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Book 69 of 80

November 10, 2010

I searched for “Argentina” in the library search engine and came up with this title. Presumably because the word Argentina is located in the title, because library search engines are notoriously fickle.

Then I did a quick search for its plot and came up with this: “Imagining Argentina is set in the dark days of the late 1970’s, when thousands of Argentineans disappeared without a trace into the general’s prison cells and torture chambers. When Carlos Ruweda’s wife is suddenly taken from him, he discovers a magical gift: In waking dreams, he had clear visions of the fates of ‘the disappeared.’ But he cannot ‘imagine’ what has happened to his own wife. Driven to near madness, his mind cannot be taken away: imagination, stories, and the mystical secrets of the human spirit.”

Everywhere I looked, people raved about the book — RAVED! They said they were riveted, they said it was a must-read.

Now, people have told me throughout this entire journey to read certain books. And I’ve chosen books on my own because of glowing reviews and found my experience less than amazing.

But I have to tell you, I was nearly giddy when I picked this up at the library. I really feel like I lucked into an amazing title here and I sure hope I’m espousing these glowing reviews and its virtues in a few days. It sounds dark and fun, enlightening and moving — perfect for the stormy nights we are having here in Oregon. I stocked up on a few fire logs and I’m already planning on lighting one, curling up in my favorite blanket, and losing myself in this book tonight. And no school tomorrow too — maybe I can read until midnight; a fire, the wind howling.

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