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María Dueñas
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Syersken fra Madrid

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The Time In Between is a word-of-mouth phenomenon that catapulted María Dueñas, a debut author, to the top of Spain's bestseller lists and has been sold in twenty-five countries.

This breathtaking novel, which combines the storytelling power of The Shadow of the Wind with the irresistible romance of Casablanca, moves at an unstoppable pace. After her lover lures her away fr
659 pages
Published 2012 (first published June 2009)
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Linda Abhors the New GR Design Actually, the title isnt The Seamstress. costuras means seams or dressmaking (profession), so entre costuras could mean between the seams or refer…moreActually, the title isn´t ¨The Seamstress¨. ¨´ costuras¨´ means ¨ seams¨´ or ¨dressmaking (profession)¨, so ¨entre costuras¨ could mean ¨between the seams¨ or refer to the time spent dressmaking. It´s as close a translation as possible. Some things are idiomatic, and don´t translate perfectly, but this is pretty close.
I´m just starting it, but have a feeling that this guy she´s followed is going to run off with her money and jewels, and that it refers to the time she´ll spend figuring out how to survive.

No clue as to why the English translation changed titles. Maybe the author got in touch with the publisher. I notice that the edition entitled ¨¨The Seamstress¨ doesn´t mention the translator´s name.(less)
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Book Him Danno
Sep 17, 2011 Book Him Danno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am going to be honest. I said I would read this book because I think I need to read more women authors and more foreign writers, just to get out of my comfort zone. But when I finally got the book in my hands and read the synopsis I was scared because it was hitting a lot of things I tend to avoid. What will I have in common with a pre WWII seamstress as she deals with love and intrigue in Southern Europe. A dressmaker for goodness sake! But being the dutiful guy that I am I took it to work wi ...more
Tea Jovanović
Ko voli špansku književnost i odlično napisan roman ovu knjigu nikako ne treba da propusti... Bila je veliki hit u Španiji i svuda u svetu osim u Srbiji... Prevod je dobar, knjiga se guta u dahu... posebna poslastica za sve koji uživaju u debeljuškastim knjigama...
U međuvremenu su Šanci snimili i odličnu seriju po ovoj knjizi... :) Ima je na Netflixu... :)
Sep 14, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Far Pavilions, Perfume, The Book Theif
Wow. I devoured this book. It pretty much hit all the right notes for me: exotic places, a little romance (but not too much), spies, MI6, deception, and fashion. I always seem to resonate with the international bestsellers. The Far Pavillions is a favorite, as is Perfume. Anyway, I recommend this book highly. With two full time jobs, a child, and a novel that I'm revising, the fact that I finished it in three days should sufficiently recommend it.
Oct 20, 2011 Dr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being an English Major I am very critical of literature. I will pick a book a part(because I can). I began reading this because it was ent to me to review. I wasn't looking forward to it at all. I was actually dreading it. So I began reading it with a terrible attitude & knew I was going to be critical(probably unjustly) in my review.
I began the book while waiting for a doctor's appointment with a doctor who is routinely at least 1 hour behind schedule. I had to keep rereading the beginning
B the BookAddict
Oct 23, 2015 B the BookAddict rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: Angela M

I, in some small degree, ruined this book for myself by reading another book also set in Morocco at the same time. TTIB deserves to be read singularly. It provides for the reader a wonderfully insightful look at Spain and Morocco in the 1930s, setting in place events regarding the involvement of the Germans as they struggled to influence the Spanish government. In the middle of all this is Sira, a talented seamstress who finds herself in the unenviable position of spying for the British governme
Apr 15, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good historical novel. This one has elements I am familiar with; Germans and Nazis, mixed with elements I knew little about - the Spanish Civil War, the leadership bought by the Nazis and how the Allies dealt with attempts to keep Spain out of WWII.

There are four parts to the book but all are told by Sira's perspective. Sira is a humble seamstress in Madrid, helping in the shop where her mother works. She learns skills, is promoted, meets a nice boy, gets engaged then runs off with anot
Sep 07, 2012 Jacqie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
So, I actually got 400 pages into this one before deciding to put it down for good. Why didn't I finish?

