Esperanza's Box of Saints Paperback – 23 Jun 2000
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'Delightful... Aided by a confessor priest, a pot-smoking judge, a cross-dressing pimp and the clutch of saintly icons she carries everywhere, the unassailable Esperanza is transformed from spiritual naif into woman of the world. And, like the characters she drags along on her quest, the reader is richer for it' Guardian 'A feast of Catholicism, mysticism and superstition... Dark, strangely sensuous and often moving, this novel is a genuine work of magic and beauty' Uncut 'A fairy-tale of hope and riches' Time Out --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Esperanza's Box of Saints is a magical, humorous, and passion-filled odyssey about a beautiful young widow's search for her missing child - a mission that takes her from a humble Mexican village to the rowdy brothels of Tijuana and a rarely seen side of Los Angeles. Rescued from turmoil by her favorite saint, Esperanza embarks on a journey that tests her faith, teaches her the ways of the world, and transforms her from a fervently religious innocent to an independent, sexual, and passionately devout woman. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The Esperanza of the title is Esperanza Diaz, an irresistable, irrepressible heroine whose quirky outlook on life and fearless willingness to follow her heart can only lead to one thing: adventure. And I do mean adventure! But believe me, this ain't the Boys' Own variety. Tempered with melodrama and salacious gossip, hilarity and mystical coincidence, Esperanza's escapades are more like the Mexican telenovelas (soap operas) to which she so often alludes. Indeed, in this respect, "Esperanza's Box of Saints" brings to mind Isabel Allende's "Eva Luna", another Latin American novel with a soap operatic bent.
Although Escandon's book doesn't reach the heights of Allende's, it sure makes for a rollicking read. One cannot help but be charmed by Esperanza and the outrageously implausible chain of events she sets off whilst baking chicken one fateful evening... Starting with the apparition of San Judas Tadeo, patron saint of desperate cases, which materialises in the grime of her oven window to inform her that her recently deceased daughter Blanca (victim of a botched tonsillectomy) may actually still be alive. Convinced that her little darling must have been kidnapped and sold into a child prostitution racket, Esperanza immediately sets out to rescue Blanca by whatever means possible. And if that involves working 'undercover' in the sex industry, fighting off the amorous advances of innumerable aspiring romeos and a spot of hocus-pocus, then so be it!Read more ›
This novel is also the tale of the wandering heart, Esperanza, and the soul at rest, her friend Soledad (Solitude, Contemplation). Esperanza leaves peaceful, rural Tlacotaplan to find her daughter and ultimately finds that which she has been missing. Her companera Soledad achieves the same by remaining behind. Esperanza's Box of Saints is filled with the wonderful, real magic of life -- saints' images appearing in oven door grime and rust stains -- as well as the questions of life -- what is love? Loss? Contrition? Absolution? Redemption?
Esperanza's quest is urgent and Odyssean in scope. But as she crosses fronteras into worlds increasingly bizarre and exotic, her situations become at times picaresque, and in her adjustments and solutions, Esperanza displays the resourcefulness of a modern day Lazarillo de Tormes.
Complementing the story is Escandon's skillful telling of the tale. Her language is both poetic and deceptively simple. It is a delight to see that Escandon does not fall into "la girlfriendisma" - the portraying of ethnic men as inherently evil or loutish victimizers.Read more ›
Alguien dijo que nuestra vida es como un bello telar, pero rara veces lo vemos por el lado correcto, aveces nos quedamos atrapados en los nudos y remiendos del otro lado, pero ese no es lo real, ese bello tejido compuesto por cada instante de nuestra vida lo entenderemos completamente hasta el final, de la ultima puntada, sin embargo aveces algunos libros nos dejan entrever la belleza, y Maria Escandon en este libro lo logra.
Thanks, thanks for let me see more about me and my people!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For lovers of Latin-American fiction, this book is a must. It is a wonderful combination of kitsch and slap-stick, thoroughly absorbing from the start. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2002 by Andrew Ellis
I felt like this novel was written as an experiment, not because she loves to write. From the Spanish edition to the screenplay to the reader's guide, it all seems too perfect. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 1999
I did enjoy reading this book--it is a fast-paced and fun narrative that manages to be sexy while also probing (albeit not too deeply) the religious beliefs of the main character. Read morePublished on 7 July 1999
I really loved this book. I picked it up without knowing what it was about and I was not disappointed.Published on 11 Jun. 1999
Maria Amparo Escandon's original, magical and hilarious telling of Esperanza's journey and her deep devotion to her Saints held me spellbound. Read morePublished on 21 May 1999
I was torn between a three and a four for this book. The plot was extremely meaningful, describing the faith of a mother to find her supposedly-alive daughter, finally unravelling... Read morePublished on 2 May 1999
I really enjoyed this book. I don't have any children, but I was able to empathize with Esperanza during her journey and search for her daughter. Read morePublished on 23 April 1999