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It's a book to relish, to read and re-read. Until her early twenties, Giocond "A passionate, lyrical, tough-minded of an extraordinary life in art, revolution, and love. Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and How will you describe yourself. But ineverything changed. Her growing dissatisfaction with domestic life, and a blossoming awareness of the social inequities in Nicaragua, led her to the Sandinistas, then a burgeoning but still hidden organization.
She would be involved with them over the next twenty years at the highest, and often most dangerous, levels.
Her memoir is both a revelatory insider's of the Revolution and a vivid, intensely felt story about coming of age under extraordinary circumstances. Belli writes with both striking lyricism and candor about her personal and political lives: about her family, her children, the men in her life; about her poetry; about the dichotomies between her birth-right and the life she chose for herself; about the failures and triumphs How long the drug stay in your system the Revolution; about her current life, divided between California with her American husband and their children and Nicaragua; and about her sustained and sustaining passion for her country and its people.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Belli grew up in a wealthy family but ed the Sandinistas, working secretly for the resistance until she had to flee the country and live in exile until the Sandinistas took power and she could return to Nicaragua.
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She became a prominent figure for the Sandinistas in a PR role, and so she met with people like Fidel Castro, and her portrayals of these powerful men are interesting as well. And it is well-written, which makes all the difference.
Then the period is exile is rather less interesting, before it picks up again with the actual revolution and the immediate aftermath. I do have some slight reservations, though. These are mainly about her particular perspective. There is plenty of death in the book, as one after another of her friends, colleagues and lovers get killed, but it all happens offstage. View 1 comment. Mar 05, else fine rated it it was amazing Shelves: intranslationfavoriteswomenwhokickasshistoryreadbestre It happens to all of us.
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I came to this work knowing bits and pieces about Reagan and the Iran-Contra scandal and a couple students in a community college class who were worried about their family back home, and left blessed with a better grip on yet another part of the world than I could have ever hoped for. Also, famous literary people! Famous thinker people! Famous historical events that didn't make sense until surrounded by the deeply personal context of someone who not only lived through them but helped bring the best of them to fruition!
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I too had fought for this, fought so my daughters could, as Che said, "deeply feel any injustice committed against any human being anywhere in the world. Jul 02, Diane Ramirez rated it liked it.
Gioconda is a writer of great talents and a compelling story -- she was intimately connected with the Sandinista revolution from the beginning of the s. I get the feeling this wasn't the best way for me to discover her. Gioconda Belli knew everybody, apparently every male she encountered including presidents and generals found her irresistible, she alway Gioconda is a writer of great talents and a compelling story -- she was intimately connected with the Sandinista revolution from the beginning of the s.
Gioconda Belli knew everybody, apparently every male she encountered including presidents and generals found her irresistible, she always lived a life of extreme advantage NB except when she got in touch with the impoverished people, but only for as long as Adult want casual sex Lawley Alabama could take itand what's more, she always seemed to know what was right and best, even when her fellow countrymen were floundering. The most "disparaging" thing she found to say about herself in this exploration of her life is that her particular interpretation of the Sandinista uniform Why did god make weed camouflage pants and a halter.
It made her feel sexy. That's kind of like the old job interview answer "I am just too much of a perfectionist. She also married a US citizen, so she is faced with the differences between the two countries in a big way to this day. However, she seems to forget that she is herself a product of privilege, even if she's from Central America.
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There are very few of us that are made directors of television stations, flown around the world to meet with world leaders, placed in "simple but comfortable" homes, flown to Mexico City by friends to get over a broken heart. This is a perfect example of why I typically dread reading memoirs.
It's not that I can't relate to Belli's life experiences, it's that she makes herself so aloof and above it all that Starrucca PA sex dating impossible to relate to HER.