Dec 04, 2022
Lost City Radio
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  • Title: Lost City Radio
  • Author: Daniel Alarcón
  • ISBN: 9780060594794
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
Unlimited Lost City Radio - by Daniel Alarcón, Lost City Radio, Daniel Alarcón, Lost City Radio A powerful and searing novel of three lives fractured by a civil war For ten years Norma has been the voice of consolation for a people broken by violence She hosts Lost City Radio the most popular program in their nameless South American country gripped in the aftermath of war Every week the Indians in the mountains and the poor from the barrios listen as she readsA powerful a

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Tea Jovanović

Ovo je jedna knjiga koja itaoca baca u potpunu nedoumicu ta da misli Nametnuta mi je na ure enje nije bila moj izbor , ja je nikad ne bih objavila jer mi nije jasno kome je i emu namenjena, a opet nije lo e napisana ba me zanima da li ju je neko od vas itao, i ta vi mislite malo teksta 1.Normu su povukli s programa tog utorka ujutru zbog jednog de aka koji je ostavljen u radio stanici Bio je tih i mr av i dr ao je cedulju Recepcionerka ga je pustila da pro e Sazvan je sastanak.Sala za sastanke b [...]

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In an unnamed city in an unnamed South American country, Norma is the beloved on air host of Lost City Radio, where the nation s lost and tormented souls try to reconnect with loved ones they ve lost track of It is ten years since the most recent civil war ended at least officially But people still live in fear of reprisal and even Norma s show isn t immune to the sort of self censorship that comes from self preservation Norma s husband is among the missing, and she daren t read his name aloud T [...]


Fa izmin, d nyan n neresi oldu u hi farketmeden ayn senaryolar yazmas ne garip G ney Amerika n n ad verilmeyen bir lkesinde ya anan i sava s ras nda yak nlar n kaybeden insanlar n ba land bir radyo program zerinden d nen hikayede, hep ge mi te ve bug n bu lkede ya ad klar m z okur gibi oldum Kitab n s yledikleri ve duru uyla ilgili bir sorun yok ama edebi olarak biraz ruhsuz, mekanik bir metin oldu unu d n yorum Bu sebepten elimde tahmin etmedi im kadar uzun s re kald Arka kapak tan t m yaz s n [...]


This is a vivid story, intensely described I love the way the same forward narrative direction is proceeding simultaneously from two times a decade apart For a random selection, this turned out to be a very good choice.


I ve gotten 56 pages into it so far and have nothing to complain about, which is unusual for me I don t think of it as having a sci fi atmosphere, as some readers suggest Though it does have the dystopian bearings of books like 1984 and We, those worlds are all too recognizable and easy to identify with No flying cars or talking robots here What the book does have is clean, evocative language that creates a vivid and foreign landscape And no, Alarcon doesn t sprinkle in Spanish words to remind u [...]


So beautiful and sad The main character, Norma, lives in the capital city of an unnamed Latin American country experiencing an uneasy peace after the end of a decade long civil war Norma or rather, her voice is a kind of national icon because of her radio show, to which listeners call and tell her about their friends and family who have disappeared in the war, in the hopes that they re alive and will hear Norma is somewhat disillusioned with the show, but continues partly out of her own unarticu [...]


Daniel Alarcon does a remarkable job of putting the reader in the environment of a country that has been at war with itself for so long that the people have lost touch with themselves What happens to a man when a teenaged prank is mistaken as revolutionary action and alters his life forever What happens to a newsperson who goes on the air each week but can t report the news How are people changed psychologically when they never know where the next blow will come from, when there is no logic to t [...]


like a friendship that would otherwise be a great romance, this novel has everything but the spark intelligence, imagination, beauty, empathy, promise, even poise, yet swoon i could not despite attempts to convince myself that i should have enjoyed it than i did alarc n is clearly quite talented, and, considering his relative youth, perhaps lost city radio is but a harbinger of the many exceptional, finely honed works he seems capable of creating.


