[New] Waiting for Columbus Author Thomas Trofimuk
And there is one passage in particular which still sends me into a paroxysm of emotion The book had another impact on me in a much general way I now search out books written by poet novelists I ve come to appreciate Ondaatje s and Margaret Atwater s word crafting in particular but it was Thomas Trofimuk s words that found their way to my heart firstAnyway that s probably way than you wanted to know but there it isFor those who may be interested in the audiobook you can listen to a sample at the Blackstone Audiobooks page for the titleTanya thank you so very much for sharing your story It s amazing and moving and I can t wait to listen to the audio with your and Grover s experience in mind Well of course I think it s brilliant I wrote it TRITECan you imagine One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest meeting Mills and Boon Well it happened in this book This terrible mawkish sentimental story is set in an insane asylum where the nurse falls in love with the patient who if he wasn t insane you would have to conclude is the most extravagant bullshitter on the face of the earthI blame the author It is basically cheating to put a large part of the story into the mouth of a character who is insane because then you can abdicate all responsibility for the fact that it doesn t make any sense It is further cheating to abandon any notion of point of view so that the character telling the story about himself is also telling you things that he could not possibly know like what other characters are thinking Further it is ridiculous to suggest that a SPANISH doctor could not work out from his accent alone that his patient is CANADIAN It is ridiculous to suggest that a female nurse would be swimming naked while her patient watched It is ridiculous to suggest that a psychiatric nurse would be so baffled by all the patient s mumbo umbo that she begins to attribute some sort of magical powers to him I mean how did he manage to get Federica to make him a cup of coffee every day Wow SpookyPlease I beg you don t read this book if you know ANYTHING about psychiatry Or literature Or for that matter reality Because you will probably hate this book as much as I did I feel cheated by this novel The uestion is does the wonderfully touchy and tragic ending ustify the long toil the story took us through to reach the end I was actually so very close never to reach it because the first 350 pages made me so agitated I wanted to leave the book unfinished on a few occasions Even now when I turned the last page I m still not sure if it was worth itAt first I liked the idea of a mental patient who thinks he s Christopher Columbus and tells the stories mixing history and present time to his nurse However as the book progresses it doesn t go anywhere the plot stalls and Columbus stories drag on without sense There are way too many of those confused story episodes unsorted and out of chronological or any other logical order On top of it the nurse develops emotional attachment to Columbus but that was explained in a very superficial and unbelievable way There was no courting or subtle changing of feelings from the care for a patient into something deeper No one day the good nurse realized that she s in love Snap Just like that For a reader who likes his books well done this one was absolutely rareIt also seems that all the female characters in the book get naked at some point mostly without any particular reason other than perhaps to spice up a terribly bland story There s lust and sex There s author s documented intention to describe a great romantic with absolute adoration of his women s body and yes the soul too Which begs the uestion whether the author ever experienced the kind of romance he was trying to attribute to this Columbus because if he did he isn t capable to translate it in writing Rather the romantic escapades in the book are half baked clumsy and neither detailed enough to be taken seriously nor funny enough to be taken as comedyTwo stars only because of the ending Some of the language in this book is uite poetic The idea of a man so traumatised that he retreats into a fantasy of being Columbus is very interesting Unfortunately I do not like the execution of the ideaNiggles 1 All that talk of women drove me insane I understood it was going to lead up to some real life girlfriend or wife at some point but that did not make those little stories less annoying or relevant I felt I was wasting precious time reading those bits2 Consuela seemed rather flat to me I was given a few statements about her here and there and that was it From those titbits I really did not feel like I was getting to know
HER AT ALL THIS IS WHAT I GOT NURSE at all This is what I got nurse sad love "Life Drinks Too Much Occasionally "drinks too much occasionally a book Please do not tell me someone is evolving show me3 What on earth was that Emile guy doing in the story Yes he found out who Columbus was To me it seems however that this could have been solved in the story in a way that did not necessitate the introduction of yet another flat character4 The writer can not decide between soft and uite crude language when he talks about lovemaking Perhaps this is supposed to symbolise the dichotomy of Columbus and the real man who thinks he is Columbus I ust found it irritating I hate crude language but this shuttling back and forth did nothing for me either5 Unfortunately I could go on with my list of niggles I won t however A beautiful idea a flawed execution I hate to give this book only two stars I feel it was on the brink of greatness and did not uite make it I can t give it three stars There were times when I struggled to keep on reading I wanted to love this book but it did not uite happen I am very interested to see what the author s next book will be Perhaps that will be one even I can lov. Feel Something terrible caused his break with reality and she can only listen and wait as Columbus spins his tale to the very end In the tradition of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and The Dogs of Babel this unforgettable novel mines the darkest recesses of loss and the extraordinary capacity of the human spirit It is an immensely satisfying novel that will introduce Thomas Trofimuk to readers who will want to hear his voice again and agai.
