The Book of Emma Reyes by Emma Reyes

Emma Reyes was a realism painter and writer from Bogota, Colombia. Reyes was considered the "godmother" of Latin American art for the portrayals of her life struggles in her paintings. She was encouraged to write by the Colombian author Gabriel. Emma Reyes (July 9, - July 12, ) was a realism painter and writer from Bogota, Colombia. Reyes was considered the "godmother" of Latin American art. Those who have heard of Emma Reyes, and they are few, know her as a Colombian painter who lived in France for many years. She died in

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Emma Reyes (–) was a Colombian painter and intellectual. Born in Bogotá, she also lived in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Jerusalem, Washington, and Rome. Emma Reyes was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogotá with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. New York. Penguin Classics. pages. Emma Reyes's letters written to the Colombian historian and critic Germán Arciniegas from the s to the.

Every day it was full to the very top, the odors that emerged from it so nauseating that I often threw up. There was no electric light or toilet in our room. Our toilet was that bedpan, where we did all our business. The trip to the garbage heap with that overflowing bedpan was the worst part of my day. I had to walk, scarcely breathing, eyes fixed on the shit, following its rhythm, possessed by terror that I might spill it, which would mean dreadful punishment.

I gripped the bedpan firmly with both hands, as if I were carrying a precious object. The weight was also tremendous, a test of my strength. Because my sister was older, she had to go to the spigot to bring the water we needed for the day.

As for Piojo, he had to go for coal and take out the ashes, so neither of them could ever help me carry the bedpan, since they went in the other direction. The best part of my day came once I'd emptied the bedpan on the garbage heap.

That's where all the neighborhood kids hung out; playing, screaming, sliding down a mountain of clay, squabbling with each other, fighting. They rolled around the mud puddles and dug through the garbage looking for what we called treasures: cans of beer to make music, old shoes, pieces of wire or rubber, sticks, old dresses.

Everything interested us; it was our game room. I couldn't play much because I was the smallest and the bigger kids didn't like me. My only friend was a boy we teased for his limp—we nicknamed him Cojo, even though he was also the biggest of the children. He'd lost one foot completely, sliced off by the tram one day when he was arranging Leona bottle tops on the rails so the tram might flatten them like coins.

Like the rest of us, Cojo didn't wear shoes, and he helped himself along with a stick, his only foot executing extraordinary leaps. When he started to run, no one could catch him. Cojo was always waiting for me at the entrance to the dump. I emptied the bedpan, cleaned it quickly with weeds or old papers, and hid it in a hole, always the same one, behind a eucalyptus tree. One day Cojo didn't want to play because he had a stomachache, and we sat beneath the slide to watch the others play.

The clay was wet, and I began to make a tiny figurine from it. Cojo always wore the same pair of pants, his only pair, three times his size, tied with a piece of rope around his waist. He hid everything in the pockets of those pants: rocks, spinning tops, pieces of glass, and a knife blade with its handle missing. When I finished the clay figurine, he took his half-knife and used the tip to make two holes for the eyes and another slightly bigger one for the mouth.

But when he finished he said, "This doll is very small. Let's make it bigger. The next day we returned, and it was lying where we'd left it. Cojo said, "We're going to make it bigger. For many days we added more and more mud to the figurine until he was as big as the board. Then we decided to give him a name: General Rebollo. I don't know why we chose that name, but it doesn't matter: General Rebollo became our God.

We dressed him in whatever we found in the garbage heap; the races came to an end, the fighting, the leaping. Now everything revolved around General Rebollo, the central character in all our games.

For days and days we lived around his board. Sometimes we made him seem good, sometimes evil; most of the time he was magical, possessed of superpowers. That's how many days passed, and many Sundays, which, for me, were the worst days of the week. From noon until the evening on Sundays, I was left alone, locked in our only room. There was no light other than what came through the cracks and the large keyhole, and I spent hours with my eye pressed to the hole to see what was happening in the street and to forget that I was afraid.

Often, when the woman with long tangled hair and Helena and Piojo returned, they'd find me asleep against the door, exhausted from so much looking out, and so much dreaming of General Rebollo. But after inspiring a thousand and one games, General Rebollo's heroism began to wane. Our tiny imaginations could find no more joy in his presence, and each day fewer and fewer of us wanted to play with him. General Rebollo began to spend long hours alone, no one taking care of the decorations that adorned him.

Until one day, Cojo, who was still the most loyal, climbed atop an old bureau and pounded his improvised cane three times. His sharp voice cracking with emotion, he shouted: "General Rebollo is dead! With our heads bowed and our eyes filled with tears, we slowly gathered around General Rebollo.

Once again, Cojo shouted, "On your knees! The son of the coalman was older than we were, and he always sat on a rock reading pages from the newspaper he found in the trash. He came toward us, still holding the newspaper, and said, "Idiot kids, if your General has died, then bury him. We all stood. Together we lifted the board with the General, and decided to bury him in the garbage heap, but all our efforts were useless: we couldn't even move the board.

So we decided to bury him in pieces. We broke each leg in three parts, did the same with the arms. Cojo said the head had to be buried whole. An old can was found, and we placed the head inside; four of the kids, the oldest ones, carried it first.

We all followed behind, crying like orphans. The same ceremony was repeated with each of the pieces of the legs and the arms, until all that was left was his torso, which we broke into many pieces. We made many tiny mud balls from it, and when there was nothing left of General Rebollo's torso, we played war with them. Emma Reyes Paris, April 28, Read more. Don't have a Kindle? Hear something amazing. Discover audiobooks, podcasts, originals, wellness and more.

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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I really enjoyed this book and was disappointed when it ended because I wanted to know more about Emma Reyes' life! She shares her stories through a series of letters that are extraordinary and thought-provoking.

It's also interesting how Emma tells her stories - she sticks to the facts and the feelings that she remembers. She does not make explicit judgements which would expected given the harsh environments she endured. There is no self-pity and she never writes her story in a manner for others to feel sorry for her.

Her attitude towards her experiences and her internal mental strength are inspiring. Don't expect any feel-good stories that illustrate her later life as an artist. The book was very moving and amazing in the strength of overcoming such harsh challenges and then achieving a happy and fulfilling life.

It is a celebration of life and love. One person found this helpful. Loved the book. Wish it had been longer. Memoir in the form of letters by a remarkably resilient woman. The cruelty of the catholic orphanage is astounding. I read this for my art book group. Had a lively discussion. I found the writing style really accessible. However, parts of the story felt disjointed but I suppose recollections of memories do tend to be that way.

A really good read about a young girl's resilience whilst growing up in Colombia. Her mother and the nuns should be sitting in jail, eating bread and water.

