It Would Be Night in Caracas
by Karina Sainz Borgo
It Would Be Night in Caracas is a story about a woman named Adelaida who struggles living in Venezuela during turbulent times of uprising and violence. She’s just experienced a death in the family, and as time moves forward she eventually loses her home. It’s a nightmare, and now she has no choice but to make a difficult decision for her survival.
This book is harrowing and frightening at times; it’s not for the faint of heart. I thought in my mind repeatedly throughout the story: who could live like this? It made me cringe at times, and I came so close to quitting. With that said, I thought the book was written well for the most part, I just wasn’t captivated by the story. It’s timely and political, but didn’t grab my interest. There was also something that niggled me, like how the flashbacks and present weren’t matching up well, which made the story confusing for me a few times.
Despite all the misfortune that was happening in the story, the book didn’t evoke any feeling or emotion in me when it came to the characters. I was naturally angry at times with the violence, but there wasn’t any emotional attachment for me.
I’m glad I was able to finish the book because the ending was satisfying. I’m not going to say I enjoyed it because it’s simply not that kind of book, but I’m still glad to have read it. I’m sure there are plenty of other people who would like this book and appreciate its literary value. I’ll likely read more works by Karina Sainz Borgo in the future.