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Very well written, thought provoking novel examining the mythology that families and other groups create and pass on The narration alternates between the older woman anthropologist who is mistakenly thought to be dead and is in no hurry to correct that mistake , and her daughter back home in Spain, who obsesses about learning the truth about her family s history I especially like the sections focusing on the mother what a fascinating character the author has created here Some of the family legends retold by the daughter dragged a bit for me But all in all, a very satisfying read. I enjoy dual perspective novels on the whole, but Enrique de Heriz s Lies, which I read for the Guatemala stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge, did not really do anything for me Serena s sections of the narrative felt overwritten, and I felt detached from both perspectives, quite unable to get into it I thought that this sounded as though it would be right up my street, as I love books about exploration and mysteries, but it did not live up to its premise The prose flowed well enough for the most part, but I found it quite clunky and overdone at times, and gave up around halfway through. It was interesting reading about the work and studies of an anthropologist, but I didn t really get in to the whole narrative history of this family I didn t like how each character seemed so locked in to their particular role, I just guess I didn t really care that much for them Maybe I d rather read a whole book about the Russian couple. Parts of this were beautiful beyond explanation, and others I found myself skipping entirely I think I appreciated it when I finished reading it than during the actual reading Stories, and, in some ways, lies, are a part of each of us. An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review Lies by Enrique de H riz on Blogcritics.org.How much do you care about the truth How far are you willing to go to uncover the truth Conversely, how far are you willing to cover up a lie These are just some of the questions that this multi layered complex book tries to answer This book is the story of Isabel Azuera, who is an aged anthropologist, and her family At the age of 69, she suddenly announces to her family that she is heading to Guatemala While in Guatemala, an accident happens, and it is reported to her family back in Spain that she is dead However, it is clear from the outset that she isn t after all, she is one of the two narrators of the book There has been a case of mistaken identity, but if you re an anthropologist whose field of study is funerals and death rites of various peoples around the world, wouldn t faking one s death be the perfect etude for studying how one s family reacts to one s death So yes, Isabel is dead, from the perspective of her family, but in reality, she is well and alive in Guatemala The other narrator of the book is her daughter Serena, who is dealing with the death of her mother, in addition to her own lies As the book unravels, with the narrative being bounced from Isabel to Serena and back, the reader discovers the various lies that were made to sustain the whole family And somehow, in the course of the novel, the reader in this case, me is made to reconsider whether lying is really a bad thing or not Because seriously, would you rather lie, if by doing so, it buys you peace of mind If by doing so, it gives you cultural stability If by doing so, it preserves your sanity If by doing so, you can explain personal historical events that would otherwise have no explanation There are plenty of lies that are discussed in this book the alleged death of Isabel Azuera is just one of them Did Pablo Isabel s son really see the remains of her mother in Guatemala Did Julio a painter, and Isabel s husband really paint the Russian woman who was their neighbor in rural Spain Is the Russian woman really Russian There are plenty of stories in this book, stories that surround the family, stories that are elevated to the status of legends, and truth be told, one will wonder whether these are truths or fabrications as well Needless to say, I enjoyed the book I should say, however, that the beginning was a little disengaging It took a while before I looked forward to turning the page It was a slow starter, but after a few dozen pages, and I was hooked I am seeing a pattern with these Spanish novelists most novels I read from Spain are dense, complex, and have the ability to make me think twice before moving on Carlos Ruiz Zafon s Shadow of the Wind and Enrique Joven s The Book of God and Physics are just a few other books that come to mind And yes, I seem to be reading quite a few philosophical novels recently This is the second novel that made me question the veritability of truth the first one was Life of Pi by Yann Martel So yes, I have a favorable impression of this book It made me think, and it made me appreciate the things I take for granted I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.See my other book reviews here. The way the story deploys is quite interesting However, sometimes I felt tired of all these descriptions. Mid 4 This is an enchanting investigation into the nature of truth, where every event, in its retelling, passes into family lore and history through the creative processes of each narrator As such, the mistakenly reported death of Isabel Garcia Luna in the depths of the Guatemalan jungle enables her to reflect on how her own husband s tales about their own famly history may have shaped their own children s lives To her mind the past, like the future, can only be imagined Isabel s own professional work as an anhropologist specialised in researching tribal societies marking of death allows the author to provide fascinatng and accurate musings on how such tribal funerary rites form a process of establishing the future lives of the mourners than oportunities to merely grieve the loss of a cherished one Isabel s own decision as to whether to return to her family is thereby largely determined by her own thoughts on how her children will forge their own future after her reported loss Of particular concern to her is how the inquisitive nature of her only daughter, Serena, may unveil the truth about their own family history and the impact this cold have This provides the author with another clever and skillful plot device of alternating narration between mother and daughter in which, just like a Russian doll, the truth behind cherished familial tales is gradually revealed, and the ensuing anxiety at what such revelatons could pose for the family s future Fascinating. I took a long time to read this book, and half wondered from time to time if I was going to ever finish it But every time I picked it up from under the rest of the pile beside the bed, I glanced at what I d most recently read in it and wanted to know what was going to happen next So, while I can t agree with the quote on the cover I was gripped from the start , I do agree that it s worth reading.An anthropologist who specialises in death customs is herself mistakenly thought dead When she realises it she keeps quiet, and her family begin the process of thinking and talking about her life She does a lot of thinking too, and we are privy to both her thoughts, written as if journalling, and the thoughts of her daughter, who is the 3rd person narrator back home in Spain.This book is translated, but nobody would know It is a very good read with interesting uncoverings and fascinating people. This is superficial, really, but I was slightly annoyed that one of the two narratives was written entirely in italics Since the narratives are divided into separate chapters, I didn t think this was entirely necessary and felt like everything was being emphasized.As for the story itself, I don t know say in a erudite fashion that it just didn t do it for me I probably need to take time to really think about the novel, but at first read it didn t really strike a chord. `Kindle ⇦ Mentira ☂ Isabel Azuera, An Anthropologist, Is Deep In The Jungle Of Northern Guatemala She Has Told Everyone That She Is Doing Field Research, But In Fact She Has Made The Journey To Escape Her Family When She Learns That She Is Believed To Have Died In A Terrible Boating Accident And That Her Children Have Misidentified A Mutilated Body As Her Own, She Decides To Keep The Truth Hidden And Remain Dead Alone In The Jungle, She Begins Reassessing The Lies And Legends Upon Which The Foundations Of Her Family S History Have Been Constructed Thousands Of Miles Away, Isabel S Daughter, Serena, And The Rest Of The Family Have Gathered At Her Parents Beachhouse Near Barcelona Serena Is Keeping A Diary And Trying To Make Sense Of Her Family And Its History Her Voice Echoes, Enhances, And At Times Challenges Her Mother S Memories And Perceptions An Intricately Wrought, Multilayered Novel And Winner Of The Premi Llibreter In Spain The Bookseller S Award LIES Ranges From The Present To Deep Into The Past As Isabel And Serena Recount Spellbinding Tales Of Love Affairs And Scandals Within The Azuera Family, The Lies And Legends That Have Influenced Generations Gradually Come To Light Interwoven Into The Narratives Are Beautifully Told Digressions On The Tribal Customs And Cultures, Funerary Rituals, And Even The Legends Surrounding The Eighth Century Chinese Poet Li Po Some Of The Stories Are Brutal, Others Droll, And Still Others Exciting Together They Illuminate The Importance Of Storytelling In Shaping Our Beliefs About Our Families And Ourselves