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The memoir of an entire century, this novel adds a new, original chapter to Julia Navarro's best-selling career. Tell Me Who I Am surprises and enchants with a captivating and heartrending story. This is a novel about memory and identity with an exceptionally well-drawn and unforgettable literary character: a woman who throughout her extraordinary life was able to achieve The memoir of an entire century, this novel adds a new, original chapter to Julia Navarro's best-selling career. Tell Me Who I Am surprises and enchants with a captivating and heartrending story. This is a novel about memory and identity with an exceptionally well-drawn and unforgettable literary character: a woman who throughout her extraordinary life was able to achieve the highly difficult feat of knowing herself. A victim of her mistakes, aware of her guilt, frightened by her traumas, she is above all an anti-heroine, a flesh-and-blood woman who always acts according to her principles, facing up to every challenge and making errors for which she will never fully pay. A woman who decided that she couldn't be neutral in this life. Navarro's most personal novel surprises for its melodrama and the raw emotions transmitted by many of its stories. It is filled with pure adventure, introspection and political chronicle. From the tumultuous years of the Second Spanish Republic to the fall of the Berlin Wall, including World War II and the Cold War, these pages are packed with intrigue, emotion, politics, espionage, love, betrayal and settings like Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Moscow, London, Berlin and Warsaw with brief stopovers in The Basque Country, Cairo, Athens, Lisbon and New York.


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The memoir of an entire century, this novel adds a new, original chapter to Julia Navarro's best-selling career. Tell Me Who I Am surprises and enchants with a captivating and heartrending story. This is a novel about memory and identity with an exceptionally well-drawn and unforgettable literary character: a woman who throughout her extraordinary life was able to achieve The memoir of an entire century, this novel adds a new, original chapter to Julia Navarro's best-selling career. Tell Me Who I Am surprises and enchants with a captivating and heartrending story. This is a novel about memory and identity with an exceptionally well-drawn and unforgettable literary character: a woman who throughout her extraordinary life was able to achieve the highly difficult feat of knowing herself. A victim of her mistakes, aware of her guilt, frightened by her traumas, she is above all an anti-heroine, a flesh-and-blood woman who always acts according to her principles, facing up to every challenge and making errors for which she will never fully pay. A woman who decided that she couldn't be neutral in this life. Navarro's most personal novel surprises for its melodrama and the raw emotions transmitted by many of its stories. It is filled with pure adventure, introspection and political chronicle. From the tumultuous years of the Second Spanish Republic to the fall of the Berlin Wall, including World War II and the Cold War, these pages are packed with intrigue, emotion, politics, espionage, love, betrayal and settings like Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Moscow, London, Berlin and Warsaw with brief stopovers in The Basque Country, Cairo, Athens, Lisbon and New York.

30 review for Tell Me Who I Am

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Charles

    I bought the book 2 years ago, waiting on my bookshelf crying all the time " read me, read me". Today I red the last page and closed the book. I must say during the time I was reading the book I was only physically present. Mentally I was walking aside Amelia traveling with her, feeling the tortures, the courage, the love and the pain she endured. It's been a long time I've been reading such a good novel. Thank you Julia Navarro I bought the book 2 years ago, waiting on my bookshelf crying all the time " read me, read me". Today I red the last page and closed the book. I must say during the time I was reading the book I was only physically present. Mentally I was walking aside Amelia traveling with her, feeling the tortures, the courage, the love and the pain she endured. It's been a long time I've been reading such a good novel. Thank you Julia Navarro

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    An exhausting 1,200 pages that I thought would never end. The main character is like a cockroach- she just doesn't die. I'm not sure why I stuck with this book, I guess I hoped it would get better. To be fair- I read this immediately after Tiempo Entre Costuras and because the stories are so similar and because Tiempo was so good, the comparison was not favorable for this book. An exhausting 1,200 pages that I thought would never end. The main character is like a cockroach- she just doesn't die. I'm not sure why I stuck with this book, I guess I hoped it would get better. To be fair- I read this immediately after Tiempo Entre Costuras and because the stories are so similar and because Tiempo was so good, the comparison was not favorable for this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Denisa Arsene

    I am in love with Spanish writers. And if they wrote historical fiction, I just simply adore them. But Julia Navarro's present story it is filled with action, espionage, love, trust, war, friendship, humiliation, anger, fear and so on. I simply loved this book and I was just so anxious to see where it took me all the way. Only one fault I have to give: the fact that the author wanted to go with the fact according to their reality and even Guillermo was a bit pissed off about that. He preferred k I am in love with Spanish writers. And if they wrote historical fiction, I just simply adore them. But Julia Navarro's present story it is filled with action, espionage, love, trust, war, friendship, humiliation, anger, fear and so on. I simply loved this book and I was just so anxious to see where it took me all the way. Only one fault I have to give: the fact that the author wanted to go with the fact according to their reality and even Guillermo was a bit pissed off about that. He preferred knowing everything about Amelia and write it in chronological order himself. But all in one, it is a very good book

  4. 5 out of 5

    Athena

    For me, this book was annoying from start to finish. There is a hero that is extremely naive and everybody is hostile to him and annoyed by his actions but nevertheless agrees to pay his expenses and clears obstacles out of his way. The dialogs are so fake, they don’t work. The explanations given when a resolution is needed to move the story on are also pretty simplistic. Maybe this book will be appreciated by readers who are not familiar with the historical events but those who know the facts o For me, this book was annoying from start to finish. There is a hero that is extremely naive and everybody is hostile to him and annoyed by his actions but nevertheless agrees to pay his expenses and clears obstacles out of his way. The dialogs are so fake, they don’t work. The explanations given when a resolution is needed to move the story on are also pretty simplistic. Maybe this book will be appreciated by readers who are not familiar with the historical events but those who know the facts of the Spanish Civil War, Stalin’s purges and European WW2 history should definitely stay away.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    One of the Best Book I've ever read. Extraordinary! One of the Best Book I've ever read. Extraordinary!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ermisenda Alvarez

    Dime quién soy by Julia Navarro 9 out of 10 This is my first book review and I recently finished Dime quién soy by Julia Navarro. It is a Spanish book and I experienced the epic tail through a Spanish audiobook. It is a massive book approx. 1000 pages, just under 30 hours of audio. I loved every minute. The book revolves around Guillermo piecing together the long, riveting and extraordinary life of his great, great grandmother: Amelia Garayoa. The story begins in Madrid, Spain but shifts to countri Dime quién soy by Julia Navarro 9 out of 10 This is my first book review and I recently finished Dime quién soy by Julia Navarro. It is a Spanish book and I experienced the epic tail through a Spanish audiobook. It is a massive book approx. 1000 pages, just under 30 hours of audio. I loved every minute. The book revolves around Guillermo piecing together the long, riveting and extraordinary life of his great, great grandmother: Amelia Garayoa. The story begins in Madrid, Spain but shifts to countries all over the world such as Argentina, Russia and Germany. Guillermo embarks on an interesting ride as he follows his ancestor’s footsteps to discover her life and the events that marked it; the Spanish Civil War, World War II, Post-War Germany and the Cold war. I am trying to read more Spanish books because of my heritage and loved this author and her writing style. I am a reader who enjoys appropiate, descriptive language littered amongst the pages, while this book focused more on the speed of the plot it did not lose credibility. It was easy to read and kept your attention. Although a lot happens throughout her life, at no point did I think “Oh, yeah right! As if that happened!”. I think what I loved about it was not only did I feel like I was learning more about European history, with emphasis on the Spanish perspective, but that the story reflected the nature of iconic Spanish novellas. Those who have ever watched Spanish novellas would know how dramatic, exaggerated, romantic and theatrical they can be. Although I don’t watch them, my family always has, therefore I have grown up with them. This novel, like The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, contained that rich, deep, complex, emotional and theatrical plot that kept me hooked. Just when you think the story ends… it doesn’t, and you’re glad it didn’t. I didn’t just feel like I was reading a great book about European disasters, but I also that I was reading a great Spanish novel. While the story focuses on piecing together Amelia’s life it incorporates a multitude of characters. Not only do you get Amelia’s perspective and experiences from pre-WWII to post-WWII, but also from those she encounters. I felt like this enrichened the story further, it layered those historical decades with the attention to detail it deserved. It was a time of many stories not just one; hence, I enjoyed that Navarro included multiple characters with their own stories to create a web of history. A well written, fast-paced and emotionally touching piece. - Ermisenda Alvarez

