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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Great Debut Novel

Guernica covers the years from 1893-1940. The reader learns of the Basque people and their culture. This is an agrian society, with farmers and fishermen. The people work hard and love their families and their land above all.

The years before WW II are dangerous ones...
Guernica covers the years from 1893-1940. The reader learns of the Basque people and their culture. This is an agrian society, with farmers and fishermen. The people work hard and love their families and their land above all.

The years before WW II are dangerous ones for this area. Those who want independance are overwhelmed by the Spanish who are allied with the Germans and the Italians. Basques are labeled as troublesome separatists and unloyal to the country. The Basque country is in Spain, and there is a natural struggle between the Spanish government and the Basque people. The forces making their way across Europe in this time frame gave a window of opportunity to those seeking to repress the Basques forever.
The reader learns of two Basque families. One is a farming family, led by the Justo, the strongest man in town. He is married to Mariangeles and they have one child, a daughter named Miren. The other family is a fishing family, but one son is not enamoured of the sea and comes to Guernica to live his life instead as a carpenter. This is Miguel, who marries Miren and finds happiness and contentment with her. They have a baby daughter, Catalina.

Those who have heard of Guernica probably know of it from the tragedy that struck the town on April 26, 1937. The German airforce, to train their pilots prior to the war they knew was coming, and to support Franco and his political party, carried out three hours of horrific air raids on the town. Guernica was almost totally destroyed, with most families losing one or many members and families torn apart. People were killed in the intial blasts, or in collapsing buildings or by overcrowding in the shelters. Almost no family was untouched. There was as much firepower used in this one attack as in all of WW I. It was the first use of modern air warfare, and the opening of the ability to kill hundreds in a quick attack. The other striking feature was that this was not a military attack; instead, harmless townpeople were targeted and shot down as they ran for shelter. The horror of what was done was captured by Picasso, in his famous painting of the same name, showing the world what had been done to Guernica and the Basques who had lived there for centuries.

This is Dave Boling's first novel, and it is incredible to me that such a wonderful novel could be someone's debut. I was immediately attracted to the characters, and they became very important to me as I read. There was dread as I knew what would happen, but I had to continue reading to see what would happen to these brave families. This book is highly recommended to those lovers of historical fiction, or anyone looking for a great read.

posted by sandiek on September 9, 2009

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Guernica by Dave Boling

The subject of the Basque culture and the very locale was of interest to me because of family history in the region. It was a very well researched book in terms of the Basque country, the relationship between Spain's Basques and the French Basque.


I consider thi...
The subject of the Basque culture and the very locale was of interest to me because of family history in the region. It was a very well researched book in terms of the Basque country, the relationship between Spain's Basques and the French Basque.


I consider this book as a wonderful archive of the history of the Basque people and the incredible tenacity they have in preserving their culture. Although the author spends a great deal of time developing his characters, they are so romanticized as to not seem real, thus making it difficult to establish a connection of identity with them as real people.

For anyone with a desire to understand more about the Basque Separatist movement in an entertaining manner, I would highly recommend this book.

posted by pointofview on November 16, 2009

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Great Debut Novel

    Guernica covers the years from 1893-1940. The reader learns of the Basque people and their culture. This is an agrian society, with farmers and fishermen. The people work hard and love their families and their land above all.

    The years before WW II are dangerous ones for this area. Those who want independance are overwhelmed by the Spanish who are allied with the Germans and the Italians. Basques are labeled as troublesome separatists and unloyal to the country. The Basque country is in Spain, and there is a natural struggle between the Spanish government and the Basque people. The forces making their way across Europe in this time frame gave a window of opportunity to those seeking to repress the Basques forever.
    The reader learns of two Basque families. One is a farming family, led by the Justo, the strongest man in town. He is married to Mariangeles and they have one child, a daughter named Miren. The other family is a fishing family, but one son is not enamoured of the sea and comes to Guernica to live his life instead as a carpenter. This is Miguel, who marries Miren and finds happiness and contentment with her. They have a baby daughter, Catalina.

    Those who have heard of Guernica probably know of it from the tragedy that struck the town on April 26, 1937. The German airforce, to train their pilots prior to the war they knew was coming, and to support Franco and his political party, carried out three hours of horrific air raids on the town. Guernica was almost totally destroyed, with most families losing one or many members and families torn apart. People were killed in the intial blasts, or in collapsing buildings or by overcrowding in the shelters. Almost no family was untouched. There was as much firepower used in this one attack as in all of WW I. It was the first use of modern air warfare, and the opening of the ability to kill hundreds in a quick attack. The other striking feature was that this was not a military attack; instead, harmless townpeople were targeted and shot down as they ran for shelter. The horror of what was done was captured by Picasso, in his famous painting of the same name, showing the world what had been done to Guernica and the Basques who had lived there for centuries.

    This is Dave Boling's first novel, and it is incredible to me that such a wonderful novel could be someone's debut. I was immediately attracted to the characters, and they became very important to me as I read. There was dread as I knew what would happen, but I had to continue reading to see what would happen to these brave families. This book is highly recommended to those lovers of historical fiction, or anyone looking for a great read.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    History and culture come alive

    This is a solid and thought-provoking historical fiction novel of a tragic period in Spanish history. The Basque culture came alive through the strong characters. This novel describes life before the bombs dropped and how the tragedy transformed the characters' loves, families and livelihoods and the different paths each chose to survive. "Justo learned from Miguel that if you lose someone you love, you need to redistribute your feelings rather than surrender them. You give them to whoever is left, and the rest you turn toward something that will keep you moving forward."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Enjoyable read

    Enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    Wonderful story

    A mix of a great character study, history, and a lesson in the horrors of war.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Brings to life a moment in history not to be forgotten

    If you wonder how the Nazis began the carnage later visited on their European neighbors, learn about the people in the peaceful Basque town they erased in a day just for practice. The author draws you into their lives and you won't forget them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Pleasently surprised

    Good read.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    recommend if u like historical based novels.

    Was hard for me to read but did enjoy the story.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    A very enjoyable read

    A story of a Basque family in Guernica Spain. Three brothers who are left to grow-up on their own. Their life is changed as Franco begans his revolution to take over Spain and eleminate the Basque culture. The families lives are changed dramatically when the Germans practive their bombing techniques on their village. The ending comes as a surprise. I think this is a good read. enjoy

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Enjoyed the historical perspective told through a story of the Basque nationals. Especially having seen Picasso's Guernica and not knowing the history behind the Franco regime in Spain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Good read,enjoyable and informative

    Guernica is a nice story that is both ficitonal and factual.
    It gives an insight into the trials and predjuces the Basques faced
    in Spain at the onset of WWII that most history classes overlooked.
    It also gave a heartwarming story of the unity of family and community. I enjoyed the story and the twist of fate at the end made the book even more desiralble.

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