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“This is one of those books that couldn’t be timelier, more beautiful, or more wrenching. One young woman’s journey into the dark heart of Argentina’s Dirty War. De Robertis is an extraordinarily courageous writer who only gets better with every book.” —Junot Díaz, Latina Magazine
“De Robertis brings the best of two cultures to bear in her work, melding the Latin literary tradition of magical realism with a thoroughly modern, politically charged North American sensibility. . . [her] extraordinary gift makes this brave, important book an object of beauty.” —Meredith Maran, Chicago Tribune
“A gripping journey that’s as heart-wrenching as it is healing; a reminder that the Disappeared must not be forgotten. . . . Both the story and prose flow like a glistening Rio de la Plata. . . De Robertis’ writing from beginning to end hypnotizes with poetic, crushing beauty.” —Cindy Wolfe Boynton, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“De Robertis holds the reader’s attention with her entrancingly rhythmic and pulsating prose. . . [her] voice is distinctive and her novel vivid and memorable.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
“In an artful blend of beauty and horror, De Robertis has made the disappeared visible once again. With that, she has done them—and us—a great service.” —Marla Southgate, The San Francisco Chronicle
“Mesmerizing. . . a moving, poetic novel about the costs of revolution and the evolutionary process that is identity.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve rarely read a more poetic novel than Carolina De Robertis’ Perla. What makes it doubly impressive is the subject matter that this author takes on. . . De Robertis is a new voice for Latin America, following in the footsteps of Isabel Allende, and dare I say it, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.” —Herta B. Freely, Washington Independent Book Review
“De Robertis skillfully weaves a lyrical voice around her characters that treats victims, perpetrators, and bystanders with the same care and honesty. The result is a powerfully humanizing effort that examines a nation struggling with a very dark, recent past.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Lyrically combining into reality both the fantastic and the horrific, De Robertis weaves a beautiful and plain-faced tale about birth, rebirth, and the responsibility of inheritance from complex, startling history.” —Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)
“An elegantly written and affecting meditation on life in the wake of atrocity.” —Kirkus Reviews
In my opinion, and I have read many novels about Argentina's Dirty War, Perla is the masterpiece.
PERLA has a fascinating plot and premise that is well rendered in poetic language by the book's author Carolina De Robertis.
This story gripped me so thoroughly, and held me til the last page, that by the end, I was heartbroken.
Some of the most beautiful writing I've ever encountered. So many of the thought-provoking phrasing and descriptions of the human condition deserve to be remembered (I even... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Karpy
Incredibly creative story; heavy chapter of history woven into the lives of complex, well developed characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michele in Cincy
This should be a play. I want to see this acted out. I think it would be magnificent.
Perla is a college-aged student that grew up in a privileged household in... Read more
I generally do not get into books with a lot of stream of consciousness content; however, as used here, it brought forward the story of the great sadness and tragedy that occurred... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JeanL
When I started the book I wasn't going to finish it. But as I read, I became more intrigued. It was different.Published 12 months ago by redsoxfan
Well written, with great imagination and insight into a young woman of Argentina becoming aware of her fate as part of a violent time of history and her family. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lydia F. Garrett
I am an avid reader and like reading books from different parts of the world, especially when historic events are the story backdrop. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aamir Khan
First let me say, Perla is a terrific story, with excellent use of magical realism, told in lyrical prose. Everyone should read it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by 1gudriter