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Lovesick [Paperback]

Angeles Mastretta
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12 Nov 1998
A novel that mingles fantasy with history, caprice with meditation, in a captivating chronicle of a family grappling with the tumult of a new century. Emilia Sauri is the daughter of a Spanish mother and a Mayan herbalist father. In the midst of the hardships of the Mexican rebellions of the early twentieth century, Emilia is torn between her love for two men: a childhood friend who runs off to fight in the strife, and a peace-loving doctor who reminds her of her own desire to practice medicine. An impassioned family at odds with the strict dictates of nineteenth-century Mexican decorum, the Sauris nurture a truly modern woman in Emilia, endowing her with enough gumption to become a physician, political rebel and the lover of two men.

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (12 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099779617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099779612
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,159,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When young Emilia Sauri is born in turn-of-the-century Puebla, Mexico, her father expects great things for this child who will "live her entire life in a new century." Emilia grows up to be an independent woman, a doctor in a time and place when female physicians were few and far between, but history has a habit of sidetracking even the most regulated lives; the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution in 1911 throws the nation into chaos and Emilia's future into uncertainty. Angeles Mastretta's second novel, Lovesick follows the fortunes of Emilia and of Mexico as both are torn by the ravages of war. For Mexico, a dictator's triumphant overthrow slips rapidly into endless bloody revolution; for Emilia, her peaceful life as a healer is disrupted by her conflicting feelings for her lover, a fellow doctor, and Daniel Cuenca, a childhood friend-turned-revolutionary.

In real life, love and war seldom end neatly. So it is with Lovesick, a novel that refuses to give either its characters or readers easy solutions to complex problems. Emilia's choice between the meaningful existence she shares with her lover and the exhilaration she experiences with Daniel is at the heart of this book, yet Angeles Mastretta's novel doesn't wear that heart on its sleeve; like life, Lovesick leaves some questions unanswered.

About the Author

Angeles Mastretta was born in Puebla, Mexico. She is the author of two novels, Tear This Heart Out and Lovesick. She lives in Mexico City with her husband and two children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovesick 9 Feb 2011
Emilia is torn between her two loves, Daniel, and headstrong revolutionary from her youth, and the steady Dr Zavalza who can help become the doctor she desires to be. This book was a massive hit in Latin America, and I cannot see why it should not be here too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Politics, Medicine & Mexican Historical Novel in 1 10 May 2001
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
This novel is a fascinating mix, a great story populated with fascinating characters. At the heart of the story is the main character, Emilia. She is a combination of science, intuition and emotion that more than holds our attention and whose story we are sorry to see end. Her love life is a mix between torrid chemical passion with childhood sweetheart Daniel Cuenca and a more calm romance with medical colleague Antonio Zavalza. I enjoyed being transported into the rhelm of instability in Mexican politics of the late 19th and early 20th century. Daniel's passion for the political was a wonderful wanderlust. Emilia's parents were also great characters: Diego the pharmacist and Josefa, a mix of practicality and emotion. Several medical issues were also fascinating. One is the role of women in medicine and the difficulties of early female physicians to get education and be accepted. Another was the development of medical theory with Emilia's research encompassing the herbal, mystical, massage, etc. At one point the male doctors are amazed as her directness in asking a patient, "Where does it hurt?" Another tidbit was excluding women medical students from lessons on male reproductive organs; this highlighted a sense of history in a novel that spans years from 1874 to 1963. In Margaret Peden's English translation, there is a good sense of rhythm and pacing. This is an excellent novel that rivits our attention with the love story and many strong characters, and has enough historical, political and medical information to stimulate the intellect at the same time. Seek it out!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 22 Mar 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Mexico is torn apart by a civil war that war effects all aspects of society, including the wealthy. Emilia Sauri is the daughter of a Mayan herbalist and a Spanish mother. She loves her childhood friend, Daniel Cuenca. As Emilia studies to become a physician and turns into a political rebel, Daniel runs off to fight, joining whomever he thinks makes the best leader of the month. He constantly returns home when his current favorite leader fails to live up to his expectations. At home, Daniel makes passionate love with Emilia, only to quickly desert her, leaving her lonely and angry. However, she loathes herself more for wanting and loving him even deeper after each departure.
...... While Daniel is away on one of his long term excursions, Emilia meets Antonio Zavalza, a physician who abhors violence. When Antonio opens up a local hospital, she joins his efforts to help the poor. Working side by side, the two doctors fall in love with each other. However, Emilia must choose between a man of peace offering to share a serene and professional future together or a man of war offering spurts of feverish love.
...... LOVESICK is a great work written in the Mexican form of historical fiction that will thrill readers who enjoy a novel written from a different perspective and writing style. Angeles Mastretta writes like an angel as she brings a unique, refreshing style to the genre. This reviewer strongly recommends this book and another tale by Ms. Mastretta, TEAR THIS HEART OUT, when it is translated into English.

.......Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars captivating! 29 Dec 1999
By cynthia herber - Published on Amazon.com
Reading Angeles Mastreta is like listening to a grandmother tell the story of her life. Anyone who has visited Mexico and knows the way Mexicans see the world, will clearly agree that this book, as well as any of her other works is a masterpiece. Everytime I read anything by her (and I always do it in Spanish) I marvel at the exquisitness of her carefully chosen language and at the perfect way she tells the story of life in Mexico. This book comes to remind us of what it is to transorm everyday life into literary masterpieces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating read! 28 Mar 2012
By Tuesday Grace - Published on Amazon.com
I finished this book in 2 days; I struggled to put it down. Such a beautiful story, richly woven through with strands of history and sorrow. Wonderful, wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional honesty 19 July 2008
By Katherine - Published on Amazon.com
This book captivated me from the beginning, and I was sorry to finish it.
Emilia, the main character, struck such a chord. SHe is strong, intelligent, adventurous, feminine and passionate. Her strength and weakness is her heart. This is a story about love, not only romantic love, but love between huband and wife, love for family, love for friends, for knowledge, for passion and for justice. The multiplicity allowed to female characters in this book is a sheer joy to find. The language is delicate and the words chosen well. Mastretta has crafted a wonderful tale. Follow your heart!
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