This is such a compelling life story that is beautifully written and beautifully translated. I loved every minute of it. Was just sad that she didn't write more letters. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. She had traveled the world, befriended Frida Kahlo, become the Gertude Stein-style heart of a circle of Latin American expatriates. The child in The Book of Emma Reyes did not have the tools to imagine that life.

In the first letter, perhaps the most beautiful of the book, she's a tiny child playing in a garbage dump, worshiping a mud figurine named General Rebollo. She doesn't know what a dad or a mom are, what a donkey is, what the word straighten means. The letters come from her perspective, not that of the adult Emma. They're written with beauty and clarity, but almost never with commentary. They seem to come directly from the little girl who, asked who her mother is, says, "The chocolate shop.

The moments of cruelty, too, come through a child's eyes. When her mother — whom young Emma calls Mrs. And when Mrs. Emma is devastated. She never speaks of the Boy again. This total fidelity to her childhood view of the world is what makes The Book of Emma Reyes seem deceptively unlike a memoir.

As a narrator, Reyes never tells us what the arc of her story will be. She doesn't analyze, accuse, or defend.

She just lets us watch her survive, and then grow. In the final letter, Emma steals the keys of the convent in which she's lived for years. The book ends as she creeps out the door, frightened but determined. It's the perfect ending. And it's a classic memoir ending, too. She might not be her artist self yet, but she's ready. She's all grown. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. NPR Shop. But in a series of autobiographical letters, she describes a childhood of grinding misery and poverty.

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Part of the answer is the form. Each letter starts without connecting to the last, and each one ends with a few lines of small talk that can be deeply jarring. In one gorgeous passage, Reyes describes a terrifying moment during a town festival: a monster appears, black and noisy, with eyes "so bright they lit up half the plaza. People fell to their knees and began to pray and make the sign of the cross Some men advanced toward the square with large sticks in their hands.

The beast stopped in the middle of the street and closed its eyes. The first automobile had arrived in Guateque. Tonight the first human landed on the moon.

But of course, that moment is calculated. Reyes, as editor, opted to keep those last lines in place, and look at the juxtaposition they contain: in the space of the word bye , she goes from a child who sees a car as a monster to an adult who can mention the first lunar landing in passing.

The move seems casual, but it's not. It's a perfect demonstration of the difference between the Emma Reyes in the letters and the Emma Reyes who wrote and edited them. By the time Reyes began writing her stories down, she was an artist living in Paris.

She had traveled the world, befriended Frida Kahlo, become the Gertude Stein-style heart of a circle of Latin American expatriates. The child in The Book of Emma Reyes did not have the tools to imagine that life. In the first letter, perhaps the most beautiful of the book, she's a tiny child playing in a garbage dump, worshiping a mud figurine named General Rebollo. She doesn't know what a dad or a mom are, what a donkey is, what the word straighten means.

The letters come from her perspective, not that of the adult Emma. They're written with beauty and clarity, but almost never with commentary. They seem to come directly from the little girl who, asked who her mother is, says, "The chocolate shop. The moments of cruelty, too, come through a child's eyes. When her mother — whom young Emma calls Mrs.

And when Mrs. Emma is devastated. She never speaks of the Boy again. This total fidelity to her childhood view of the world is what makes The Book of Emma Reyes seem deceptively unlike a memoir. As a narrator, Reyes never tells us what the arc of her story will be. There are plenty of painters and writers who were affluent throughout their lives and managed to make popular art. Yet it is often those who have faced strife and overcome it who can best enlighten others on what it means to be alive.

In beautiful prose, The Book of Emma Reyes does just that. Reyes is a painter, not a writer, and so this book is not a typical memoir.

Instead, she tells her story from the perspective of her childhood self. It is not the most uplifting bildungsroman, admittedly, but it is wonderfully written and ultimately hopeful. As mentioned, Emma Reyes is not really a household name. Born into poverty in , she eventually moved from Colombia to France in order to study art. In the s, Reyes worked with Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican painter who introduced her to the international art world. These connections would cement her place in the artistic canon.

Her artistic career started by painting scenes that evoked her home in Colombia, but eventually moved into more abstract art later in life. During her lifetime, Reyes did not have much writing published, instead focusing on her visual art. When the historian she was writing to showed her letters to someone else, she stopped writing to him for two decades.

This book was published only posthumously, as she had requested, first appearing in Colombia in , nine years after her death.

The Book of Emma Reyes book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A literary discovery: an extraordinary account, in the trad. Emma Reyes †. Athlete. Excomponente de la selección española de gimnasia rítmica • • Valiente y resiliencia ✨ Barcelona/ Pineda de Mar hostleague.ru Emma Reyes was a realism painter and writer from Bogota, Colombia. Reyes was considered the "godmother" of Latin American art for the portrayals of her life. .

Instead, she tells her story from the perspective of her childhood self. It is not the most uplifting bildungsroman, admittedly, but it is wonderfully written and ultimately hopeful. As mentioned, Emma Reyes is not really a household name. Born into poverty in , she eventually moved from Colombia to France in order to study art. In the s, Reyes worked with Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican painter who introduced her to the international art world.

These connections would cement her place in the artistic canon. Her artistic career started by painting scenes that evoked her home in Colombia, but eventually moved into more abstract art later in life. During her lifetime, Reyes did not have much writing published, instead focusing on her visual art. When the historian she was writing to showed her letters to someone else, she stopped writing to him for two decades.

This book was published only posthumously, as she had requested, first appearing in Colombia in , nine years after her death. Reyes claimed to not be a writer, but this book was met with widespread acclaim and has cemented her legacy as a notable memoirist. Colombia has its own dialects, filled with various pronunciations and vocabulary. Stay tuned for the rest of the month to join discussions about the book and the Spanish language. Want to learn more about Babbel Book Club? And she was proud for a reason: Her writing is exceptional.

Several times while reading, I gasped out loud at the beauty of her prose. It's some of the best writing I've read in years. So why would I have the impulse to think of The Book of Emma Reyes as something less intentional or less sophisticated than each of its sentences? Part of the answer is the form. Each letter starts without connecting to the last, and each one ends with a few lines of small talk that can be deeply jarring. In one gorgeous passage, Reyes describes a terrifying moment during a town festival: a monster appears, black and noisy, with eyes "so bright they lit up half the plaza.

People fell to their knees and began to pray and make the sign of the cross Some men advanced toward the square with large sticks in their hands. The beast stopped in the middle of the street and closed its eyes. The first automobile had arrived in Guateque. Tonight the first human landed on the moon. But of course, that moment is calculated. Reyes, as editor, opted to keep those last lines in place, and look at the juxtaposition they contain: in the space of the word bye , she goes from a child who sees a car as a monster to an adult who can mention the first lunar landing in passing.

