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"Wonderfully evokes Nicaragua's enchanting beauty and the enormity of its loss."--Kirkus Reviews
"Descriptive and compelling, Shattered Paradise brings the reader to this magical land, its folkloric culture and its diminishing wildlife." --Maria Beltran, Readers' Favorite
"From the tropical memories in Ileana Araguti's "Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of a Nicaraguan War Child" flows tropical memories mixed with feelings of failures and promises. Her story is captivating, even riveting, within the best testimonio tradition: quite an accomplishment for her first book."--Francisco A. Lomelí, Professor, UCSB
"In her lyrical memoir, Ileana Araguti honors her native land in all of its beauty and conflicts with the kind of loving honesty every homeland deserves. Shattered Paradise is one of the most moving memoirs I've read." --Bruce McAllister, author of The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic
"The author has delivered a well-written, moving manuscript. She has a strong talent for writing in a way that readers can "see" the scenes she paints. I congratulate her."--Jim Dobkins, author and co-author of eleven books
As I closed the book after the final chapter, all I could say was, "Wow." Araguti's writing is so descriptive I felt like I was there in Nicaragua. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Arlene
Shattered Paradise is beautifully written. Ileana Araguti's word artistry gives breath, life and meaning to every detail. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gena Foisy
A heart wrenching account of a war torn childhood in Nicaragua. Ms. Araguti's writing is surreal and sensitive and totally true. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alethea Eason
This is the only book I have found telling of the struggle of Nicaragua as it really was. So it is the Tops - so far – for me. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marc Parker Kingston