[Read Epub] ♋ The Perez Family ♵ Pb-reisen-gewusst-wie.de

Tara gave me this book. I remember this time period when the boat people were coming from Cuba, but I only met a few so I wasn t personally touched by it that much This book brought home to me what it was like to leave one s life long home on short notice with almost nothing, often not knowing where your relatives were or where you would be going It was an interesting story, sometimes funny and sometimes very sad. [Read Epub] ♡ The Perez Family ⚇ For Twenty Years In Castro S Prisons, Juan Perez Has Dreamed Of His Family In The US Released In The Mariel Boatlift, He Goes To Find Them In Miami, A City Crayola And Bright, Like A Child S Drawing So Begins This Magical Brew Of The Absurd, The Surreal, And The Crazy Logic Of Real Life I m not one who insists on grinding through a book just to say I ve finished it I ve been that person, but not in years So I don t know why I finished this one It was mercifully short, and that helped.Juan Raul Perez was one of the last political prisoners freed by Castro as part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980 The fictional Perez has been messed up, to say the least, by his 20 years in prison, and his new found freedom is doubtless overwhelming at best He is on the boat with Dottie, who coincidentally shares his last name Her apparent propensity for prostitution got her a free pass to Miami She is an irrepressible plus sized woman who is convinced that she will be released from the immigration center quickly if she can demonstrate that she has a family Since she and Juan have the same last name, she insists on passing them off to immigration officials as being married He just wants to get back to the wife he hasn t seen in 20 years a wife and daughter whom he sent to America before his imprisonment As their time inside the Orange Bowl temporary detention center increases, Juan and Dottie pick up two family members a troubled young man and an old ex soldier who is clearly grappling with some kind of age related dementia.What follows is a series of misunderstandings and bumblings on the part of several characters here that make Juan s reunion far less easy than you might think it would be.There are parts of this that are memorable because of the author s talent She writes of flames of grief sizzling on a wet handkerchief, for example But I became rapidly frustrated with the direction the book was headed. Entertaining Did not want to quit reading it. I read this a long time ago, so I don t remember much in the way of specifics, but I do remember that I loved it I didn t realize there was a movie with Marisa Tomei I ll have to search it out I m also searching out of Bell s books. Well, the book had a lot of interesting moments but the ending was a total surprise In the movie version the ending was changed, it was a happy ending no one died violently. It was quirky and sometimes a little boring and frustrating. A good read, but it left me feeling sad. Upon re reading this book after twenty years, I m deeply moved by its poignancy, and am keenly impressed with the power of Bell s story telling Although grounded in a specific historical time and place which the author documents beautifully, and which is significant in and of itself , this book is universal in its themes of resilience, exile and home, the experience of immigration, grief and loss, deep love, and the close relationship between reality and fantasy What is amazing about this book is that the writing is successful at both the micro and macro level the sentences are beautifully constructed, the character development is strong, and the story overall is told with skill Dottie s determination to survive is a testament to the power of life itself, and she is the heart and soul of this story However, my favorite line is when Juan Raul, who has been so disoriented and resistant to the family fantasy, suddenly enters the fantasy and justifies Felipe s behavior by explaining how he wasn t present during Felipe s formative years because he was in prison This book made me think at length about how we weave together reality and fantasy to create a sense of self and a future that we can claim our own.