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  • 224 pages
  • Stones for Ibarra
  • Harriet Doerr
  • 04 August 2015

10 thoughts on “Stones for Ibarra

  1. Mary Lynn Hendrickson Mary Lynn Hendrickson says:

    This is one of a handful of books that I always buy used in order to give away to people What I liked best about it as well as her Consider this Senora as the poetic prose Not too heavy not too light Not too flowery not too sparse Just right Musical in a sense but not obviously so The kind of writing that's a window than a door to help you see the beauty and sacredness that's inherent in everyday lifeWhat I especially liked in Stones however was the very artful way subtle not preachy or obnoxious that North American lifestyle idealizing the individual or individual family was compared and contrasted with Latin American lifestyle idealizing the communal Growing up in small town North America in real village in rural parts I'm able to recognize what's good and bad in both neither the individual nor the community should be idealized in my opinion because our creator and our country intended both in balance with some bad conseuences if we go to either extreme but Stones clearly critiues North America's love of self while managing to do it sympathetically favoring the mining village's love of communal while managing to temper it with some humor What's nice is that at the end the lead characters seem to get the message


  2. Daniel Chaikin Daniel Chaikin says:

    11 Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerrpublished 1984format 214 page paperbackacuired inherited from my neighbor upon his moveread Feb 20 24rating 4Doerr's claim to fame seems to be that she published her first book this one here at the ripe young age of 74 She outlived her husband who died of leukemia and then went back to school to complete her unfinished BA and that led to hereGentle and atmospheric are two things I struck me initially on starting this Richard Everton abandons his career in the US to re open a family owned mine in the middle of nowhere desert of Mexico He brings his wife Sara and they move into an old run down mansion in a tiny town find plenty of locals willing to work the mine Shortly afterward he is diagnosed with leukemia Most of this is autobiographicalThe novel isn't like a novel It has the feel of linked short stories with each chapter focusing on one character or oddity of the region Several were published prior to the book First Sara is generally amused She struggles to learn Spanish well enough to have clear communication but wonders and is charmed by the passionate and brutal Catholic community she now lives within But these stories seems to get darker and Richard gets sicker and husband and wife remain non religious outsiders called North Americans wealthy benevolent respected and necessary heathens Eventually the stories settle on Sara and her mental and emotional struggles with her husband's sickness and somewhat with her grief after his passing There is a cumulative gravitas And there is a lot of Mexico Still thinking about it


  3. Sera Sera says:

    I struggled with the rating for this book because it probably deserves 5 stars However I as the reader had a little difficulty putting everything together so that the lower rating likely represents a deficiency on my part instead of a commentary on the book itselfNevertheless this book is beautifully written because the rhythm is very lyrical in nature It's about a couple who move to Mexico in the 1960s to re establish a mine that the husband's grandfather had abandoned in 1910 The couple's story is told through a series of vignettes that depict the numerous differences between Mexican and American cultures What's interesting is that people die every day in this small Mexican town in strange and sometimes violent ways and the husband in book Richard we learn at the onset of the book will also be dead within 5 years of the couple's move to Mexico There is a connection between his death and those of the others in the book that I haven't uite put together in my mind yet Even so I became very wrapped up in the Ibarra community and I had such admiration for the couple who moved there They were the only foreigners in that town and they had such a generosity about them that I found them to be uite compelling as charactersThis book isn't for everyone but if you are looking for a uniue read you may want to check this one out


  4. Karen Karen says:

    I actually thought about how much I love this author when I picked the name Harriet for our daughter Very nice voice in her writing


  5. Elizabeth (Alaska) Elizabeth (Alaska) says:

    I always glance at the copyright page of a book and in this case I immediately panicked For the current challenge I needed to be reading a book published in 1984 and the copyright started with 1978 and then '81 '83 and '84 Sometimes the GR information is incorrect but this was going to be beyond disappointing and I was going to have to scurry around and find a replacement book It turns out that the earlier copyrights were for stories published before the final publication of the novel Yes stories This is definitely a novel but the construction is somewhat similar to Olive Kitteridge Sometimes reading a lot of stories by a single author can feel repetitious and this is true about some of the chapters in this Here is the story of Richard and Sara Everton but there is also the story of Ibarra a village remotely located in the interior mountains of Mexico Some 50 years earlier than our story was the 1910 Revolution when Richard Everton's grandfather was forced to abandon his mining operation and flee the country The Evertons return to Ibarra to reclaim the mine to reinvigorate the village and to live their lives The driver of the station wagon is Richard Everton a blue eyed black haired stubborn man who will die thirty years sooner than he now imagines On the seat beside him is his wife Sara who imagines neither his death nor her own imminent or remote as they may be Instead she sees in one of its previous incarnations the adobe house where they intend to sleep tonightWith this forecasting in the first paragraph we know or think we know where the story is heading It is no spoiler then to say that we come to know Sara and the villagers as Richard gets sicker and sicker I had great empathy for Sara Although we had a positive outcome as Sara and Richard do not last fall my husband and I looked suarely in the face of his cancer Most of the early chapters did not involve much emotion and I was not entirely prepared for the last 20 or so pages I should have but did not expect such a powerful depiction of a wife's loss And it is this last that nudges the story over the 4 star line into my 5 star reads


