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Download ☆ Cellophane 106 ´ Don Victor Sobrevilla a lovable eccentric engineer always dreamed of founding a paper factory in the heart of the Peruvian rain forest and at the opening of this miraculous novel his dream has come true—until he discovers the recipe for cellophane In a life already filled with signs and portents the family dog suddenly begiF truth has descended on the once well behaved Sobrevillas only the beginning of this brilliantly realized generous hearted novel Marie Arana’s style originality and trenchant wit will establish her as one of the most audacious talents in fiction today and Cellophane as one of the most evocative and spirited novels of the year. Charming Engaging Thought provoking And most importantly to me honestOver the decades I’ve collected a set of neurotic and semicapricious rules about my reading; rules I’ve discovered not really invented; patterns I’ve noticed about the books that work for me or don’t You doubtless have your own I don’t know if mine are accurate and I don’t really understand why my brain works the way it does; but one guideline that stands out to me in fiction is that a world must be consistent within itself and without too much “cheating” Cheating can be hard to pin down and I suspect that some days I’m forgiving than others but in general books that feel cheaty end up on my Abandoned pile The Harry Potter books much as I enjoyed parts of them are cheaty Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books to my constant wonder have never felt soI mention this because throughout my entire reading of Cellophane I kept wondering where is she going with this Am I going to feel cheated Within reason this is magical realism after all And as much as she skirts the edge I never felt cheated Captivated and enthralled certainly and thinking back on it I can’t really figure out why On the surface Cellophane deals with a somewhat megalomaniacal eccentric a Fitzcarraldo type who relocated to the deep two decades ago to successfully unlike Fitz pursue a dream of manufacturing paper; he is now obsessed with producing cellophane and the instant he does a curse starts to settle on his hacienda a curse of truth telling of inappropriate transparency Get it Get it More curses are to followWhat makes Cellophane work I think is Arana’s heart Her characters are not always threedimensional but certainly two and a half painted with love and compassion Not always—there are cookiecutter villains—but the people we care about can be complex and do not always go where we expect them to Arana understands the difficulty of human communication and weaves that as an underlying theme throughout And throughout it all Arana’s voice is filled with tenderness kindness some wistfulness over our uirky human customs and a distinct curiosity toward examining our assumptions and perspectives I enjoyed this so much than I had ever expected

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Don Victor Sobrevilla a lovable eccentric engineer always dreamed of founding a paper factory in the heart of the Peruvian rain forest and at the opening of this miraculous novel his dream has come true until he discovers the recipe for cellophane In a life already filled with signs and portents the family dog suddenly begins to. Cellophane reads like Gabriel Garcia Maruez story if he wrote in English instead of his native Spanish Maria Arana brings the beauty of magical realism into the English language The writing superbly surrounds believable life events in a fantastical aura The genius in her story telling comes from the different points of view between the story book characters and the resulting comedic misunderstanding between them The critcs rightly say her comedy is well timedThe book tells of a man who goes and follows his dream in making paper in the heart of the jungle From a vague dream Don Victor's ambition steadily grows to the point of him realizing it He later learns to surrender to his fate instead of trying to force it into fruition With this realization he begins to understand that his family is the only real important think in his lifeIn the book his personal ambition is called the Demon of Want that Arana ties to progress that entrepreneurial spirit brings This brings to uestion the tenuous alliance of Christianity and Capitalism philosophy that seems to be the cornerstone the United States On the one hand both Christianity and Capitalism focus on the potential of the individual and his personal salvation through his actions in this world On the other hand whereas entrepreneurial capitalism focuses on ones personal ambition and the buyers constant never ending Want for More ie energy consumer goods luxury Christianity focus is on God's will and living simply with ones needs not once wants Although it is clear that Don Victor ambition is haughty form of capitalism I do not like the fact that the harbinger of justice is in the form of the military junta It seems that book pits entrepreneurial ambition which is clearly bad in the book as it is tied with the Demon of Want with the power of the state in the form of the military junta that tries to excise tax and bring down entrepreneur venture It seems to me that once ambition combined with change leads to a persons increase libido especially if that ambition leads to success I think women pick up on a man's feeling of success via the men's libido and thus being forward I think women are really turned on by it even though they might not consciously like what they are feeling they unconsciously crave it For example Mariana was grossed out but also turned on by Don Victor's advances toward her because of Don Victor was a successful manThe book brings to light certain contentious issues in the Catholic church such as the role of celibacy in the priesthood Although I understand the theological and idealistic underpinnings of celibacy in the priesthood the reality is that priest are men and like other men I assume they like women The real issue is should the Church assume that the priest should emulate saints in being so enraptured by God that they have only love for him and thus become asexual or should the Church that priest are human than saints and thus have the same wants as us mere mortals and want to make love to a woman Should the church condemn those priest who want to be with women just because it is their natural inclination to do so as a man What should be done for children of priests are they condemned for their father's sins in their human frailtySpeaking of human frailty why is masturbation a sin In the book Dona caught Marcella masturbating and immediately was digusted by it I can see the reason someone who caught someone else masturbating would be grossed out but to consider it a sin Catholic reasoning on masturbating is that since our body is a temple to God then anything lustful that you do with your body is a sin But without that lustful impetous then one cannot procreate which the Church holds to be the reason for sexual intercourse in the first place Also it shocks the Dona that Marcella actually enjoyed the orgasm she was getting It still surprises me that women used to not and should not want to have pleasure from sexual intercourse back in those days I am glad we are in a enlightened age in which women can in fact enjoy sex just as much as man can In the book all the characters seem to be not fulfilled by their marriage Be it Belen who is not compatible with her husband Ignacio to Graciela who had an abusive husband to Jaime who has a demanding wife to Don Victor who just yearns for something different from the familiarity of