Julio Cortázar was among the many who urged her to bottle Luisa in Realityland, cork it, and throw it in the sea. Had Cortázar lived to see the results, he would have been pleased.
—The Los Angeles Times
This is a very beautifully written and crafted book that combines lyrical poetry, vignettes, and scenes of political history in El Salvador and other regions of Central America....Strongly recommended for the author's commitment to good prose, good poetry, and humanitarian political issues.
Voice Literary Supplement
This is a wonderful tale, reminiscent of Carpentier or Garcia Márquez, from the new-world continent of empire builders.
In Alegria's fictionalized memories of her Salvadoran youth, the combination of theme—the loss of innocence as war and adulthood gradually intrude—and perspective—eyewitness testimonial and nostalgic recollection—is no longer fresh, but the format is. Nominally an intentionally ironic takeoff on Lewis Carroll's children's classic, the text alternates between poignant prose vignettes and militant, more brutally direct verse, the latter in the tradition of Alegria's equally politically committed Flowers from the Volcano ( LJ 11/15/82). A natural translation (thanks to her husband's bilingual talents), but nonetheless not really an essential purchase. Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio