Saving the World

Saving the World

A Novel

Book - 2007
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A best-selling, Latin-American author living in Vermont, Alma stays behind when her husband travels to the Dominican Republic to help fight AIDS. She needs the time to work on her latest book, but she has terrible writer's block. Soon, her focus is diverted to an entirely new story, that of the early 19th-century anti-smallpox expedition of Dr. Francisco Balmis and Doña Isabel, who cared for the orphan boys serving as living carriers of the smallpox vaccine. The narrative of the courageous Doña Isabel provides hope and inspiration when Alma's husband is taken captive.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007, 2006.
ISBN: 9781565125582
Branch Call Number: ALV
Characteristics: 376 p.


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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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