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Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Ragged and unfocused

    There is a definite lack of focus in this book, to the point that it reminds me of reading the experiences of junkees. Open the book and start reading the chapter called, 'The Devouring', and you may sense what I mean. Earlier in the book we are told that, 'The Devouring' is the Gypsy's term for the Nazi Holocaust. Instead, the chapter starts as a very brief mention of Holocaust memorials, then goes into great length about a funeral, then . . . man, I don't know where it goes. Try reading 300 pages of that, which you may do by checking this book out of the library. I really wouldn't bother to buy it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Author provides "a front row seat" to gypsy life and history.

    The author extensively traveled throughout European countries (particularly Eastern bloc countries and Germany) and lived with Gypsy families. Generally each chapter tends to focus on a particular gypsy tribe and within this context she shares history, local culture, and gypsy personalities. In many respects the author is an investigative reporter trying to interview government officials and police to determine how crimes against contemporaray gypsies (burning of houses, lynchings, harrassment) go unprosecuted. She incorporates government policies (as far back as the 15th century) that have marginalized gypsies and created a "non-species". On the other hand, she gives an honest appraisal of the gypsies -- knivers, beggars, illiterate, etc. I found this book to be very informative and engrossing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Heavy. Academic reading

    Interesting historical account of the online race without a county: the gypsy race.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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