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The Lightning Dreamer

Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist
Engle, Margarita (Book - 2013 )
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In free verse, this fictionalization evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who 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
Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Characteristics: 182 p. ;,22 cm.
Contents: Historical background
pt. 1. Suns and rays, 1827
pt. 2. The orphan theater, 1827
pt. 3. The marriage market, 1828
pt. 4. See me as I am, 1829
pt. 5. The hotel of Peace, 1836
Historical note
The writing of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.
Summary: In free verse, this fictionalization evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes.
Local Note: 1
Alternate Title: Cuba's greatest abolitionist
ISBN: 9780547807430
0547807430
Branch Call Number: YA ENG
Statement of Responsibility: Margarita Engle
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Headings: Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, Gertrudis, 1814-1873 Juvenile fiction. Authors, Cuban 19th century Juvenile fiction. Feminists Cuba Juvenile fiction. Abolitionists Cuba Juvenile fiction. Cuba History 1810-1899 Juvenile fiction. Novels in verse.
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Authors, Cuban
Feminists
Abolitionists
Novels in verse.
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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