The move seems casual, but it's not. It's a perfect demonstration of the difference between the Emma Reyes in the letters and the Emma Reyes who wrote and edited them. By the time Reyes began writing her stories down, she was an artist living in Paris. She had traveled the world, befriended Frida Kahlo, become the Gertude Stein-style heart of a circle of Latin American expatriates.

The child in The Book of Emma Reyes did not have the tools to imagine that life. In the first letter, perhaps the most beautiful of the book, she's a tiny child playing in a garbage dump, worshiping a mud figurine named General Rebollo. She doesn't know what a dad or a mom are, what a donkey is, what the word straighten means.

The letters come from her perspective, not that of the adult Emma. They're written with beauty and clarity, but almost never with commentary.

They seem to come directly from the little girl who, asked who her mother is, says, "The chocolate shop. The moments of cruelty, too, come through a child's eyes. When her mother — whom young Emma calls Mrs. And when Mrs.

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The Book of Emma Reyes takes readers back to the childhood and girlhood of a Colombian-born painter who grew up in poverty and spent most of her early life in a convent that felt like a prison. Had Reyes known that her letters would be published, she might not have written as candidly as she did about her experiences as an orphan who goes from a kind of hell to a kind of paradise and back to a kind of hell from which she liberates herself. The writing is clear, the sentences are mostly short, and the details help provide a rich portrait of life among the poorest of the poor in Colombia in the early 20th century.

In the first few pages, Reyes describes one of the onerous chores she was required to perform as a child: carrying the family bedpan full of human feces and emptying it in the neighborhood garbage dump.

As a storyteller, Reyes has an innate sense of pacing and suspense; as a kind of cultural historian she knows how to paint portraits not only of individuals but of a society as well. When one of the priests grabs her and kisses her on the lips, you feel her sense of violation and outrage.

Still, from beginning to end, she maintains her sense of dignity and follows her own insatiable curiosity that takes her into forbidden places. At the end of the very last letter she describes the convent key that she takes in her own hands and uses to unlock a heavy door that has sealed her off from the world. In , the year she died, the French government recognized her genius and named her a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Colombian names are spoken rapidly. At the start, the names swish by in a blur. After a while you know who is who and the telling is not hard to follow. I have given the narration three stars.

He reads the introduction. He reads too fast. View all 4 comments. Nov 25, JimZ rated it it was amazing. I loved it. Emma Reyes, tr. She and her sister were raised in horrific poverty in Bogota, Colombia, abandoned by their mother as children, and raised, for the most part, in an especially grim convent. Reyes went on to become a renowned if underappreciated painter, befriended by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; her letters were admired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez though his praise of them, after they were shown to him without her permission, led to her ceasing her correspondence for decades.

Reyes captures the distortions and agonies of childhood with a desperate immediacy that has rarely been matched in contemporary literature, and with a disarmingly chatty insouciance to boot. For all of her adult life, Emma Reyes was known as an artist who painted and sketched, and as storyteller in the world of other artists in Europe and South America. He suggested that she write him letters about her childhood, which eventually became this memoir in epistolary format.

Arciniegas showed some of the letters to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who expressed his g For all of her adult life, Emma Reyes was known as an artist who painted and sketched, and as storyteller in the world of other artists in Europe and South America. Arciniegas showed some of the letters to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who expressed his great enthusiasm to Reyes.

She, in turn, felt betrayed by Arciniegas, believing that he had violated her privacy and stopped writing to him for decades.

The letters are candid and direct in detailing beauty and ugliness about Emma Reyes' first nineteen years of life. At the time she had no idea that the woman was her mother, nor that the boy was possibly her brother. She and the other neighborhood children played in heaps of dirt and garbage, and buoyed by imagination built figures from junk and created stories.

Reyes witnessed and was on the receiving end of devastating cruelty. Taken from the dark windowless room where she lived as a child, she went to a convent, where young girls labored for more than ten hours a day cleaning, scrubbing, sewing and embroidering fine clothing for other people. All of them lived in a world that was filled with threats, degredation and no hope for another way of life. What she remembered, before the convent and inside it, conjures a life of faith, faith betrayed, and rudimentary beliefs in folkloric customs.

At the end of her memoir, Emma Reyes cagily finds a way to get the keys to the convent and escape, which is where her first nineteen years of life end. Not the most promising childhood for a young woman who evenutally worked with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and interacted with writers, intellectuals and artists.

You have to. Perhaps one day those papers will be organized to help fill in the many gaps and questions about the life of the remarkable Emma Reyes. Sep 05, Penny Literary Hoarders rated it liked it Shelves: own-it , books-read-in , review-copy-provided. This was a memoir written in letters by Emma Reyes. She had a very bizarre, incredibly impoverished and astonishingly abusive upbringing. Her mother was someone Emma and her sister referred to as Mrs.

After years of abuse that included horrific violence that included being locked in closets, rooms, etc for the entire day, sometimes days, Mrs.

Maria abandoned them and the girls were taken to a convent. The majority, in fact most, of this memoir is stories from the convent.

This was a "good This was a memoir written in letters by Emma Reyes. This was a "good" read, if I can phrase it that, but it wasn't a gripping one - there was a great deal of the everyday storytelling of the common everyday happenings in the convent so it wasn't the most fascinating story once Emma arrives at the convent? For certain, her days there weren't all wonderful either.

But, I don't know - it probably doesn't sound right to say - but it was a good read, but nothing exceptional for me. Emma Reyes did overcome and came of age in exceptionally bizarre and terrible conditions - but this memoir does not cover her adult years and the moving forward to her adult life as a successful artist. Sorry for the ramble. I started this when it was relevant for WomeninTranslation month and finished it this weekend.

Sep 29, Missy J rated it liked it Shelves: latin-america , books , non-fiction , biography. I've never heard of the author Emma Reyes before I read this book. In the introduction of this book, the translator Daniel Alarcon gives a brief summary of her life and how unlikely and amazing this book is to have been published. Emma Reyes was born in dire poverty and didn't even know who her parents were.

The father was absent. The mother wanted Emma and her sister Helena to call her Mrs. One day, their mother abandoned them at a train station and the girls ended up at a convent.

Most I've never heard of the author Emma Reyes before I read this book. Most of this book is based on the author's life in the convent. It's a sad life filled with never-ending work and no family or love. Towards the end of the book, the author managed to run away from the convent. What happens later in her life is not included in this book, which is a pity really, because Reyes went on to live in a number of different countries and mingled with a lot of famous artists including Frida Kahlo.

