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Book Title: El Huracán|
Date of issue: 2009
ISBN 13: 9788498675535
The author of the book: James Lee Burke
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.59 MB
Edition: RBA Serie Negra
Read full description of the books El Huracán:James Lee Burke's sorrow and anger are almost palpable in this novel set during Katrina. I read a lot of it with tears in my eyes, because, more than any news story I've yet read, his novel brought back the loss of New Orleans and the overwhelming indifference exhibited by our government to the poor of New Orleans, while telling a gripping tale involving vigilantism, diamond smuggling, and murder.
Once again, James Lee Burke captures his returning characters with honesty and depth. His plots are, as someone noted, convoluted and sometimes almost require (and I've done this) a sheet of notepaper with character names and notes used as a bookmark. But, I think, in Burke's worldview, so is life -- convoluted and messy and with a lot of loose ends that don't quite get tied up. You want neatness and logic, read another mystery writer. I like Burke, as much for the paragraphs that leave you out of breath or close to tears as for the overall story. He's a terrific, terrific writer.
Read information about the authorJames Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.
Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving a BA and MA from the latter. He has worked at a wide variety of jobs over the years, including working in the oil industry, as a reporter, and as a social worker. He was Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, succeeding his good friend and posthumous Pulitzer Prize winner John Kennedy Toole, and preceding Ernest Gaines in the position. Shortly before his move to Montana, he taught for several years in the Creative Writing program at Wichita State University in the 1980s.
Burke and his wife, Pearl, split their time between Lolo, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana. Their daughter, Alafair Burke, is also a mystery novelist.
The book that has influenced his life the most is the 1929 family tragedy "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner.
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