The Lightning Dreamer

Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

Engle, Margarita

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Lightning Dreamer
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.

Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
ISBN: 0547807430
Branch Call Number: YA ENG
Characteristics: 182 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternate Title: Cuba's greatest abolitionist


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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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