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The Lightning Dreamer

Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist
Engle, Margarita (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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In free verse, the novel evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes.
Authors: Engle, Margarita
Title: The lightning dreamer
Cuba's greatest abolitionist
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013.
Characteristics: 182 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: In free verse, the novel evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes.
ISBN: 0547807430
9780547807430
Statement of Responsibility: Margarita Engle
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (page 181).
Subject Headings: Cuba History 1810-1899 Fiction. Abolitionists Fiction. Feminists Fiction. Authors Fiction. Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, Gertrudis, 1814-1873 Fiction. Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, Gertrudis, 1814-1873 Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Novels in verse.
Topical Term: Abolitionists
Feminists
Authors
LCCN: 2013003913
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Feb 04, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Spanish girl 13 turning 14 and must marry. In the 1800s women and slaves have no power. Yet a simple love story hovers in the background. She struggles to accept this. Would open up nice discussion on vaule of freedoms people now have, along with voting. However all thru the book, I kept thinking WHYYYYYYYY wasn't this a novel??! Poetry form is very nicely and beautifully written. However it felt choppy; just as you would understand the point of view, it changes into a new poem. It is short, but its not something to rush through, instead something to take your time to enjoy. I think people who used to write or ever wanted to, will be inspired to try again to paint with words. Nice history back story at end also some gorgeous bilingual poetry.

Feb 01, 2014
  • saqwerty123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing book, written so well with so much feeling. Each word has a meaning of its own. Deep, but not in a confusing way. It's a quick read because of the poem form it is written in, but very refreshing. Very talented author.

Jun 04, 2013
  • Indigo_Cat_44 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very inspiring book to those who would like to be poets. This is an outstanding book!

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