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    The first full-length novel I've read, and read with pleasure. That's a breakthrough for me, which comes some 10 years after I first began studying Spanish. I used an English version of the book as a backup. Both were on my Kindle so it was easy to switch back and forth. I used Google Translate, too, preferring to speak the Spanish into it and hear the translation in English. It took me many months to get through the book, but it was a good story that kept my interest. As I moved slowly through, The first full-length novel I've read, and read with pleasure. That's a breakthrough for me, which comes some 10 years after I first began studying Spanish. I used an English version of the book as a backup. Both were on my Kindle so it was easy to switch back and forth. I used Google Translate, too, preferring to speak the Spanish into it and hear the translation in English. It took me many months to get through the book, but it was a good story that kept my interest. As I moved slowly through, I accelerated once past the 40% mark and at the end and referred to the English version less and less. This feels like a real achievement that I've worked hard for. Now that I've passed this milestone, I intend to keep up the momentum and keep reading for pleasure in Spanish. Next up is The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes, which is being read by my book group, The Mules. The famous linguist, Joshua Fishman said, "You don't need two languages unless you need two languages." That is, a language has to have a place to live in your life. For the rest of my life, Spanish will live in the literature I enjoy. While I will, of course, read plenty of things in English, I plan to always be reading a Spanish novel with even more pleasure than I would have enjoyed had continued to read only in English.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    At times very fun, but not the best. The story is outrageous but I like that -- international intrigue and adventure. Communism. Romance. A lot of completely unbelievable circumstances and events that I am usually willing to forgive. What bothered me about the book was the presentation style -- that of a young man researching the life of his great-grandmother. I think ultimately the presentation distances the reader from the main characters and makes them feel less compelling/vivid. It added not At times very fun, but not the best. The story is outrageous but I like that -- international intrigue and adventure. Communism. Romance. A lot of completely unbelievable circumstances and events that I am usually willing to forgive. What bothered me about the book was the presentation style -- that of a young man researching the life of his great-grandmother. I think ultimately the presentation distances the reader from the main characters and makes them feel less compelling/vivid. It added nothing to the book, besides a pretense at some sort of "depth" to the novel where there isn't actually much. Overall enjoyable. The development of the great-grandmother, Amelia Garayoa, is pretty fun though and a charming but forgettable adventure.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    In enjoyed this book. It's about a self-directed, willful woman in Spain during the Spanish civil war and WWII. She has wild love affairs and travels the world as a spy for Britain and later the US. Some of her achievements are a bit unrealistic, yet the story is so good, you don't care. The book seems to follow history well during these time periods. The book is so long (almost 1100 pages) that at times my sense of reading justice was disturbed. I felt like I should have gotten the satisfaction In enjoyed this book. It's about a self-directed, willful woman in Spain during the Spanish civil war and WWII. She has wild love affairs and travels the world as a spy for Britain and later the US. Some of her achievements are a bit unrealistic, yet the story is so good, you don't care. The book seems to follow history well during these time periods. The book is so long (almost 1100 pages) that at times my sense of reading justice was disturbed. I felt like I should have gotten the satisfaction of finishing a book sooner. Yet, I always looked forward to reading more, so I adjusted my sense of reading justice!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Philipp

    This book sucks! It's one of the lamest stories ever. Without any twists everything is just straight forward and the main characters are boring. The "journalist" who isn't able to do any research by himself and always needs people that are pointed out to him and happen to know exactly what he needs. The writing doesn't change a bit if the story shifts from one character telling it to another. And don't want to spoil the end but I was thinking "what? This is it? This is how the author intended th This book sucks! It's one of the lamest stories ever. Without any twists everything is just straight forward and the main characters are boring. The "journalist" who isn't able to do any research by himself and always needs people that are pointed out to him and happen to know exactly what he needs. The writing doesn't change a bit if the story shifts from one character telling it to another. And don't want to spoil the end but I was thinking "what? This is it? This is how the author intended the book to end?!"

