Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

Paperback | December 13, 2011

byCarmen Aguirre

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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.

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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 ...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1771000368

ISBN - 13:9781771000369

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging, thrilling account Carmen Aguirre was taken into the Underground world of the Chilean resistance when she was a pre teen. Her real life was a secret and she could tell no one. This is an unconventional coming of age story of a lifelong committed leftist full of joys, boys, and fast friendships. The streets of La Paz come alive in a way you have not seen. Great read!
Date published: 2014-05-23
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