book. It is a unique tale made even more appealing by it's historical accuracies. Jose and Carlos are young men at odds with the futures their fathers have decided for them. Instead, they fancy themselves to be poets, even though they are not published and it seemed they weren't destined to be. They both came from a life of privilege that allowed them the time to indulge in such whimsy as this. I wonder if they regretted their activity afterwards and if they ever tried to make amends for their actions.
This is a highly readable tale which effectively transported me to another time and lifestyle.