On the afternoon when Angel Allegria arrives at the Poloverdos farmhouse, he kills the farmer and his wife. But he spares their child, Paolo a young boy who will claim this as the day on which he was born. Together the killer and the boy begin a new life on this remote and rugged stretch of land in Chile.
Then Luis Secunda, a well-to-do and educated fellow from the city descends upon them. Paolo is caught in the paternal rivalry between the two men. But life resumes its course . . . until circumstances force the three to leave the farm. In doing so, Angel and Luis confront their pasts as well as their inevitable destinies destinies that profoundly shape Paolos own future.
No one ever arrived here by chance. Here was nearly the end of the world, close to the southernmost tip of Chile, which resembles lace in the cold Pacific waters.
On this land, everything was so tough, desolate, and abused by the wind that even the stones seemed in pain. Yet just before the desert and the sea, a narrow, gray-walled structure emerged from the ground: the Poloverdo farm.
Travelers who reached this point were surprised to find a house. They would walk down the path and knock on the door to ask for a night's lodging. Most times, the traveler was a scientist, either a geologist with a box of stones, or an astronomer in quest of a dark night. Sometimes it was a poet. Other times simply an adventurer looking for spots yet undiscovered and far from the beaten path.
So rare were such visits that each one seemed like a big event. The Poloverdo woman would pour a drink from a chipped pitcher with shaky hands. The Poloverdo man would force himself to ...
For adult readers and for some older teens this redemptive tale of forgiveness and loss will strike a nerve and be remembered for some time to come.
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Bondoux was born in 1971, in the
region surrounding Paris, where
she still lives today with her
two children. She studied Modern
Letters at the University of
Paris XNanterre, and during her
education, created writing
workshops for disadvantaged
children, for which she
eventually received the Prix
Fondation of France.
After having done some theater, Bondoux joined the editorial staff at Bayard Presse in 1996. There she worked on Jaime Lire, a literary, educational publication for ...
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