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The Time in Between

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The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.

Between Youth and Adulthood…

At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she qui
Paperback, 609 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Linda 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
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
Sep 14, 2012 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Maggie Bramley
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
Miss GP
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
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
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
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
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
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).


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
Petra Miocic

Prečesto, književnost se (ili bar njeni žanrovi) dijele na sferu „muškog“i „ženskog“. Nije neuobičajeno da udobnost ženske torbice skriva dobar ljubić ili da iz stražnjeg džepa muških hlača proviruje kakav kaubojac malog formata. Ponekad će se to „muško“ i „žensko“ i poklopiti pa će tako u vezi trzavice nastati po pitanju prvenstva čitanja kakvog dobrog trilera ili krimića. A ponekad se pojavi roman koji nadilazi granice žanrovskog, preskače spolne i rodne
Knjiga je podijeljena u četiri poglavlja i svi su ispričani sa Sirine perspektive. Iako je knjiga debeljuca od 600 str i nešto sitno čita se vrlo brzo i lako. Sira Quiroga rođena je 1911. godine u Madridu. Majka joj je bila krojačica, a o ocu nije znala ništa. Iako se trebala udati za Ignacija i postati krojačica, baš kao i njena majka, ona se fatalno zaljubljuje u šarmantnog Ramira Arribasa, ostavlja Ignacija i s Ramirom odlazi u Maroko.

Dalje njen odnos sa Ramirom je fatalni i samo onako kako
This novel truly captures the atmosphere of the 1930's and 1940's. The main character, Sira, is young, capricious, and eager to find her future. Her mother, a dressmaker, teachers her to grow up like her. Sira's story would have ended when she became a dressmaker and lived out her days much like her mother if not for a chance encounter with a handsome man. Their connection is immediate and soon Sira is taking risks for him.

Ramiro, Sira's lover, takes her to North Africa; he promptly abandons he
Tania Martins
Entre Marrocos, Espanha e Portugal devo dizer que o mais me fascinou o facto da autora se mover entre vários países para nos contar a história de Sira ao longo de vários anos, uma simples modista apaixonada e de casamento marcado no inicio da história que passa por várias dificuldades ao cruzar-se com o homem errado e que acaba por passar por várias peripécias até se tornar o que ela menos espera uma espia em tempos de guerra numa Madrid devastada pela guerra através dos seus vestidos e dos seus ...more
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María Dueñas es Doctora en Filología Inglesa y profesora titular de la Universidad de Murcia. Nacida en Puertollano (Ciudad Real) en 1964; casada, dos hijos, siete hermanos, un puñado grande de buenos amigos. Reside en Cartagena.
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