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Dec 15, Fran rated it really liked it Shelves: latin-american , contemporary. A superb anthology of stories that have one thing in common: the protagonists are all women from Puebla Mexico a city known for the beauty contained in the eyes of its people. Contemporary literature that takes you into places you never imagined to enter, reading about everyday lives that feel like everything but everyday life.
Mastreta uses language in a beautiful way to create amazing images as well as harrowing ones. Images that will stay with you long after you've finished this book.
PS I re A superb anthology of stories that have one thing in common: the protagonists are all women from Puebla Mexico a city known for the beauty contained in the eyes of its people. PS I read the book in Spanish, but the English translation is as good.
View all 4 comments. Finally done with this book. I had to read this for college and even though the writing is good, the stories are not that great and I feel no connection between them. It's not a bad book, it's just not for me. The writing is lyrical, the stories wonderfully inventive, the Tias believable even as they cover a wide range of the human condition from courageous to submissive, from traditional to outrageous.
Their men—when they choose to have them—are just as varied, some making you sigh ahhhh. After reading this book I couldn't be happier of not being born in the same families as these women. I just don't think I could have been happy if all what was expected of me was getting married, having a bunch of children and living a life of cooking, cleaning, praying and being a quiet and nice addition to my husband's house. I liked Mastretta's style and language.
The only thing I didn't like was that some of the stories could have been longer. In fact, I think a few of the stories may as well After reading this book I couldn't be happier of not being born in the same families as these women. In fact, I think a few of the stories may as well be novels on their own.
Read a collection of stories by a woman These people nearly always become lachrymose. When anyone runs into them, they start recounting their misfortunes until another of their misfortunes is that no one wants to run into them.
She had never liked the happy guys, so his overflowing sorrow fascinated her. Great book. Wish I had realized it was bilingual before I finished to read some of my favorites in Spanish! Aunt Celia Aunt Jose and the ancestors and story telling, maybe the best one. Mastretta is a true master of flash fiction. Feb 22, Murnau Den Linden rated it really liked it. Angeles Mastretta is a clever writer who manages her talent from a bold sensibility rather than a superb technique.
Hers is not the creative and extraordinary talent of other Latin Americans authors but a delicate intimacy, a simple way to put a confort-smile in your face. I recommend this book to any reader interested in the small pleasures of life, like the smell of orange blossoms in a spring night.
Recommended by Samantha P. Women With Big Eyes is a delightful series of character vignettes about the narrator's impassioned female family members. Some headstrong, some fickle, some full of joy, others full of pain.
Happy stories, and sad stories. All are sure to please. CPL's copy of this book is printed in both English and Spanish and is found in our Spanish collection. Sep 03, Norma rated it liked it.
Didn't really do it for me. Stories at times get very similar. Themes such as women's submission, infidelity, passive aggressiveness, women's tribe, tradition, run throughout the stroylines. Nov 07, Laura rated it really liked it. There are, by my count, 39 titular women with big eyes in Puebla where these vignettes and stories are set. But, likewise by my count, there are many, many more women of dream, of vision, of complexity, of healing power in the pages of this collection.
This is a collection of short stories about a myriad of "Aunts" in Puebla, Mexico and their experiences as feminists, out-of-the-box, sexually liberated women. I enjoyed these stories, but I didn't realize going in that this was just short stories and no cohesive thread other than all the women live in Puebla. Some women we only get a page about, others are a couple of pages. They all have different lives, stories, dreams, hopes, lovers, and motivators, but for the most party they are all saucy, This is a collection of short stories about a myriad of "Aunts" in Puebla, Mexico and their experiences as feminists, out-of-the-box, sexually liberated women.
They all have different lives, stories, dreams, hopes, lovers, and motivators, but for the most party they are all saucy, vivacious, and independent. I liked that this book was bilingual - it made me realize how much nuance is lost in translation from what little of the Spanish I could understand. There was no story here, just vignettes, most no more than a few pages. I expected more magical realism, but there was still enough to keep me going.
Oct 05, Sandy Weir rated it really liked it. Interesting series of short stories describing in artful detail events in the lives of diverse "tias" aunts set in Puebla, Mexico. I was charmed, if a little disappointed when I found I was done about half way through the book! This version also included a complete copy in the original language, Spanish.
Feb 19, Rachael rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: any woman. This book is beautifully written in Spanish, the translation is not so great, but I love so many of these short stories. Some are stinkin' hilarious and totally show girl-power, while others are more heart-wrenching. Jun 12, Kathee rated it it was amazing. A series of short stories, or sometimes just vignettes, of the lives of women each a different "aunt" in Puebla, a town in Mexico. Rich in mood, secrets, longing and some interesting practicalities and choices.
I enjoy how she does so much work with each character with so few words. Fascinating series of vignettes and short stories about women of Pueblo Normally, I am not a huge fan of short stories, but these are perfect for a quick read before bed. I have read bits. It's in English and Spanish. I should finish it This book is written in both Spanish and English. Fun if you are bilingual.
Mujeres de ojos grandes
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