Book Reviews of Stones for Ibarra (Contemporary American Fiction)

Stones for Ibarra (Contemporary American Fiction)
Stones for Ibarra - Contemporary American Fiction
Author: Harriet Doerr
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ISBN-13: 9780140075625
ISBN-10: 0140075623
Publication Date: 1/8/1985
Pages: 224
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
An amazing writer! So subtle, so poetic in her prose, so strong and beautiful in execution. There is so much subtext to be read and understood between the visible lines, and presented so gently that the reader is awash in understanding and emotion without even knowing it at first. This is a very powerful book full of humanity, insight, and feeling.

I saw the movie made from this book years ago. It starred Glenn Close and Keith Carradine, both in roles very different from their usual fare. It was a very spiritual, gripping movie which has haunted me since. The book is ten times as powerful as that movie. But then, I really don't see how this book could be translated into a movie any better than they did... What a writer... Amazing!
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Helpful Score: 2
One of my all time favorite books! With lean, elegant, pitch perfect prose, she captures the essence of a timeless contemporary Mexico as well as the female-expat-of-a-certain-age experience. A little sad, but in a good, fulfilling way. I think I read that Harriet Doerr started writing later in life and was in the Stanford Writing Program. Enjoy!
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Winner of the National Book Award
Richard and Sara Everton, just over and just under forty, have come to the small Mexican village of Ibarra to reopen a copper mine abandoned by Richard's grandfather fifty years before. They have mortgaged, sold, and borrowed, left friends and country to settle in this remote spot; their plan is to live out their lives here, connected to the place and to each other...
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Winner of the National Book Award.
A novel of extraordinary beauty, of unusual finish, of striking originality ... It pierces the heart. - The New Yorker

The story of two Americans who come to the small Mexican village of Ibarra to reopen a copper mine abandoned by the man's grandfather 50 years before.
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A quiet, lovely, spare novel where the action is largely in the observations of an older American couple moving to a small Mexican village.
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An amazing writer! So subtle, so poetic in her prose, so strong and beautiful in execution. There is so much subtext to be read and understood between the visible lines, and presented so gently that the reader is awash in understanding and emotion without even knowing it at first. This is a very powerful book full of humanity, insight, and feeling.

I saw the movie made from this book years ago. It starred Glenn Close and Keith Carradine, both in roles very different from their usual fare. It was a very spiritual, gripping movie which has haunted me since. The book is ten times as powerful as that movie. But then, I really don't see how this book could be translated into a movie any better than they did... What a writer... Amazing!
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Wonderful little book.
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This is about two Americans, the only foreigners in Ibarra, who live among people who both respect and misunderstand them. Gradually the villagers come to teach the couple about life and the relentless tide of fate.
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American couple go to small Mexican village of Ibarra to reopen a copper mine abandoned by the man's grandfather fifty years before. They gave up everything to do this. "Gradually, the villagers ... come to teach them much about life and the relentless tide of fate." 214 pages.