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Cellophane
by Marie Arana

Published: 2007-05-01
Kindle Edition : 482 pages
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Don Victor Sobrevilla, a lovable, eccentric engineer, always dreamed of founding a paper factory in the heart of the Peruvian rain forest, and at the opening of this miraculous novel his dream has come true—until he discovers the recipe for cellophane. In a life already filled with ...
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Don Victor Sobrevilla, a lovable, eccentric engineer, always dreamed of founding a paper factory in the heart of the Peruvian rain forest, and at the opening of this miraculous novel his dream has come true—until he discovers the recipe for cellophane. In a life already filled with signs and portents, the family dog suddenly begins to cough strangely. A wild little boy turns azurite blue. All at once Don Victor is overwhelmed by memories of his erotic past; his prim wife, Doña Mariana, reveals the shocking truth about her origins; the three Sobrevilla children turn their love lives upside down; the family priest blurts out a long-held secret....

A hilarious plague of truth has descended on the once well-behaved Sobrevillas, only the beginning of this brilliantly realized, generous-hearted novel. Marie Arana’s style, originality, and trenchant wit will establish her as one of the most audacious talents in fiction today and Cellophane as one of the most evocative and spirited novels of the year.


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Discuss the differences and similarities between the two cultures - native tribe vs "western"
What attributes of cellphane are indicative of Don Victor's life?
Re-read Don Victor's fortune. Did it accurately predict his life? Would it apply to yours?
by FTessa (see profile) 07/15/09

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  "Cellophane"by FTessa (see profile) 07/15/09

There is a bit of magical realism here. When Don Victor Sobrevilla decides to make cellophane in his remote jungle paper factory he is unprepared for the result of success. The product’s t... (read more)

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