Thomas Trofimuk Þ 9 CharactersAuthor Thomas TrofimukPublished 03092010Recommended for fans of historical fictionromanceWhen I started reading this book it immediately caught hold of my attention and A Kiss To Change Her Life just wouldn t let it go at all This book was extremely addictive Iust wouldn t put the book down This is the first book that I have read by this author and it really showed how amazingly talented the writer is This book is set in an insane asylum which is what first drew me into this book where there is a man who is claiming that he is Christopher Colombus and is taken care by a caring nurse called Consuela It is a very intriguing book to read and it is very easy to get wrapped upto it as you hear Christoper Colombus telling his life story you look forward to reading of what he believes is happening in his life It shows a nice caring side of the nurses that worked in insane asylum at that time All of the characters are very vividly described and they make the book all that bit exciting and realistic The author has done an amazing Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings job in describing the characters the setting in such a way that it makes the reader feel like you are actually there I also loved how the author manages to tie up all of the loose ends so that it nicely finishes the book The character of Consuela was my favourite one I found her easy to get along with and easy to read about she was a character that could easily have been a real people her feelings toward Christopher Colombus are totally believable and relatable A truly excellent read and one that I could happily read over and over again without getting tired of it It was well written and the idea behind it was compelling But I had a hard time getting into the book Maybe it wasn t what I was in the mood for or maybe it wasust lacking something that I can t uite put my finger on I DNF d this Got well over halfway through and 90% of what I d read was ust the male character telling stories about the various women he slept with in a really creepy way and I was supposed to believe it was these stories that made Consuela fall in love with him Okay And Consuela herself was completely one dimensional and seemed like a female character that could only be written by a male author who doesn t know much about women The star system is very odd One compares apples and oranges and they both can have the same amount of stars though they satisfy completely different needs So to clarify my grading I am going to employee meals some books are snacks others appetizers There are amuse bouches and there are entrees and desserts There are lunch entrees and dinner entrees Janet Evanovich is a snack Sue Grafton an appetizer Thomas Trofimuk s Waiting for Columbus is an entree An entree at a 4 star restaurant paired with the perfect wine Each bite is delicious tantalizing and satisfying yet still leaves you wanting Wonderful prose an intriguing story Even as you discover where it is going you yearn for each bite In the 21st century a man washes up on shore with the absolute knowledge that he is 15th century navigator Christopher Columbus He is sent to a mental hospital where he is put under the care of Nurse Consuela who listens to his stories and guides him back to reality Through a series of tales he tells his and Columbus s stories gradually coming to terms with the truth that shattered him into his beautiful illusion "Trofimuk s prose is effortless and his story beguiling Book Description from Shelfari A man arrives at an insane asylum "s prose is effortless and his story beguiling Book Description from Shelfari A man arrives at an insane asylum contemporary Spain claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus Who he really is and the events that led him to break with reality lie at the center of this novel Found in the treacherous Strait of Gibraltar the mysterious man who calls himself Columbus appears to be ust another delirious mental patient until he begins to tell the true story of how he famously obtained three ships from Spanish royalty It s Nurse Consuela who listens to these fantastical tales of adventure and romance and tries desperately to make sense of why this seemingly intelligent man has been locked up and why no one has come to visit As splintered fragments of the man beneath the facade reveal a charming yet guarded individual Nurse Consuela can t avoid the inappropriate longings she begins to feel Something terrible
caused his break with reality and she can only listen and wait as Columbus spins his talehis break with reality and she can only listen and wait as Columbus spins his tale the very endMy ThoughtsThe closest analogy I can come up with to describe this book is watching a photograph develop in a darkroom At first you see nothing but a few shades of gray here and there Then the borders come into focus Then the full picture begins to fill in becoming clearer and clearer until you are looking at the fully formed photographIn this book the photograph being developed is the man claiming to be Christopher Columbus Of course since it is 2004 we know he isn t the real Christopher Columbus But who is he and why is he claiming to be Columbus We Neimhaim (Neimhaim, join Nurse Consuela in listening to Columbus s fanciful and detailed accounts of his adventures Yet his tales are filled with anachronisms that bring into focus little by little who this man really is in the present day and what happened to cause his break with realityTrofimuk does a brilliantob in creating the atmosphere and rhythm of Columbus s stories You know how you read books and you can Divine ecstasy, the story of Khajuraho just visualize everything that is happening as if you are watching a movie I felt like this throughout this book and I m not even sure how Trofimuk pulled this off When I was reading Iust felt very present in the story as if I was there watching it happen So when Columbus is telling one his tales of his explorations and suddenly a cell phone rings in his story it is arring as if you were watching a movie set in the Middle Ages and. A man arrives at an insane asylum in contemporary Spain claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus Who he really is and the events that led him to break with reality lie at the center of this captivating romantic and stunningly written novelFound in the treacherous Strait of Gibraltar the mysterious man who calls himself Columbus appears to be ust another delirious mental patient until he begins to tell the “true”. .
