The House of Broken Angels

The House of Broken Angels

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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A beloved and ailing patriarch, Big Angel, has summoned his Mexican-American family for one last legendary birthday party. But then his mother dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316516242
0316516244
Call Number: AXIS360 EBOOK FICTION URREA

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A beloved and ailing patriarch, Big Angel, has summoned his Mexican-American family for one last legendary birthday party. But then his mother dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader. Book, ebook & downloadable audiobook.

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JeffcoBooks Jun 15, 2020

The definitive Mexican-American immigrant story, a sprawling and deeply felt portrait of a Mexican-American family occasioned by the impending loss of its patriarch, from one of the country's most beloved authors. - Publisher


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kcw02
Jun 20, 2020

Half way through this was going nowhere. very negative presentation of family life. Not a book for reading during Covid time.

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janerf
Feb 26, 2020

Not funny. Not big hearted.
Disgusting.
If this is the definitive Mexican story, I am thoroughly disgusted by Mexican culture.
Big Angel doesn't want to hurt his children, but he has a duty to do so.
Mothers and grandmothers spread their legs under the table so that the little boys there can see all the way up.
Antonio flogging Angel just about made me throw up. (a little less than half-way through, before the'big party.')
Plus all the bed hopping in general.
Catholic priests who do not sound like any Catholic priest I've ever known in my lifetime as a Catholic.
Disgusting family, disgusting culture, lawless nation.
But I'm not Mexican. SO I want to read a celebrated Mexican'American author.
Maybe if I was reading 'Serpico' or some other true-crime story, I'd reach the same conclusions about American culture. But the critics call this a 'definitive' book about Mexicans. I wanted new compassionate insights, not the worst of this benighted people.
And I find nothing redeeming. (not even good writing or plot development)
Pls, God, this is NOT what Mexican or Mexican-American culture is.
btw... a midlevel supervisor of a computer staff of a major utility is NOT poor.
Unless he as to foot the bill for a multitude of gangbangers and dope fiends...
btw... Cortez was NOT Anglo nor Celtic nor Anglo-Celtic. 1500 Medellin, Spain for pete sake. Cortez was from the west, but NOT Anglo nor Celtic.

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peacebenow
Nov 10, 2019

I read to 27% and am giving up. I thoroughly enjoy Urrea's writing in the past. I think use of Spanish language enriches the his storyline. I wasn't able to connect with the Characters so reading wasn't enjoyable. Maybe I should have stuck w/ it or perhaps at a different time?

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OG_RA
Oct 09, 2019

This was lyrically written and an absolutely compelling read!

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MoKevany
Aug 18, 2019

I had high hopes for this book based on other reviews. However, I found it tedious and difficult to relate to the main characters. Maybe some translations of the Spanish peppering the book would have helped, but I got about one third of the way through then decided to shelve it - literally.

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jillda
Aug 02, 2019

NYT Now Read This Club

Groszerita Mar 17, 2019

Urrea's writing is so deeply intimate, raw and real. Spanish and spanglish words are woven in, it's as if though I am an observer watching and hearing Big Angel's familia.
I feel for Little Angel and his sense of not feeling like familia, not feeling like he belongs, yet he knows he does. I see Big Angel's godfather status and feel sympathy for him.

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nalahblueberry5
Mar 11, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

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Vmcfadin
Feb 23, 2019

Didn’t finish this book. Unfortunately I am just learning Spanish so there were many words I had to look up. Doesn’t make for a fun reading experience.

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bairdbrain
Jan 13, 2019

Big Angel has a birthday bash while family is in gathered, one day after his mother's funeral. Their histories unfold revealing old wounds and connections. Big Angel is dying but this book brims with life, affection, humor and strife. The characters are unique and the telling is generous, the dialog is both sparkling and believable. This book is easily one of my favorites.

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