Sep 24, freckledbibliophile rated it it was amazing. This was such a miraculous and powerful book. The account of, Emma Reyes and her sister, had the power to pull at your heart and wish you could write yourself into the story just to help the two of them discover some sort of happiness and peace. Sadly, children are subjected to this type of injustice on an everyday basis. It helps others recognize that they can weather the pain and tribulations that may be inflicted upon them when they are able to see others out there, kids even, who have lived t This was such a miraculous and powerful book.

It helps others recognize that they can weather the pain and tribulations that may be inflicted upon them when they are able to see others out there, kids even, who have lived the life of ten people, and are dealing with much bigger issues.

This was a beautifully narrated story of betrayal, rejection, abandonment, a lack of self-identity and a stolen childhood. Highly recommended! I liked it, how a little girl that only had like 8 years old and still remembers all those details about her childhood, how she could get to some results and opinions about the things that go around her, but the end was very shocking for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. More specifically, I enjoyed the style of writing that was so unique, being very child-like in many ways, although in reality, it was written by an adult woman.

The book was also great in giving the reader a deep and intimate look into poverty, without being full of pity, as is often the case when discussing this topic.

My only wish is that the book would have been longer, not ending so abruptly. Feb 04, Jee Koh rated it it was amazing. The Book of Emma Reyes is a revelation. Godmother to Latin American writers and artists in Paris, Emma Reyes was illiterate until her late teens, escaped from grinding poverty and the convent in Columbia, to Buenos Aires and then Paris, to re-invent herself as painter.

No literary flourishes, no imaginative metaphors. Just a sustaining belief that the material itself holds its own interest. I had no idea who Emma Reyes was when I picked up this book a painter who became part of the cultural elite in France, but at the same time did not become famous. The premise seemed interesting and I brought it home, oblivious of the fact that it was an autobiography compiled of the letters Emma wrote to a historian, recounting the first twenty years of her life.

When this dawned upon me, the book really started gripping me. Emma's story is an amazing one. There's not much else I can say about I had no idea who Emma Reyes was when I picked up this book a painter who became part of the cultural elite in France, but at the same time did not become famous. There's not much else I can say about it. I'm grateful that she has written it quite an achievement if you only became literate on your 20th year in life and that I decided to read it.

May 30, Carly Friedman rated it liked it Shelves: nfbc-brs-and-botms , audiobooks , biographies , non-us. The Book of Emma Reyes was an easy audiobook to finish quickly and I found the insight into her difficult childhood interesting. The book is made up of a series of letters she sent to friends in which she recounts her childhood. She was abandoned by her mother at age 6 or 7 and then raised in a convent.

Reyes struggled with crossed eyes, poverty, and abuse at the convent. Her writing is so straight-forward and simple that even the most difficult parts of her childhood were not too distressing to The Book of Emma Reyes was an easy audiobook to finish quickly and I found the insight into her difficult childhood interesting.

Her writing is so straight-forward and simple that even the most difficult parts of her childhood were not too distressing to hear about. She shows remarkable resilience and strength. However, the book ends abruptly and I am left wanting to learn much more about Reyes. I had never heard of her before hearing about the book but googling her art, she was very talented. I would be interested in learning more about her! Aug 14, Daniel Polansky added it Shelves: non-fiction.

These recollections of an inconceivably miserable upbringing of the eponymous author, first in the slums of Bogota, then in the miserable stolidness of a Catholic convent, are so horrifying and peculiar that the book seems a work of fantasy, in the vein of Gabriel Garcia Marquez who championed the work. They are not, however, or apparently not, only an authentic history of sordid misery and the heroism needed to escape from it.

Very strange, very sad, very good. The bit about the doll, in partic These recollections of an inconceivably miserable upbringing of the eponymous author, first in the slums of Bogota, then in the miserable stolidness of a Catholic convent, are so horrifying and peculiar that the book seems a work of fantasy, in the vein of Gabriel Garcia Marquez who championed the work. The bit about the doll, in particular…strong stuff, man. Just strong stuff I especially liked the introduction by Daniel Alarcon I'm a big fan of his work on Radio Ambulante and the 3 pieces of art by Emma Reyes that appear in the book.

Interesting to read about a childhood in poverty in Colombia after having visited Bogota and Yacopi also in the Department of Cundinamarca last year. I would like to read an account of Emma's life for the period after this book ends. View 1 comment. Nov 21, Shelley rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir-biography. This book of letters is astonishing. I'm amazed the woman learned to write so well after such an uneducated and abusive childhood. The book ends when she is just a teenager and left me wondering how she became an artist and what else happened in her adulthood.

I guess I will have to do some research on that Feb 09, Sebastian Perez Saaibi rated it it was amazing. A hidden gem of a Book. The fact that these letters were found and were so incredibly entertaining, sad and real is reason enough to dig deeper into this book. Mar 19, Nancy rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction , bio , memoir , letters.

This is quite an amazing story. I was very sorry that it ended just as she left the convent. This wonderful artist went on to have an extraordinary life. I would have liked to learn where she went from here and how she managed to rise above this troubling childhood. Feb 02, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , medellin-ladies-book-club , memoir , colombian-authors , feministy. This was a fun read and a very good book club pick, if I do say so myself.

Would recommend. Plus: it's short! I also feel like this would be a fun "young adult" book to assign to mature teenage readers maybe that's just because the jacket cover compares it to 'House on Mango Street'. One big theme of the book was using "kid logic" to deal with life's biggest questions and mysteries. It also seemed like, by committing to writing from this very limited, childlike point of view, it creates q DAMN!

It also seemed like, by committing to writing from this very limited, childlike point of view, it creates quite a bit of mystery in the narrative. For all the ways in which "Mrs. Maria" is portrayed at arms length in the narrative, I think Emma Reyes feels a lot more devastated and angry about being abandoned by her mother than she lets on in the text. And judging from the short but very helpful intro that fills in some details from her adult life, it's hard to not look at the section where the indigenous maid abandons Emma's baby brother which Emma describes as "the cruelest moment" of her young life , and not be like, how was writing that NOT influenced by the fact that Emma's first baby was killed before her eyes in Paraguay?!

I think there are quite a few bits where "adulthood" leaks in. This isn't a critique -- this is part of what I think makes the memoir so interesting! The tone of the book makes you, the reader, feel as though Emma has done this amazingly accurate job at capturing how young children think and feel. But maybe the point of Emma using that tone is to distract you from her true intentions.

Is she using this childlike tone to mask over the extremely painful and vivid adult feelings related to these memories? I think she is! May 21, Andrea rated it it was amazing.

This book is mesmerizing, haunting, hilarious, and a harrowing journey of an artist who lived through more than most people ever will in their lifetimes.

It grabs you at the first page. May 26, Kobe Bryant rated it liked it. I never know how to review a memoir. How do you review the life of a person? So all I can tell you is that I am sorry Emma had to go through what she had to go through and I think she was very brave in telling her story. Despite relentless dispiriting conditions, Emma Reyes letters abound with spirit and vitality.