  11. 5 out of 5

    mandinmandin

    3.5 STARS I struggled a little to read this book because of the tiny letters. It had a very interesting synopsis, was bought for me by mom and chosen from the huge TBR pile by my sister. The book shows us the story of Amelia, a noble Spanish woman, who suffered the sad outcomes of her choices. I have to say she grew a lot throughout the book; from a shallow easy-manipulated girl to a courageous woman with a mind of her own. I started to like her character by the end of the book, which was at one 3.5 STARS I struggled a little to read this book because of the tiny letters. It had a very interesting synopsis, was bought for me by mom and chosen from the huge TBR pile by my sister. The book shows us the story of Amelia, a noble Spanish woman, who suffered the sad outcomes of her choices. I have to say she grew a lot throughout the book; from a shallow easy-manipulated girl to a courageous woman with a mind of her own. I started to like her character by the end of the book, which was at one point dragged and dragged for no reason. I understand she had a crazy life, and this is a fiction book, but at one point it crossed the lines of acceptable. It became too much, and very unbelievable. I also enjoyed the fact that the author gave us all the necessary hints, which made the ending not surprising but very anti-climatic nonetheless.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Albucha

    There was something in the prose of the book that kept bothering me; still now, after finishing, I'm not fully sure what it was... probably the great-grand-child who narrates the story and who doesn't seem to add anything to the story. Other than that, I loved the story of the great grand mother. Julia Navarro has done a great job documenting the historical moment which is quite an achievement taking into account that the book covers from the Spanish Civil War, the 2nd World War and finishes wit There was something in the prose of the book that kept bothering me; still now, after finishing, I'm not fully sure what it was... probably the great-grand-child who narrates the story and who doesn't seem to add anything to the story. Other than that, I loved the story of the great grand mother. Julia Navarro has done a great job documenting the historical moment which is quite an achievement taking into account that the book covers from the Spanish Civil War, the 2nd World War and finishes with the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet block. I specially enjoy the books where I learn new things about history and I did learn quite a bit in this book. Recommended to anyone who is interested on European recent history.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Demetria

    I listened to this book in Spanish. I'm not aware if there is an English translation yet. I believe there should be a translation for the US market so people here would understand better what people go through when war is fought in their own country. Of course, there are always immigrants arriving from war zones, but the last war in the US was in the 1800's and there isn't anyone alive who lived through it. So, back to the book, I loved it as a history lesson. I managed to finish college without I listened to this book in Spanish. I'm not aware if there is an English translation yet. I believe there should be a translation for the US market so people here would understand better what people go through when war is fought in their own country. Of course, there are always immigrants arriving from war zones, but the last war in the US was in the 1800's and there isn't anyone alive who lived through it. So, back to the book, I loved it as a history lesson. I managed to finish college without learning much history, even while it was happening. I guess I should be ashamed of that, and I am, a bit, and trying to remedy my big gaps of knowledge. On the other hand, I did learn how to make a computer start a printer using Assembler language. Oh well. As far as the book as a novel, it fails. The Spanish language critiques I've read so far complain about the unlikeliness of all those events happening to the heroine. I don't complain about that, it's, after all, a novel. I will complain about the format. The book is just a bunch of info dumps! And very unlikely info dumps. The people telling the story could, possibly, have acquired some facts, but we are told they know a lot of intimate details they could not have learned, since the heroine is said not to have discussed them with anyone, or at least not anyone who lived to tell the tale, and in some cases she did, but not with the person who is narrating the events. As far as the big reveal at the end, I suspected it from the start. And I don't get the author's little trick of including it in an epilogue. It should have been in the last chapter, in my humble opinion. The epilogue should maybe explain the other untied ends, as what happened to the protagonist (the reporter). Did he break his word and publish the book, and this is it? Did he decide to become a spy himself and estranged himself from his mother and aunt to whom he owns either money or a book? Your guess is as good as mine. I was very disappointed with the ending.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Navarro

