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Consider This, Señora

Consider This Se ora The long awaited and highly praised second novel by the author of Stones for Ibarra The American characters here find themselves waiting hoping and living in rural Mexico a land with the power to en

  • Title: Consider This, Señora
  • Author: Harriet Doerr
  • ISBN: 9780156000024
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • The long awaited and highly praised second novel by the author of Stones for Ibarra The American characters here find themselves waiting, hoping, and living in rural Mexico a land with the power to enchant, repulse, captivate, and change all who pass through it Named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

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    1. Harriet Doerr is a testament to the fact that you are never to old to start a new endeavor and succeed. Doerr went back to college at 65, and published her first novel at 74. I must admit that I wish she had started earlier, for her books are some of the best books I've read. Doerr wrote what she knew, and that was Mexico, from a foreigner's point of view. Her husband's family owned a mine in Mexico, and they spent long stretches of time there. We have a wonderful view of rural Mexican life in S [...]

    2. This made me want to reread Stones for Ibarra. A passage I liked:pg 194: Our lives are brief beyond our comprehension or our desire, she told herself. We drop like cottonwood leaves from trees after a single frost. The interval between birth and death is scarcely more than a breathing space. Tonight, in her house on a Mexican hill, Ursula Bowles listened to the five assembled in her sala and thought she heard the faint rustle of their days slipping by. She could see now that an individual life i [...]

    3. So, I got lucky with this book. It was luck because I just picked it off the shelf, without ever having heard anything about it. It's rare for me to love a book that was recommended, let alone one I chose basically for the title. But, yeah, the writing is beautiful and evocative, the characters engaging, despite there being so many and the descriptions sparse, and overall, I just really loved it.The narrative style actually reminds me of a short story. We only get the briefest tableaus of the ch [...]

    4. Gorgeous descriptions of Mexican landscape and floral gardens; plus, every page gives perfectly beautiful portraits of Harriet Doerr's characters young and old. This is a small book to be cherished for your library.Basically, the story of a hillside in a rather secluded little village in Mexico that has been bought for a song and developed by a rascal of a man running away from debts to the US government, and a young woman running from the heartache of a marriage gone wrong. This novel describes [...]

    5. This book was an excellent character study that made you want to move to Mexico and live in a small village.

    6. I so much loved readingHarriet Doerr's remarkable book Consider This, Senora about several American's who had moved to a small town in Mexico. I discovered the book on an Off the Shelf list : offtheshelf/2017/04/10-boo . It sounded so interested by the blurb that I couldn't resist "This is the book I read and reread when I need to fall into the poetry of memory and landscape and language. The novel follows four expatriates who relocated to rural Mexico in 1962 and find themselves in a village of [...]

    7. --precise, elegant phrasing--spare, poignant--simplicity--p. 187 "out of the depths of her forgetting.""When Padre Miguel had called on Sue in June, he examined the map, asked for a pencil, and in the middle of the blank boot of Italy, drew in the dome, facade, and court yard of St. Peter'sd on the right the Pope's balcony and His Holiness upon it. Then, with a wave, he walked past France, Spain, Portugal, the Atlantic Ocean, and out the door." ---from Consider This, Senora by Harriet DoerrI fin [...]

    8. I love Mexico and have been there a few times. This book describes the countryside in Mexico and the building of houses by people of means that come to inhabit a small Mexican town. Mexico always has grand homes next to hovels and half built construction projects. Those iconic images are here. This book is a glimpse into another culture's lifestyle and time frame. The expatriots in the book are colorful and unusual and each of their homes, as described here, reflect those attributes. I read this [...]

    9. Ms. Doerr apparently writes from experience, and her experience of Mexico has evidently been very personal. This is not an action-packed thriller but an episodic, quiet narrative of an American lady retiring to a place where things are very different from what to her has been customary.It's been a dozen years, at a guess, since I read Consider This, and there are still moments that have stuck with me, moments that have brought a glimmer of inner peace in a world where peace has been very difficu [...]

    10. The best part about this book was the descriptions of rural Mexico, the people that live there, and how the foreigners trying to go native fared. For me, it meandered around a bit without ever fully getting anywhere, but if it was meant to be a "slice of life" story, I'll buy it. I found all the lonely ladies dreaming of past loves a little over the top but not offensive. I'd call this a good beach read.

    11. Now on my 7th trip to Mexico, this one an extended stay, I found this novel in the local library, and, remembering how reading "Stones for Ibarra" had moved me and set me on my path to falling in love with Mexico, I read Doerr's second novel with pleasure, especially got the ways in which she characterizes, deftly and quickly, the various characters, but also because of her obvious love for and understanding of the landscape and the people of the high central plateau in Mexico.

    12. Reflective and rather slow-paced, this almost poetic book still held my interest. It follows several unmoored North Americans as they settle briefly in a Mexican village and attempt to sort out their lives or, as in one case, their impending deaths. It's about communities, friendship and second chances all placed out in a surreal setting.

    13. I love this author! Twice now she has transported me south of the border and introduced people and lifestyles unknown to me. Both 'Stones for Ibarra' and 'Consider This Senora' have stuck with me for years. I have often just flipped to a page and re-read passages for enjoyment.

    14. Possibly my favorite book ever. I reread it at Christmas and still love it. Novel about the lives of US expats in a rural Mexican village.

    15. The sequel to Stones for Ibarra. The scene-setting and cast of characaters was amazing, but I liked Stones for Ibarra a litte better

    16. Southern Mexico, 1960's. Don Enrique Cesar Ortiz deLeon can no longer afford the taxes, and so he must sell the land that he loves and that has been in his family for many many years. A couple of Americans who are strangers to each other, Bud Loomis and Sue Ames, decide to throw caution to the wind. They form a partnership to go halvsies on Don Enriques's land. It is in Amapolas, truly in the middle of Mexican nowhere. Bud sees it as business investment, Sue sees it as a place to draw and paint [...]

    17. The writing is fluid, lovely, phenomenal. A joy to read, sentence by sentence. The American characters resonate. But I lived in Mexico a decade later than the time the novel was set in, and I don't recognize it in the book. If this book had been placed in a fictitious country, then I would have given it a 5-star rating. For example, one of the characters goes to cemetery when it's deserted, "on one of the many days that Mexicans forget their dead." My experience, which was really healing to me, [...]

    18. More of a 3 1/2 star. Well-written but just not horribly engaging. I know I got this from a library book fair a few years back, but now that I've read it and re-read the jacket, I really don't know why I added it to my bag back then. I appreciate that it was not overly romantic, which ruins books for me, and instead looked at the poetry of everyday life. I think people too often relate poetic prose with love, but this book's prose was poetry dedicated to rain, isolation, foreign lands and the pa [...]

    19. I find Ms. Doerr's writing very compelling. It has been a couple of decades since I read Stones of Ibarra which I thoroughly enjoyed as well. Alas she began writing late in life and has only a limited number of opuses. I found this one in a used book store in Omaha earlier this month.Her narrative paints a vivid depiction of Mexican landscapes and lyrically draws in the characters that fill it in a story that develops casually and methodically without rush which perhaps captures life and death i [...]

    20. This book followed Doerr’s Stones for Ibarra. It is about American ex patriots living in a small village of Mexico. It is about their life assimilating with and contrasted to the village folk. Her writing is full of light and music and poetry. Her people are round and complex and fascinating. I love Harriet Doerr!

    21. Such a charming book. If only the women characters weren't simply suspended, waiting for men, between men, longing for men.

    22. Consider This, Senora reminds me so much of my Grandma Louise, I thought about her with every page that I turned. I have no doubts as to why this book has received so many four- and five-star reviews. The plot didn't appeal to me, although it is beautifully written. I am giving it 2 stars because the story didn't captivate me the way other books have. Doerr writes sparingly but incredibly precisely. I can practically see the landscape of rural Mexico and the five expats who lived their lives the [...]

    23. I tried. I really tried to like this book. A subject I love, well recommended and I just couldn't like it. It took over 100 pages to figure out where it was going and by that time, I just didn't care. It wasn't bad - but it just wasn't a winner.Two Americans show up in the town of Amapolas and somehow decide to buy a plot of 10 acres jointly and subdivide it to raise some much needed cash. A widow and her daughter buy 2 other lots, and as the locals watch, they try to make a life in this land so [...]

    24. This book was remarkable for the power of the words to set a vivid sense of place, in rural Mexico, in which several disparate and displaced Americans have come to escape their painful pasts and find peace and solace. The pasts are hazy flashes and hints of memory, and the presents are vividly and colorfully drawn. There is a sense of the ever-present: the future rarely figures for any of the characters, either in their own words, or in the narrator's view. The book casts an almost dreamlike spe [...]

    25. Consider This, Señora, Harriet DoerrA compact novel that manages superbly to weave the stories of three American women and one man into the fabric of life in a tiny Mexican village, this is the second novel written by a woman who was a literary phenomenon. Her first book, Stones for Ibarra, published when she was 74, won a National Book Award. Consider This continues an intimate survey of the country while neither patronizing nor glorifying Americans or Mexicans, instead allowing their strength [...]

    26. So, I REALLY did like this book. I thought the prose was beautiful, and I liked how the vignettes stretched over time. I'm so impressed that Doerr started writing so late in life, because this book is clearly woven by a master storyteller.However, it gets 3 stars instead of 4 because I just didn't love how the plot (what little of it there was, which I actually didn't mind -- more of a focus on character relationships) played out. It's so very true-to-life in that sometimes things just HAPPEN an [...]

    27. So I think I like female authors more than the typical male does. Not chick-lit, Dating Big Bird notwithstanding. Female authors have a tendency to write about normalcy, though - things that could happen in unremarkable lives. Or at least have a way of making things feel normal, no matter how strange. I like that.This book, although it has an actual plot, feels like the recording of a few years of regular lives. And that's cool. I don't know how Doerr did it, making it all feel so normal, especi [...]

    28. I just finished rereading this book as it was a book group selection and I needed to remind myself why I've always held this story in such high regard. Simply put, the author makes every word count as she paints a picture with words of a small Mexican village where expatriates and locals blend cultures and routines to forge lifetime bonds. The three women and one man who arrive in Amapolas to find a new beginning to their lives and to embrace a slower and more thoughtful lifestyle are all better [...]

    29. The first part was interesting and the prose was languid and at times lacking luster and therefore waned. The absence of emotion and dialogue started to push my interest level to the point of not really caring for the novel or the characters. In a way her writing style reminds me of Cormac McCarthy whose writing has a vacuum or void present. I need some emotion to convince me to invest in the story. Too much "artistic sighing" for my taste, I pushed through the book to get it read and over with. [...]

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