I prepared myself to finish this memoir with a heavy heart, inevitably; I knew what I was going into. The magic of Reyes writing is that access to her vigorous perception creates a sense of seeing things as they truly were -- and there was sadness aplenty -- but this experience of truly seeing is invigorating.

Reyes' retelling is captivating and intuitively well-woven. I enjoyed reading, and read the m Despite relentless dispiriting conditions, Emma Reyes letters abound with spirit and vitality.

I enjoyed reading, and read the memoir very quickly as a result. In addition to infusing the unfortunate with a fascinating, honest power, there is a tone of baffled amusement; that Reyes marvelled at her conditions, in remembering them. I felt as though I had been taken in confidence to marvel along with her, and even the least pleasant people from her past became larger than life, memorable fixtures in my imagination.

I'm so glad for this being translated, as this story deserves to be told on many shores. It is a tale of triumph told from childhood memory, far removed from first world experience. Review copy received from Hachette. Aug 29, Daphna rated it really liked it. It is a one or two seating read, the story flows very quickly from letter to letter and builds up the story of Emma's miserable childhood, first with her mother, and later with the nuns at the convent- orphanage in which she and her sister were placed.

I found the first part of the story of her early childhood engaging and moving. In a very matter-of-fact way she describes an horrific and abusive childhood. We become familiar with her unique child's voice and she draws us into her story, never losing sight of the child through whose eyes we observe.

In this part the originality of the child's voice makes for a compelling read. The second part, no less horrific and abusive, takes place in the convent among the nuns and other orphaned or unwanted girls. It is primarily a random collection of anecdotal occurrences which coalesce into Emma's later childhood, and I found it less captivating than the first part. There is still Emma's unique child's perspective through which we experience her story, but the originality of it fades as the story progresses.

At a certain point my sense was that there was just an over abundance of detailed descriptions of the menial work, of the primitive take on religion by both priests and nuns, and of the general cruelty and abuse. But perhaps this myriad of events is necessary for the creation of the atmosphere of the convent, and of Emma's very special personality.

Sep 25, Megan Geissler rated it really liked it. Rather appalling chronicle of a girl's childhood in Colombia told in letter form to a friend later on in life. Emma tells her past experiences as though she is living them at the moment, and with a child's raw ignorance and emotional responses. The neglect and abuse she and her siblings endure is shocking but I appreciate that she was willing to tell her story - whether she knew it would be made public or not - because otherwise those lives are invisible.

Some compelling fiction could be made of Rather appalling chronicle of a girl's childhood in Colombia told in letter form to a friend later on in life. Some compelling fiction could be made of the lives of her lost brothers or sister, Helena, or even of Mrs.

Maria, who without a doubt, could rank as one of the most deplorable supporting characters I've ever encountered in any piece of literature, ever. Seriously, wtf, lady? Mama was dealing with some mental issues for sure, but that she was willing to literally abandon her own children demonstrates a special kind of depravity that is distinct from mental illness.

Remembering that Emma's views are that of an abused, exploited, uneducated year old girl in the s? Mar 24, Cheryl Klein rated it it was amazing.

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Emma Reyes La Huella de la Infancia: With Nicole Santamaria, Luciana Garnica, Angie Ramirez, Valeria Emiliani. Based on the childhood of Colombian artist. Emma Reyes's memoir, originally published in by the small Colombian press Laguna Libros, finds good company with the fascinating narratives. Emma Reyes. Licensed Counseling Psychologist; Utilization Management Director at APS Healthcare Puerto Rico. APS HealthUniversidad de Puerto Rico.a book review by Jonah Raskin: The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir (A Penguin Classics Hardcover)

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Release Date:. August 7, Buy on Amazon. Reviewed by:. Jonah Raskin. That Reyes does include them makes hers an uncommon memoir. The moments of cruelty, too, come through a child's eyes. When her mother — whom young Emma calls Mrs. And when Mrs.

Emma is devastated. She never speaks of the Boy again. This total fidelity to her childhood view of the world is what makes The Book of Emma Reyes seem deceptively unlike a memoir. As a narrator, Reyes never tells us what the arc of her story will be.

She doesn't analyze, accuse, or defend. She just lets us watch her survive, and then grow. In the final letter, Emma steals the keys of the convent in which she's lived for years. The book ends as she creeps out the door, frightened but determined. It's the perfect ending. And it's a classic memoir ending, too. She might not be her artist self yet, but she's ready.

She's all grown. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. NPR Shop. But in a series of autobiographical letters, she describes a childhood of grinding misery and poverty. But the fragments here are potent and, against all odds, even lovely. Later, she would suffer more horrors. She went on to lead a long, eventful life that took her around the world. Whether you want biographies, novels or essay collections, we can help you find your next book to read.

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Everything about it. The moment I finished this memoir I read it again - one simply can't abandon Emma. And I've been speculating ever since about how she made it once she'd escaped her terrible childhood.

One is deeply grateful to know as a fact - an almost inconceivable fact - that she triumphed, but longs to know how. No other book I've ever read has left me so deeply involved with its author, and so grateful for that involvement.

What an astonishing book - I read it in a single gulp. Emma Reyes had a childhood of staggering deprivation but her humour and resilience shine through, and suddenly we have a modern classic. A jewel of a book. Emma is a mesmerising storyteller and her letters had me completely gripped from beginning to end.

As poetic as it is horrific. A mesmerising account full of the most striking details. Reading her words pitches the reader head first into a wondrous, terrifying world.

The memoir, in letters, of the Colombian artist Emma Reyes, takes you from her birth in a Bogota slum to the artistic circles of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It's totally transporting.

Penguin Books. Reyes died in , at This book was originally published by a tiny press in Colombia in Reyes wrote her first letter to Arciniegas in In the first letter, she remembers building, with other children who were roaming freely in the streets, a rough human figure out of mud, naming him General Rebollo and imagining superpowers for him.

But the most banal details, often of a scatological nature, are the most disturbing. Later, in the convent, she was charged with cleaning the five small bathrooms, which were without running water and used by girls.

The nuns psychologically tortured her for days because she was wetting the bed each night. In addition to recording the experience of poverty and emotional abandonment, the book captures how a certain kind of religious education combined with neglect can deform young people.

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. A Memoir Emma Reyes. PENGUIN BOOKS An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC Hudson Street New York, New York hostleague.ru Originally. El propósito de este trabajo es profundizar en el sentido del aislamiento en un convento en el que fue obligada a vivir Emma Reyes, la autora del libro. by Emma Reyes ; translated by Daniel Alarcón ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 8, An artist's epistolary girlhood memoir of abandonment, poverty, and survival.