his wife to a native girl Suraya who was forced to marry a brute in an arrange marriage the book places doubt on the value of long term relationship in marriage for a couples happiness Aside from the initial wonder of falling in love It seems that the happiest relationship in the book is the priests relationship with Dona Mariana's mother If this is the case why do gay people want to get married if they do not want children It seems to me the only reason to get married is if you want children I think it is better to just cohabitate if you want to keep the romance alive because one always knows that the other person is free to leave if the partnership is not satisfactory for both parties involve So it is the doubt of lasting forever that I think keeps the romance alive From everyone in the book I tend to identify with the romantic notions of Graciela the best in creating a world with your beloved a kind of sanctuary from the real world Graciela finally finds love in an American man Louis Her mother is against this match because she is still married to her husband but her husband is abusive and not present The uestion that needs answering is should a spouse remain faithful to an abusive husband who has left her Absolutely not In mind marriage codifies before God and man the love between two people If the spouse becomes abusive and leaves the marriage he forfeits the union even though they are technically still married So in my mind the woman can fall in love againLater on Jaime and Suraya fall in love and the beauty of loving someone solely on non verbal cues is beautiful description of love Even Belen and Ignacio rekindling their love is gorgeous because here are two people who have nothing in common but because one does something nice for the other it sparkles their lost loveHaving said that I do not think divorce should come easily I really only believe divorce has validity if physical violence occurs that is if either one of the spouses fears for his or her life andor the life of their childrenAnother issue that comes up is the role in spousal compatibility in marriage In the book Belen finds out that she was so blinded by her husbands pursuit of her and wanting to experience romantic love that she read in books that she overlooked her gut instincts that she and her husband really had nothing in common Again I think it is only through experience in matters of love that one can separate mere infatuation for someone and being in love with someone I think being in love with someone really happens when the you get to know them the you love them For me this includes having pre marital sex because lust can blind ones vision from true love a la Henry VIII and Anne BoleynThe book tells of drugs as a way to bridge to spirituality Although I think it is okay for drugs to be used in a spiritual context not to be mistaken with its recreational use I also think that the use of drugs should conform with the rules of the place where it is being used Meaning to say if it is illegal you can use it but understand the conseuences of your actions Having said that I do think spiritual use of drugs is completely different from its recreational use For one thing spiritual use of drugs was not abused that is by it being done only for holy purposes means that it cannot be used in day to day life One has to be aware that drug abuse and conseuently its ban from modern day life only occurred in the 20th century I am sure people used drugs before some point to the founding fathers and their use of cannabis but it was not abused The uestion is why was it not abused back then when it was just addictive at it is today I think the answer lies in modern day transportation and the economies of scale and thus readily available There is real danger of abusing drugs now because one can produce it and ship it in such large uantities that it can cause whole populations to succumb to drug induced stupor I think that this is the real reason for its being illegal in today's societySpeaking of spirituality is it wrong that Don Victor finds religion in a gypsy's prediction of the future No because I think providence works in mysterious ways so it does not matter what manner one finds religion The problem is that Don Victor still subscribes to the witchman's spells while professing his devotion to the Virgin of Copacabana In a way Don Victor is really practicing Haitian Catholic vodooism although in the book it is still different because it is separateThe book also uestions enforced Capitalism in a country unfamiliar with it It seems to me that even though Capitalism definitely has value for the progress of a country as a whole people who are not familiar with the system ie developing country can and freuently do get taken advantage of In the book Pedro worked for a company with slave labor in order to make accessory to weapons but after the war the company disbanded leaving the people out of work I think in todays in environment the focus of these companies should be to stress that they are giving the people transferable skills to other industries instead of promising a job for them forever which they cannot deliverTherefore it is understandable that Capitalism would be synonimous with Imperialism People tend to reject ideas no matter how good they are if they see it is foreign to their way of life especially because the head of Capitalistic corporations are all white In exporting Capitalism it is smart for the people exporting it because they get a leg up in terms of the competition But I believe the leg up cannot last forever especially if they do not have a monopoly on the business It is up to the host country especially if it is democratic to enact laws that foster competition That is if the host country is trully democratic The problem with the Cold War era is that most democracies that the US supported were actually dictatorships that received a cut from the corporations with monopolies so they had a vested interest in keeping competition from local growers out of the game Thus in these instances the common people rightly euated a capitalism with imperialismSo the uestion is was the US sponsored democracycapitalism responsible for the hoarding richess to the upper echeleons of society The answer of course is up to the government of the host countries to decide If those countries decided to be communistsocialist it would mean the state owned the resources not the big corporations either way most people in developing countries were screwed except in communistsocialist system they can pretend that it is theirsSpeaking of indentured servitude when Capitalism first encounters a developing country the other is always made to serve the dominant culture From Black people to the Chinese of Peru the dominant culture subjugates the other for their won purposes But at least in Peru the Chinese were indentured servants akin to the early Irish and Native Americans in the US I wonder why African Americans got the brunt of prejudicism that the other ethnic group did not get I wonder if America started in the West coast if the Chinese would have been the ones enslaved instead of Black people

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CellophaneCough strangely A wild little boy turns azurite blue All at once Don Victor is overwhelmed by memories of his erotic past; his prim wife Doña Mariana reveals the shocking truth about her origins; the three Sobrevilla children turn their love lives upside down; the family priest blurts out a long held secretA hilarious plague o. a new magical realist text and it is handled uite well the invention and use of cellophane parallels the stories of this chaotic and uirky family