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Margarita, Esta Linda la Mar

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  127 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
History and fiction are poetically entangled to retall modern Nicaraguan history. In 1907, Ruben Dario, the legendary poet, writes the famous verse, Margarita, esta linda la mar, on the fan of a nine-year-old girl. Fifty years later, the same girl plays a role in the plot to assassinate the dictator Anantasio Somoza.
Paperback, 478 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Punto de Lectura (first published 1998)
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Deanna Risser
Jun 24, 2012 Deanna Risser rated it it was ok
Maybe this reads better in Spanish than English, but I didn't really enjoy this book. It is a popular book written by a former vice-president and is based on Nicaraguan history, including events such as Ruben Dario's return to Leon and his death, and President Somoza's assassination in 1956. The rest is fiction, but it's hard to keep straight if you are in 1906 or 1956. The cast of characters is very long, and I had to keep looking at the back of the book to see who was connected with who.
Riet
Jun 08, 2015 Riet rated it really liked it
Geschreven door een ex-minister van het Sandinistische regime in Nicaragua. Het boek vertelt door elkaar het leven van de beroemde dichter Ruben Dario en het complot van een aantal vrienden om de dictator Somoza te vermoorden. De schrijver gaat nogal oneerbiedig om met de legendarische dichter en het complotverhaal is af en toe hilarisch. Maar de sfeer in Nicaragua onder Somoza (die regeert met hulp van de Amerikanen) wordt goed weergegeven. De man die uiteindelijk de trekker overhaalt is ook ee ...more
Maritza Buendia
Aug 17, 2015 Maritza Buendia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margarita, está linda la mar de Sergio Ramírez conecta dos momentos importantes en la historia de Nicaragua: el regreso de Rubén Darío de Europa a su tierra natal y el asesinato, muchos años después, de Anastasio Somoza a manos de Rigoberto López Pérez, el poeta. La novela es una mezcla fascinante de personajes reales y míticos donde parecen borrarse los límites entre la historia y la ficción.

El autor desmitifica al príncipe de las letras castellanas y nos lo presenta no sólo como un hombre admi
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Deana
Mar 27, 2011 Deana rated it did not like it
NO me gustó
Arolas Uribe
Jun 15, 2016 Arolas Uribe rated it did not like it
Me aburrí siglos leyendo. El libro podría durar perfectamente cien páginas, porque los hechos son súper específicos. Gasta demasiado tiempo en descripciones y diálogos muy pajeros. El libro se trata del asesinato de Somoza y no avanza nunca a la cuestión. La voz, además, la encontré fome, sin gracia, de palabras rebuscadas y descripciones cursis. Me sentí como cuando leía por obligación en el colegio. Terrible.
Dennis
May 17, 2016 Dennis rated it really liked it
It has a lot of information regarding the recent history of Nicaragua. A perhaps historical novel. Not for the faint of heart. Not for those who require precision. The language used is beautiful and somewhat dated and yet should be familiar.
Juan F. Zeledón
A propósito de la muerte de Rubén Darío el 6 de febrero de 1916 en León, Nicaragua. Es de enorme utilidad la lectura de: Margarita, está linda la mar, novela del gran Sergío Ramírez.
Kristopher
Nov 30, 2014 Kristopher rated it really liked it
Cuenta dos excelentes historias que toda Nicaragua y Centroamérica debería conocer:

En los años 1940, en León, se reune una tertulia de poetas a debatir sobre el regreso triunfante del príncipe de las letras castellas en los años 1900 a Nicaragua -su tierra natal- y como vivió sus últimos años en León. Es cuando Rubén Darío dedica su famoso poema a la niña Margarita Debayle "Margarita, está linda la mar...". La misma Margarita que después se convertirá en la madre del dictador nicaragüense Anasta
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Bill
Oct 13, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book four stars even though it was a difficult read in parts because of the literary manipulation of time. The past determines the present and the present is controlled by the past. I was reminded a little of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and other Latin and South American writers who hide their stories in surrealism because truth telling was strictly forbidden by their government.
Poets Ruben Dario and Rigoberto López Pérez are crucial to the story and Perez is the one who assassinates Som
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Talya
Jun 24, 2013 Talya rated it really liked it
I read this book in Spanish a few years ago and loved it. It was very poetic and sometimes challenging to read. I found the book in English and wanted to read it again. I was disappointed with the English translation. I don't think it gave the novel justice. The writing seemed choppy and even more confusing. I love historical fiction and this novel had just enough history to keep you guessing to what really happened. I will try to find a copy in Spanish and give my English translation away.
Ramon Vazquez
Mar 07, 2013 Ramon Vazquez rated it really liked it
The first several dozen pages confused me a bit. Initially I couldn't get the story so it took me a bit of research into Nicaragua 's history to understand the background of the story. It turned out into a pretty exciting thriller that couldn't stop reading.

If you liked this book you will also like La Fiesta del Chivo/The Feast of the Goat by Vargas Llosa. A story about another dictator.
Estela Mulloy
Nov 05, 2013 Estela Mulloy rated it really liked it
Interesting narration of the last days of Ruben Dario and the assasination of Anastasio Somoza. It was intriguing to find out many unkown facts about the author. The stories intertwine with fun and quirky characters.
Derek
Mar 25, 2010 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this recently in Nicaragua, talk about it more here:
http://5cense.com/10/NIC1.htm
Miriam Green
May 14, 2013 Miriam Green rated it it was ok
Learned a lot of history. Not the best writing.
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Sergio Ramírez Mercado (born August 5, 1942 in Masatepe, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan writer and intellectual who served in the leftist Government Junta of National Reconstruction and as Vice President of the country 1985-1990 under the presidency of Daniel Ortega.

Born in Masatepe in 1942, he published his first book, Cuentos, in 1963. He received his law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónom
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“Lo mío no ha sido sacrificio sino un deber que espero haber cumplido. Si Ud. toma las cosas como yo lo deseo, le digo que me sentiré feliz. Así es que nada de tristeza, que el deber que se cumple con la Patria es la mayor satisfacción que debe llevarse un hombre de bien como yo he tratado de serlo. Si toma las cosas con serenidad y con la idea absoluta de que he cumplido con mi más alto deber de nicaragüense, le estaré muy agradecido. Su hijo que siempre la quiso mucho, Rigoberto” 0 likes
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