April 20, Sunday afternoon -- Reading Angel Flores

At Mission Creek Coffee shop

Reading Narrativea Hispanoamericana 1816-1981, Historia y Antologia: La Generation de 1939 en Adelante, Mexico, by Angel Flores.

It's a collection of stories about this time period, set in Latin America. Right now he's reading about a guardian of a forest in Mexico who keeps people from chopping down the trees.

His favorite book of all time--Moon Palace, by Paul Auster. He read it about three months ago and it's the first book he's read in English. He picked it up at a second hand bookstore because he was familiar with the author--he'd read him in Spanish, but what made The Moon Palace so good was reading it in the author's original language.

When he was a child he read the classic stuff--Cinderella, Pinocchio, stories that his father would bring home for him and his brothers. They also had a set of illustrated encyclopedias that he liked to read.

Favorite Latin American writers--Julio Cortazar, who wrote Hopscotch and the Mexican author, Juan Rulfo, who wrote a couple of books in the 1950s, but then stopped, claiming that the ideas in his stories were from his uncle, who had since passed away.

If he were to write his own book, it would be about the search of something, and self-discovery.


Grand Life said...

You have organized such a fun blog. Glad your over the flu. Have a great week.

TheElementary said...

This is such an intriguing blog! I'm the kind that strains my neck on a bus or train to see what my fellow passengers are reading- now, thanks to you, my peeking has become much easier :) This is charming.

bereweber said...

oh great post! i love his taste in reading, i guess 'cause i am Mexican too :) Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch is very interesting book!! is organized in Chapters can be read according to the author's guide in the beginning or in any other random order, and the story is so bohemian! Cortazar is Argentinian... and the Mexican author, Juan Rulfo, he's actually the father of the Magic Realism movement! to put it in another words: he inspired García Marquez style, a great precursor of modern Latin American literature

you always find so many interesting things :) one of my favorite blogs ever!