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The Anthill An Intoxicating Literary Ghost Story Told Through The Eyes Of A Young Woman Returning To Her Former Homeland Of Colombia To Seek Redemption For A Past She Can T Entirely RememberTwenty Eight Year Old Lina Has Come Home To The Country Of Her Childhood Sent Away From Colombia To England After Her Mother S Death Twenty Years Before, She S Searching For A Connection To Herself And To The One Person Who Can Help Her Make Sense Of Their Shared Past She S Never Forgotten Matty Her Childhood Friend And Protector Who Now Runs The Anthill, A Daycare Refuge For The Street Kids Of Medell N Lina Begins Volunteering There, But Her Reunion With Matty Is Not What She Had Imagined He Has No Interest In Discussing The Past And His Secretive Behaviour Puts Lina On Guard Soon Strange Happenings Start Taking Place At The Anthill Scratches On The Supply Closet Door, Disturbing Crayon Drawings And Sightings Of A Small, Dirty Boy With Pointy Teeth Is Lina Losing Her Grip On Reality, Or Is Something Sinister Going On Did She Ever Really Understand What Happened To Her Mother Or To Matty A Visceral, Hallucinatory Ride By An Author Who Has Been Called Blunt, Fresh And Unsentimental The New York Times Book Review And Remarkably Inventive The Atlantic ,The Anthill Asks What It Means To Belong And How A Person Or A Country Can Heal From The Horrors Visited Upon Them


10 thoughts on “The Anthill

  1. says:

    When I read the blurb about a young woman s return to her own roots, travelling to Columbia to reside at a daycare refuge for street kids named Medellin, I thought I m gonna read a haunted thriller horror story like the claustrophobic and tense premise of Orphanage El orfanato which is one of my favorite Spanish thriller movies But this novel is a drama, facing your pasts and your heritage story Even though there are so thriller, mystical vibes and elements his inside, they are just blended When I read the blurb about a young woman s return to her own roots, travelling to Columbia to reside at a daycare refuge for street kids named Medellin, I thought I m gonna read a haunted thriller horror story like the claustrophobic and tense premise of Orphanage El orfanato which is one of my favorite Spanish thriller movies But this novel is a drama, facing your pasts and your heritage story Even though there are so thriller, mystical vibes and elements his inside, they are just blended in the story and we barely catch or notice them There are so many sensitive and heavy issues in this story including abuse, rape, sexual assault So when I expect a ghost story, I get an earth shattering, disturbing, effectively heartbreaking drama.The story starts with Maria Carolina a.k.a Lina s arrival to Medellin after 20 years later She left the place after her mother s death and directly sent to boarding school in England But we perfectly see she couldn t find her cultural and identical place for herself in England and now she barely finds her roots, having hard time to connect with her childhood memories and restrained secrets As soon as she connects with Mattias, her best childhood friend, who is also headman of Anthill, she decides her return but their reunion wasn t like as she s planned Mattias acts cold, distant, keeping everything to himself he is not the same boy she knows And of course during her stay in Medellin, Lina findsherself and her friend she s planned for The secrets, the restrained memories confuse her mind hallucination merge with childhood memories As she learnsabout her past, her true reality starts to crumble into pieces I don t want to givespoilers but I may say this is well written, complex, intriguing, dramatic story tells about a young woman s searching for her true identity and overcoming her own past demons I m cutting some stars for false advertisement I was so keen to read a horrific ghost story but the blurb misdirected me but I m rounding up my 3.5 stars to 4 because of the good writing and volatile, intriguing story line


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    Having left Colombia for the UK at the age of eight, Maria Carolina Lina returns to Medell n after a 20 year absence She reconnects with her childhood best friend, Matt as, and begins volunteering at his children s refuge, The Anthill There s an instant momentum to the narrative it s so swift, you feel like you re running to catch up there are unsettling undercurrents, and it always seems like there s something just beyond the edge of the frame This rhythm effectively imitates Lina s dis Having left Colombia for the UK at the age of eight, Maria Carolina Lina returns to Medell n after a 20 year absence She reconnects with her childhood best friend, Matt as, and begins volunteering at his children s refuge, The Anthill There s an instant momentum to the narrative it s so swift, you feel like you re running to catch up there are unsettling undercurrents, and it always seems like there s something just beyond the edge of the frame This rhythm effectively imitates Lina s disorientation as she tries to navigate a familiar yet strange environment Matt as is a manic, mildly frightening presence, determined to reveal nothing about himself, yet seeming to have too much empathy for others, so that it gets in the way of actually doing good Lina is continually displaced she s assumed to be an outsider by most Colombians, but flashbacks show us she never felt she belonged back in England, either Both seem somehow incomplete broken mirror reflections of one another.The original blurb for The Anthill reworded since I first heard about the book led me to assume it would have a stronger element of magical realism and or horror than it does I was imagining a novel length version of a Mariana Enr quez story, and it isn t quite that Yara Rodrigues Fowler s Stubborn Archivist, a novel about fractured identity and confronting trauma, is a better comparison It s an absorbing storybecause of the details of Lina s day to day tasks and conversations than the buried secrets in the background and Pachico paints a vivid and startling picture of her setting.I received an advance review copy of The Anthill from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter


  3. says:

