The Lightning Dreamer

The Lightning Dreamer

Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

eBook - 2013
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"This is the context for a splendid novel that celebrates one brave woman who rejected a constrained existence with enduring words that continue to sing of freedom." -- Booklist, starred review "An inspiring fictionalized verse biography of one of Cuba's most influential writers. . . . Fiery and engaging, a powerful portrait of the liberating power of art." -- Kirkus "In these poems, their longings for freedom, their fears, their loves, and their heartaches are elegantly crafted through images that make the island of Cuba and its people vividly real and connect them to the hearts of contemporary readers." -- Bulletin "A quick and powerful read worthy of addition to any collection. The verses speak of tolerance and acceptance beyond the context of this story." -- VOYA 4Q 2P M J S "Engle adds another superb title to her lengthening list of historical novels in verse. . . . This is a must-have for collections where Engle's other works are known and loved or for anyone in need of a comparative study to our own country's struggle with slavery." -- School Library Journal
"I find it so easy to forget / that I'm just a girl who is expected / to live / without thoughts." Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen, and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice. Historical notes, excerpts, and source notes round out this exceptional tribute.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547807478
0547807473
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (192 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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joywolf83
Feb 04, 2014

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.

saqwerty123 Feb 01, 2014

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.

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Indigo_Cat_44
Jun 04, 2013

A very inspiring book to those who would like to be poets. This is an outstanding book!

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