The book is 600 pages long, and the action part of the book (spying ) doesn't get started for 350 pages. The first half of the book is all character development and set-up. Unfortunately, 400 pages into the book, I really don't have a good idea who our heroine is. She says she's uneducated, yet is some sort of social chameleon who gets by on faking her way through everything. And you know, tha
Jun 13, 2012 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
As it takes place during the Spanish Civil War (albeit seen from the distance of North Africa)and World War II, I was very interested in the setting of the book, as I don't know much about what was going on in Spain during this period. The premise is very promising: a young, poor Spanish seamstress is ruined by love and has to create herself anew as a seamstress to the high society of Tunisia. I was interested during the first two parts of the book, especially as world events start to creep into ...more
I will have a full review on FBC in early November and I will c/p it here so for now several quick points:

- the book is indeed a page turner and you never really know when time passes reading it; I was shocked to see it ending and I could have read another 600 pages easily - the ending is good and satisfying but the book could have gone on for a while more for sure

- a first narration and the voice starts a bit slow - one thing I cannot abide is silly narrators and for the first 70-80 pages Sira
Aug 31, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
He leído este libro por recomendación de una amiga y también por la de los miles de lectores mencionados en la solapa, pero yo personalmente no sé si lo recomendaría.
No comprendo por qué este libro no me ha gustado más. Tiene todos los ingredientes de la clase de literatura que más me ha gustado siempre: la época de la guerra civil española y la posguerra, las historias de mujeres, la conexión entre el mundo hispano y el anglosajón... Tal vez me encuentro simplemente en una etapa diferente de mi
Jan 13, 2012 Dee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Read by Zilah Mendoza
Length 21.8 hrs

This is the story of a young seamstress and her mother during the Spanish Civil War. After being engaged with a government clerk, Sira falls in love with a salesman and decides to fly with him to Morocco.

In the meantime, she met the father she never knew.

By returning to Spain, she then becomes an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.

This is a story with a first-person narrator which makes the narrative quite long and too boring in
Feb 09, 2015 Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Yes,this was a brilliant book!!!I couldn't turn the pages past enough to see what was next:)It is a big book,I know,but if your enjoying the story,the pages will fly by.

The novel follows Sira from her early days in Madrid as an impetuous teenager in love with a con man, to Morocco as a bankrupt criminal, to Tetouan as a couturier businesswoman, back to Madrid, and then to Lisbon to spy on the Germans.

Duenas stitches together Sira's world of espionage with her job as a dressmaker. Sira's skills t
Jan 07, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lost in translation? Not a bit of it.

I often find that books written in another language are never quite the same when translated and when I first began to read this book, it seemed a little flat, even though the story was moving on quite quickly. However, after a very short time, things really started to pick up and from then on, I couldn't put it down.

Set in the time of the Spanish Civil War and the run up to World War II, the book is set partly in Spain and then in Morocco and follows the for
César Lasso
Cuatro estrellitas y media. A pesar de su extensión considerable, la novela mantiene el interés y parece bien documentada. Lo que más me ha gustado es la ambientación en el norte de Marruecos en los tiempos del colonialismo.
Morana Mazor
Jan 29, 2015 Morana Mazor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Vrijeme između krojenja"; Jedna od knjiga koje se zaista teško ispuštaju iz ruku...Neka vas ne odbije preko 650str.... Ja se ne sjećam kada sam zadnji put ovako opsežnu knjigu pročitala u ovako kratkom vremenu.. Priča sama po sebi nije ništa novo i, dosad, neviđeno - pratimo sudbinu Sire Qiuiroge mlade krojačice iz Madrida... Ali ta je sudbina, ah...toliko zanimljiva da grozničavo okrećeš stranice u iščekivanju događaja... Iako se radnja događa u prvoj polovici 20st. (1. i 2. svj. rat), Sira ga ...more
Annie Modesitt
It wasn't that the book was bad, it was an interesting story. But the author teased out elements of the story in such an unsatisfactory way that it was painful. Then, breathlessly, she'd practically leap over the pertinent piece of information in a coy manner;

"I looked through the peep hole, and saw the person I expected to see. I let them in [blah, blah, blah]"

And then just before the end of the chapter she'd FINALLY toss in who'd been at the door. Just odd.

The whole book had this
Aug 30, 2013 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was written in the first person but there was one section where it reverted to third person as the character who was writing the story could not have known what was happening in that section as it was occurring in another country. Then, at the end of the chapter the narrator said that they had discovered the information through letters that had arrived from another character. What sort of advice was this writer receiving from her editor? Obviously not good advice as I could see a way o ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Shane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had to reluctantly let this book go after reading about 120 pages. There were several aspects that I could not overcome in order to keep ploughing through its 600 plus pages. Perhaps it's me, perhaps I am suffering from reader fatigue and have lost my patience with books that do not get to their point, especially in an age when publishers expect (nay, demand) that the novel's trajectory be clear by the end of the first chapter.

