Reviewed Work(s): Algo tan parecido al amor by Carmen Amoraga
Review by: Joanne Lucena
Source: Hispania, Vol. 91, No. 3 (September 2008), pp. 625-626
Published by: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
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and thus begins a passionate affair between the old lovers. she has sex with her neighbor who. This apparently stable and mundane relationship contrasts with those of Amparo and Ana.626 Hispania 91 September 2008 embittered and resentful towards her dead mother who was stricken with sudden hypochondria anytime a suitor came to court her daughter. Amoraga's skill is that she imbues a commonplace topic. she continues the secret relationship in the hope that he will eventually leave his wife. However. Unlike Juan Carlos. iQué es si no un matrimonio?" (2 1 2) or "^Quién tiene la culpa de que amanezca todos los dias?" (245). Both the lexicon and psychology utilized to illustrate individual behavior underline the modern vision that the author has of this theme. that of a woman hoping that her married boyfriend will leave his wife. Readers looking for a philosophical treatise on love will not find it in this novel. and Silvana underline the uncertainty of love. in a drunken stupor. at first glance. and she is tied to the women through her relationship with Ana. another cliché that Amoraga employs but in an original way. Ana's story. her childhood sweetheart. is married happily to Ramon. Vicente is an insecure womanizer. singular. is that of Silvana. and adds a psychological perspective to her story.17. singular. mistakes her apartment for his own and Amelia for his . the shop assistant in her boutique. with heartfelt emotion. and Silvana. She narrates both sides of the relationship with no judgment toward any of the characters. and. after many years of marriage. who live with uncertainty on a daily basis. Both women are aware of Vicente's shortcomings and either accept the circum- stances or combat them in appropriate moments. Amelia's narration as a single woman serves as a contrast to the three dysfunctional relationships recounted by the novel's principal characters: Amparo. Ana. who truly loves Ana and has done so since he was a young boy. This recounting serves to underline the difficulties of human relationships. Both women's affiliation with Vicente underscores the novel's title and the different definitions that people employ to describe love. Vicente. Juan Carlos' s wife. They married very young because Silvana was pregnant. they have two children. The poems that accompany each heading of the narrations of Amparo. She encounters him much later as an adult.jstor. Amparo is no victim. As in many marriages. although she feels guilty. Amelia is the envy of her married friends because she does not have to worry about being replaced by a younger. 05 Jul 2017 22:22:05 UTC All use subject to http://about. prettier woman. nor is Vicente's wife. Amoraga questions the concept of love and its importance. also recounted in first-person. as do the pithy sayings in Silvana's narration such as "Desconocer a quien tienes ai lado. also told in first-person. The third narration. in a bid to overcome her loneliness. Amelia's issues offset the other characters' problems. Soledad. Every detail is relayed between the three close friends and it is this support and advice that allow each woman to confront unpleasant circumstances. is similar to that of Ana's in that she too is having an illicit relationship with a married man. Ana recognizes that she is hurting Cristina. Once again.182 on Wed. Interspersed in Sil- vana's narration are fleeting thoughts of her imagining what Cristina and Soledad must feel as the wife whose husband has an affair. after all of this time. Ana. married to another woman. The theme of the psychological damage that parents transfer to their children and their subsequent relationships is started in the section about Amelia and is con- tinued throughout the novel. However. Silvana is a hair- dresser and. Amparo's narration. It adds to the development of the novel's theme of love and makes the novel a thoroughly enjoyable read.96. they have grown apart. recounts her adolescent love of Juan Carlos and their subsequent break-up which she initiated. Vicente was Amparo's journalism professor and subsequent boss in his television production company. The history of Vicente and Soledad is narrated in third-person and intercalated within Amparo's narration. however he or she will find a very accurate depiction of affection and human relationships. Joanne Lucena Arcadia University This content downloaded from 190. narrated in first-person. The adverse effect that the parents' dysfunctional marital relationships have on their children is a salient topic used to explain each character's subsequent behavior. Silvana wonders what her husband wants out of life. singular.

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