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Lost Children Archive Read Lost Children Archive By Valeria Luiselli Dileydi.be From The Two Time NBCC Finalist, A Fiercely Imaginative Novel About A Family S Summer Road Trip Across America A Journey That, With Breathtaking Imagery, Spare Lyricism, And Profound Humanity, Probes The Nature Of Justice And Equality In America Today.A Mother And Father Set Out With Their Kids From New York To Arizona In Their Used Volvo And With Their Ten Year Old Son Trying Out His New Polaroid Camera The Family Is Heading For The Apacheria The Region The Apaches Once Called Home, And Where The Ghosts Of Geronimo And Cochise Might Still Linger The Father, A Sound Documentarist, Hopes To Gather An Inventory Of Echoes From This Historic, Mythic Place The Mother, A Radio Journalist, Becomes Consumed By The News She Hears On The Car Radio, About The Thousands Of Children Trying To Reach America But Getting Stranded At The Southern Border, Held In Detention Centers, Or Being Sent Back To Their Homelands, To An Unknown Fate But As The Family Drives Farther West Through Virginia To Tennessee, Across Oklahoma And Texas We Sense They Are On The Brink Of A Crisis Of Their Own A Fissure Is Growing Between The Parents, One The Children Can Feel Beneath Their Feet They Are Led, Inexorably, To A Grand, Unforgettable Adventure Both In The Harsh Desert Landscape And Within The Chambers Of Their Own Imaginations Told Through The Voices Of The Mother And Her Son, As Well As Through A Stunning Tapestry Of Collected Texts And Images Including Prior Stories Of Migration And Displacement Lost Children Archive Is A Story Of How We Document Our Experiences, And How We Remember The Things That Matter To Us The Most Blending The Personal And The Political With Astonishing Empathy, It Is A Powerful, Wholly Original Work Of Fiction Exquisite, Provocative, And Deeply Moving.

10 thoughts on “Lost Children Archive

  1. says:

    Nominated for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2019 Unfortunately, this novel illustrates the difference between well intentioned and well executed Luiselli writes about the plight of migrants trying to cross the border between Mexico and the US, especially children making this dangerous passage through the desert in hopes of being re united with family members who work in the States So this author has a message, and an important one, and there is nothing wrong with selling a message to readers per se, but Luiselli is trying way too hard, thus over constructing her text by throwing in all kinds of ideas as well as narrative strands and sometimes forcing connections that simply make no sense The main storyline is about a patchwork family in the process of falling apart Each parent brought one child into the marriage a boy and a girl and the grown ups used to work together on a soundscape project, trying to record the languages spoken in NYC Now the husband they remain unnamed wants to do a project about the removal of the Apaches, so the family makes a road trip to former Apacheria The wife wants to do a project about the children who get lost in the desert and is also trying to help a woman to find her two kids who disappeared while trying to cross the border Oh yes, and the boy and the girl are afraid they will lose each other when their parents separate This is symbolism overload, and th...

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    Lost Children Archive is a love it or hate it kind of book some readers will admire its allusiveness others will be turned off by its aloofness Some will probably just think that it is overstuffed and trying to do too much.For those expecting a novel tackling the child migrant crisis, be warned that s the backdrop, not the main event In fact it s about a middle class marriage dissolving in slow motion on a family road trip, and the effect this has on the couple s children.The wife unnamed narrates the first half, and as they cross the country she muses on literature, photography, classical and popular music, ballet, relationships, and parenting Now and then these elucidations are quite brilliant Children force parents to go out looking for a specific pulse, a gaze, a rhythm, the right way of telling the story, knowing that stories don t fix anything or save anyone but maybe make the world both complex and tolerable And sometimes, just sometimes, beautiful Stories are a way of subtracting the future from the past, the only way of finding clarity in hindsight. But just as often the result is a faux insightful mis hit They always need help with all the little bathroom routines At least as far as it concerns bathroom habits, parenthood seems at times like teaching an extinct, complicated religion There are rituals than rationales behind them, faith than reasons unscrew the lid off the toothpa...

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    This might be the best book I ve read all year It s about refugees, lost children, memory, family, and what can truly be captured about a place or moment in time Personal connections abound sound capture, archival boxes, Steven Feld, marriage, so much that goes deep and I ll be thinking about for some time Here I will place some random quotations, for now Our mothers teach us to speak, and the world teaches us to shut up The thing about living with someone is that even though you see them every day and can predict all their gestures in a conversation, even when you can read intentions behind their actions and calculate their responses to circumstances fairly accurately, even when you are sure there s not a single crease in them left unexplored, even then, one day, the other can suddenly become a stranger Conversations, in a family, become linguistic archaeology I want to, but I know better With men like this one, I know I d play the role of lonely hunter and they, the role of inaccessible prey And I m both too old and too young to pursue things that walk away from me Perhaps it is in those stretched out moments in which they meet the world in silence that our children begin to grow apart from us Children force parents to go out looking for a specific pulse, a gaze, a rhythm, the right way of telling the story, knowing that stories don t fix anything or save anyone but maybe make the world both complex and tolerable And sometimes, just sometimes, beautiful S...

