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Goodreads Synopsis: Salazar has just risen to power, and with an iron fist imposes order in the country. Government accounts arebalanced, Beatriz Costa animates the Parque Mayer, the PVED are a constant and silent threat. Louis is an idealistic student who begins to date the honey-eyed Amelia. The love between the two will, however, be severely tested by the objection of the girl’s mother, an unexpected murder and civil war in Spain. Through a story of a passion that defies the traditional values of conservative Portugal, this fascinating novel takes us to through the fire of the years in which the Estado Novo was forged. (apologies for my translation)
This book took me quite a while to get in to, but once it got going it was thoroughly entertaining. Firstly, I loved Santos’ ability to make the character’s voices come alive- you can hear their accents, imagine their movements and see them perfectly in your mind’s eye. Secondly the characters were realistic. They were not heroes- not much of what they do is noble or noteworthy, but it is real. Some of the characters are downright distasteful, but they are also completely human- and that is something quite unique to this book. Finally this book is excellent because of Santos’ portrayal of the fervor of youth mellowing into the reality of adulthood and the bitterness of the choices that life forces us to make. It’s a realistic Romeo and Juliet- a star-crossed lovers story with a large dose of reality and history to round it nicely off. All in all a great read.
Once again I feel a little guilty reviewing a book that doesn’t have an English translation, but it counts towards my challenge, so I hope you’ve enjoyed my review anyway.
C.S. Lewis- awesome man..
There are two things that prompted me to write about Judy Blume. The first was finding her book ‘Forever’ on my bookshelf from what felt like eons ago. The second was visiting the town where I spent my early teenage years for the first time in about a decade. ‘Forever’, a tiny little book with an orange cover, has never featured in my top books of all time list or anything of the like. But it did, along with other Judy Blume novels, remain memorable nonetheless.
Blume is well known for being one of the first teen authors to deal with issues such as sex, racism and religion in a way that young teens (in particular of the female variety) can easily relate to. The books have been banned in schools due to controversy on their subject matter and having read an article (which was actually from around 2005) about ‘Forever’ being banned in certain schools, I felt the need to throw in my two pennies.
It’s easy to forget, as we grow up, how difficult being a teenager really was. Teenagers are struggling with physical, emotional and spiritual changes, and probably the most difficult feeling is that of loneliness and isolation. Teenagers feel that they are the only ones going through these problems. Judy Blume’s books may not be testaments to excellent literary specimens, and they can even be seen as controversial. But they are also honest, insightful, and written as though Blume has never forgotten the struggles of a young girl. If there is one thing reading Blume will do it is make you feel just a little less alone (and by you I mean teenage you- when you’re past 17 Blume becomes irrelevant). So whilst I was reading about Blume’s books being banned and one parent describing her books as making them feel ‘uncomfortable’, I couldn’t help but feel just a little sad for those young ladies unable to partake in Blume’s work. Because Blume may not change your life, but she will deal with issues that every 15 year old needs to know are not ‘weird’ problems.
Hello my readers. Before I move away from the land of blogging to ensure a lack of failure in finals, I just want to remind all you people, in particularly my 58 followers (58 followers- isn’t that awesome) that my blog is actually not just for fun, I’m actually doing it for the charity World Horse Welfare. World Horse Welfare is a great UK charity that takes care of abused horses in the UK and abroad helping not only these furry creatures but also educating people who aren’t able to take care of them. So even if you just donate £1 it could make the world of difference for the people at WHW and I would be hugely grateful if you could donate. Thank you!