Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

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Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

by Carmen Aguirre

Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd. | December 13, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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

Winner of Canada Reads 2012!

New in paperback, a gripping, darkly comic memoir of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

This dramatic, darkly funny narrative, which covers the decade from 1979 to 1989, takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet''s Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Carmen Aguirre captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the resistance movement with the desires of her youth and her budding sexuality. Something Fierce is a gripping story of love, war and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: December 13, 2011

Publisher: Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771000368

ISBN - 13: 9781771000369

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: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: December 13, 2011

Publisher: Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771000368

ISBN - 13: 9781771000369

From the Publisher

Winner of Canada Reads 2012!

New in paperback, a gripping, darkly comic memoir of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

This dramatic, darkly funny narrative, which covers the decade from 1979 to 1989, takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet''s Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Carmen Aguirre captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the resistance movement with the desires of her youth and her budding sexuality. Something Fierce is a gripping story of love, war and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life.

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 bru
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