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Avenue of Mysteries de John Irving
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Avenue of Mysteries (original: 2015; edição: 2015)

de John Irving (Autor)

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In Avenue of Mysteries, Juan Diego--a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico--has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what's coming--specifically, her own future and her brother's. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn't know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what has happened, as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you. Lupe doesn't know the future as accurately. But consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future--especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future? As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. As we grow older--most of all, in what we remember and what we dream--we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past--in Mexico--collides with his future.--Dust jacket.… (mais)
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Título:Avenue of Mysteries
Autores:John Irving (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2015), 480 pages
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A man recalls important events in his past, while on a journey in the present day.

The stories and characters from the past were interesting and endlessly entertaining to me, but everything that was happening in the present day seemed tedious, distracting and just dragged on.

Although they were one man's story, they seemed disjointed and unconnected - almost like two separate books. I clearly would have loved if the book was shorter and the present day portion of the book was not included. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
Loved it! Best Irving book I've read since A Prayer for Owen Meany. Revealing characters and storylines at a measured pace, an enjoyable read and one that sets itself apart from lesser books and authors. Highly recommended! ( )
  ChetBowers | Mar 10, 2021 |
In a lot of ways, this was a typical John Irving novel: meandering plot, odd coincidences, unusual sexual detours, moral outrage, noble protagonists, continuous foreshadowing of climactic events, etc. This shtick usually works for Irving, and I've really loved some of his previous books, but here it tried my patience. The book was still entertaining, and I laughed out loud at a few of the more ridiculous scenes, but overall this was not great. ( )
  tombrown | Feb 21, 2020 |
Der 54-jährige Schriftsteller Juan Diego reist nach Asien um ein altes Versprechen einzulösen. Auf dieser Reise begegnen ihm einige neue Dinge (unter anderem viel Sex, der nur mit Viagra machbar erscheint). Gleichzeitig aber bedenkt er seine Kindheit auf einer Müllkippe in Mexiko mit seiner hellsehenden Schwester Lupe.
In gewisser Weise ist das Buch ein typischer Irving: Es hat seine skurrilen und beeindruckenden Personen. Handlungsmäßig fügt sich eines gut zum anderen, bis hin zu Lupes im Voraus immer wieder angedeutetem Tod. Allerdings ist das Buch auch typisch für Irvings Spätwerk, denn die Motive und Personen sind unausgegoren und anders als in den frühen Büchern (bis zu Owen Meany ungefähr) wirkt das ganze unrund. Vielleicht lässt sich der Meister auch nicht mehr so einfach lektorieren? Auf jeden Fall hätte die Geschichte gestrafft und fokussiert gehört.
Insofern ist mein Fazit: Immer noch lässt sich Irving gut lesen, kurzweilig ist er streckenweise auch. Figuren schaffen kann er auch nach wie vor. Als Fan kann man die Geschichte also gut lesen. Wenn man Irvings frühere Bücher aber nicht kennt, würde ich die Zeit nicht mit diesem hier vertun, sondern ein altes lesen.
Ach, noch ein PS: Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass mein Abstand zur Zahl 54 schrumpft, aber für mich sind 54-jährige in der Regel viel jugendlicher als der hier beschriebene Juan Diego. Der wirkt eher wie 64 oder 74., also so alt wie Irving selbst war, als er das Buch schrieb. Hält er sich für 20 Jahre jünger wirkend, so dass er 54-jähriges Alter Ego schafft? ( )
  Wassilissa | Jan 26, 2020 |
I read The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany when I was 16 and loved them, and I liked The Cider House Rules quite a lot. But neither Irving's style nor his themes have changed one whit since then; he doesn't seem to have grown or evolved, and so his more recent books have been a disappointment. Avenue of Mysteries isn't nearly as bad as The Fourth Hand, but it's still a pale shadow of Irving's earlier, better work. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
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What we began together,
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In Avenue of Mysteries, Juan Diego--a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico--has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what's coming--specifically, her own future and her brother's. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn't know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what has happened, as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you. Lupe doesn't know the future as accurately. But consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future--especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future? As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. As we grow older--most of all, in what we remember and what we dream--we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past--in Mexico--collides with his future.--Dust jacket.

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