The Storm

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  • The Storm
  • Tomás González
  • 25 October 2017

About the Author: Tomás González

Tom s Gonz lez naci en Medell n, en 1950, y comenz a escribir a principios de la d cada de los setenta, poco despu s de empezar a estudiar filosof a en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia A partir de entonces no ha parado de escribir, publicando sus libros en Colombia y M xico Aparte de algunos poemas y cuentos que se sit an en Nueva York, el resto de su obra se centra en Colombia Ha publicado las novelas Primero estaba el mar y Para antes del olvido, esta ltima ganadora del V Premio Nacional de Novela Plaza Jan s de 1987 la colecci n de cuentos El Rey del Honka Monka y la colecci n de poemas Manglares.


The StormA Riveting Family Drama Set On The Lush And Dangerous Colombian Coast.By One Of Colombia S Most Acclaimed Contemporary Novelists, The Storm Is An Atmospheric, Gripping Portrait Of The Tensions That Devastate One Family Twins Mario And Jose Do Not Know How To Cope With The Hatred They Feel For Their Father, An Arrogant Man Whose Pride Seems To Taint Everything He Touches Over The Course Of A Fateful Fishing Trip Straight Into The Heart Of A Storm, Father And Sons Are Confronted With The Unspoken Secrets And Resentments That Are Destroying Them.

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10 thoughts on “The Storm

  1. Angela M says:

    Once in a while it s good to have a different reading experience with a book written by a well known author of another country, a book that has been translated Sometimes the translation works and sometimes it doesn t, but in this case I can say it definitely did The translation is beautiful, not awkward as some can be It s an odd, but interesting little book at 120 pages The book has a narrative structure that was unique alternating narratives, from one paragraph to the next, first person, Once in a while it s good to have a different reading experience with a book written by a well known author of another country, a book that has been translated Sometimes the translation works and sometimes it doesn t, but in this case I can say it definitely did The translation is beautiful, not awkward as some can be It s an odd, but interesting little book at 120 pages The book has a narrative structure that was unique alternating narratives, from one paragraph to the next, first person, then third person, different characters and the chorus, the hotel guests I didn t find it in the least bit confusing it seemed to flow This is a story of a beautiful place in Columbia at the ocean, a story of a dysfunctional family The owner of a hotel, the father who remains unnamed and is only referred to as the father, is presented as a mean, arrogant, selfish man His twin sons Mario and Javier at twenty six are a disappointment to him and they loathe him just as much His wife, Nora, mentally ill, delusional speaks to the chorus who sing and speak to her The father s mistress Iris and young son, Manny live with the father in their own bungalow.A suspense filled fishing trip taken by the father and sons makes up the bulk of the book This is a trip where the hatred for their father is in some waysdangerous than the storm they experience I felt as if I was watching a play, moving from scene to scene of the father and his sons on the boat, Nora and the chorus, the tourists whose observations about the place and the father and sons help set the scene I m the old tourist in bungalow five It has the best view of the ocean I m the seven year old girl from Medellin with pale blond hair who stepped on a catfish and got stung Or I m the grandmother, born and raised deep in the mountains of Antioquia, who d never been to the seashore beforeIn such a short book, Gonzalez has done a wonderful job with letting us know who these characters are and their relationships with each other The ending was not what I expected, but definitely was thought provoking I received a copy of this book from Archipelago Books through NetGalley

  2. Sue says:

    The Storm is a translated from the original work by Colombian writer Tomas Gonzalez Through this story of a coastal holiday village run by a local family and a storm gathering intensity out to sea, we see the truths of that family, the sadness of those on holiday, the growing hatred of sons for their father, the dementia and surreal madness of their mother The titular storm is both reality and metaphor as father and sons set forth on their fishing trip, it lurks in the distance with low rumbl The Storm is a translated from the original work by Colombian writer Tomas Gonzalez Through this story of a coastal holiday village run by a local family and a storm gathering intensity out to sea, we see the truths of that family, the sadness of those on holiday, the growing hatred of sons for their father, the dementia and surreal madness of their mother The titular storm is both reality and metaphor as father and sons set forth on their fishing trip, it lurks in the distance with low rumbling thunder and vivid lightning There is also the storm in mother Nora s mind, a storm that takes her into other worlds and brings her people and creatures to share her time And there is a storm of reciprocal hate ebbing and flowing between father and his twin sons And there are other storms in the lives of those who live in or are visiting this village.The novel has an interesting structure which works well Alternately narrated by family members, members of the staff, people on holiday or Nora s spectral visitors, we get many views of everyone involved There is also a neutral omniscient narrative voice giving overview interspersed throughout.The novel moves with a feeling of power and dread, of forces barely controlled The writing is controlled and well done I do recommend this book.A copy of this book was provided by Archipelago Books through NetGalley in return for an honest review

