The Return

The Return

Paperback - 2009
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Sonia knows nothing of Granada's shocking past, but ordering a simple cup of coffee in a quiet cafe will lead her into the extraordinary tale of a family's fight to survive the horror of the Spanish Civil War. Seventy years earlier, in the Ramirez family's cafe, Concha and Pablo's children relish an atmosphere of hope. Antonio is a serious young teacher, Ignacio a flamboyant matador, and Emilio a skilled musician. Their sister, Mercedes, is a spirited girl whose sole passion is dancing, until she meets Javier and an obsessive love affair begins. But Spain is a country in turmoil. In the heat of civil war, everyone must take a side and choose whether to submit, to fight, or to attempt escape.
Published: New York : Harper, c2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061715419
Branch Call Number: F HIS
Characteristics: 404 p. :,map ;,21cm.


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Jul 04, 2013

Vivid and visual book. The story line that connects the past and present is predicable, but the beauty of the images, and the tragedies the Spanish Civil War brought to the families, communities, and the whole country is memorable. Worthwhile read, especially for those not closely familiar with events of the Spanish Civil war.

Mar 20, 2011

What an outstanding book--well written, descriptions so real that I could actually picture sceneries. Good history book of Civil War in Spain as well as story. Can't wait to go to Spain.

Dec 11, 2009

This is an excellent book. It gives you an insight into the civil war in Spain throught the eyes of a family living in Granada.


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