Suddenly a car drove by in the backgroundI think this is the brilliance of the book Like Nurse Consuela you begin to fall in love a little bit with Columbus and his outsized personality and adventures So when you are shockingly and repeatedly reminded that he is NOT Columbus and instead a man who has had a break with reality you are Amish Sweethearts jerked back into the real world And as the book moves ever closer to revealing the man behind Columbus and why he took on this persona you begin to mourn the loss of Columbusust as Nurse Consuela must deal with her feelings of losing her patient as he begins to healThis was a beautifully written book that works its way under your skin At its heart this is a story of love loss grief heartbreak loneliness and how our minds cope with these emotions It is a book meant to be read slowly and savored and I suspect it will leave its mark on you like it did me If you like literary fiction with a melancholy bent this book is a must read Here s another book that defies the star system for me It s somewhere between a 4 I really liked this and a 5 it was awesome Early on I wasn t uite certain how I felt about this book I found myself confused initially perhaps because I was reading a few pages at a time Over the weekend I was finally able to get down dirty and read I had first heard about Waiting for Columbus on a Booksonthenightstand podcast Ann Kingman raved about it not only once but at least two other times that I recall I respect Ann s opinion so knew this would be on my list But what really sealed the deal was reading a listener s comments posted by Ann Tanya talks about this book in a post titled A Story Too Good to Stay Buried in the CommentsYou can read the post at I m also gong to copy it in its entirety here at the end of my comments I really don t want you to miss this one Simply put it is a novel about a psychiatric patient in a hospital in contemporary Spain who claims he is Christopher Columbus and the nurse who listens to his stories in an attempt to understand him But don t let the simplicity fool you The tale winds back and forth in time and over continents and oceans like a cresting and sometimes crashing wave This Columbus is not the Columbus of my school books Here he is a man with many desires not only the uest for adventure and finding the new world but also a voracious lover of women I felt like a voyeur listening in as he relates his story to Consulea his nurse Be certain to set aside some time to get into it It merits a few pages than usual to get hooked My sincere thanks to both Ann and Tanya for leading me to this book It is one beautiful story A Story Too Good to Stay Buried in the CommentsBy Ann Kingman If you ve ever blogged you know that it can sometimes feel like a lot of work I confess that there are many times when I d rather be reading a book then blogging about reading a book But then every so often I am reminded of the incredible community that has sprung up here and I realize that I get so much from your participation that it could never really be Call Me Dan just work I had an experience like thatust recently It happened in the comments of Josh Christie s post Bring on the Tears Tanya s comments and subseuent expansion on those comments were so powerful that I had to pull them out and give them their own spaceIn his post Josh asked What book made you cry Tanya who works for an audiobook publisher answered This year I read WAITING FOR COLUMBUS by Thomas Trofimuk which had such a powerful denouement that I broke down as did my husband who narrated it in fact you can hear him break down on the recording He wanted to go back and fix it but it was such an honest reading that when he tried to pull back it ended up sounded fake So the original reading standsI feel like I ve known Tanya for a long time thanks to her interaction with us here at Books on the Nightstand but I had no idea that her husband was an audiobook narrator and had no inkling that he narrated this book that I loved so much Of course I needed to know so I asked Tanya to tell us the whole story Here it is Last April you mentioned WAITING FOR COLUMBUS in a blogpodcast That s all you did mention it but for some reason I became obsessed with it I literally couldn "t wait until August to read the book but I had no way to legitimately personally reuest an "wait until August to read the book but I had no way to legitimately personally reuest an Reading Copy from the publisher so I asked my boss to look into getting a galley I was shocked when he came back and told me that our company had acuired the audiobook rights for the bookThe manuscript came to Blackstone and I was so excited but I was soon thwarted in my attempts to pre read it My husband Grover Gardner who is the studio director for the company always vets the galleys in order to make casting choices He got the first crack at Waiting For Columbus and after reading the first chapter insisted that he himself was going to narrate He pre read the whole of the book and finished right before dinner one night Fork midway between plate and mouth he stopped started crying and left the table He walked the dog for an hour and a half all because of waiting and a half All because of Waiting Columbus Of all the books he has narrated this had never happened before When he came back from his time out I suspiciously ueried him as to whether the book was that maudlin He shook his head and only said You ll see I insisted on being the recording engineer for the book We were in the booth The first land mine hit and I was affected but okay The second land mine hit and I could barely hold it together Grover even though he had already read the book fell apart again It is not maudlin but beautifully and powerfully written The book has become a very personal experience for each of us and both of usEven now months after we cut the master I can uote certain passages. Story of how he famously obtained three ships from Spanish royaltyIt's Nurse Consuela who listens to these fantastical tales of adventure and romance and tries desperately to make sense of why this seemingly intelligent man has been locked up and why no one has come to visit As splintered fragments of the man beneath the façade reveal a charming yet guarded individual Nurse Consuela can't avoid the inappropriate longings she begins to.