International tax lawyer Luis Villalobos is lured to the tiny island of Cura ao by the promise of a fast track to the cusp of an already stellar career But the paradise we expect is so rarely the paradise we find The Miracle of Small Things is a novel in stories, a portrait of the power of place in our definition of self.Author Guilie Castillo Oriard is a Mexican importInternational tax lawyer Luis Villalobos is lured to the tiny island of Cura ao by the promise of a fast track to the cusp of an already stellar career But the paradise we expect is so rarely the paradise we find The Miracle of Small Things is a novel in stories, a portrait of the power of place in our definition of self.Author Guilie Castillo Oriard is a Mexican import herself who transferred to Cura ao for six months and, twelve years and a magical story of love later, is still there.
The Miracle of Small Things International tax lawyer Luis Villalobos is lured to the tiny island of Cura ao by the promise of a fast track to the cusp of an already stellar career But the paradise we expect is so rarely the para
The Miracle of Small Things The Miracle of Small ThingsGuilie Castillo Oriard is an ode to Cura ao and the stark contrasts and subtle beauty of island life Like Cura ao s prickly kind of beauty, the myriad details teeming beneath the surface will astonish and captivate the reader.While most people associate the Caribbean with white sand beaches, palm trees, and umbrella drinks, Castillo Oriard submerges the reader into the corporate machinations of offshore banking Luis Villalobos, an ambitious [...]
The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo OriardAl is romping with the other dogs, tearing up gusts of sand in the far end of the cove Chases, gets chased, chases again From The Miracle of Small Things, by Guilie Castillo Oriard I won this small gem, The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo Oriard, during the A to Z Blog Challenge 2016 The story weaves puzzles pieces together concerning issues that touch our comprehension and our hearts The complicity of tax evasion, the ill treatment [...]
Guilie is one of my favorite authors and this one is a fine example of her exceptional talent I won t rehash the story as others have done, but I will tell you that I never put the book down and spent a thoroughly enjoyable day reading Guilie s story Her characters draw you in, her details immerse you in the scenes, and her sentences make you slow down to savor her word choices and the emotions she conveys Guilie manages to describe feelings and thoughts of her characters in powerful prose that [...]
Each short story like chapter of this thoroughly enjoyable and fast reading book is like a perfect pearl Each tells a snippet of the events of a year or so, and they re all strung together to create one lovely piece of work To make it even beautiful, the pearls are separated by tiny gold beads of interesting facts about Curacao, where the story takes place I don t believe I ve ever read a book with this kind of format before It s quite unique Without a doubt, the writing is top notch, and it s [...]
I enjoyed this The novel in stories format and Castillo Oriard s writing style made it easy to progress through the book The blurbs about Curacao were a nice touch, without detracting from the main narrative I took a break from my usual routine to read the last 30 or so pages, which I suppose speaks for itself If there s a drawback, it s that it could have been a bit longer If the characters had been portrayed deeply, the reader might feel connected to them I look forward to the author s next [...]
The Miracle Of Small Things is a captivating title for a charming yet powerful story The novella has a quirky format consisting of 13 vignettes, interspersed with postcard style descriptive snippets of life in Curacao.What does the title have to do with the story This was the thing that really got me thinking My conclusion is that the title encapsulates the story.The Miracle Of Small Things is the appreciation of the magic of nature, found in tiny details like the seahorse, hair breadth shrimp a [...]
Luis Villalobos career is on the fast track He s studied, worked all hours, and sacrificed for his goals His ambition knows no bounds as the author Guilie Castillo Oriard tells us, but his intelligence does I love that line, anyway, what has Luis done that could torpedo his objectives To make Managing Director he d allowed himself to be lured away from a job with a prestigious law firm in Mexico to the tiny island of Curacao, a place so foreign to Luis he s already planning his exit long before [...]
This book is like no other I have read Its short chapters chart a day in the life moving through a year long story one month at a time interspersed with snippets of information about the island Curacao It s rather like reading a set of detailed postcards and journal entries from which you build the story Its fiduciary background makes for an interesting read a book accountants and tax specialists may want to recommend to show others their lives are not as boring as one might suspect It is a book [...]
Castillo Oriard s protagonist in The Miracle of Small Things is the fellow you can t help but root for, as he stumbles through life trying to figure out who he wants to be A tale of our times set in Curacao, we follow Villalobos as he comes to the island to pursue a fantastic career opportunity, but instead finds his passion lies elsewhere Set against the decline of the offshore finance sector, this book explores the many facets of identity, and what it means to choose happiness Castillo Oriard [...]
I read this book as an ARC Luis Villalobos s life in Curaco is stretched to the limits of understanding what is important to his soul in thirteen strong short stories strung together as he adjusts to the demands of his job, the relationships he builds, and life on the island Come along for the ride but fasten your seat belt it can get bumpy And finally, be aware of contemplative hummingbirds, suggesting you do the same about your life The Miracle of Small Things is a five star read.
It s an interesting and quick read If you like to read about corporate games, strange places and are a diver or a dog lover, this book will work for you I took back a big learning from this book, and I don t want to spoil it for other readers, but if you want to know what I learnt, privately, you may email me at abhaiyengar gmail and I will let you know What I learnt will be a touch stone for my future behaviour, so it is a big learning Thank you, Guilie, for that.