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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492994677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492994671
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Catalin Gruia is a veteran journalist who has written and reported for the Romanian edition of National Geographic for over 10 years. He is currently Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler and Deputy Editor in Chief of National Geographic Romania.

International awards
First prize (Geographica category) at the International Seminar of National Geographic International Editions, Washington, 2004

Johann Strauss Golden Medal, Vienna, 2010 http://b2b.wien.info/de/reisebranche/wtk-2010-strauss-medaille

Kinarri Trophy, Friends of Thailand Awards, Bangkok, 2013
http://www.thaistory.ro/romania-premiata-la-friends-of-thailand-awards-2013/

Customer Reviews

The book was short but made up for it by including a brief and interesting section of history of Gypsies going back many generations.
eveningskyglider
An easy to read book, complete with descriptions of the traditional jobs the Gypsies had, as well as a short history of the Romanian Gypsies structured as a timeline.
Arina nv
I had hoped this book would throw some light on this problem and thus help us to help them, by persuading them that kindness should not be mistaken for weakness.
E. M. Sandford

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on July 30, 2013
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This work of non fiction is in an interview format, the author skillfully interviews 9 different Roma's (Roma, the Romanian word for gypsies.) managing to keep the interviewee's own voice. The interviews include: An unemployed man, A school girl, A sick lady, A young mother, The pub owner, An old lady (who at 84 is the oldest resident in the community) The "Italian" woman, A teacher and The Il Consigliere (one who helps bring justice). The interviews took place at Mocirla (the swamp) near Buhusi.

I learnt so much from the interviews and the paragraphs detailing the life of gypsies. None of the Romas in Mocirla have permanent work, some have occasional suspicious work, most men have been to jail at least once and stealing is a means to an end, there are no medical services and minimal education.
Some young girls get married at age 13, and if they are unmarried towards their late teens they are considered "old maids". There are many clans in the gypsy community- Braziers, Woodworkers, Tin workers, Silk workers, Bear trainers, Brick layers, Gabors and Florists. Many gypsies have been forced into a more modern and traditional lifestyle and are living in set locations.

I have a new appreciation for my life and the facilities I have.

The Kindle book review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair and honest review. We are not associated with the Author or Amazon.
Lauren-The Kindle Book Review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ioana on November 12, 2013
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The stories in the book shed a new, more complex light, from the inside, into what being a gypsy in Romania is like. Some of the stories made me sad, some of the stories outraged me. All of them kept me reading until their end. Even though I did have previous knowledge on the subject, the interviews here presented filled in some gaps and reinforced other parts.

It is sometimes necessary to get a slap on the face from Reality (and this is what the interviews in the book do), in order to realize what color the real world we live in has.

The interviews are minimally corrected so what comes through during reading is the precise way of thinking of the community interviewed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria on September 23, 2013
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"Outsiders who see Mocirla's nearly 200 run-down houses from their cars on the way to Roman, spread out randomly like a sick swarm of bees on a hill on the outskirts of Buhusi, raise their eyebrows and speed up. Townspeople are afraid to climb up here: most of the gypsies have empty bellies, sly gazes, sharp tongues, and quick hands." The author get's accepted and moves into Mocirla (The Swamp) to become a Gypsy in order to be able to tell their story in an objective way. (Romanians consider Gypsies almost an inferior race and after centuries of prejudice they seem to have a real problem in speaking about Gypsies in correct, no discriminative fashion. This is why the author decided for this formula in which the Gypsies get to tell their own stories.) I've read the Swamp story with a lot of pleasure. If you want to understand the Real Romanians Gypsies (not demonized, not romanticized) this is the book you need.
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Well written, but much too short. The stories are very brief and woefully lacking in detail and development. It left me wanting to know much more. As it is, it is little more than a pamphlet. Still, I found myself caring very deeply for these abused people.
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By Jennifer on April 21, 2014
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I love gypsy stuff, but I got really bored with this book. I did not even finish it. I just could not get very far.
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By eveningskyglider on March 27, 2014
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This book was very interesting. It was nice to read a first hand account of how Gypsies live and are treated. I didn't find it depressing as it made it's point without dragging it out. The book was short but made up for it by including a brief and interesting section of history of Gypsies going back many generations.
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This book is extremely short. I read it in less than a couple hours. It had many short interviews with some Roma listening to how they viewed their life. It also had a very concise history of the Roma in the back but with no sources to the information. It is a decent read for someone who just wants a very broad stroke understand of the life of gypsies in Romania. Not recommend for anyone who is doing in-depth research on the Roma.
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By Kacy Scott on February 7, 2014
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The stories were good, but too brief. The lives of the Gypsies in Romania is like an iceberg. Only the tip was touched here.
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