  3. Jill says:

    Entering into a Tomas Gonzalez novel requires surrendering all five of your senses to the mounting tensions of a masterfully executed plot There are hints here I suspect, deliberate of King Lear and of The Old Man and the Sea and perhaps even Odysseus Yet this slim novel, expertly translated by Andrea Rosenberg, claims its own territory.Set in a Colombian seaside village the poorer man s version of Cartagena a hotel proprietor filled with hubris and arrogance browbeats his twin adult sons to g Entering into a Tomas Gonzalez novel requires surrendering all five of your senses to the mounting tensions of a masterfully executed plot There are hints here I suspect, deliberate of King Lear and of The Old Man and the Sea and perhaps even Odysseus Yet this slim novel, expertly translated by Andrea Rosenberg, claims its own territory.Set in a Colombian seaside village the poorer man s version of Cartagena a hotel proprietor filled with hubris and arrogance browbeats his twin adult sons to go sea fishing despite the probable emergence of a storm The twins are dual sides of each other Mario is destructive and handy, and Javier isbookish and pragmatic Both hate their father with a passion and do possess an allegiance to their mother, Nora, who suffers from hallucinations and insanity.Narrated in third person and also in first person through a Greek chorus of tourists who remain on shore, we the readers see how the storm builds, both externally and internally, as the hours move inexorably forward The raging and deluded king like father is no match for the forces that gather to tear him down, in the person of his sons and in the gathering force of the storm As in his former book, In The Beginning Was the Sea, the key theme that those who live in a world of hubris and try to thwart nature are destined to fall is mined here The prose is lyrical from an author who is in full command of his craft It is a shame that Tomas Gonzalez is not better known in the U.S

  4. Katya Kazbek says:

    When I was a teenager I was fascinated with the fatherhood patricide storyline in Brothers Karamazov I should revisit it, honestly, I have very vague recollections right now, but the sticky nightmare of terrible fathers, women deemed hysterical, and sons forever damaged are the things that stuck to me from that book that otherwise seemed filled to the brink with Elder Zosima s rants Enter The Storm A perfect, concise summation of the same sticky nightmare, transplanted from Russia to a hotel When I was a teenager I was fascinated with the fatherhood patricide storyline in Brothers Karamazov I should revisit it, honestly, I have very vague recollections right now, but the sticky nightmare of terrible fathers, women deemed hysterical, and sons forever damaged are the things that stuck to me from that book that otherwise seemed filled to the brink with Elder Zosima s rants Enter The Storm A perfect, concise summation of the same sticky nightmare, transplanted from Russia to a hotel on the Colombian shore during a storm I know Tom s Gonzalez loves Dostoevsky, but whether it was what inspired him, I don t know I m sure it was somewhere deep in his psyche, and spilled out suddenly And even though I see the similarities, in no way do I want to say that The Storm is reductive On the opposite, it s a great work of depicting fragile masculinity that we so desperately need tremendously well written, drenched in seawater, aguardiente and atmospheric pressure induced fever, hard to put down, and devastatingly apt It sort of follows the idea where characters are secluded in a constrained space and this makes them implode in this Gonzalez shows absolute mastery of the bottle episode in book form This is exactly how literature should aspire to be making the reader see the world while looking at a blister through a keyhole

  5. Kasa Cotugno says:

    Thanks once again to archipelago books, an imprint of Penguin Random house, for making available beautifully crafted and translated works from international sources This deceptively slim novel from one of Columbia s most popular authors has not been seen here, and this translation is superb Told in a unique mixture of first, second and third person points of view, this almost parable like story of a father and his troubled relationship with his twin sons reads like prose with imagery and caden Thanks once again to archipelago books, an imprint of Penguin Random house, for making available beautifully crafted and translated works from international sources This deceptively slim novel from one of Columbia s most popular authors has not been seen here, and this translation is superb Told in a unique mixture of first, second and third person points of view, this almost parable like story of a father and his troubled relationship with his twin sons reads like prose with imagery and cadence of poetry But it is the contribution of those identified as the tourists that take it into a higher realm

