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Javier Zamora

Auteur de Solito: A Memoir

3+ oeuvres 464 utilisateurs 18 critiques

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Œuvres de Javier Zamora

Solito: A Memoir (2022) 383 exemplaires
Unaccompanied (2017) 79 exemplaires

Oeuvres associés

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Partage des connaissances

Nom légal
Zamora, Javier
Date de naissance
El Salvador
Lieu de naissance
La Herradura, El Salvador
Lieux de résidence



[4.5] If a reader sheds no tears after experiencing this harrowing adventure of a nine-year-old boy's grueling migration from El Salvador to the U.S., perhaps a cardiac specialist should be consulted to make sure nothing is missing. Zamora shines a glaring spotlight on an important and incredibly timely topic, chronicling an emotional, heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting saga. My only minor issue: I agree with some reviewers who have red-flagged redundancies. The literary "minimalist" in me thinks this incredible story could have been a solid 5-star narrative with some judicious editing. Less can be more. Then again, Zamora's brave and brilliant effort to accurately recount his 3,000-mile odyssey may not have been as authentic had the Word Police dictated a shorter tome. I loved "Solito." Well done, Javier.… (plus d'informations)
brianinbuffalo | 14 autres critiques | Oct 13, 2023 |
Javier Zamora lived his first nine years in El Salvador with his grandparents after his parents fled to the U.S. as a result of the Salvadorian civil war. He doesn't even remember his father, who left when he was one, and then four years later, his mother followed. They've told him for years that he will come to them, and after trying to legally immigrate and then bend the truth, eventually he is sent, alone, with a group of migrants and a coyote who promises to get them to the United States.

This is simply an incredible, moving, riveting and intense story. Javier's memories of what happened during the journey in 1999 had me on the edge of my seat from the moment his grandfather left and he was on his own, with each change in plans to the challenges of the journey, the fear and terror but also the kindness of strangers he met along the way. I was glad I read the e-book, as it made it a little easier to translate some of the Spanish, and though some of the colloquial words and phrases weren't to be found in the dictionary, I could generally follow the meaning anyway. Highly recommended.… (plus d'informations)
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bell7 | 14 autres critiques | Sep 20, 2023 |
Very unusual and interesting book. In the summer of 1999, nine year old Javier Zamora and five others he didn't know left El Salvador for the United States. His goal was to join his parents in California. Along the way two of the three men in the group disappeared. The trip took seven weeks. Knowing some Spanish adds to enjoyment of the book because short phrases are used throughout the book. I listened to the seventeen hour audiobook, read by the author.
MrDickie | 14 autres critiques | Sep 14, 2023 |
4.5 stars. Listened to the audio book which was narrated by the author. Written from the author's perspective of being a 9 year old during his migration from El Salvador to the United States. The journey described was harrowing and difficult and can't believe he made it at such a young age. What kept this from being a 5 star book was the repetitiveness. Not of the story, but the author said the same thing over and over again when recounting thoughts/memories. It sometimes was tedious.
LittleSpeck | 14 autres critiques | Jun 20, 2023 |


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