5.0 out of 5 stars A Memoir That Reads Like A Novel! Outstanding!
September 16, 2015
By Sherrie Miranda
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This review is from: The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War
by Gioconda Belli
I thought I had long ago written a review for this great memoir. After all I used Belli’s understanding of the struggle for a character in my novel.
I apologize for not posting this sooner, especially since I read it in just a few days as it was full os suspense and steadily brought the reader to the understanding of a Revolutionary woman who was soon made to feel her services weren’t needed anymore once the Revolution had happened. Perhaps that explains why the changes didn’t last?
Belli’s story is one of great courage, fortitude and understanding. Belli, obviously loved her people very much, since she was one the the few who could have escaped but didn’t.
Belli is talented, not only as a poet, but also as a storyteller. I sincerely hope we get some more prose from this amazing woman and writer.
Thank you for writing such a beautiful and eye-opening book.
I added this comment to a review that suggested Belli should explain why poets are so important to her people:
Actually, poetry has had a “more political function” all over the world, including the U.S. But one would only know that if one were involved in the politics of the oppressed and Making political change from the bottom up. Ever hear of the first rap “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”? Even many of the songs of the sixties were about political change. And of course, the folk music before that.
In Latin America, many of the great poems that were made to create social change have been made into songs, including in El Salvador, Roque Dalton’s “Poema de Amor,” Love Poem, an homage to the Salvadoran people and their struggle. I am sure this has happened all over the world, I just am not that familiar with the tradition in other countries.
You make a good point, though, perhaps we shouldn’t assume that the reader is already a convert to the cause. After all, reading is how many of us came to be enlightened. Many of us were fortunate to have others around to help us understand, but in this day of people staying at home in front of their PCs, we may need to preface work that has an important political impact.
Anyway, bravo to you, Poniplaizy, for wading through the memoir and finding the gems that were there. I imagined you must have “googled” a lot to figure out what happened in Nicaragua in the 70s. Let’s hope others will do the same.
P.S. My novel has a translation of “Love Poem” by Roque Dalton and his presence is felt throughout the novel. LONG LIVE THE POETS OF THE WORLD!
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: