Goodreads Monday: The Sky Over Lima

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly select a book from our Goodreads To Be Read list and show it off. It’s hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners, so be sure to link back to her site so we can see what everyone’s planning to read.


25897856The Sky Over Lima
by  Juan Gómez BárcenaAndrea Rosenberg (Translation)
288 pages
Published May 2016
Historical Fiction

From Goodreads: A retelling of a fantastical true story: two young men seduce Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez with the words of an imaginary woman and inspire one of his greatest love poems.

José Gálvez and Carlos Rodríguez are poets. Or, at least, they’d like to be. Sons of Lima’s elite in the early twentieth century, they scribble bad verses and read the greats: Rilke, Rimbaud, and, above all others, Juan Ramón Jímenez, the Spanish Maestro. Desperate for Jímenez’s latest work, unavailable in Lima, they decide to ask him for a copy.   They’re sure Jímenez won’t send two dilettantes his book, but he might favor a beautiful woman. They write to him as the lovely, imaginary Georgina Hübner. Jímenez responds with a letter and a book. Elated, José and Carlos write back. Their correspondence continues, as the Maestro falls in love with Georgina, and the boys abandon poetry for the pages of Jímenez’s life.  


My public library is fantastic for many, many reasons. One of those reasons is that they buy titles from authors from all over the world. The Sky Over Lima is one of those books. I saw it one the ‘new releases’ shelf, and though I checked it out that night, I ended up not having a chance to read it. I’m thinking of spending the first few months of 2018 reading only books by non-US writers, so The Sky Over Lima will likely be one of those books.

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