  6. Nina Nina says:

    You should read this book even if it's not really your kind of thing A couple one just over 40 and the other just under move from the Bay Area to rural Mexico to start up the husband's old family mine The book feels like a collection of short stories than a novel The language is lyrical without being gushing and Jake will be happy to know that Doerr never dips into magical realism There might be odd coincidences and an oddly humorous but sad bit in which an old priest is followed around by all the village dogs all the time but there are no miracles This isn't a travel book nor is it some of that see how poverty makes people noble crap Mostly it's about the wife's journey to both understand and deliberately misunderstand the people around her and the events in her life It's sad but not that bleak More on the relentless tide of fate side than the all doom all the time side I take great solace in the fact that this was Doerr's first book published and she was 68 That means I have about 34 years before it's too late for me to publish my great American novel Bibliovore says it tastes like Chicken mole from Montero's Cafe Chiles with chocolate means it's rich but not sweet


  7. Lisa Lisa says:

    Author Harriet Doerr's debut novel was published when she was 74 years old She went back to school at the urging of her son to finish her BA after surviving her husband and went on to become a Wallace Stegner fellow She writes a fiction novel or novella from her experiences in Mexico The story is gentle and revealing of North American life compared to that of rural Ibarra Mexico Sarah and Richard a couple in their 40s leave California to reopen a mine in Ibarra abandoned by Richard's family many years earlier There experiences with the residents of way of life in Ibarra help Sarah and Richard learn and grow The voice is like none I've read and it is beautiful and lyrical in nature it's a series of vignettes exploring Sarah Richard and their neighbors


  8. Emily Emily says:

    It feels like assigned reading for a high school English class Like it is probably good for me somehow but I'm just not getting it I didn't connect to any of the stories or characters My favorite part was being done


  9. Ted Ted says:

    This novel is probably well worth a read But I've read it and even though I remember nothing about it and it's short I'm getting rid of it Now I wish I hadn'tIt was the winner of the American Book Award whatever that is in 1984 so I probably read it thirty years ago The blurb on the back uotes the NYT A very good novel indeed with echoes of Gabriel Garcia Maruez Katherine Anne Porter and even even Graham Greene Pretty good company


  10. Kate Kate says:

    I borrowed this book from the library based on Lisa Roberts' excellent review This is such a gentle beautiful story about a North American couple moving to a small village in a remote part of Mexico to reopen his grandfather's ore mine Harriet Doerr won the National Book Award for this descriptive novel of their life surroundings and neighbors Being agnostic in Catholic Mexico provided a background to the story as well as a framework for Richard and Sara's social lives Richard succeeds in reopening the mine and providing jobs for many of the villagers Sara craving her North American privacy manages to negotiate relationships with servants nuns and priests as well as learning to trust and make friends The description of the land as well as the weather completed this novel for me


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Stones for Ibarra❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Stones for Ibarra Author Harriet Doerr – Thomashillier.co.uk Winner of the National Book Award for First Work of FictionA very good novel indeed with echoes of Gabriel García Máruez Katherine Anne Porter and even Graham Greene The New York Times Richard and Winner of the National Book Award for First Work of FictionA very good novel indeed with echoes of Gabriel García Máruez Katherine Anne Stones for MOBI :↠ Porter and even Graham Greene The New York Times Richard and Sara Everton just over and just under forty have come to the small Mexican village of Ibarra to reopen a copper mine abandoned by Richard’s grandfather fifty years before They have mortgaged sold borrowed left friends and country to settle in this remote spot; their plan is to live out their lives here connected to the place and to each other The two Americans the only foreigners in Ibarra live among people who both respect and misunderstand them And gradually the villagers at first enigmas to the Evertons come to teach them much about life and the relentless tide of fate.


About the Author: Harriet Doerr

Harriet Doerr April – November was an American author whose debut novel was published at the age of Stones for MOBI :↠ A granddaughter of California railroad magnate and noted collector of art and rare books Henry Edwards Huntington Doerr grew up in a Pasadena California family that encouraged intellectual endeavors She enrolled in Smith College in but transferred to Stanford Univers.