I picked up this book as I was interested in learning about Morocco
This is a poignant book featuring a child raised in a dressmaker's shop until the Spanish Civil War causes then shop to close. Engaged to one man, Sira leaves him for another only to be betrayed and left penniless in Morocco. In her efforts to excavate her mother from Madrid, she meets Marcus Logan but is too afraid to trust him and as more and more Germans pour into Spain, she finds herself recruited into espionage for the west keeping her ears out for information from her customers to pass to ...more
I'm very puzzled by the wonderful reviews of this book. Most of it was very slow (it did pick up over the past 150 pages or so). The plot is nonsensical; the heroine's "spying" seemed pointless, reliant on coincidence, and not carried out in a rational fashion. I didn't care about the heroine's predicaments or about her as a character. I found the plot incredibly predictable and not in the least romantic. And, the heroine was constantly bumping into people she knew, as if there were only half a ...more
Amra Isović
May 24, 2016 Amra Isović rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ovo je za mene bio čist užitak.knjiga puna historije,zabavnih i intrigantnih likova, ispunjena s mnogo detalja ali sa takvim stilom i neusiljenošću da je to na nivou umjetnosti.Knjiga koju vrijedi pročitati i koja vas neće ostaviti ravnodušnim ni jednog trenutka.Hvala Maria :-)

Nov 25, 2010 Isabelrt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Boring and predictable, filled with every possible cliché. Since it was kind of hard to put all of them in one single "normal" book, Dueñas piles them up by turning a mini series (each devoted to one or to clichés) into a single book.

I disagree with whoever said its a tale about a self-made woman, sort of an ode to the independent, strong female persona, too. The lady in question is dragged through the story by the hands of others. A couple of them are women, but theyre there only to introduce t
The first few pages of this book really grabbed me, especially these first couple of sentences: A typewriter shattered my destiny. The culprit was a Hispano-Olivetti, and for weeks, a store window kept it from me. The story seemed like it was going to be interesting, and I liked the writing. Then the protagonist, Sira, turned into a simpering victim who made a bad decision and then let others continue making bad decisions for her. I'm happy that she changed as the story went along. The story ti ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, gave-away
The Time In Between is a comprehensively challenging fictional debut; over 600 pages of minutely researched Spanish history is skillfully woven into a page-turning tome that totally tugs the reader into the fascinating life of a remarkable young woman whose determination, strength, and demeanor irrevocably changes her destiny.

The consequential trials endured during and after Spain’s Civil War, leaves a country politically and ideologically divided, its citizens cautious not only of what the new
Sep 01, 2015 Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Gostei bastante deste livro.
Maria Dueñas consegue construir uma história equilibrada e completa sem ser densa, tendo em conta a temática abordada (Guerra Civil Espanhola e a participação da Espanha da II Guerra Mundial).
É um livro bem doseado (nem muito lamechas, nem demasiado romântico, nem demasiado sério), com algum embelezamento, mas gostei do percurso da personagem ao longo da história e da profissão que a caracteriza (a forma de passar "informação" é extremamente genial).

Arantxa Baños
Comencé el libro con dudas, ya que ni el título ni el resumen me llamaron especialmente la atención, pero las buenas críticas pudieron con mi curiosidad.
Me enganchó desde el principio, las historias de amor siempre lo consiguen. Sin embargo, me pareció que poco a poco se iba haciendo muy lento, y cada vez más necesitaba que pasase algo realmente importante. Esta sensación se invirtió al final cuando me pareció que iba todo realmente rápido.
A pesar de ese ritmo poco equilibrado, me gustó. La tra
Apr 08, 2016 Fatima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tarde en leerlo pero no porque no era interesante, sino por el tiempo que lo tengo dividido en muchas cosas. Que me ha gustado?
El argumento tiene de todo: aventuras, amor, traiciones, espionaje, guerra, amistad, familia…. Es difícil no encontrar en esta novela alguno de los géneros que nos gustan porque bebe un poco de todos. Y todos están perfectamente hilvanados, formando un circulo muy coherente que te atrapa en todo momento.

La autora describe muy bien los lugares en los que transcurre la acc
Lily Rodríguez
Este libro es la combinación de los libros que más me han gustado a lo largo de mi vida, es un libro que en verdad no tengo palabras para escribir lo mucho que me encantó, si pudiera darle más estrellas lo haría, pero ya que no puedo, a continuación les explicaré mi experiencia con "El tiempo entre costuras".

Historia relataba por Sira Quiroga, quien es una joven modista que abandona Madrid luego de conocer a un hombre que apenas y conoce, error, con el que llega a Tánger, llenos de planes a futu
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María Dueñas Vinuesa was born on 1964 in Puertollano, Spain. She is a professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Murcia, and is also an academic author and has worked at different universities in North America. She came into the spotlight in 2009, achieving great success in Spain thanks to her first novel, El tiempo entre costuras, published in English language as The Time i ...more
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