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Plant Teacher (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Caroline Alethia

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Hailed by Huffington Post contributor Joel Hirst as a compelling and powerful story, Plant Teacher begins in 1972 when a hippie in Oakland, California flushes a syringe of LSD down a toilet. Thirty-five years later, the wayward drug paraphernalia has found its final resting place in Los Yungas, Bolivia, the umbilical cord between the Andes and Amazonia.

Enter into this picture two young Americans, Cheryl Lewis, trying to forge her future in La Paz and Martin Banzer, trying to come to terms with his past in the same city. The two form an unlikely friendship against the backdrop of a country teetering at the brink of dictatorship and revolution.

Bolivia sparks the taste for adventure in both young people and Martin finds himself experimenting with indigenous hallucinogenic plants while Cheryl flits from one personal relationship to another. Meanwhile, the syringe buried in the silt in a marsh in Los Yungas will shape their destinies more than either could anticipate or desire.

Plant Teacher takes its readers on a fast-paced tour from the hippie excesses of Oakland, to the great streams of the Pacific Ocean and the countryside, cities, natural wonders and ancient ruins of Bolivia. It reveals the mundane and the magical, and, along the way, readers glimpse the lives of everyday Bolivians struggling to establish equanimity or merely eke out a living during drastic political crisis.


Ellen Alderton, writing as Caroline Alethia, is a professional writer whose work has been published in newspapers, magazines, web outlets, and broadcast on radio. Her words have reached audiences on six continents. She lived in Bolivia and was a witness to many of the events described in Plant Teacher.

Dettagli prodotto

  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 380 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 300
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1468138391
  • Editore: Viator (25 dicembre 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Da testo a voce: Abilitato
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Amazon.com: 4.2 su 5 stelle  16 recensioni
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Esoteric and Fabulous 28 dicembre 2011
Di mv - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
The first word that springs to mind when describing Caroline Alethia's novel, Plant Teacher, is "esoteric." Some of the main themes the book explores include homeopathy, indigenous South American hallucinogenic plants, and the theories of Austrian psychoanalyst, Alfred Adler. Add to that a liberal sprinkling of Bolivian history, society and politics, and what you discover is a meaty story that works - incredibly well.

I was captured by the first sentence of this novel and never did find a place where the narrative lagged for me. The storyline takes us from California, across the Pacific, throughout Bolivia, up the East Coast of the United States, and back to Bolivia again. Throughout most of this journey, the main character, a recent college graduate named Martin, must cope with a bizarre and tantalizing problem which I won't give away in this review. Other characters alternatively try to help him or blame him for his foolishness in bringing his problem upon himself.

Will or won't Martin solve "theproblem," as he calls it in an Excel file on his desktop? The answer to that question isn't resolved until the end of the book, and in the meantime Alethia does a lot of things right along the way. The pacing of Plant Teacher couldn't be better. Most passages are page turners, and if you aren't turning the page it's because you're enjoying lingering over her very often very beautiful prose. Each character is richly evolved and whether likeable or not, all of the characters prove to be deeply interesting. Dialogues smack of realism and are, again, thoroughly enjoyable - so much so that at times it's easy to imagine this first-rate work of fiction converted to a play.

Open your mind to the idea that life can be strange, and set aside a weekend for a great read.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Get ready for a very special trip 5 settembre 2012
Di panuli5 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
This story has a part of everyone in it, meaning, you are sure to find some of your most secret traits in the characters described in the story. The author does an excellent job in studying people in deep detail. The story brings together cultures and languages from distant parts of the world, from the US to countries in South America to a small country like Austria. This tale is sure to peak the interest of all. When can we read another book from Caroline Alethia?
3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Loved this book 9 marzo 2012
Di Cat Lady - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
I subscribe to a service that sends out the first chapter or so of a book and that is how I discovered Plant Teacher. Intrigued by the first few pages, I bought the book. It is a fantastic read, reminiscent of the early Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City series) and Joan Didion's early works. Set in Bolivia, the book traces a few months in the lives of a handful of Americans living in Bolivia but is much deeper than that sentence would imply. There is an underlying story of the inter-connectiveness of everything. This is an excellent well-written book and one that I will remember for a long time to come.

Read it today.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle A fascinating tale well told 28 agosto 2012
Di Terry L. Marshall - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
The story in a nutshell: Three Americans search for their own destinies in La Paz as political clouds gather over Bolivia in late 2007 and early 2008. Martin Banzer, fresh from college, hopes to create literature as he wrestles drug-induced hallucinations, his extended (and meddling) family, and the revelations being unveiled as he reads the diary of his recently deceased father who, in his own youth, migrated from Bolivia to the U.S. Cheryl Lewis, also a recent grad, has signed on with a non-governmental organization (NGO) working with street kids in La Paz. Gus Adams is a late-30s lay missionary working on development projects in the Bolivian countryside.

Plant Teacher follows their lives as they become entangled with each other. And it also weaves in a score of other characters, including a host of Bolivianos -- from street urchins and vendors, a waitress and a cleaning lady, to professionals and retirees and miscellaneous folk who crop up, then disappear into a rich tapestry of Bolivian life. Bolivia is both a backdrop to and yet another character in the story.

I read Plant Teacher as a judge for the 2012 Global Ebook Awards, multicultural literature; I was looking for writing as well as story. Both are equally rewarding.

Mainly, it's third person, an omniscient narrator, but it's studded with other writing that gives it breadth and variation: e-mails between Martin and his older sister in the U.S.; letters from Martin's mother; snippets from Martin's deceased father's diary; Skype conversations between Cheryl and her U.S. boyfriend; poetry written by Martin and by Cheryl.

Though primarily a tale of Americans in Bolivia, we get snippets of Bolivianos' thoughts, and a welter of multicultural insight from the American characters themselves: Martin as the son of a Bolivian cum-American father; Martin's mother, a Puerto Rican; Cheryl's mother, an Austrian from Vienna; and Merci, Cheryl's boss in La Paz, whose mother was Argentinian and father, Canadian.

The dialog is sharp, to the point, and laden with insight into each speaker's thoughts. All the main characters are searching for something, but none pontificate on their thoughts . They convey just enough to move the story forward and keep it interesting. Best of all, the dialog sounds real.

The author conveys vivid images in a few words. No pages-long descriptions of the Bolivian setting here - only precise, vivid, provocative splashes of well-chosen words that make the society and the setting come alive. No long physical descriptions of each character as we meet them - just a few sharp details that give us an image. And wonderful flights of imagination - Martin's hallucinations, Bolivia as character, a mystic syringe that works its way from LA in the opening chapter to Bolivia 35 years later.

In sum, Plant Teacher is a delight. Read for story and place, but take time to savor the language, to reread a sentence or paragraph or poem, to fully experience a fascinating tale well told.
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2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Great book...I could not put it down until I finished it. 4 settembre 2012
Di Natalie - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
The characters are interesting so I was engaged the whole time and I really wanted to know what happened to them. I like the history about Bolivia woven in as I do not know much about this country and learned a few things. There are also some twists and turns that keep you hooked and make you think and question what will happen next. Look for these as they bring the story up to a totally higher level. Just enough to keep me on my toes and guessing without being too much of a maze to follow. I hope she writes more as I really like her style.

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