From the internationally bestselling author of The Island comes a dazzling new novel of family betrayals, forbidden love, and historical turmoil.
Sonia knows nothing of Granada's shocking past, but ordering a simple cup of coffee in a quiet cafÉ will lead her into the extraordinary tale of a family's fight to survive the horror of the Spanish Civil War.
Η συγγραφέας πραγματεύεται ένα θέμα ταμπού μέχρι πρότινος, τον εμφύλιο πόλεμο στην Ισπανία! Ένα βιβλίο που προβληματίζει τον αναγνώστη και τον ευαισθητοποιεί βοηθώντας τον να κατανοήσει την αξία του ειρηνικής ζωής! Το βιβλίο μας μυεί στον εμφύλιο πόλεμο της Ισπανίας μέσα από την αναδρομική εξιστόρηση της οικογένειας Ραμίρεζ που αποδεκατίστηκε από τον εν λόγω πόλεμο. Το βιβλίο είναι πολυεπίπεδο και η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται σε δυο χρονικά και τοπικά επίπεδα. Η Σόνια, μια 32χρονη αγγλίδα το 2001 κάνε...more
The body of this book consists the story of the Ramirez family of Granada during the Spanish Republic, the Civil War and the ensuing years. It is a tremendously powerful narrative and cannot fail to stir the emotions. The detail reflects the huge effort that the author must have put into her research.
The vehicle for the main story, which is the journey of Sonia, as she tries to fill the gap left in her life by her empty marriage with an adventure into fla...more
I loved the musical element...
"She recognized the music. It was one of the tracks that they had danced to that afternoon and the familiarity of its rhythm gave her confidence. It was neither too slow, nor too fast. The five minutes that followed were intimate, energetic, enlivening and physical. Almost immediately she felt the welco...more
Duas amigas vão para Granada dançar salsa. Eu adoro Salsa e dança em geral pelo que o tema interessou-me logo de início. Depois é um romance histórico, género que eu adoro.
Aprendi imenso com este livro. Aprendi coisas que já deveria saber, considerando que Espanha é já aqui ao lado e que partilha tanto da sua história connosco. Sorri e chorei com este livro.
Conta-nos uma história de amor atípica, sem o rumo esperado, e...more
Setenta anos antes, o café era a casa da unida família Ramirez. Em 1936, um golpe militar liderado por Franco destrói a frágil paz do país, e no coração de Granada a fa...more
The book's strength is completely in the flashback telling of Franco's rise in pre-WWII Spain. I was completely ignorant of his torturous reign and it got-to-me in it's intensely graphic and devastating familial context. Never-the-less, I highly recommend it.
The dovetailing story of flamenco over two generations, and the modern British romances (wait, is this last an oxymoron?) work well, but Hislop has a clunky hand in the love arena...more
Sonia visits Granada to celebrate a friend's birthday with a dance class. Unfamiliar with the city's past and the brutality under Franco's regime, a chance encounter at a neighborhood cafe introduces Sonia to the brave and complex story of the Rodriguez family's suffering and survival through the Spanish civil war.
Seventy years earlier, Concha and Pablo owned and managed the same cafe with no notion of the danger and pain that would soon visit their family. Their eldest son, Antonio, is...more
"The Return" begins in recent times in England. Readers are introduced to a middle aged woman named Sonia. This part is very similiar to "The Island" as both heroines are having relationship issues and are both facing similiar difficult choices.. basically "stay with this jerk or leave" type choices. I found parts...more
I started reading the first five pages so many times and it just didn’t grip me at all. However as I am on a missio...more
Sonia has traveled with her life long friend to Granada to further her dancing experiences. While there she learns that her love for the flamingo is almost as powerful as the dance itself. She is driven to...more
And yet --- this is not a bad book. The style of writing is good, and the characters are interesting. A few years ago I spent 2 weeks in Granada, so I could really see the streets and Plazas of the city - as well as the magn...more
I am now into Part II of the book which is now set inn the early days of the Spanish Civil War. The plot and the characters are very interesting. I have already ordered the author's first boo, "The Island". Will review when complete next week.
Nov 13 Have now completed "The Return", an excellent novel set...more
While on her trip she meets an elderly waiter at a cafe who tells her the story of the Ramirez family and the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. Pablo and Concha Ramirez ru...more
A autora tem o dom de conciliar paixão, magia e música com a triste realidade da Guerra Civil espanhola, originando um enredo bastante cativante.
Adorei, sobretudo, a maneira como foram conjugadas as histórias dos quatros irmãos, onde se demonstrou a forma como cada um, à sua maneira, lidou com a dura realidade, combatendo a dor, a perda, a solidão, o desespero e o sofrimento tão patentes em seu redor. É assim um livro que n...more
On the present part, an English women with a failed marriage starts to dance Salsa, which brings new fresh air to her life. She and a friend decide to travel to Granada in order to practice Salsa and she finds herself actually happier and more comfortable in Spain than in England. she finds a traditional cafe and starts chatting with the owner.
The past part is told by the owner, about the famil...more
The sightseeing trip of two good friend ended up revealing so much and changing the life of them both...
The story of Ramirez family was truly shocking every step of the story.
Since this family was the main story i didn't expect all this things to happen but as you keep reading the tragic events that come upon this family are more and more shocking..
The author's description of the war...more
I won't write about the story itself, cause you're already familiar with it. Reading this boo...more
Uma das au...more
Her first novel, The Island, held the number one slot in the Sunday Times paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over two million copies worldwide. Victoria was the Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007 and wo...more
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