The Secret History of Costaguana

The Secret History of Costaguana

Book - 2011
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A tale inspired by Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" follows the story of Colombian-born José Altamirano, who reveals his integral role in the classic's writing and who pens his own version of events against a backdrop of a flourishing twentieth-century London and lawless Panama.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781594488030
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 283 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McLean, Anne 1962-


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Dec 19, 2013

This story, told in the first person, intertwining the history of the Republic of Columbia from about 1850 to 1905, the real life events in novelist Joseph Conrad's life, and the fictional main characters, was wonderfully entertaining at first. But the "back slapping" humour and the quixotic actions of the main character became tiresome toward the end. Where did the main character get his income to use to repeatedly travel the Panama Railroad and cross the Atlantic?


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