No me gust tanto como su otra novela, At Night We Walk In Circles, pero me aguant la atenci n mientras que viaj por Irlanda El cuento principalmente se trata de Norma, una deejay trabajando en la ultima emisora que queda en un pa s suramericano sin nombre Norma perdi su marido hace diez a os al final de la guerra civil que quebr mucho de la sociedad civil en el pa s La nueva dictadura hasta reemplaz los nombres de las ciudades con n meros De pronto aparece un ni o de la selva que tiene una lista [...]


Norma is a popular radio announcer renowned for a program called Lost City Radio, which tries to match up the many, many missing people of the country with those still living and within listening range One of the places that listens to her show is a town by the name of 1797, where Norma s own husband disappeared, and which determines to send a emissary to Norma with the names of all their missing a list which includes her husband s name The emissary is a young boy, who s very recently lost his m [...]


I am not a subscriber Alarcon has talent and I sympathize with his politics but something was missing from Lost City Radio Perhaps the characters were just a bit too similar perhaps the all pervasive traumatized vacancy offered too little traction or perhaps everything was knit together just a bit too tightly The novel needed to surge somehow, in some direction or around something but it lingered and reminisced at most, it brooded The war had bred a general exhaustion It was a city of sleepwalke [...]

Tom Mayer

I remember reading this in early bound galley form so there may have been changes between my edition and the final, published version I initially soght out Alarc n s work because I learned that he was friends with friends from school who now lived in San Francisco His short stories from the NYer, Tin House, etc are taught and vivid cf WAR BY CANDLELIGHT This first full length novel is about Norma, who hosts a radio program hoping to reunite those uprooted and disappeared in an unnamed Latin Amer [...]

Elizabeth (Alaska)

I liked the general premise of this book and the setting What I didn t like was that there was a constant back and forth in time, for different characters, to different time periods A civil war is chaotic perhaps this is what the author was trying to convey But sometimes the time regressions and back were in the same paragraph It was very tiring reading and by about halfway I didn t really care much any I was perfectly happy reading the last page, not because I liked the ending which wasn t par [...]


This book emphasizes the meaninglessness of war Those who fight as well as those left behind are all tragic victims who suffer This is a thought provoking book, esp in our present days of Arab spring, conflicts, revolutions threatened uprisings Some favorite quotes What does the end of a war mean if not that one side ran out of men willing to die a man handsome and vapid enough to be elected senator The soldiers had spread about the room like ivy In the local dialect, there were two kinds of WE [...]


The book takes place in a nameless war torn country in South America where the country is in a sense, united by those they have lost In Alarcon s novel, neither faction is strictly right or wrong, rather he writes about the senselessness of war and the lives that are affected.I enjoyed the book and thought it a good read, though perhaps not mind blowing And although written about a South American country, the themes are relevant to our particular time and place.

Alex Fernie

Exceptionally well writtenThe story revolves around three people in an unnamed South American country that was torn apart by a recent civil war Alarcon uses the story of these three to show how war can continue to destroy lives even after the shooting stops.


Stories and parallel structure are great, narrative is fascinating.A bit difficult to engage in the begining, but the shift in tempo from the present and future back and forth is very attractive.I recommend this book.

Elliott Turner

3.5 stars This is good On an emotional level, pushed all the right buttons If Lituma en los Andes pulled back a curtain on the horror of the Sendero Luminoso in the Peruvian jungle, then this showed a portrait of Lima, the capital, as the Sendero got close, attacked and failed It s a roman a clef, but you d have to be super dense to not recognize the coastal LatAm city There were a few times where the POV got fuzzy and the author headhopped between paragraphs with flashbacks Also, Danny wrote in [...]

Carl R.

Not far into Daniel Alarcon s Lost City Radio I began to have negative thoughts I d been so impressed by the brilliance of his debut short story collection War by Candlelight see my comments from April 25, 2007 that I wanted brilliance and was not finding it The tale seemed to wander, seemed to lack the taut focus of most of Candlelight s stories I wondered if this wasn t another example of a short story craftsman defeated by the demands of the novel form Though disappointed, I forged on, for t [...]


In an unnamed country in South America, struggling to heal after a civil war that seemed endless, a radio program called Lost City Radio gathers the nation together once a day It is hosted by Norma whose voice both eloquent and empathetic, tells the news of the day interspersed with musical interludes, but most importantly Norma reads lists of names which people send her of those who have disappeared or are lost They hope that by reading these names on the radio they will be able to find their f [...]


