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by Lisa ST AUBIN DE TERAN,.

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Author: Lisa ST AUBIN DE TERAN,.
ISBN: 1860492770
ISBN13: 978-1860492778
Language: English
Publisher: Virago; First Edition edition (1997)
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Lisa St Aubin de Terán (born 2 October 1953) is an English novelist, writer of autobiographical fictions, and memoirist. Her father was the Guyanese writer Jan Carew.

Lisa St Aubin de Terán (born 2 October 1953) is an English novelist, writer of autobiographical fictions, and memoirist. Lisa St Aubin de Terán was born in 1953 (to Joan Mary Murray and Jan Carew) and brought up in Clapham in South London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School

In this book, Lisa St Aubin de Teran not only describes her personal and fascinating struggle, but she .

In this book, Lisa St Aubin de Teran not only describes her personal and fascinating struggle, but she captures much of the struggle which the lives of ‘la gente’ represent, too. She describes the land and the country with which she almost seems to have a love-hate relationship. I have read a couple of the author's novels in the past, but have never come across any of her non-fiction before.

Lisa meets her husband-to-be Jaime, who’s 20 years her senior, when she’s 16 on a London street. Its an autobiographical novel based on the true early life of Lisa St Aubin De Teran. She excels at describing the enormous Hacienda Farm. To the point where you live there too. Obviously, Lisa was probably looking for a father figure, since I don’t think she ever had much of a relationship with her own father. I’m old and jaded enough to know that huge age disparities like that, especially when one is still a teen for crying out loud, seldom succeed.

Lisa St Aubin de Terán's new subject is a global revolutionary with a life . Her work includes seven other novels, the memoirs The Hacienda and Memory Maps, short-story collections and poetry.

Lisa St Aubin de Terán's new subject is a global revolutionary with a life even more astonishing than hers. Marianne Brace catches up with an adventurous spirit. Friday 18 February 2005 01:00. At 16 Lisa married a Venezuelan aristocrat twice her age whom she met on the street. She has traipsed around Italy with three political dissidents-cum-bank robbers. Her new novel is Otto (Virago).

The hacienda my venezuelan years. Lisa St Aubin de Terán was born in London in 1953

The hacienda my venezuelan years. Lisa St Aubin de Terán was born in London in 1953. She has written novels, poetry, two collections of short stories and two memoirs of her time in Italy. The Hacienda, her memoir of her young marriage in Venezuela, was published in 1997 and received enormous acclaim. Библиографические данные.

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Aubin de Teran ended up virtually running the plantation that belonged to her increasingly demented husband but enjoyed learning the mores and magic of a place that had remained practically unchanged for more than a century. Written in mesmerising prose, this is the extraordinary story of a young woman surviving by her wits and fantasies. Nonetheless, he persuades her to return with him to his hacienda, a sugar-cane and avocado plantation perched high in the Andean foothills.

Lisa St Aubin de Terán was born in London in 1953. The Hacienda: My Venezuelan Years. She left England at the age of sixteen and, with her exiled Venezuelan husband, travelled extensively through Europe for two years before returning to his family home in the Andes. For seven years, she ran her husband’s sugar and avocado estate, drawing on these experiences in her first novel, Keepers of the House (1982) which won the Somerset Maugham Award. In 1983 she was named one of twenty Best of Young British Novelists by Granta and won the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize for her second novel Slow Train to Milan.

From a prize-winning British author comes a lush, absorbing memoir-an "Out of Africa" set in the Venezuelan Andes. Tremendously atmospheric, "The Hacienda" brilliantly evokes the unique confluence of time, place, and people that shaped this powerful writer. Harlequin Romance becomes Gothic Horror. com User, May 30, 2009. When naïve, 16 year old Londoner Lisa St-Aubin married Don Jaime Teran, a charming yet enigmatic Latin twice her age, a descendent of the conquistadors & heir to an Andean sugar plantation, it appeared she had entered the pages of a Harlequin Romance.

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Qusserel
If you have a problem with judgmental reviews, then please stop reading here.

This is a memoir and obviously Lisa is free to keep out what she wants. Yet because I felt that it was patchy in certain areas and that some parts were omitted, I did some research.

One realizes early on in the book that Lisa had an eccentric background. Her mother had been married four times and had four children, one from each marriage.

Lisa meets her husband-to-be Jaime, who’s 20 years her senior, when she’s 16 on a London street. Obviously, Lisa was probably looking for a father figure, since I don’t think she ever had much of a relationship with her own father. I’m old and jaded enough to know that huge age disparities like that, especially when one is still a teen for crying out loud, seldom succeed. I remember an acquaintance telling me how his father had told him to not marry anyone with more than five years age difference on either side. I love rules, so I remember that one. But I digress.

So Lisa marries Jaime at 17, going against her mother’s warnings. He’s an aristo-leftie. I’ve known several and amuse me. Yeah, yeah, they’ve had a privileged life and own a ton of land or whatever. They manage to find the time to love the concept of communism, which isn’t that hard for them to do, since they often have plenty of time on their hands. But what amuses me is that they seldom actually practice what they think they believe. That usually remains to be seen. Now, it gets better.

Jaime is a wanted man! He robs banks in Europe to raise money for guerrillas in Venezuela. What a worthy cause! Lisa, as a young newly-wed appears to get involved in the bank-robbing also. They leave Europe and move to his family’s ginormous estate in Venezuela (apparently the size of Scotland). The marriage was a nightmare and didn’t last. In fact, she never seems to have cared about him much from the beginning. She spends most of the memoir focusing on avocado growing or whatever. Maybe that’s her way of dealing with the pain. I don’t know. It just felt odd.