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But later, once they were done, she agreed to have the letters published. And she was proud for a reason: Her writing is exceptional. Several times while reading, I gasped out loud at the beauty of her prose. It's some of the best writing I've read in years. So why would I have the impulse to think of The Book of Emma Reyes as something less intentional or less sophisticated than each of its sentences? Part of the answer is the form. Each letter starts without connecting to the last, and each one ends with a few lines of small talk that can be deeply jarring.

In one gorgeous passage, Reyes describes a terrifying moment during a town festival: a monster appears, black and noisy, with eyes "so bright they lit up half the plaza. People fell to their knees and began to pray and make the sign of the cross Some men advanced toward the square with large sticks in their hands.

The beast stopped in the middle of the street and closed its eyes. The first automobile had arrived in Guateque. Tonight the first human landed on the moon. But of course, that moment is calculated. Reyes, as editor, opted to keep those last lines in place, and look at the juxtaposition they contain: in the space of the word bye , she goes from a child who sees a car as a monster to an adult who can mention the first lunar landing in passing.

The move seems casual, but it's not. It's a perfect demonstration of the difference between the Emma Reyes in the letters and the Emma Reyes who wrote and edited them. By the time Reyes began writing her stories down, she was an artist living in Paris.

She had traveled the world, befriended Frida Kahlo, become the Gertude Stein-style heart of a circle of Latin American expatriates. The child in The Book of Emma Reyes did not have the tools to imagine that life. In the first letter, perhaps the most beautiful of the book, she's a tiny child playing in a garbage dump, worshiping a mud figurine named General Rebollo.

She doesn't know what a dad or a mom are, what a donkey is, what the word straighten means. The letters come from her perspective, not that of the adult Emma. They're written with beauty and clarity, but almost never with commentary. They seem to come directly from the little girl who, asked who her mother is, says, "The chocolate shop. The moments of cruelty, too, come through a child's eyes. When her mother — whom young Emma calls Mrs.

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We look forward to seeing you! Author Emma Reyes. Potent and, against all odds, even lovely. The most sophisticated aspect of this book.

A fine visual sensibility and an unusual generosity give even the darker passages a quality of delight. But the book that entranced me, one I carried around the country and recommended to people in every state, was a slim memoir not set in America, but Colombia: The Book of Emma Reyes.

Reyes's voice is wondrous. Several times while reading, I gasped out loud at the beauty of her prose. It's some of the best writing I've read in years. Reyes is gloriously unceremonious in her telling: the memoir begins in a garbage heap and ends with a dog sniffing another's behind.

Her early memories seem photographic—they are vivid and discrete, almost disconnected; charged with the child's imagination and sense of drama. A marvellous storyteller.

Reyes captures the distortions and agonies of childhood with a desperate immediacy that has rarely been matched in contemporary literature, and with a disarmingly chatty insouciance to boot. I wish more people would read this book so I could have more conversations about it.

The harrowing onset of [Emma Reyes's] life journey as child and pubescent [is] described with such quirky grace and raw honesty, such a childlike eye for detail and disarming explanation of the inexplicable, that it is as poetic as it is horrific.

Many reasons, perhaps, but when they're written so well as this, perhaps it doesn't matter. Reyes writes with captivating detail. Concise and powerful. It is difficult not to feel affection for the writer of this story.

Reyes's writing is simple and straightforward, highly descriptive but never ornate. Her clear prose is laced with breathtaking truisms, expertly relayed in English by her translator. Like a fairy tale. There are. It's all very visual. The hardships Reyes depicts are nearly unimaginable and medieval in character, and the 'heroine' survives through awesome ingenuity. Reyes's simple prose unsentimentally and intuitively captures the poverty and trauma of her early life.

Her painter's eye for detail does the rest. A book that's a minor classic of Latin American literature and that offers a stunning portrait of the artist as a young woman.

As a storyteller, Reyes has an innate sense of pacing and suspense; as a kind of cultural historian she knows how to paint portraits not only of individuals but of a society as well. A rich portrait of life among the poorest of the poor in Colombia in the early 20th century [in] a handsome Penguin Classics edition that will likely be read around the world.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Book of Emma Reyes. Sep 04, Brina rated it liked it Shelves: coming-of-age , memoirs , hispanic-culture , feminism. Updated in June After discussing this book with a few trusted goodreads friends, I updated my rating and review.

I am always on alert for books by women of color from around the globe. A few weeks ago a goodreads friend had mentioned reading The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir and it piqued by interest as a memoir by a South American artist from the 20th century. A product of what ear Updated in June A product of what early reviewers call a Dickensian upbringing, Reyes overcame a horrendous childhood to later become a top artist of her native Columbia.

This is after she called Paris her home and joined an ex-pat community well established in Europe at the time. As a small child, however, her life was nothing short of horrendous. Along with her older sister Helena, the two girls were brought into the world by their mother Maria who immediately suffered from a severe case of post partum depression.

Unfortunately for the girls and their two half brothers, a diagnosis for this mental health disorder did not exist in s Columbia, and often times the children were left to fend for themselves for entire days, many times locked in a room with no food. At the time, Helena was six and a half and Emma no more than five. They had a full time nanny at times, but Maria moved the family all over Columbia in an attempt to better her own position in life, and she usually clashed with the nanny and fired her, leaving the children on their own yet again.

Even if Maria comes across as unloving and self-centered, one can not help but think if she lived in a different time and place that she could have received help for her depression and gone on to love her children. Yet, Emma writes longingly of her mother because at age five, her mother is her entire world. The coping became to much for Maria and one by one she abandoned her children. Helena and Emma were brought up in a strict orphanage run by nuns even though they were a product of an illegitimate relationship.

Eventually, they were accepted by the church, but the descriptions Emma gives in her letters are nothing short of heart rending.

Based on a girl's looks or abilities, she received choice tasks to complete. This was not an orphanage where a girl would receive an education. In order to finance the welfare of the one hundred fifty girls, the nuns put them to work at all tasks from cleaning the bathroom and kitchen to embroidery and being personal assistants to the nuns themselves.

Each girl had nuns they forged better relationships and vice versa. Emma had the misfortune of being the younger sister to Helena, called the most beautiful girl in the orphanage, while being cross-eyed herself. As a result, it took her many years before she could establish a group of friends while also being stuck performing the worst of tasks in the orphanage.

It is of little wonder that by the time she reached adolescence that she thought about the wider world outside of the orphanage and her means of escaping from it. Alarcon did a fine job with the translation, but it is evident that the writing is simplistic in form. Reyes' letters were not geared toward a juvenile audience, but because she did not learn to read or write until her late teenaged years, Reyes had a limited vocabulary.

