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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
by Carmen Aguirre
Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9780345813824
Buy from Indigo

DescriptionA gripping, darkly comic first-hand account of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

On September 11, 1973, a violent coup removed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, from office. Thousands were arrested, tortured and killed under General Augusto Pinochet's repressive new regime. Soon after the coup, six-year-old Carmen Aguirre and her younger sister fled the country with their parents for Canada and a life in exile.

In 1978, the Chilean resistance issued a call for exiled activists to return to Latin America. Most women sent their children to live with relatives or with supporters in Cuba, but Carmen's mother kept her precious girls with her. As their mother and stepfather set up a safe house for resistance members in La Paz, Bolivia, the girls' own double lives began. At eighteen, Carmen herself joined the resistance. With conventional day jobs as a cover, she and her new husband moved to Argentina to begin a dangerous new life of their own.

This dramatic, darkly funny narrative, which covers the eventful decade from 1979 to 1989, takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet's Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Carmen captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the movement with the desires of her youth and her budding sexuality. 'Something Fierce' is a gripping story of love, war and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life.

The Good Stuff
  • Truly fascinating 
  • She never feels sorry for herself or lays blame on her parents for her - um - wow  unusual- childhood
  • So fucking brave for opening herself and laying everything raw and bare
  • Learned so much and never even realized that I was learning so much. Talked to many people about this one after I was done
  • Darkly funny
  • No holds barred
  • A truly admirable women - have already downloaded her latest book
  • Made me feel like I was truly blessed to live in the country I do, but at the same time guilty for my lack of knowledge on what is going on in different parts of the world
  • Would be a really good one to read for book clubs, as so many issues and themes that could be discussed
The Not So Good Stuff
  • I am mixed on this one in terms of the audio version.  I love hearing her pronounce names and places the way they were meant to be said.  But at the same time the reading was almost bland at times. I imagine this was hard for her to read and she probably was trying to protect her self by reading it this way, but for a listener it lacked the passion to go with the tale
  • Disjointed at times in terms of flow - but hello it was her first book and well obviously I cannot write either so who am I to judge
  • Jesus Christ people do despicable things in the name of power
  • As a mom it was hard to read this one as my natural inclination is to protect my child at all causes and never put them in such a dire situation.  I  don't understand how Carmen's mother could put her children ins such a volatile situation.  But these are my feelings and I am no experrt so it is not my place to judge and who is to say what she did was wrong 
Favorite Quotes/Passages

" She took the opportunity to remind Ali and me that organized religion had been invented  by the rich and powerful to keep the poor down."

“A façade is when you make up a story because it’s dangerous to tell the truth. … It’s a story you make up when you are involved in something bigger than yourself and you don’t want to risk your life or the lives of others.”

4 Dewey's

Another one I didnt HAVE to review, I purchased this from audible with my limited funds - ok fairy godmother - you gave Cinderella a spectacular dress - all I want is to be out of debt, I already got my court jester which is soooo much better than a prince

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