Stones For Ibarra
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a beautifully written book, and it's certainly incredible that Harriet Doerr wrote it, her first book (at least the first to be published), when she herself was already an old woman
This book spans the lives of Sara Everton and her husband, Richard. At the start of the novel, the Evertons have sold their possessions and are traveling through rural Mexico in order to begin a new life. They move into a vacant hacienda and re-open a copper mine which was abandoned sixty years earlier by Richard's grandfather. The hacienda and mine are on the outskirts of Ibarra, a village with 1 taxicab, 1 telephone and less than 1000 people. The nearest town is 80 kilometers away. Within six months of their arrival, Richard is diagnosed with leukemia. The Evertons approach their final years together with remarkable serenity and peace of mind. The imaginative, easily distracted Sara reflects upon her life and the lives of those around her with an almost childlike wonder.
This book is reminescent of Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio." Like Anderson, Harriet Doerr has a gift for turning the mundane into something remarkable and the ordinary into something extraordinary.
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this book when I was in my mid-30s, but it took until my late 40s to understand and appreciate it. Read morePublished on July 8 2003 by Nepenthe
This is one of the most beautiful novels I've ever read. Ms. Doerr's writing is lyrical, sometimes even poignant and comical in the same sentence (which is absolute magic. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by MalibuRamos
I found Stones for Ibarra to be excellent. Previous reviews have picked it apart in ways I consider missing the forest for the trees or perhaps the mine for the ore, to stretch a... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2000 by A Denver reader
People really shouldn't assume much when they decide to read this book. Nothing can really tell you what YOUR going to find inside, because it feels more like it's up to you. Read morePublished on April 30 2000 by Thessaly La Force
My somewhat contrarian view is that while this book was a pleasant read, it didn't take me anywhere. Read morePublished on April 29 2000 by kathleen means
I came online to order this book for the book club I'm in in Grand Coulee, Washington (Quite a Motley Crew living along the Columbia River). I read Stones for Ibarra a year ago. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2000 by Sherrill Castrodale
I first read this book many years ago, but have read and reread it many times since. This story is one of those rare masterpieces that only grows in beauty with each reading. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 1999 by Evan Stern