Time and time again I have seen daughters repeating the same pattern of exercising poor judgment when it comes to their choices in men. Not always, but often enough. Lisa appears to have repeated her mother’s pattern of getting married a few times. Also, Lisa and Jaime’s own daughter, Iseult, married a man who was 25 years older than her when she was very young also. Go figure. The cycle keeps repeating itself! By the way, in case you may be interested, the man that she married was a movie director (“Il Postino” and “White Mischief”) and that marriage failed as well. What’s interesting is Lisa’s description below of Jaime saying that he would die if she didn’t marry him, Lisa’s daughter said the exact same thing of the husband that was 25 years her senior. Yes, there is a pattern, a rather sad and pathetic one at that.

“He said he would die if I didn’t marry him. He said it was my destiny. I was sixteen and I didn’t know then that it was an old cliché, as though, somewhere, there is a little latino lexicon of courtship which is learnt by heart in adolescence and then regurgitated to girl after girl.”

The reason that I’m giving the book 2 stars is not based on all the foolish decision-making and her personality, which I really didn’t care for. I can handle that okay. Initially, I was excited and thought that the book would focus more on her crappy marriage, an absolute sham really. Yet reading it felt weird. I felt a great deal of detachment towards every single character and I didn’t care about anyone. I felt that so much of the focus was on the farming details and the workers. That started to get extremely slow for me. This is a memoir and she really doesn’t open up much to the reader.
Ariurin
Lisa St Aubin de Teran has led an adventurous life and writes about it with a vividness and fast pace that keep you throughly engrossed. This book gives you an intimate look at life in South America. She is married to an in-bred aristocrat who does not care about the people on his estate or about her. Lisa deals with her problems with great courage and love. I have read several of her other books and I am a huge fan. I have read this book twice and have chosen it for our book club to read. Although it deals with tragic circumstances it is not depressing, instead it gives realistic life stories and a positive outlook. She is also a poet a her prose reflects this. A throughly beautiful book.
Renthadral
Great book by the author of A Valley in Italy.
Clandratha
I shared this magical book with my best friend after I finished it; it's a book you will likely read, and return to. I did.
Aria
Excellent
Akir
Amazing true story of an eighteen year old survival in the Andes as a doña in her husbands hacienda. He is schizophrenic
Sti
The item was as I expected
"Over and over again before I ever went there, I heard the name 'La Hacienda'. It was a place where sugar-cane grew in unimaginable abundance and avocado pears that dwarfed all others. It was a place without any clear dimensions: a frontierless tract of land steeped in history..."

With these words, Terán begins her poetic memoir of the seven years she spent on the generations old Venezuelan hacienda she inherited upon marrying her husband. To say that this book was eye-opening is an understatement. It's a page-turning adventure, reminiscent of Heart of Darkness.

A child bride when she arrives at Santa Rita, la gente, families and workers alike who have been sustained by their patrons for generations, have little respect or faith in Lisa's abilities to run the hacienda. Neglected for many years after her husband fled the country as a political criminal, and continues to shirk his responsibilities upon their return, the full power and responsibility to run the hacienda is thrown onto her shoulders. All at once, she must master the language, culture, flora and fauna, acquaint herself with the farming business, and become immune to Andean illnesses.

If you read the synopsis of this book, you'll quickly learn that Don Jaime, Lisa's husband, is kinda nuts. His rages and disappearances are strange. As she relates her experiences, incorporating many letters to her mother in London, it's what she often leaves out of these letters that is so compelling. Abundant in poetic descriptions of plant and wildlife, I imagined I'd traveled deep into the Andes myself. This woman can write! Depression, loneliness, elation, love, longing, fear, dread...it's all here, and fleshed out in such vivid language and word pictures.

"The cog wheels of the elements undid what the people with their ant-like toil had done. Storms, floods, earthquakes, fires and disease ruled over the hills and valleys with an incomprehensible tyranny. The uncertainty of life swung like random blades cutting the people down without any warning. Life had to be lived for the day, the future was always too unsure...Merely staying alive was an achievement, surviving for another day was cheating destiny."

"The longer I stayed on the hacienda, the more I became swallowed up by it. It was like the medicinal plants I had taken to studying, it could both kill and cure. It was like the boa constrictors the workmen found sometimes in the sugar-cane fields. It wrapped itself around a passing stranger, it squeezed and crushed until it had broken every single bone, then it slimed over its prey and engorged it, bit by bit, until no trace was left except for a transitory bulge. Eventually, that too would go and nothing would be left but the beautiful, powerful snake, waiting lazily for its next meal to wander by."

And perhaps my favorite passage from this book:

"Hope is a weed. It grows out of nowhere, it flourishes on the most barren places...There, on Santa Rita, I clung to hope, I spoon fed it, coaxed and cajoled it as I did my pets and sheep and trees. I built my house on grains of rock, magnifying them. I found a way to see light in the dark tunnels of that desolation."

I am ready to read everything else this woman has written. Bubba and I both agreed this book is worthy of a full paw rating, with a dew claw thrown in for good measure. If this book begins when she is 16 and ends when she's 25, I know her later memoirs are even more adventurous. Can't wait to get my hands on them. Throughout the book, she references all the people who encouraged her to write. I'm glad she took their advice.
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