    Although the story grabs your attention through the protagonist's suffering and pain, it's just that: melodrama. I won't lie, I have liked it at times, but that has been a 10% out of 100%. Firstly, I did not like the protagonist, who is suppossed to be incredibly smart and brave woman, but whose actions are more of a stupid irresponsible little girl playing spy. Secondly, the story is too long. I feel like dramatic tension and peace are wrong, making it boring at times and interesting in others. Although the story grabs your attention through the protagonist's suffering and pain, it's just that: melodrama. I won't lie, I have liked it at times, but that has been a 10% out of 100%. Firstly, I did not like the protagonist, who is suppossed to be incredibly smart and brave woman, but whose actions are more of a stupid irresponsible little girl playing spy. Secondly, the story is too long. I feel like dramatic tension and peace are wrong, making it boring at times and interesting in others. A few pages less would have helped the novel. And, finally, the protagonist suffers so much and her situations are so forced and unrealistic that I was not immersed in the novel due to the lack of realism. Although I think the story in itself is good, the novel in itself does not work principally for the mentioned reasons. I must add that I think that to tell such a complicated story is extremely difficult, and that the author has worked hard on both writting and researching. It is an ambitious work. There are many difficult issues that require courage to be treated in a novel, and that is something I admire. The novel, however, does not hold in the end. If you are used to spy novels and know much about Second World War II and the Cold War, I do not recommend it. If you are just looking for a long book with a decent plot and not bad writing, read it. Just do not expect that much. But it is just my opinion. I could hardly finish it because, for me, it was very boring and it contains way too much tragedy, which is somewhat forced.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Worth reading maybe more for it's historical examination of the times, but I rank it pretty average. I didn't like the writing style - a lot of short choppy sentences. This could be due to having been translated?? I also got tired of the protagonist's many travels. That ploy got old after the first few rounds. Based on feedback from others in our book club, I took the trouble to set out a rough family tree from the beginning. That did help some in keeping the players in line. The ending was bett Worth reading maybe more for it's historical examination of the times, but I rank it pretty average. I didn't like the writing style - a lot of short choppy sentences. This could be due to having been translated?? I also got tired of the protagonist's many travels. That ploy got old after the first few rounds. Based on feedback from others in our book club, I took the trouble to set out a rough family tree from the beginning. That did help some in keeping the players in line. The ending was better than the rest, but I suppose we should have been able to guess this outcome based on the title :-)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana Freches

    It's a great book, one of the bests that I have read. It's very well writen and it's an amazing book for people who want to know how people lived in Europe in the 20 century. It's a great book, one of the bests that I have read. It's very well writen and it's an amazing book for people who want to know how people lived in Europe in the 20 century.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bogdan Lucaci

    Probably the best ending of any book I read. A book that perfectly combines family drama, war, traveling all around the world and historical facts.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dave Darutto

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have two ways to describe this book. Julia Navarro went beyond the necessary with an overly long description of the 20th century. To do that she used a single main character that somehow manages to be at the crux of almost all the important events occurring from the Spanish civil war to the rise of communism, all the way to the divided Germany. This forced the story to be unrealistic. On top of that, it felt even less real with the literary strategy that she chose to tell the story. The fact t I have two ways to describe this book. Julia Navarro went beyond the necessary with an overly long description of the 20th century. To do that she used a single main character that somehow manages to be at the crux of almost all the important events occurring from the Spanish civil war to the rise of communism, all the way to the divided Germany. This forced the story to be unrealistic. On top of that, it felt even less real with the literary strategy that she chose to tell the story. The fact that Guillermo can get every single detail from Amelia's life is utterly unlikely and yet he manages to do it. The constant traveling for the sake of storyline felt onerous. On the other hand, we have the story of Amelia. Such an amazing woman, great character. I will lack enough adjectives to describe her. As fictional as she is portrayed, I have no doubt in my heart that incredible women did all kinds of heroic feats during these testing times. I also leave with the clear notion that Spanish women played a key role as spies during the war, adding this book to "the time in between" by Maria Dueñas in which the same characteristics are portrayed. By the way, in my opinion this book ends in a high note, it left me both smiling and sad. I will miss Amelia and her adventures.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kateri

