Would you like to attend our next book club meeting? We are a group of reading enthusiasts who meet over a riveting book, a cup of coffee and croissants at the library.
On November 5, we will discuss The Neruda Case written by the award-winning Chilean author, Roberto Ampuero. This is his first novel published in English.
In this fictional interpretation of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda’s final days in 1973, the author successfully blends historical facts, including the hours prior to the coup that ended Salvador Allende’s government in 1973, with biographical details of Neruda’s complex life and love affairs.
Set against the backdrop of Chile’s political upheaval, Neruda, who’s ill with cancer seeks out and employs Cuban Cayetano Brulé in Valparaíso to investigate the whereabouts of a former acquaintance.
Never mind that Brulé is no detective. The aging poet persuades the young Brulé to become his “own private Maigret”. The mission seems straight forward, except Neruda has not only withheld critical information, but he has also sworn Brulé to secrecy. The plot twists from Mexico City to East Germany, from lies to truth, from uneasy peace to political coup, from life to death.
To sign up and for more information, call María Luisa at 514-485-6900, ext. 4110