  6. Jan Koster says:

    Het is een fascinerend gegeven een vader en zijn twee zoons in een kleine boot op zee Onderling geen greintje respect en dan op de achtergrond ook nog eens een onweer dat steeds dichterbij komt en dreigender wordt Ontij van Tom s Gonz lez is weer een sterk boek van deze auteur.Lees meer Het is een fascinerend gegeven een vader en zijn twee zoons in een kleine boot op zee Onderling geen greintje respect en dan op de achtergrond ook nog eens een onweer dat steeds dichterbij komt en dreigender wordt Ontij van Tom s Gonz lez is weer een sterk boek van deze auteur.Lees meer

  7. Joseph says:

    3.5 26 year old twins Mario and Jose help their father run a beach holiday complex on the Colombian coast Their feelings towards him are conflicted They have a faint, grudging admiration for the life he has built for himself But what they feel is primarily anger at his casual arrogance, his overriding pride, his belittling of his sons and his ex wife, who has descended into mental illness partly as a result of his philandering or, at least, that s what Mario and Jose seem to think One morn 3.5 26 year old twins Mario and Jose help their father run a beach holiday complex on the Colombian coast Their feelings towards him are conflicted They have a faint, grudging admiration for the life he has built for himself But what they feel is primarily anger at his casual arrogance, his overriding pride, his belittling of his sons and his ex wife, who has descended into mental illness partly as a result of his philandering or, at least, that s what Mario and Jose seem to think One morning, against all good sense and despite ominous weather warnings, the three men set out on a fishing trip As the wind and waves gather around them, pent up emotions surface and bubble over.Tom s Gonz lez is one of Colombia s leading contemporary novelists Thanks to Andrea Rosenberg, English speaking readers can now appreciate this finely crafted novella True, the Lear like pathetic fallacy a storm as a backdrop to a fiery family portrait borders on the obvious But the character studies are convincing and insightful I also liked the quirky narration which alternates between a real time diary of the fateful fishing trip and multiple first person accounts from the point of view of the people who follow the events from the safety of the Caribbean coast the estranged wife, the father s new partner, children playing on the beach, guests at the holiday complex All this plays out against a lovingly drawn natural setting, with the awe inspiring beauty and violence of the ocean recalling Romantic notions of the Sublime

  8. Bonnie Brody says:

    As I was reading this amazing book seamlessly translated from the Spanish by Andrea Rosenberg , I found myself frequently jotting notes for myself in the back of the book There were so many metaphors and attributions to literature and mythology that I didn t want to forget any of it Ultimately, I stopped jotting notes and just lost myself in the currents and waves of this extraordinary piece of literature Prior to reading The Storm , Tomas Gonzalez was unknown to me He is now on my radar a As I was reading this amazing book seamlessly translated from the Spanish by Andrea Rosenberg , I found myself frequently jotting notes for myself in the back of the book There were so many metaphors and attributions to literature and mythology that I didn t want to forget any of it Ultimately, I stopped jotting notes and just lost myself in the currents and waves of this extraordinary piece of literature Prior to reading The Storm , Tomas Gonzalez was unknown to me He is now on my radar and this is likely to be one of my ten best books of 2018.On the surface, this is a short novel about a family that is rife with tensions both spoken and unspoken There is the 72 year old Father who never has anything nice to say to his loser sons , 26 year old twins Mario and Javier He owns a shoddy beach resort on the gulf coast of Colombia called Cabanas Playamar which consists of poorly built bungalows that tourists rent in high season He sees himself as king and his hubris and hate towards them sicken his sons and fill them with rage Mario is a bitter and angry man who hates his father with a vengeance He lives in an existential void He is superb with mechanical things and has a gift for making money Javier likes to live in his head to escape what s going on around him He reads a lot and likes to get high He is a consummate fisherman He, too, has a good money sense The three of them set out fishing on a portentous day when a storm is brewing out at sea.At home is Nora, the twins mother, a mentally ill woman who reminded me of someone living in the midst of a play by Aristophanes or Sophocles She hears her throngs of voices, each telling her horrific and frightening news about the world around her One of her throngs is a kangaroo that lives in her ceiling beam and another is a fly named Carlita This Greek chorus governs her actions and she is often restrained physically or medicinally by the Playamar staff.Then there are the tourists, each with their own voice and perception of the beach and bungalows, along with their personal angst which they bring to the narrative Old and young, Mr Gonzalez gives them each a voice in this novel His ability to switch back and forth to first and third person is a marvel of literary skill.I savored this novel as it took me through the ages of history like a storm and then threw me on the sand with the other detritus So powerful was it that I still feel wet The interpersonal dynamics conveyed are beyond any particular time or era One could compare the themes to Shakespearean or Greek tragedy,contemporary books such as The Old Man and the Sea or Moby Dick, but that would be doing it a disservice It stands on its own , whole, unique, and complete