    I started reading (listening, really) to this book when we were living in Colombia. The plot follows the investigations of an out of work journalist, who has been contracted by his family to research the history of his long lost great grandmother. The novel started out slowly, but grew more compelling as the protagonist continued to learn more about the incredibly complicated life of his great grandmother. I personally enjoyed that the novel centered on the life of a female character immersed in I started reading (listening, really) to this book when we were living in Colombia. The plot follows the investigations of an out of work journalist, who has been contracted by his family to research the history of his long lost great grandmother. The novel started out slowly, but grew more compelling as the protagonist continued to learn more about the incredibly complicated life of his great grandmother. I personally enjoyed that the novel centered on the life of a female character immersed in the dark world of espionage. As an attractive young female, others did not suspect her capable of the acts she committed and she was able to use her gender as a disguise. This was an ingenious literary tactic that unfortunately got a little stale towards the end of the book. As a woman, I eventually got annoyed by the prejudice she faced and the societal norms that she was never able to overcome. I would have probably given this book four stars if it had ended more to my satisfaction. But after spending so much time with the protagonist and his great grandmother, the ending was very abrupt and without any sort of closure. There was also little explanation for some of the plot designs, like the insistence by the family that he conduct the investigations in chronological order.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becca Young

    Quite a story! Captivating but much too long. I read the English edition ("Tell me who I am"), and many times felt that perhaps the English translation needed editing, but someone reading the Spanish version said it could have used editing as well. I did find myself staying up into the wee hours to find out what happened in each phase of the main character's life. The book doubles as an encompassing history of the twentieth century, and the author gives much detail that helps enhance her tale. T Quite a story! Captivating but much too long. I read the English edition ("Tell me who I am"), and many times felt that perhaps the English translation needed editing, but someone reading the Spanish version said it could have used editing as well. I did find myself staying up into the wee hours to find out what happened in each phase of the main character's life. The book doubles as an encompassing history of the twentieth century, and the author gives much detail that helps enhance her tale. There are a few places that strain credulity, as the protagonist seems to be a Spanish Forrest Gump, appearing at all great moments in history and having a major role in how the events unfold. Nevertheless, I was spellbound for much of the story, and I love that she is such a strong female character who truly makes her own way in the chaotic and deeply bifurcated world that was Europe throughout the 1900's.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria Camila

    My first experience with Julia Navarro's books was with "La Sangre de los Inocentes" and I was really disappointed by it. The books was nothing as I expected it to be and I kind of have ruled her out for my future readings. However, when looking for a new book to read, a friend recommended this book, and since we have shared good recommendations before I decided to follow her advice. For every detail I didn't like from the first book, this one exceed by far my expectations. The story is captivati My first experience with Julia Navarro's books was with "La Sangre de los Inocentes" and I was really disappointed by it. The books was nothing as I expected it to be and I kind of have ruled her out for my future readings. However, when looking for a new book to read, a friend recommended this book, and since we have shared good recommendations before I decided to follow her advice. For every detail I didn't like from the first book, this one exceed by far my expectations. The story is captivating, and makes you suffer along with the principal character. Learning about Spain's civil war through the lives of the characters is marvelous. Although I had my reserves on whether I liked or disliked the main character, at the end you can't help but keep reading until you reach the end of the story and solve the puzzle.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This was the longest book I have slogged through in some time, and there were several times I thought it would abandon it. The way the story was actually constructed, that there was a great grandson whose family hired him to reconstruct his grandmothers life, was mostly plausible. That everyone he met spoke in exactly the same voice often meant I felt that this was not a very useful way to tell this story, and more than once I was frustrated about this. However, that the author used this woman's This was the longest book I have slogged through in some time, and there were several times I thought it would abandon it. The way the story was actually constructed, that there was a great grandson whose family hired him to reconstruct his grandmothers life, was mostly plausible. That everyone he met spoke in exactly the same voice often meant I felt that this was not a very useful way to tell this story, and more than once I was frustrated about this. However, that the author used this woman's story to tell about the trials of the Spanish civil war right up until the fall of the Berlin Wall meant that that there was a lot of interesting ground covered. I just don't know how anyone can get over World War II. That the EU exists at all seems like a complete mystery to me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dheeba

