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The Shape of the Ruins

By: Juan Gabriel Vasquez,Anne McLean
Narrated by: Sheldon Romero
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Shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize

A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions - the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of a murdered Colombian politician, few notice. But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular fixations with conspiracy theories, assassinations, and historical secrets; and it haunts those who feel that only they know the real truth behind these killings. 

This novel explores the darkest moments of a country's past and brings to life the ways in which past violence shapes our present lives. A compulsive read, beautiful and profound, eerily relevant to our times and deeply personal, The Shape of the Ruins is a tour-de-force story by a master at uncovering the incisive wounds of our memories.

©2018 Juan Gabriel Vasquez (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Uncanny valley between fiction and non

And doesn't work as either. Some effective moments, like the one in the hospital. A deep sense of history.

Narrative isn't so well managed. Uribe Uribe turns up somewhere in the middle and somehow becomes the subject, in a protracted interlude that really belongs in another novel. The main thread resumes only to fizzle out.


Performance is okay. Some speech defects here and there. Inflections don't change between characters, making dialogue often difficult to follow.

Overall, needs some workshopping to fix.

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Great Book

I highly recommend this book. In addition to being eye opening it's filled with gems

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