  9. Andy Weston says:

    Gonzalez s story is of a father and his two twin adult sons heading out to fish in their small boat ignoring the warning of a storm headed their way It is set in a seaside tourist village close to Medellin in Colombia As the boat heads out to sea Gonzalez switches perspectives to the other family members, employees of the hotel that the family runs, and tourists who remain behind on shore This adds to the chaos as the storm intensifies It s a tautly told tale of family dysfunction, from the Gonzalez s story is of a father and his two twin adult sons heading out to fish in their small boat ignoring the warning of a storm headed their way It is set in a seaside tourist village close to Medellin in Colombia As the boat heads out to sea Gonzalez switches perspectives to the other family members, employees of the hotel that the family runs, and tourists who remain behind on shore This adds to the chaos as the storm intensifies It s a tautly told tale of family dysfunction, from the mutual hatred of the father and his sons, to the unhinged matriarch waiting at home Tension builds as the storm threatens and the climatic ending is a rewarding and unexpected one

  10. Lies says:

    Ontij van Tom s Gonz lez speelt zich af aan de kust van Colombia, en start in de vroege ochtend wanneer tweeling Javier en Mario samen met hun vader de zee op trekken om te vissen Er is echter onweer op komst Iedereen verklaart het trio gek omdat ze zich toch op zee wagen, maar daar trekken zij zich niets van aan Een veel grotere uitdaging voor vader en zoons is de moeilijke relatie ze met elkaar hebben De norse vader loopt niet hoog op met zijn twee kinderen, en dat gevoel is geheel wederzi Ontij van Tom s Gonz lez speelt zich af aan de kust van Colombia, en start in de vroege ochtend wanneer tweeling Javier en Mario samen met hun vader de zee op trekken om te vissen Er is echter onweer op komst Iedereen verklaart het trio gek omdat ze zich toch op zee wagen, maar daar trekken zij zich niets van aan Een veel grotere uitdaging voor vader en zoons is de moeilijke relatie ze met elkaar hebben De norse vader loopt niet hoog op met zijn twee kinderen, en dat gevoel is geheel wederzijds Hun communicatie bestaat uit gesnauw, laatdunkende opmerkingen en verwijten Samen met de steeds woeliger wordende zee en een stevige dosis koppigheid, vormt dit een gevaarlijke cocktail.Wat Ontij heel goed doet, is sfeer cre ren Omdat de sc nes op de boot worden afgewisseld met sc nes aan land waar o.a de moeder van de tweeling, en de toeristen in de vakantiehuisjes op het strand aan bod komen , wordt een levendig beeld van dit Caribische kustplaatsje geschetst Ook de potentieel explosieve situatie op de boot wordt op treffende wijze beschreven, waardoor de spanning langzaamaan opgebouwd wordt.Helaas weet Ontij die opgebouwde spanning niet om te zetten in een krachtig einde Er wordt al van bij aanvang van het boek gezinspeeld op een slechte afloop op zee, en ook de achterflap van het boek heeft het over een specifiek onheil dat zich zal voltrekken Er wordt de lezer dus een echte climax beloofd Uiteindelijk wordt deze pas in de laatste dertig pagina s van het boek ingezet, en is deze een paar paragrafen later alweer voorbij Het slot mist uitwerking en diepere reflectie over de keuzes die de personages maken Dit is zonde, na zo n krachtige opbouw