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Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
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This is a brave, intense account of a period of time in the life of a very young revolutionary. Carmen’s parents are members of the resistance in Chile and flee to Canada when Pinochet comes to power in 1973. Five years later, Carmen and her sister are pulled out of their comfortable, middle-class life in Vancouver to return to S. America with their mother and stepfather. They start off in Bolivia, where the whole family is involved in various ways with the resistance movement. There are scenes ...more
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Jen Gauthier
Something Fierce was a very pleasant surprise. I started reading expecting to fall into the footsteps of a Chilean revolutionary. To learn more about what the resistance was about and why I should care. All this was in Carmen Aguirre's story, but told through the eyes of a young girl going also struggling with that universal life phase called adolescence. I was surprised to relate to Carmen in so many ways. Sure she was leading a double life as the child of resistance members exiled by Pinochet, ...more
Jerry Haigh
A remarkable sccount of a young woman's struggles against dictatorships in S. America.
I read this book partly because I have a friend who fled Pinochet's Chile and partly because our daughter had traveled through many of the countries mentioned in the book.

Most of the book is about Carmen growing up. It is mainly about her parents disappearing for days at a time, and then Carmen's teenage fascination with boys. It is only the last 80 pages or so where she becomes a revolutionary too. Even then not a lot happens. But it is still worth reading the book to get a perspective of the p
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