Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter: Something Fierce

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Carmen Aguirre’s memoirs are incredibly moving. Carmen, an 11 year old trailing after her revolutionary Mother and step-father as they leave the safety of exile in Canada to travel around Latin America living life underground as part of the Resistance. Painting a vivid picture of the poverty, and heart-break this lifestyle brought to Carmen and her family. The book is consuming and I read it in one-sitting. If anything I would have liked to know more about Ale, Carmen’s sister, however in the acknowledgements Ale is described as a very private person. The fear, secrecy, paranoia and sacrifices that life in the resistance brings were brought to life through this book for me and had me asking the question – would I have been this brave?

*****

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