Monday, April 03, 2017

Review: Christodora

Christodora Christodora by Tim Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit it took me a while to get into this book, but it was worth it.

New York in the 80's, the AIDS epidemic, many characters: artsy, dysfunctional, endearing.

From 1981 to 2021 we follow the lives of Milly and Jared and Mateo, their adoptive son. Also of Hector, the gay aids activist. They are the main characters, although there are myriads more, beautifully portrayed, that connect with each other and make the book flow.

Christodora is the name of the apartment building where they live and that will be witness to 40 years of love, sorrow, illness and so much more.

I don't think I can make an accurate description of what happens in this book, except to say that we follow the lives of the main characters during four decades, with the Christodora as the main witness. The characters lives are linked in so many ways that sometimes it seemed I was reading a mystery novel (which for me is always a good thing!)

I'm so glad I kept on reading as this is one amazing book!

My only complaint is that, if you write anything in another language, even if it's only a few phrases, please check the grammar and the spelling. I was shocked with the Spanish used in the book, starting with Ysabel Mendes, which (if it was her grandmother's name also) should be Isabel Méndez.

* I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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