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Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the Sandinistas Paperback – February 14, 2012
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The book reads very quickly--the prose style is very minimalist--very fitting for the setting/scenes of the story. It didn't blow me out out of the water, but it seems to me the sort of thing you have to do at least once. Much like going off to join a revolution.
I totally relate to this book and had similar ideas of my own to go join the Revolution. My boyfriend (who later became my husband, then my ex) was Salvadoran so he knew it was no joking matter to go join a guerrilla group or any other group during the civil wars in Central and South America.
We even had some friends who were in a punk rock band that went to Nicaragua after the Revolution. The more I heard, the more I wanted to go. I finally did go to El Salvador, but my boyfriend's family made sure I didn't get into any really bad situations.
It's interesting that of all the people I met who had been to Nicaragua, not one of them told me the raw truth that Unferth tells here. I had no idea that it would have been so difficult! Yes, I knew there were very young soldiers who were indoctrinated to believe anyone who cared about the people were Communists (this was how it was in El Salvador). I knew that the Sandinistas were mostly young idealists who knew what hunger and violence was like (El Salvador too, that's how both sides were able to recruit so many teens). But I never knew about the day to day difficulties of lack of food, money and jobs, and the abundance of diseases that could KILL you!
Unferth bares her soul like few have done, especially as it relates to Central America, idealists and trying to understand another culture.Read more ›
It's 1987, two years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Nicaragua, the Sandinistas have deposed the Somoza family but struggle to feed their people and hold back the Contras. The bloody civil war in El Salvador is approaching its crisis. Honduran and Guatemalan death squads routinely gun down campesinos in the mountains, insisting they are insurgents. Manuel Noriega is el presidente of Panama--for a little while longer.
"Dear Mom and Dad," Debbie writes from Nogales, Texas. "I'm sorry to tell you in this way, but I've left school and am going to help foment the revolution. I am a Christian now and I have been called by God. Due to the layout of the land, we are taking the bus."
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The naiveté of youth leads Deb to somewhere she is totally unprepared for, and the often treacherous journey to Nicaragua leaves an impression on her that remains to this day. From reading the memoir, it seems that some twenty years after her venture into this unknown territory, she is still deeply affected by that trip. Indeed she made a journey back to Nicaragua after ten years and then continued to visit the places she'd been to in her youth for years, as if the country had some kind of hold on her.
This book is one woman's story about how love can make people do the strangest things, and also how first love can leave its mark for a lifetime. It appears, from reading the book, that the author retains a deep curiosity about her ex-fiancé, George (he proposed whilst they were on the road and they broke off the engagement soon after. They lost touch a few years after returning home).
On their trip to join the revolution in 1987, Deb and George find jobs and get fired, sleep in spider-infested hotels, get very ill, get robbed many times, and almost drown at sea. There are very interesting stories about their adventure told in a humourous and sentimental way by the author.
The book is very well written, and kept me interested. It's quite thought-provoking and insightful in parts.
Reviewed by Maria Savva as a reviewer for Bookpleasures.
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I also remember the Sandinistas and the turmoil in central America through the period this book covers and followed it closely at the time. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Kiwi
Two things stand out for me about this book: 1) The author was so clueless at a young age and later that it was frightening, and 2) The reader gets no real feeling for what it was... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Frank Bruno
I would love this book 1 million stars- even though I have never read it- the bourgeois capitalistic pigs who read it and get a mental masturbation off of it might find it... Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by jim
In 1987 Deb and her boyfriend George decide that their main ambition was to help the revolution, they had wanted to go to Cuba but didn't know how to get there as it was... Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Mrs. C. Colbert
Several good descriptions of the milieu but ultimately unrepresentative of much beyond one woman's knack for self-absorption within a tumultous place and time. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Kate Ryan
I can't remember why I downloaded this e-book. Maybe it was after reading a good review. Anyway, it was there on my Kindle contents page and while I was on a trip, I decided to... Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by tess gerritsen
I read this memoir in one day. I remember the Sandinistas and Father Romero and and all the South American Turmoil in the 80s. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by J. Ergovich
Picture yourself 18 years old, a freshman in college and on your own for the first time in your life. Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by Mary Bookhounds