Paradise

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 328 pages
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In this ingenious satire, Solita, the not quite ten-year-old daughter of refugees from Franco’s Spain, is whisked from the urban ghetto of Galmeda to El Topaz, the lush hacienda of a wealthy eccentric, which her mother assures her will be paradise. But behind its beautiful façade, El Topaz is a quagmire of social subterfuge, from its politicking adults to its spiteful children, and Solita finds herself alone in a glittery world where “you couldn’t trust anything. Or anybody. You had to navigate completely on your own.”
 

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A lavish, decadent country estate in an unnamed Latin American country, Paradise is here viewed through the eyes of Solita, a little girl whose family has fled Franco's Spain. Solita, a keen observer ... Read full review

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Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Section 17
Section 18
Section 19
Section 20

Section 9
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 21
Section 22
Section 23
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In this ingenious satire, Solita, the not quite ten-year-old daughter of refugees from Franco's Spain, is whisked from the urban ghetto of Galmeda to El Topaz, the lush hacienda of a wealthy eccentric, which her mother assures her will be paradise. But behind its beautiful façade, El Topaz is a quagmire of social subterfuge, from its politicking adults to its spiteful children, and Solita finds herself alone in a glittery world where "you couldn't trust anything. Or anybody. You had to navigate completely on your own." In Paradise, "Ms. Castedo has brought off, with acid wit, the far from easy task of revealing arrogance, folly, injustice and debauchery through the eyes of an observer who does not know what those qualities are." (The Atlantic)

Nominated for the National Book Award

"Paradise is wonderfully moving and entertaining, with vibrant prose and vivid scenes. It will move your heart."-Oscar Hijuelos

"Filled with rich descriptions and vivid scenes. Ms. Castedo's language is exuberant."-The New York Times Book Review

"A devastating portrait . . . . A story whose plot is as idiosyncratic as its themes are universal."-Washington Post

"A fascinating and wonderfully different novel, one that forms a harmonious blend of two rich and fertile literary traditions, Latin America's and our own."-Washington Times

"Elegant, droll, and wise."-Robert Stone

Elena Castedo was born in Barcelona, raised in Chile, and has lived on four continents. She received an M.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. from Harvard. She is the former editor of the Inter-American Review of Bibliography and the author of a critical study of Chilean theater. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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