The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

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This novel spans five decades and three continents; it traces a global lineage of political, cultural, and personal tumult from World War II to the present. During a time of brutal guerrilla warfare and civilian kidnappings, the humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington travels to Haiti to investigate the murder of a beautiful, seductive photojournalist, Jackie Scott. There he is confronted with a dangerous landscape of poverty, corruption, and voodoo. The story brings to life an intricate portrait of catastrophic events that led up to the war on terror and the America we are today.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly, ©2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802122759
9780802119827
0802119824
Characteristics: 715 pages ; 24 cm

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JCLMELODYK Oct 10, 2014

Deeply disturbing story of a soulless woman abused by her brutalized father. Not for the faint of heart. Shacochis' writing is mind-boggling superb.

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baroth18
Mar 02, 2014

I'm rarely disappointed in a book that has been recommended-but I finally gave up on this one-after 173 pages-and that took me way too long. Decided I had no real yearning for finding out how it developed or ended!!!

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icelandia
Feb 07, 2014

A contemporary War and Peace -- without the Peace. And a big fat book, to boot! However, a warning to would-be readers: if you don’t have a decent attention span and at least a smattering of 20th century history under your belt, then forgetaboutit.

I’ve been spoiled by Shacochis, his prose so lush (as they say), the descriptions so void of cliches, the sentences so complex and rhythmic. I wish I had an extra two weeks in life so I could flip the book to the beginning and read it out loud. Every couple of pages something would set the hairs on the back of my neck tingling.

Is "The Woman" herself an annoying, almost despicable, character. Definately. It's easy to see her as a metaphor for US foreign policy.

niftygal Dec 15, 2013

EW top 10 non-fiction of 2013

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brianharrigan
Nov 27, 2013

I had read a professional reviewer's gushing analysis of this book, and the storyline indeed seemed captivating. I actually made it through 600 pages until it dawned on me that the book's main character irritated me terribly, and the relationships she "developed" were toxic and impeded the flow of energy and interest that the other characters elicited in me instead. The writing is sharp and takes mind-numbing bends at times, but momentum flounders at several points on the rocks of mundane and trivial attenpts at forging an emotional ecosystem around the main character, which sucks the oxygen from the reading room.

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