You’ll Carry Me in Your Heart: Best Colombian Story to Tell and Read

You'll Carry Me in Your Heart: Best Colombian Story to Tell and Read

Luciano Fernandez Puerta, Design Editor

Based on the life of a Medellín business person who was responsible for building the airport in Medellín, bringing the first car to Colombia and the first plane to Latin-American, founding Avianca and Cine Colombia, and many other global accomplishments,  You’ll Carry Me in Your Heart narrates the story of Gonzalo Mejia’s troubled love to the polish princess, Isolda Prunziskiav. The true love they had, makes it one of the most remarkable stories our city has ever witnessed. Ivan Obando, the current owner and author of the book adapted it to a movie, under the same name, which premiered in October of 2019.

The love story inside You’ll Carry Me in Your Heart is one of a kind because it shows impossible love, one that as it’s said in the book “is cold to time.” The engaging plot with amazing facts about Colombian history also has a romantic twist. As said by the main actress in the movie interpreting Isolda, Mariana Fernandez, “I have many things in common with Isolda, it’s a great love story, the kind that doesn’t exist anymore.” Other romantic books, like The Notebook, fail to deliver because they are very predictable, and, all throughout the book, you already know what is going to happen. Furthermore, modern books remove the historical context, which makes You’ll Carry me in Your Heart unique. If you like romantic books, it is pretty obvious that this book is the way to go. The beautiful words and the fact that it’s a real story makes it one of the truest love tales in our literature. “Everybody should read it. Sometimes people have a misconception that love stories are fake, but this one is not; this one makes you believe again,” Fernandez said.

The setting is probably where this book excels the most. The story brings you to some of the greatest sceneries from both Colombia and our world.  Furthermore, knowing the author himself, the actor play Gonzalo Mejia, main character, went to the places the book described to make the movie more accurate.”Probably, the settings were my favorite part. If it weren’t for the places the author imagined, we could not have recreated a scenery as gorgeous as we did. Being able to appreciate the beauty of Colombia as well, as get to go to places in Europe with distinct magic,” Fernandez said. Other books, especially love stories, don’t have attention to detail. In most love novels, the storyline takes priority over the setting, which is not the case in You’ll Carry me in Your Heart where the scenery described in the book is as important as the story itself. If you want a literary experience that places importance in all the elements of plot, You’ll Carry me in Your Heart will have you mesmerized with both its thrilling plot and uncanny locations. 

Also, You’ll Carry me in Your Heart is based on a true story and the lived experiences of the people mentioned in the book were crucial to its development.  Amazing characters like Isolda and her teacher, Marichu, have great facets that make them excruciatingly interesting. Most love stories tend to focus all their attention on the people who are in love and the evil person who comes between, yet in this story, you’ll find comedic, historic, and evil characters that enhance the plot.  Regardless of whether you like romantic stories or not, in You’ll Carry me in Your Heart you’ll become a fan of other alternate personalities (besides the typical love couple) with different lived experiences. 

In Colombia, various movies and TV shows have emphasized narco culture. However, the message to Colombia and the world is that there are other aspects that make this country distinctive and that they are not precisely linked to our drug past. The historical connection in the story shows that there are extremely successful and important people who have built this country from the ground up and whose inventions and intelligence have made Colombia greater. Obando states this message clearly when he says stories like You’ll Carry me in Your Heart are “the real stories worth telling.” That’s why the message is to start to tell new stories; stories that captivate and deviate from our sad past, so go ahead, read on. Thank me later.