As a result, this memoir can be viewed as a coming of age story, which I mentioned recently that I have found myself enjoying less and less each year. This simplistic language that might have also been lost in translation was a sticking point for me in an otherwise compelling story. I am glad that Reyes was ambitious enough to leave the orphanage and fend for herself, resulting in her becoming a gifted artist and traveling the world.

It appeared even from an early age that the nuns spotted her talent but because of her life situation she lacked a means to cultivate it.

While I felt for this horrendous childhood, I read quickly to find out when the misery would end, but, unfortunately it never did in the course of this book. It was an easy reading book to get through at a busy time of the year for me, but not a book I would necessarily choose had I not been alerted to both the topic and cover on goodreads.

Perhaps because Reyes was known as an artist, I would enjoy her artwork more than this memoir. Nevertheless this memoir points to the lack of mental health awareness in the early 20th century and is a worthy read if you can get through the horrendous imagery and language gaps.

View all 6 comments. May 30, Chrissie rated it it was ok Shelves: returned , colombia , arts , audible , read , life-stages , religion , bio. Emma Reyes writes of her Colombian childhood. To put it mildly, her childhood was extremely unpleasant. We read twenty three letters written by her and sent to a friend, a Colombian historian. He encouraged her to write them—her life story should be brought to light, pulled out in the open for public view.

What is told is disturbing. Emma Reyes and her siblings are deserted by their mother. The father is absent. We are told of events starting when she is five and her sister, Elena, six and a half. Herethis is how it was! Emotions are absent from the presentation. The first letters are short and rather confusing; one gets the impression Emma does not know how to start.

She is speaking of that which she remembers from the age of five. She does not understand what is happening around her and so we do not understand either. Letter by letter more is revealed; confusion dissipates. Sentences become longer, fuller, more informative and easier to comprehend. It is as though she finally knows what she wants to say and says it--in a straightforward manner.

Their mother leaves them. They end up in a convent, where they are abused and used as a source of labor. What is delivered is no pretty picture of poverty, neglect and individuals of the Roman Catholic Church. The author later moved to France, became literate, met up with renown authors and artists. She became an artist herself, not that I had ever heard of her before reading this book. None of this is spoken of in the letters; the letters end with her escape from the convent.

How do I feel toward this book? The writing is not special. The events described are horrible but in fact not unimaginable. This is not the first book to highlight the corrupt and immoral behavior of some of the Roman Catholic Church. That the author turned her life around and made something good of it is praiseworthy, but this does not necessarily make the book remarkable or outstanding.

Have they perhaps been altered? As it stands now, the book feels incomplete. Marisol Ramirez narrates the audiobook. Colombian names are spoken rapidly. At the start, the names swish by in a blur. After a while you know who is who and the telling is not hard to follow.

I have given the narration three stars. He reads the introduction. He reads too fast. View all 4 comments. Nov 25, JimZ rated it it was amazing. I loved it. Emma Reyes, tr. She and her sister were raised in horrific poverty in Bogota, Colombia, abandoned by their mother as children, and raised, for the most part, in an especially grim convent.

Reyes went on to become a renowned if underappreciated painter, befriended by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; her letters were admired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez though his praise of them, after they were shown to him without her permission, led to her ceasing her correspondence for decades.

Reyes captures the distortions and agonies of childhood with a desperate immediacy that has rarely been matched in contemporary literature, and with a disarmingly chatty insouciance to boot. For all of her adult life, Emma Reyes was known as an artist who painted and sketched, and as storyteller in the world of other artists in Europe and South America.

He suggested that she write him letters about her childhood, which eventually became this memoir in epistolary format. Arciniegas showed some of the letters to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who expressed his g For all of her adult life, Emma Reyes was known as an artist who painted and sketched, and as storyteller in the world of other artists in Europe and South America.

Arciniegas showed some of the letters to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who expressed his great enthusiasm to Reyes. She, in turn, felt betrayed by Arciniegas, believing that he had violated her privacy and stopped writing to him for decades.

The letters are candid and direct in detailing beauty and ugliness about Emma Reyes' first nineteen years of life. At the time she had no idea that the woman was her mother, nor that the boy was possibly her brother.

She and the other neighborhood children played in heaps of dirt and garbage, and buoyed by imagination built figures from junk and created stories. Reyes witnessed and was on the receiving end of devastating cruelty.

Taken from the dark windowless room where she lived as a child, she went to a convent, where young girls labored for more than ten hours a day cleaning, scrubbing, sewing and embroidering fine clothing for other people. All of them lived in a world that was filled with threats, degredation and no hope for another way of life. What she remembered, before the convent and inside it, conjures a life of faith, faith betrayed, and rudimentary beliefs in folkloric customs.

At the end of her memoir, Emma Reyes cagily finds a way to get the keys to the convent and escape, which is where her first nineteen years of life end. Not the most promising childhood for a young woman who evenutally worked with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and interacted with writers, intellectuals and artists. You have to. Perhaps one day those papers will be organized to help fill in the many gaps and questions about the life of the remarkable Emma Reyes.

Sep 05, Penny Literary Hoarders rated it liked it Shelves: own-it , books-read-in , review-copy-provided. This was a memoir written in letters by Emma Reyes. She had a very bizarre, incredibly impoverished and astonishingly abusive upbringing. Her mother was someone Emma and her sister referred to as Mrs. After years of abuse that included horrific violence that included being locked in closets, rooms, etc for the entire day, sometimes days, Mrs.

Maria abandoned them and the girls were taken to a convent. The majority, in fact most, of this memoir is stories from the convent. This was a "good This was a memoir written in letters by Emma Reyes. This was a "good" read, if I can phrase it that, but it wasn't a gripping one - there was a great deal of the everyday storytelling of the common everyday happenings in the convent so it wasn't the most fascinating story once Emma arrives at the convent? For certain, her days there weren't all wonderful either.

But, I don't know - it probably doesn't sound right to say - but it was a good read, but nothing exceptional for me. Emma Reyes did overcome and came of age in exceptionally bizarre and terrible conditions - but this memoir does not cover her adult years and the moving forward to her adult life as a successful artist.

Sorry for the ramble. I started this when it was relevant for WomeninTranslation month and finished it this weekend. Sep 29, Missy J rated it liked it Shelves: latin-america , books , non-fiction , biography. I've never heard of the author Emma Reyes before I read this book. In the introduction of this book, the translator Daniel Alarcon gives a brief summary of her life and how unlikely and amazing this book is to have been published. Emma Reyes was born in dire poverty and didn't even know who her parents were.

The father was absent. The mother wanted Emma and her sister Helena to call her Mrs. One day, their mother abandoned them at a train station and the girls ended up at a convent. Most I've never heard of the author Emma Reyes before I read this book. Most of this book is based on the author's life in the convent.

