#LitsyButLater reading last week on the MBTA
REALLY enjoying this one so far!
I‘ve never read anything about the Spanish Civil War or the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. I learned a lot from this book and think Ruta Sepetys is doing such important work, writing about complex and dark historical moments for young people. That said, I did get impatient and feel like it dragged on in places, and I found the whole ending pat and a little too cleanly tied up. I‘m interested in reading her earlier books, which seem tighter.
Wow! What a monumental story! While I think my first critique stands, I didn't realize just how current the story was, the world was only made aware of the crimes of Francisco Franco and his taking of children from "Red"parents or Republicans in 2018. This story has been simmering and been quieted for decades.
It must be noted that what we are doing now in detention camps w/migrant children, we will see our own Lost or Stolen children scandle.
2019 Book 53: WOW. This is by far Ruta Sepetys‘s best work. Fantastic story of the Spanish Civil War, but also a story of the injustices of that time. Although the research that went into this book is nothing less than extensive, the author was able to craft a touching story of romantic and familial love. I highly recommend reading this! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So I am really trying to read more books by Authors of Color and I was disappointed when I found out that Ruta Sepetys is Lithuanian- American .... This story is amazing and captivating in it's telling of life under General Francisco Franco Spain and his dictatorship that Spain is under in the 20th century, but I am bummed out that this story is by a white woman.
I loved this book. I was a little iffy about the synopsis when I first read it but if I trust anyone to tell me a story I‘m not so sure about it‘s Ruta Sepetys and she did not disappoint. My stepfather is Spanish and I‘m embarrassed to say and I had NO idea about any of what happens in this book. Really fascinating and heartbreaking stuff told beautifully in this book! I highly recommend it.
This was a really well done audiobook. Set in 1950s Spain under Franco, it is rich in details. Also highlights US interests at the time that may have had a hand in prolonging Franco‘s reign and the stealing and selling of children under that regime. Good characters and plot. 4⭐️
For the first time in THREE years I am awake before the whole house. Hopefully this is a new trend now that my youngest is turning 3. My dog Amy used to wake me up at 5:15 for her #breakfast, and we cherished the time. I‘d read and/or watch the news and it helped me feel human, not like a mom-bot. Today, #coffee in a REAL mug and flaky morning buns from a bakery in Brookline brought as a hostess gift from yesterday‘s dinner guests.
Another fascinating book by author. 4⭐
Daniel's father is an oil magnate, his family is in Madrid for business in the early 50s. Franco's reign of terror is alive and well. Daniel takes many pictures but isn't able to find answers to what he sees. It necessary for survival for the people who live under this dictatorship to keep secrets