    I've tried really hard to get into this book but I just couldn't. I read 850 pages (in Spanish) before deciding to put it down. There aren't any twists to the story; everything is pretty straightforward. The fact that it's a journalist writing the story of his great grandmother doesn't add anything to the book; in fact it does quite the opposite since He doesn't do any of the research himself. I've found his parts to be incredibly boring and the dialogues too repetitive. Also, the characters sha I've tried really hard to get into this book but I just couldn't. I read 850 pages (in Spanish) before deciding to put it down. There aren't any twists to the story; everything is pretty straightforward. The fact that it's a journalist writing the story of his great grandmother doesn't add anything to the book; in fact it does quite the opposite since He doesn't do any of the research himself. I've found his parts to be incredibly boring and the dialogues too repetitive. Also, the characters share some private details about Amelia that they couldn't have possibly known. I get that it's fiction but it has to be believable in some way. I loved the plot, especially the historical events, but there were too many elements that just didn't work for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adolfo Builes

    Amazing story I picked this book randomly and it didn’t disappoint me. The main character is adventurous and goes places all around the world, almost making you feel as if you were in those places. Through the book many important historical events take place like the Spanish civil war, WWII, the Cold War and the fall of Berlin’s wall. The chapters on the WWII context really touched my heart since many of the terrible things happening in the developing of the chapter, were not just fiction but thin Amazing story I picked this book randomly and it didn’t disappoint me. The main character is adventurous and goes places all around the world, almost making you feel as if you were in those places. Through the book many important historical events take place like the Spanish civil war, WWII, the Cold War and the fall of Berlin’s wall. The chapters on the WWII context really touched my heart since many of the terrible things happening in the developing of the chapter, were not just fiction but things that real people had to endure and suffer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    J Thayre

    I bought this book when I was still working in London as a Spanish Teacher. I spent hours poring over the Spanish Literature books in Foyles on Charing Cross Road. At 1097 pages, it is a tome of a book. I stopped and started it, I took it to Japan on honeymoon and almost gave up on it but thanks to my husband’s encouragement, I brought it home with me and finished it. It took me a year from buying it to finishing it, which is rare for me. Read more of this review here: https://aroundtheworldonefem I bought this book when I was still working in London as a Spanish Teacher. I spent hours poring over the Spanish Literature books in Foyles on Charing Cross Road. At 1097 pages, it is a tome of a book. I stopped and started it, I took it to Japan on honeymoon and almost gave up on it but thanks to my husband’s encouragement, I brought it home with me and finished it. It took me a year from buying it to finishing it, which is rare for me. Read more of this review here: https://aroundtheworldonefemalenoveli...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Valentina Ch

    Not really sure where I stand on this book. For once, I enjoyed a bit of history from a character that was not German, nor Russian during the War World II. I enjoyed the story over all, but there were lots of times when I felt the story is just dragging on, somehow repeating itself, especially all the parts where Guilermo travels back and forth to find out things about Amelia.. I think it was way too long and I would have given it 5 stars if not for the length..

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    I felt totally cheated after finishing this book. The plot is entertaining, the story holds pretty well, and the characters are attractive. However, after more than a thousand pages, I expect for the author to take the time to give the book a decent end. And I don’t refer to the content, I’m fine with how it ends. It is the fact that she rushes through it in two pages that feel insufficient.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This book fascinated the most for the historic aspect, not sure if the characters were so strong and the actions taken by the main character always believable, but it is written good enough to not let go. More than 1000 pages took a long time though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megi

    This is a beautiful story of strength, history, and life. Nothing is made pretty or romantic everything is brutal to show you what happened during the dark years of Europe's history but also through the viewpoint of Amelia. Its great to see a strong female character and to learn how you overcome. This is a beautiful story of strength, history, and life. Nothing is made pretty or romantic everything is brutal to show you what happened during the dark years of Europe's history but also through the viewpoint of Amelia. Its great to see a strong female character and to learn how you overcome.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Well written, an excellent historical novel. It travels through history showing the horror of the war and the fight for survival under extreme conditions. An impressive page turner even for the not historical books kind.

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