For the last fifty years, the Colombian drug cartels, various insurgent groups, and the government have fought over the control of the drug traffic, in the process destroying vast stretches of the Amazon, devastating Indian communities, and killing tens of thousands of homesteaders caught in the middle of the conflict.
Inspired by these events, Jaime Manrique’s sixth novel, Like This Afternoon Forever, weaves in two narratives: the shocking story of a series of murders known internationally as the “false positives,” and the related story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers when they meet in the seminary.
Jaime Manrique, a brilliant storyteller, has once again captivated readers with his latest novel, “Like This Afternoon Forever.” This sensational and emotionally charged book takes us on a journey through the intricate web of love, passion, and heartbreak, set against the backdrop of Colombia.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Manrique’s writing is his talent for developing rich and memorable characters. In “Like This Afternoon Forever,” he introduces us to a diverse cast of individuals, each with their unique struggles, desires, and secrets. From the passionate and enigmatic lovers to the conflicted and tormented souls, Manrique masterfully crafts characters that resonate deeply with readers.
The romance in “Like This Afternoon Forever” is both tender and intense, exploring the complexities of human relationships. Manrique delves into the depths of love and desire, examining how these emotions can both heal and destroy. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, and readers will find themselves rooting for their happiness while simultaneously fearing the consequences of their actions.
However, the book is not solely focused on romance. Manrique skillfully weaves in themes of political turmoil, social injustice, and the impact of history on the present. Through his characters, he explores the complexities of Colombian society, shedding light on the struggles faced by its people and the resilience they demonstrate in the face of adversity.
“Like This Afternoon Forever” is a page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Manrique’s ability to create suspense and build anticipation is masterful, making it nearly impossible to put the book down. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, leaving readers eager to uncover the next twist in the story.
This novel is not without its heartbreaking moments. Manrique explores the depths of human suffering and the consequences of our actions. The emotional impact of the book lingers long after the final page is turned, leaving readers contemplating the complexities of love, loss, and redemption.
In conclusion, “Like This Afternoon Forever” is a sensational, romantic, sexy, and heartbreaking novel that showcases Jaime Manrique’s talent as a storyteller. His insightful view of Colombia, rich character development, and evocative prose make this book a must-read for anyone seeking a captivating and thought-provoking literary experience. I loved this book!
Lucas (the son of farmers) and Ignacio (a descendant of the Barí indigenous people) enter the seminary out of a desire to help others and to get an education. Their visceral love story undergoes stages of passion, indifference, rage, and a final commitment to stay together until the end of their lives. Working in a community largely composed of people displaced by the war, Ignacio stumbles upon the horrifying story of the false positives, which will put the lives of the two men in grave danger.