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In this ingenious satire, Solita, the not quite ten-year-old daughter of refugees from Franco’s Spain, is whisked from the urban ghetto of Galmeda to El Topaz, the lush hacienda of a wealthy eccentric, which her mother assures her will be paradise. But behind its beautiful façade, El Topaz is a quagmire of social subterfuge, from its politicking adults to its spiteful chil ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 29th 1995 by Grove Press
(first published October 28th 1990)
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I wanted to give this book a three because the setting and subject matter were intriguing. However, the book was ostensibly told from the first person but Castedo more often used third person to provide the vivid descriptions. I found myself skimming this book after a while. However, I enjoyed the historical aspect, the snobbery among children, class differences and immigrants with a variet yof political causes. This book had strong potential, but fell flat.
Castedo does a great job in developing her protagonist,10 yr-old Solita who is from the ghetto and finds herself transported to a luxurious hacienda of wealthy adults and spoiled children. Her innocent view of her surroundings is both charming and funny. This book was nominated for a National Book Award in 1990.