The Country Under My Skin

The Country Under My Skin

A Memoir of Love and War

Book - 2002
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An electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer ("A wonderfully free and original talent"--Harold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution. Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and motherhood. But in 1970, everything changed. Her growing dissatisfaction with domestic life, and a blossoming awareness of the social inequities in Nicaragua, led her to join the Sandinistas, then a burgeoning but still hidden organization. She would be involved with them over the next twenty years at the highest, and often most dangerous, levels. Her memoir is both a revelatory insider's account of the Revolution and a vivid, intensely felt story about coming of age under extraordinary circumstances. Belli writes with both striking lyricism and candor about her personal and political lives: about her family, her children, the men in her life; about her poetry; about the dichotomies between her birth-right and the life she chose for herself; about the failures and triumphs of the Revolution; about her current life, divided between California (with her American husband and their children) and Nicaragua; and about her sustained and sustaining passion for her country and its people. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knoff, 2002.
ISBN: 9780375403705
0375403701
Branch Call Number: 972.85052092 Belli 3701 1
Characteristics: xi, 380 pages : illustrations

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mclarjh
Dec 09, 2017

A housewife finds her upper class life boring and joins the resistance for a thrill. Very self promotional. Mediocre writing.

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uncommonreader
Jan 08, 2014

I enjoyed this memoir and learned quite a lot, for example about the three tendancies within the Sandinista movement. She could be criticized on several fronts - a little too idealistic, a bit too much about men and falling in love, and marrying an American is just too ironic. However, everyone should be aware of the role of the US in destroying the Nicaraguan revolution and that the peaceful turnover of government by the Sandinistas is to be applauded. I would have been interested in Belli's thoughts on Nicaragua post-1990, but perhaps it was too painful for her to write about. A indication that Belli was part of the movement is her belief still in the possibility of change.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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