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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    Long Term Affects of War

    Perla by Car­olina De Rober­tis is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion book about Argentina’s Dirty War. The author is a daugh­ter to Uruguayan par­ents, but her grand­par­ents were Argen­tineans in exile.

    Perla, a young woman and a uni­ver­sity stu­dent, seeks to find answers. The tra­di­tion in her fam­ily is to not to ask ques­tions, espe­cially about her father’s activ­i­ties dur­ing the time known as Argentina’s Dirty War. As Perla grows up, she sep­a­rates her fam­ily life from her per­sonal life.

    One day, after Perla arrives home she finds a strange man in her liv­ing room. The man is soaked and oozes water all the time, sur­pris­ing even her­self, Perla reacts to this “vision” by giv­ing him food and shel­ter only to real­ize that he is one of the “dis­ap­peared”, a vic­tim of the Dirty War, and might hold the key to her past.

    I very much enjoyed The Invis­i­ble Moun­tain (my thoughts) and when I got the email to ask if I’d like to join the tour for Car­olina De Rober­tis’ Perla I jumped at the oppor­tu­nity. The novel has many aspects one could see it from it is a com­ing of age story, his­tor­i­cal lit­er­a­ture and super­nat­ural aspects so promi­nent in Latin literature.

    One thing is for cer­tain, Ms. De Rober­tis (web­site | Face­book |Twit­ter) can write, Perla is a beau­ti­ful novel about an ugly sit­u­a­tion. Even the parts about the hor­ren­dous acts the Argen­tinean gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted against its own peo­ple are beau­ti­fully written.

    “The day the black boots came for him was a pretty day, with bright blue slices of sky between the buildings”.

    As in many of the books I read, espe­cially about World War II, I always pon­der what makes good peo­ple do bad things?
    Could it be the herd men­tal­ity?
    The firm belief that you are actu­ally keep­ing the coun­try together?
    That you are the “good guys” in the story?

    This type of ques­tions are a part of the story which the author tack­les. Ms. De Rober­tis tell her tale focus­ing on the long term affects of the war blend­ing his­tory, fic­tion, shame, honor and magic in an engrossing yarn. The author offers just enough con­text within the story to appre­ci­ate the his­tory which the story revolves around, while cer­tainly not a defin­i­tive his­tor­i­cal book, it is not meant to be as such, but sim­ply wets the apatite to read some more.

    Perla is an ele­gant, poetic and decep­tively sim­ple book which tells of a young woman com­ing to grip with her own his­tory at the time Argentina comes to grip with its own past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    I enjoyed this book very much! While coming home from a pleasur

    I enjoyed this book very much! While coming home from a pleasurable trip to Buenos Aires I read a review of Perla In "Oprah" Magazine while on the plane. I was intrigued because I had just heard about the horrible events that took place in the '70's and had visited some of the sites that are living memorials to all the people who disappeared during that terrible era. The author kept me intrigued throughout the book, and also a bit apprehensive, knowing that this is based on real events. I enjoyed the author's mixture of realism with some possible fantasy and the ending was extremely rewarding. Whether you've visited this city or not the story is of the resilient people of Argentina is worth knowing.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

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    Don't Miss This One

    This book is amazing! I loved Carolina de Robertis' first book, Invisible Mountain, so I was already a fan. But Perla is so beautiful, disturbing and thought provoking all at the same time. I love her style of writing, very lyrical with a touch of magical realism. I had never read about 'the disappeared' of Argentina, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but Carolina has brought it to life in a strong, poingnant way. This book is not for the faint of heart, but so worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Loved this story!

    I liked this story, somewhat historical fiction, some mystical elements. I am on an international- historic-fiction kick this year that features strong female characters. I like a book that grabs me emotionally without being sappy. This book is not getting the recognition it deserves! I would also reccomend the Dovekeepers and Virgins of Paradise, both satisfying reads from this genre I am in love with.

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