It's a sad life filled with never-ending work and no family or love. Towards the end of the book, the author managed to run away from the convent. What happens later in her life is not included in this book, which is a pity really, because Reyes went on to live in a number of different countries and mingled with a lot of famous artists including Frida Kahlo.

Sep 24, freckledbibliophile rated it it was amazing. This was such a miraculous and powerful book. The account of, Emma Reyes and her sister, had the power to pull at your heart and wish you could write yourself into the story just to help the two of them discover some sort of happiness and peace. Sadly, children are subjected to this type of injustice on an everyday basis.

It helps others recognize that they can weather the pain and tribulations that may be inflicted upon them when they are able to see others out there, kids even, who have lived t This was such a miraculous and powerful book.

It helps others recognize that they can weather the pain and tribulations that may be inflicted upon them when they are able to see others out there, kids even, who have lived the life of ten people, and are dealing with much bigger issues. This was a beautifully narrated story of betrayal, rejection, abandonment, a lack of self-identity and a stolen childhood.

Highly recommended! I liked it, how a little girl that only had like 8 years old and still remembers all those details about her childhood, how she could get to some results and opinions about the things that go around her, but the end was very shocking for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. More specifically, I enjoyed the style of writing that was so unique, being very child-like in many ways, although in reality, it was written by an adult woman.

The book was also great in giving the reader a deep and intimate look into poverty, without being full of pity, as is often the case when discussing this topic. My only wish is that the book would have been longer, not ending so abruptly. Feb 04, Jee Koh rated it it was amazing. The Book of Emma Reyes is a revelation. Godmother to Latin American writers and artists in Paris, Emma Reyes was illiterate until her late teens, escaped from grinding poverty and the convent in Columbia, to Buenos Aires and then Paris, to re-invent herself as painter.

No literary flourishes, no imaginative metaphors. Just a sustaining belief that the material itself holds its own interest. I had no idea who Emma Reyes was when I picked up this book a painter who became part of the cultural elite in France, but at the same time did not become famous.

The premise seemed interesting and I brought it home, oblivious of the fact that it was an autobiography compiled of the letters Emma wrote to a historian, recounting the first twenty years of her life. When this dawned upon me, the book really started gripping me. Emma's story is an amazing one. There's not much else I can say about I had no idea who Emma Reyes was when I picked up this book a painter who became part of the cultural elite in France, but at the same time did not become famous. There's not much else I can say about it.

I'm grateful that she has written it quite an achievement if you only became literate on your 20th year in life and that I decided to read it. May 30, Carly Friedman rated it liked it Shelves: nfbc-brs-and-botms , audiobooks , biographies , non-us.

The Book of Emma Reyes was an easy audiobook to finish quickly and I found the insight into her difficult childhood interesting. The book is made up of a series of letters she sent to friends in which she recounts her childhood. She was abandoned by her mother at age 6 or 7 and then raised in a convent. Reyes struggled with crossed eyes, poverty, and abuse at the convent.

Her writing is so straight-forward and simple that even the most difficult parts of her childhood were not too distressing to The Book of Emma Reyes was an easy audiobook to finish quickly and I found the insight into her difficult childhood interesting. Her writing is so straight-forward and simple that even the most difficult parts of her childhood were not too distressing to hear about. She shows remarkable resilience and strength.

However, the book ends abruptly and I am left wanting to learn much more about Reyes. I had never heard of her before hearing about the book but googling her art, she was very talented. Reyes's voice is wondrous. Several times while reading, I gasped out loud at the beauty of her prose. It's some of the best writing I've read in years. Reyes is gloriously unceremonious in her telling: the memoir begins in a garbage heap and ends with a dog sniffing another's behind. Her early memories seem photographic—they are vivid and discrete, almost disconnected; charged with the child's imagination and sense of drama.

A marvellous storyteller. Reyes captures the distortions and agonies of childhood with a desperate immediacy that has rarely been matched in contemporary literature, and with a disarmingly chatty insouciance to boot. I wish more people would read this book so I could have more conversations about it.

The harrowing onset of [Emma Reyes's] life journey as child and pubescent [is] described with such quirky grace and raw honesty, such a childlike eye for detail and disarming explanation of the inexplicable, that it is as poetic as it is horrific.

Many reasons, perhaps, but when they're written so well as this, perhaps it doesn't matter. Reyes writes with captivating detail. Concise and powerful. It is difficult not to feel affection for the writer of this story.

Reyes's writing is simple and straightforward, highly descriptive but never ornate. Her clear prose is laced with breathtaking truisms, expertly relayed in English by her translator. Like a fairy tale. There are. It's all very visual. The hardships Reyes depicts are nearly unimaginable and medieval in character, and the 'heroine' survives through awesome ingenuity. Reyes's simple prose unsentimentally and intuitively captures the poverty and trauma of her early life.

Her painter's eye for detail does the rest. A book that's a minor classic of Latin American literature and that offers a stunning portrait of the artist as a young woman. As a storyteller, Reyes has an innate sense of pacing and suspense; as a kind of cultural historian she knows how to paint portraits not only of individuals but of a society as well. A rich portrait of life among the poorest of the poor in Colombia in the early 20th century [in] a handsome Penguin Classics edition that will likely be read around the world.

Her powers of recollection are extraordinary. Reading her words pitches the reader head first into a wondrous, terrifying world. There are many colorful—and often shocking—vignettes. A remarkable picture of growing up in poverty and difficult circumstances, among adults and a Catholic Church little concerned with children's welfare, The Book of Emma Reyes is a fascinating little document, written in a rough but disarmingly open, charming style.

With a child's innocence, Reyes narrates her experience with precise, direct prose that is interspersed with mature and thoughtful insights. A memoir of extreme hardships told in a clear, restrained style, with an ending that leaves the reader wishing for more. I don't think I've read many books of such power and grace, or that pack such an emotional wallop in so short a space.

There is no self-pity, only wonder, and that tone, so delicate and subtle, is perhaps the book's greatest achievement. The very fact that this book exists is extraordinary. Everything about it. Emma Reyes is that voice—a storyteller with an eye for the details of a world devastating in its cruelty and indifference. Her voice is a triumph of hope and resilience and does what the best books do—expand our awareness and deepen our compassion.

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The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir by Emma Reyes, Daniel Alarcón, Daniel Alarcón (Paperback). $ El Libro de Emma Reyes: Memoria Por Correspondencia. Emma Reyes () was a Colombian painter and intellectual whose letters were first published in She grew up in extreme poverty and escaped a convent. Emma Reyes is an enthusiastic artist, always eager to experiment with new media, but she most often works in clay. . Emma Reyes La Huella de la Infancia (TV Series ) - IMDb .

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