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Lost City Radio (P.S.)

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ISBN13: 9780060594817
ISBN10: 0060594810
Condition: Student Owned
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For ten years, Norma has been the on-air voice of consolation and hope for the Indians in the mountains and the poor from the barrios—a people broken by war's violence. As the host of Lost City Radio, she reads the names of those who have disappeared—those whom the furiously expanding city has swallowed. Through her efforts lovers are reunited and the lost are found. But in the aftermath of the decadelong bloody civil conflict, her own life is about to forever change—thanks to the arrival of a young boy from the jungle who provides a cryptic clue to the fate of Norma's vanished husband.

Review:

"Set in a fictional South American nation where guerrillas have long clashed with the government, Alarcón's ambitious first novel (after the story collection War by Candlelight) follows a trio of characters upended by civil strife. Norma, whose husband, Rey, disappeared 10 years ago after the end of a civil war, hosts popular radio show Lost City Radio, which reconnects callers with their missing loved ones. (She quietly entertains the notion that the job will also reunite her with her missing husband.) So when an 11-year-old orphan, Victor, shows up at the radio station with a list of his distant village's "lost people," the station plans a special show dedicated to his case and cranks up its promotional machine. Norma, meanwhile, notices a name on the list that's an alias her husband used to use, prompting her to resume her quest to find him. She and Victor travel to Victor's home village, where local teacher Manau reveals to Norma what she's long feared — and more. Though the mystery Alarcón makes of the identity of Victor's father isn't particularly mysterious, this misstep is overshadowed by Alarcón's successful and nimbly handled portrayal of war's lingering consequences. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.)

Review:

"He poses difficult social questions that often go unvoiced, and he effectively explores an exhaustive range of emotion in just over 250 pages, rendering his insights in beautiful, painstakingly precise language." Library Journal

Review:

"Alarcón has mapped a whole nation and given its war-torn history real depth — an impressive feat." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Daniel Alarcon's debut story collection, War by Candlelight, was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award. He has received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and has been named by Granta magazine one of the Best American Novelists under thirty-five. He is the associate editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning monthly magazine published in his native Lima, Peru. He lives in Oakland, California.

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Michael Roth, September 9, 2011 (view all comments by Michael Roth)
I first read "Lost City Radio" two years ago and some of the images stayed with me so vividly I had to read it again. There are some amazing surprises that will take your breath away. Daniel Alarcon is a young writer and is already one of the most vivid voices of literature from Latin America, and in fact from anywhere. Even if you have not been to Lima or the Peruvian jungle, after you read this book, believe me, you will have been there.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060594817
Author:
Alarcon, Daniel
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Fleischman, Paul
Author:
Daniel Alarcon
Author:
Wimmer, Michael
Author:
Beddows, Eric
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Political atrocities
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
A-”
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02x5.95x.69 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
All

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Product details 288 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060594817 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in a fictional South American nation where guerrillas have long clashed with the government, Alarcón's ambitious first novel (after the story collection War by Candlelight) follows a trio of characters upended by civil strife. Norma, whose husband, Rey, disappeared 10 years ago after the end of a civil war, hosts popular radio show Lost City Radio, which reconnects callers with their missing loved ones. (She quietly entertains the notion that the job will also reunite her with her missing husband.) So when an 11-year-old orphan, Victor, shows up at the radio station with a list of his distant village's "lost people," the station plans a special show dedicated to his case and cranks up its promotional machine. Norma, meanwhile, notices a name on the list that's an alias her husband used to use, prompting her to resume her quest to find him. She and Victor travel to Victor's home village, where local teacher Manau reveals to Norma what she's long feared — and more. Though the mystery Alarcón makes of the identity of Victor's father isn't particularly mysterious, this misstep is overshadowed by Alarcón's successful and nimbly handled portrayal of war's lingering consequences. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.)
"Review" by , "He poses difficult social questions that often go unvoiced, and he effectively explores an exhaustive range of emotion in just over 250 pages, rendering his insights in beautiful, painstakingly precise language."
"Review" by , "Alarcón has mapped a whole nation and given its war-torn history real depth — an impressive feat."
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