Saturday, March 15, 2014
Book Review - Caminar
About the Book
Set in 1981 Guatemala, a lyrical debut novel tells the powerful tale of a boy who must decide what it means to be a man during a time of war.
Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it is time to be a man and defend the village, keep everyone safe. But Mama tells him not yet — he’s still her quiet moonfaced boy. The soldiers laugh at the villagers, and before they move on, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree, a sign on his neck: Communist. Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her. . . . Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos’s abuela lives. Will he be in time, and brave enough, to warn them about the soldiers? What will he do then? A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war, Caminar is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.
My Take on the Book
This was a beautifully written novel. As someone who has dabbled a bit in the past into writing, this was very well put together and you get drawn into the story form beginning to end. It was powerful and filled with drama as well as adventure. The story is written in verse which is not something you see too much, but it worked and with deep emotion the author shares a poignant story that you will soon not forget.
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