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The Family Izquierdo

A Novel

by Rubén Degollado

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The Family Izquierdo by Rubén Degollado
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  • Published Sep 2022
    304 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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  • Judith G. (Ewa Beach, HI)
    So many names to remember
    The Family Izquierdo family tree should alert you to the many characters you'll find in this book. I'm not pleased with the short story collection format. I found it difficult to go from family to family and time to time. It also would have helped if I had more than a smattering of Spanish. While I tried figuring out the Spanish words in context, that often didn't work. I did finish the book but I struggled to do so.
  • Kathleen B. (Woodbridge, VA)
    Frustrating
    I don't enjoy reading books that have non-English words. This book frequently had Spanish sentences. There was no translation.
  • Edie M. (Kennett Square, PA)
    slightly disappointing
    I was really looking forward to reading this book but unfortunately I found going from Spanish to English back and forth distracting and it caused me to have a headache. So I never was able to finish.
  • Jean B. (Naples, FL)
    Difficult read
    This was not an easy book to read. Consequently it's hard to write a review. I thought that the author wanted to make the Mexican American experience familiar to his readers but I don't think he succeeded.

    I understand, from the back cover that this book is a "linked short story collection." I don't think the linkage was successful; I still felt I was reading separate stories rather than a cohesive novel.

    My high school Spanish classes were too long ago to help me understand the many Spanish words and phrases. I believe there was an attempt to use these in context but I felt that I missed a lot by not being able to translate.

    I struggled to read this book and I'm struggling to write a review. I can not recommend it.

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