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Benjamin Alire Saenz was born in 1954 in his grandmother's house in Old Picacho, a small farming village in the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was the fourth of seven children and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla Park. Later, when the family lost the farm, his father went back to vis mere his former occupation -- being a cement finisher. His mother worked as a cleaning woman and a factory worker. During his youth, he worked at various jobs -- painting apartments, roofing houses, picking onions, and cleaning for a janitorial service. He graduated from high school in 1972 and went on to college. He studied philosophy and theology in Europe for four years and spent a summer in Tanzania. He eventually became a writer and professor and moved back to the border -- the only place where he feels he truly belongs. vis mindre
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Værker af Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life (2017) 924 eksemplarer
Last Night I Sang to the Monster (2009) 371 eksemplarer
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood (1600) 185 eksemplarer
Carry Me Like Water (1995) 134 eksemplarer
He Forgot to Say Goodbye (2008) 121 eksemplarer
The House of Forgetting (1997) 64 eksemplarer
In Perfect Light (2005) 63 eksemplarer
Names on a Map (2008) 59 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
Mirrors Beneath the Earth: Short Fiction by Chicano Writers (1995) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer

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Girl kidnapped from Mexico and taken to the U.S. i Name that Book (december 2012)


I might have liked this more as a physical book; as an audio book, it dragged.

ETA: I had a similar experience with [b:In the Dream House|43317482|In the Dream House|Carmen Maria Machado|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1547869259l/43317482._SX50_.jpg|65787792]: unimpressive as an audiobook, engrossing as text. It might have something to do with poetic writing short chapters; I should someday try this one again.
caedocyon | 350 andre anmeldelser | Feb 23, 2024 |
I read this in one night—it was an intense, funny, and very readable portrait of two boys and their families. I feel compelled to compare it to A Separate Peace - the books have only a few elements in common but they seem to comment on one another.

Writing in first person, Saenz' pacing feels a little off, and the narrative style sometimes breaks conventional rules about showing vs. telling. I think this happened because he was listening to the voice of his character so intently, so it's not a grave fault.

The ending was not surprising, especially if you saw it reviewed, as I did, in professional magazines, but it was still very sweet.
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raschneid | 350 andre anmeldelser | Dec 19, 2023 |



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