Saving the World

Saving the World

A Novel

Book - 2006
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"This novel takes us into the worlds of two women swept up in campaigns against the scourges of their day. Alma Huebner, a Latin American novelist transplanted to the United States, is writing another of her bestselling family sagas. Her husband works for a humanitarian organization dedicated to health and prosperity in developing countries. He wants her to go with him, but she demurs. She must finish her newest novel.In truth, Alma is sidetracked by the story of a much earlier idealist, Francisco Xavier Balmis, who in 1803 undertook to vaccinate the populations of Spain̕s American colonies against smallpox. To do this, he needed living "carriers" of the vaccine. Enter Isabel Sendales y Gomez, the rectoress of La Casa de Expositos. Isabel selects twenty-two orphan boys to be the carriers and joins them on the voyage. Her bravery inspires a very different novel from Alma. A brilliant novel-within-a-novel, Saving the World pits ambition against altruism, and, in the process, tells the radiant stories of two courageous women"--Publisher description.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565125100
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALV
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 24 cm


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May 24, 2016

This book would have been far better if the contemporary AIDS story was written as well as the 200 yr old smallpox story. As it was, I didn't learn much from the AIDS chapters but found the smallpox chapters quite interesting.

Sep 12, 2013

This is not only well enough written to not require (or house) any inappropriate content to be published, thus allowing any age level capable to read it, it was one of the very best historical novels i have ever read! Alvarez's wit and ingenuity in putting two sets of realistic and truly memorable characters together from different times to bring us into the ability to compare our lives with those of the past and so remember the goods and bads of past acts.

Biblioteqa12 Mar 02, 2012

A weier's conflicts as she is writing a historical novel. The jumping back and forth EVERY chapter took the interest out of the Writer's story. The book she was weiting seemed much more interesting. Her character had no dimension. I would have enjoyed reading the book the protagonist was writing.

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