Peruvian born Daniel Alarcon is a newer name in fiction first full length book and definitely one to keep an eye on after reading Lost City Radio The author tells the story of some unnamed S American country in the midst of a guerrilla warfare between the government military and some freedom based uprising group named the I.L When he writes his prose is very beautiful, there s a fluidity to his style but still it lacked any sort of weight also he asked too many rhetorical questions throughout th [...]

Erin Van Rheenen

I ve been a fan of Latin American fiction since I discovered Gabriel Garc a M rquez in the early 80s, and have tried to keep up with what s happening in that very broad category over the years, from Reinaldo Arenas in Cuba Before Night Falls to Chilean Roberto Bola o and his The Savage Detectives both of which I liked a lot I like that Latin American authors are often inventive and politically engaged than most North American writers.But often I ve been disappointed by pale imitations of magic [...]

Ryan Louis

She had been here just the day before, but this is what life does to you things happen all at once, and your sense of time is exploded I wish someone gave me this quotation before I started reading this book I paused before quoting it herey because I feared it might be a philosophical spolier When Alarcon writes it on page 245, it seems somewhat anticlimactic I mean, I ve now spent 97% of the novel whisking through time and space in a somewhat fictionalized, not so anonymous country in South Ame [...]


Very well done Captures well the feelings of loss and futility of people caught up in the civil war of an unnamed Latin American country.Norma is a brodcaster on whose radio show people call in with the names of those with show they ve lost contact in the hopes that they will be listening and reunited Norma herself has lost her husband without knowing how or even whether he is alive One day, a young boy arrives at the station and his story fills in a large gap in her life.Only one character inth [...]


Evocative story about a war between a fascist government and a vague guerrilla movement in an unnamed country in an unnamed era The lead character is the host of a radio show thus the title who reads the names of people who have disappeared or been disappeared during the war She is handed lists of names in the city markets, people call from distant villages, illiterate people walk to the radio station to tell Norma the names of their missing, in hopes that she will read the names over the air an [...]


A story of a civil war in an unnamed Latin American country Jumps back and forth in time a lot, and deals mostly with the aftermath up to 10 years after the war has ended but part of the point is that it s hard to measure beginnings and endings of these things Lost City Radio refers to a radio show by the main character Norma , who has people call in and describe discuss their loved ones who have disappeared for one reason or another, and whom they re hoping to reconnect with Her husband has dis [...]


A to Z Project, Book 6Years of war and fear of speaking out have left the survivors in a detached, dreamlike state in Alarcon s powerful novel Particularly powerful is the device of Lost City Radio, a program that one of the characters hosts where listeners call in and talk lovingly of all the people they ve lost When a boy turns up at the station with a list of names that includes her husband s alias, host Norma begins a search that centers on a small town, a town renamed 1796 by a government t [...]

Francisco Cardona

One of the best things I ve read in years A story not of missing people, but of missing pieces in people s lives How does a country continue when there has been so much death and destruction that has devastated their lives Lost City Radio is testament of what people will do to imagine something to fill those holes that have been created It s a tragic work of art, not because of the disappeared, but because of the world where imagination fails us The living are the missing, like a character says [...]


Muy bueno, mucho mejor de lo que esperaba Me dijeron con frecuencia lo bueno que es Alarc n, pero la verdad es que tem a que fuera como uno m s de esos autores a quienes de cuando en cuando llaman por aqu el nuevo Vargas LLosa en mi opini n les hacen un flaco favor, por cierto El estilo de Alarc n es muy limpio, propio, ha logrado retratar una sociedad marcada por el horror que como peruana sobreviviente de las pocas m s oscuras de nuestra historia me resulta muy familiar, pero creo que perfecta [...]

Shannon Barry

Although the ending felt a bit rushed to me probably because I didn t want the story to end , I found this novel complete in nearly every sense It is a beautiful tale of the dead and undead of war that evokes a lot of emotion and possibility for discussion The characters are all likeable, even with their flaws, as you get intimate inside glimpses of their world that really allow you to understand the torment they endured which led to their bad decisions This book is all heart, which shines throu [...]

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