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    Longlisted for the 2019 Women s Prize and a strong contender to win Whenever the boy and girl talk about child refugees, I realize now, they call them the lost children I suppose the word refugee is difficult to remember And even if the term lost is not precise, in our intimate family lexicon, the refugees become known to us as the lost children And in a way, I guess, they are lost children They are children who have lost the right to a childhood.If they hadn t gotten caught, they probably would have gone to live with family , gone to school , playgrounds, parks But instead, they ll be removed, relocated, erased, because there s no place for them in this vast empty country.In 2014, Valeria Luiselli, started writing a novel about the children seeking asylum in the US, and their treatment, including inhumane detention and deportation, by the immigration system, based on both her own experience as a volunteer translator working in the court system, and a road trip taken to the border area, and in particular Apacher a, with her then husband, novelist lvaro Enrigue and their children respective step children Enrigue himself was r...

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    Longlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2019 Update 29 4 19 Probably the most glaring omission from the shortlistThis is my new favourite book of the year so far an original, daring and timely story inspired by the experiences of desperate children crossing the desert border between Mexico and New Mexico and Arizona, and the Apache warriors who made their last stand in the desert.The framing story describes a road trip the narrator, her husband, his 10 year old son and her 5 year old daughter make from New York to the New Mexico desert Early on she states that it was the last trip they made as a family The couple were brought together by a documentary project on the voices and languages of New York, but their future projects diverge as the husband becomes obsessed with the Apache and the narrator who is drawn to the story of a Mexican friend whose children have been detained at the border while crossing into America illegally.They take 7 boxes with them 4 for the man, one for the woman and one for each of the children Inventories of the conten...

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    I think the books that fall into the admired it, didn t like it camp are some of the hardest to review, and that s exactly how I felt about Lost Children Archive I think this is objectively a very good book Valeria Luiselli sets out to do something incredibly ambitious, mixing media forms and offering a wealth of commentary on migration and displacement But all that said, it left me feeling rather uninspired.This book and its main narrator are unapologetically aloof, and I think that was the main problem for me Luiselli leans heavily on intertextuality to spin this story, and I was reminded of two other books I ve read recently The Friend by Sigrid Nunez and Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li Incidentally, the female narrators in all three of these novels are nameless, and all three of their narratives are mired in literary references But I felt like Nunez s and Li s narrators were using these references to cultivate a sense of self I felt like I was gaining an understanding of who they were through this technique In contrast, I never got a sense of who the narrator of Lost Children Archive was supposed to be the intertextuality here read as generic and often soulless intellectualism And it s frustrating because at one point the narrator says reading others words, inhabiting their minds for a while, h...

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    What ties me to where There s the story about the lost children on their crusade, and their march across jungles and barrenlands, which I read and reread, sometimes absentmindedly, other times in a kind of rapture, recording it and now I am reading parts to the boy And then there s also the story of the real lost children, some of whom are about to board a plane There are many other children, too, crossing the border or still on their way here, riding trains, hiding from dangers There are Manuela s two girls, lost somewhere, waiting to be found And of course, finally, there are my own children, one of whom I might soon lose, and both of whom are now always pretending to be lost children, having to run away, either fleeing from white eyes, riding horses in bands of Apache children, or riding trains, hiding from the Border Patrol. I read this book due to its long listing for the 2019 Women s Prize The Women s Prize longlist is always marked by its mixture of the entertaining if lightweight and the ambitious if not always successful Last year for example placed the up lit Three Things About Elsie alongside Jessie Greengrass s wonderful if not u...

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    Lost Children Archive must have one of the most unusual structures for a novel that I ve read in a long time It seems natural that Valeria Luiselli s first novel written in English would chiefly concern the plight of immigrant children as her extended essay Tell Me How It Ends so powerfully laid out this harrowing dilemma Since politicians often turn immigration into an abstract political debate, Luiselli has a tremendous ability for highlighting and reminding us how this is above all a human rights issue and makes us see the humans effect The ramifications for children who are adrift and literally wandering blindly through this landscape with stringently guarded borders are incalculable because when they become lost in a political system They are children who have lost the right to a childhood In this novel she expands this understanding and creates an artful story which traverses time and space to illuminate a new way of looking at what happens when our society loses its children At its centre, this is ...

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    4.5 In all honesty I was not looking forward to picking up the Lost Children Archive , as I thought it was going to be difficult and obtuse To begin with it does appear to be overly filled with references to other novels, riffs on contemporary dance and digressions into such things as space suit design and sound mixology Typically, I would struggle with this writing style but gradually Luiselli won me over I became fascinated with this westward journey, the family dynamics and the larger story of the crisis at the border The novels structure was intriguing the first half narrated by an unnamed mother and the second half by her step son A story of two journeys one in relative safety, west, and the other perilous, northbound The contrast and parallels between these two intersecting journeys was what I loved most about this novel It is also a remarkable depiction of parenting, not necessarily an ideal one, but a realistic one, a portrait of the dissolution of a relationship set against a backdrop of child migration That juxtaposition of the deeply personal with issues of global import was sometimes jarring but ultimately I came to appr...

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    Lost Children Archive is a difficult novel to review I ve been turning it over in my head for than three weeks now, trying to figure out how to sum up the reading experience For me, it s first and foremost a road trip novel when I think of it now, I think about the family on the road the places they stayed, the people they interacted with, the sights they saw and the things that happened to them The road trip is initially described by the unnamed female narrator, wife to the driver of the car and mother stepmother to the two children in the backseat Her account of their travels put me in mind of the south section of Joan Didion s South and West it s evocative but, to my mind, nonjudgmental I didn t feel like anyone, even if they seemed a little iffy, was treated unfairly The husband and wife are experiencing some marital discord that to me is reflected in the research projects that are the reason for the trip Both are audio documentarians although there s some discussion about the differences in their style but the husband is interested in documenting the past he wants to go to historic sites and record...

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