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The Mapmaker's Opera


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Dive into a magical world of star-crossed passions.

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Bea Gonzalez was born in Spain and emigrated to Canada as a child. She studied in Spain, Toronto and London and now lives in Toronto with her husband and children. The Mapmaker's Opera is her second novel.


Colorful, exotic birds enrapture the protagonists of this lyrical early 20th-century love story about the life of bird lover, artist and mapmaker Diego Clemente. As soon as Diego, the adoptive son of a Spanish bookseller, first comes across John James Audubon's hand-colored Birds of America, he is smitten with ornithology. When the opportunity to travel to the Yucat n to work with American scientist and author Edward Nelson presents itself, Diego promptly signs up and, once in Mexico, falls in love with his free-spirited, bird-enthusiast female counterpart, Sophia Duarte. Despite Sophia's meddlesome relatives and bumbling would-be suitor, Sophia and Diego bond. With revolutionary rumblings in the background, things come to a tense head when a workers' uprising threatens two of the world's only remaining passenger pigeons, which are being held by a greedy local plantation owner. The book comes to a tragic close that still manages to hold out a glimmer of hope. Rich descriptions of Seville and Mexico aid in creating a believable tale of romance and revolution. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Bea Gonzalez and her writing: 'Like plunging headfirst into a Goya painting...I was completely engulfed by this extraordinary novel.' Toronto Globe and Mail 'Great story, delicious prose...Bea Gonzalez has written a splendid piece of literature...perfection lies in the details and Gonzalez gets it so right that her imagery provokes bursts of delighted laughter.' Vancouver Sun 'In The Mapmaker's Opera, Bea Gonzalez has created a world bursting at the seams with images and ideas, social history, revolutionary fervour...This is a wonderfully vibrant tapestry, enveloping the reader with its richness.' Quill & Quire 'Gonzalez enlivens the page with the colour and richness of a theatrical production...The Mapmaker's Opera is nothing less than a sheer pleasure to read, and an oratoria that transports the reader.' The Calgary Herald

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