    28 2 20Got super lucky and found a copy of this book last week during my book scavenging hunt You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website 28 2 20Got super lucky and found a copy of this book last week during my book scavenging hunt You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website


  4. says:

    I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy of this book, and what an incredibly moving and fantastic book it is Set in Medell n in Colombia, it follows the story of Lina half British, half Colombian , who left the city at the age of 8 for England, and is returning twenty years later to reconnect with her childhood friend adopted brother she left behind Her friend, Matty, now runs a voluntary after school clubhouse in the barrio called the Anthill where Lina goes to volunteer.I shan t I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy of this book, and what an incredibly moving and fantastic book it is Set in Medell n in Colombia, it follows the story of Lina half British, half Colombian , who left the city at the age of 8 for England, and is returning twenty years later to reconnect with her childhood friend adopted brother she left behind Her friend, Matty, now runs a voluntary after school clubhouse in the barrio called the Anthill where Lina goes to volunteer.I shan t say any, because I don t want to give away spoilers, but I will say that the book is unique, original, and inventive in the way it tells this story of loss and growth The characters are all so vividly drawn, and human, and I felt myself getting extremely attached to and emotional about them all The tone of the book spans a wide range of themes black comedy, atrocity, childhood trauma, rebirth, growth, humour, laughter, death, loss, hope.Medell n is a beautiful city, and I was lucky enough to visit last year What this book also does so well is to juxtapose the city s new vibrant and touristic image with its difficult and bloody past I constantly found myself questioning How does a society recover from the wounds of conflict How do we live alongside those we disagree with How do we forgive and can we ever And is it better to forget Here are some lines I particularly loved You ll never get the same story twice from anyone here People are tricky in this country, my dear If you stay here long enough, you ll see People will do and say things to get whatever Nothing is ever straight nothing is clear That s just the way things are.But what exactly is so good about bringing out what s hidden Doesn t looking into the light cause your eyes to burn I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in learningabout Colombia and its history, particularly that of Medell n


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  6. says:

    This is a tough book to review It was also a tough book to read It was filled with trauma, anger, tragedy, andanger It was a visceral experience and I had to put it downthan once to catch my breath This book was realistic but at the same time, nearly an imagined experience when strange things began to happen I was personally hoping for a bit of magical realism but that never quite happened.I m still glad I read this book just be prepared for raw writing that never lets the rea This is a tough book to review It was also a tough book to read It was filled with trauma, anger, tragedy, andanger It was a visceral experience and I had to put it downthan once to catch my breath This book was realistic but at the same time, nearly an imagined experience when strange things began to happen I was personally hoping for a bit of magical realism but that never quite happened.I m still glad I read this book just be prepared for raw writing that never lets the reader forget what childhood trauma and secrets will do to a person when they begin searching for the truth.I am giving this book 3.5 stars because of the subject matter and the limited number of people I would feel good about recommending it to Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest review


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    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review I ll post that review upon publication.Updated 5 12 20 3.5 starsReading this book was a visceral experience for me It s beautifully written, and the imagery and pain are so powerful For me, both were so intense that found myself both anxious and nauseous at time while reading Pachico explores childhood trauma in a way that feels incredibly realistic Though the trauma does not belong to the Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review I ll post that review upon publication.Updated 5 12 20 3.5 starsReading this book was a visceral experience for me It s beautifully written, and the imagery and pain are so powerful For me, both were so intense that found myself both anxious and nauseous at time while reading Pachico explores childhood trauma in a way that feels incredibly realistic Though the trauma does not belong to the reader, it s easy to react as if it does We re so far inside of Lina s head, uncertainty, hallucinatory moments, memories, and nail ripping, that it feels almost too connecting at times It s hard for me to rate this novel because I see a great deal of artistic value in its construction, themes, and general concept, but I struggled so much while reading it Perhaps that last fact makes this work evencompelling and fulfilling of its purpose On the other hand, there were aspects of this work including but not limited to every discussion of child abuse, rape, and torture as well as every second describing fingernails that resulted in a lot of emotional trials for me A beautiful book in theory but an incredibly gut wrenching read personally


  8. says:

    Received this book free in a goodreads giveaway Giving it 2 stars because I was able to finish it Story line was very hard to follow, I didn t enjoy it.


  9. says:

    Creepy, weird, jagged, prickly, dark, occasionally confusing but I m ok with fiction that doesn t feel the need to explain everything If you are not, then this is probably not the book for you An important look at the contradictions facing Medellin right now An exploration of memory, inequality, and the homo sappy blues.


  10. says:

    The Anthill is raw raw anger, raw hurt, raw want of being understood of being seen Unfortunately, the story telling here was sloppy, which perhaps was intentional, for life is sloppy, filled with loose ends, and unexplained happenings, and glimpses of understanding before once again being plunged into darkness It hurts my heart so say that I cannot think of a single person that I would recommend The Anthill to It feltlike a writing exercise as part of anger therapy than a novel to be The Anthill is raw raw anger, raw hurt, raw want of being understood of being seen Unfortunately, the story telling here was sloppy, which perhaps was intentional, for life is sloppy, filled with loose ends, and unexplained happenings, and glimpses of understanding before once again being plunged into darkness It hurts my heart so say that I cannot think of a single person that I would recommend The Anthill to It feltlike a writing exercise as part of anger therapy than a novel to be read by others Thank you the NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Anthill in exchange for my honest reivew