Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

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Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

by Carmen Aguirre

Douglas & McIntyre | April 18, 2011 | Hardcover

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
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Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 0.95 in

Published: April 18, 2011

Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553654625

ISBN - 13: 9781553654629

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An easy read that inspires Really enjoyed this book. Loved the descriptions of various latin american countries and their people and regions. The contrast of life in Canada and life abroad. A coming of age story that is inspiring, thoughtful and humorous.
Date published: 2012-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit hyped After winning Canada Reads 2012, I decided to read this book. When I looked at the top five chosen by Canadians, this was my second choice to read as I have an interest in foreign political matters. After completing this book, I felt un-satisfied. I was continually thinking that the "good parts" would eventually come. Unfortunately, it never did. I admit that this might have to do more with my expectations of what the book was supposed to be instead of what it was. I guess I was looking for more of what was taking place during the time period (i.e. the adult conversations that her book talked several times about in secret although revealed little details, and what was happening all those years besides smuggling goods across borders.) Instead, this was more of a "girl-to-woman" account that was primarily sitting on the sidelines of history and the effect it had on her mental being. It's not that her story isn't compelling; I just felt like I never really understood why this is supposed to be such an essential story for all of Canada to read. Unfortunately, this book is a bit hyped and I am really surprised of how well it did in the competition.
Date published: 2012-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny. Couldn't put this one down Especially recommended for the 40+ and worldly Canadian woman. i loved how Carmen relates the most unusual of circumstances of her life as an underground revolutionary to pop hits of the day -ties the reader's privileged circumstances when particular songs were hits to to the occasionally hellish goings on in Carmen's life. Kudos to the various Canadian arts councils for helping in the sharing of this story.
Date published: 2012-01-24

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Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

by Carmen Aguirre

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 0.95 in

Published: April 18, 2011

Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553654625

ISBN - 13: 9781553654629

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"It was a warm afternoon in Miraflores, an upscale neighbourhood of Lima, the day I took the resistance oath: ''I am committed to giving my life to the cause. I will die for the cause if need be. From here on in, my entire life is dedicated to the cause, which takes precedence over everything else. If I am captured by the enemy, I vow not to give any information away, even if that means being tortured to death. If I realize I am going to break under torture, I will hang on to any information I have for the first twenty-four hours of my capture, so as to give my comrades time to hide. If I give my comrades away within the first twenty-four hours, I will be executed by the organization. I will always follow the orders of my superiors. I will never speak of the organization or of my involvement in it to anybody.'' "Esteban and Rafael peered at me from across the table. Esteban''s nails were crooked from torture. Rafael''s arms bore scars from bullet wounds. As they nodded in approval at my words, a bomb went off a block away. My knees hit the table so hard our papaya milkshakes almost went flying. I glanced around. The Indian-blooded waiters in their starched jackets kept whistling as they wiped down tables and counters. The necking teenage couple beside us necked harder. I heard military boots behind me, running past the open door of the cafe. Esteban and Rafael didn''t move a muscle. They were big fish. I was a mere tadpole. But even though my knees kept trembling, causing our
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[back cover] "This extraordinary book is four texts in one: a hilarious, pelvis-rocking story of a young girl on an impassioned journey into womanhood, a harrowing testament to the physical and mental labours involved in underground revolutionary work, a history of a Latin America ravaged by dictatorship and neoliberal economics and a deeply loving memoir of a family."-Karen Connelly, author of Burmese Lessons "A moving, heart-racing journey through the political landscape of South America during the 1970s and 1980s, told by a brave daughter of the Chilean resistance. Something Fierce is an inspiration to anyone who strives to live a life of passion and purpose."-Camilla Gibb, author of The Beauty of Humanity Movement "Something Fierce is energetic, funny and dark, thoughtful and moving, told from the perspective of a girl growing into womanhood in a household where to be in the resistance was always to be poised between life and death."-Myrna Kostash, author of Prodigal Daughter "This extraordinary memoir is long overdue. I recommend it to everyone who loves life and needs to know what some give up so life is possible."-Margaret Randall, author of To Change the World: My Years in Cuba barcode isbn 978-1-55365-462-9

About the Author

Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based writer and theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written or co-written eighteen plays, including The Refugee Hotel, which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play in 2010. Something Fierce is her first book.

Editorial Reviews

"Aguirre has crafted a narrative packed with suspense, emotion, and dollops of sardonic humour."" Quill & Quire ""[Carmen Aguirre's] life has been anything but regular, and she seamlessly and eloquently tells her early life story in her first book."" Rabble.ca [Carmen Aguirre's] story is the personal experience of a brave young woman evolving her understanding of herself and her place in the world, told with passion, personal insight, rich detail and humour...Something Fierce is raw, courageously honest and funny; an insightful journey into the formation of a revolutionary soul. Globe & Mail ""A coming-of-age story that blends birthday parties and puppy love with indoctrination in the tradecraft of subversion: how to arrange the delivery of secret documents, how to lose a police tail, how to lead a double life."" Toronto Star ""Carmen writes like someone who knows how it feels to exhale with no certainty that another breath will follow...The stories that fill this book feel like the stories of several lives, not the adventurous, exhilarating and harrowing adolescence and early adulthood of one extraordinary person."" National Post ""The years of [Carmen Aguirre's] tumultuous teens are evocatively detailed in her first book, Something Fierce, a new memoir that illuminates what it’s like to come of age amid terror. What it is most certainly not is a political treatise or a book about heroism or martyrdom. What you get is a brutally honest and wryly funny story, told through the
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