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Anyway, bravo to you, Poniplaizy, for wading through the memoir and finding the gems that were there.

The world will continue, and whether we know it or not, we are deciding its course every day. Belli is frank about her romantic affairs, representing them all — healthy, unhealthy, based on love, on sex, on a mixture of both — bdlli normal and equally valuable. I apologize for not posting this sooner, especially since I read it in just a few days as it was full os suspense and stead 5.


It’s outrageous to think that knowledge is only for those who can pay for it. I dare say, after the life that I have lived, that there is nothing quixotic or romantic in wanting to change the world.

Belli grew up in a wealthy family but joined the Sandinistas, working secretly for the resistance until she had to flee the country and live in exile until the Sandinistas took power and she could return to Nicaragua. After all I used Belli’s understanding of the struggle for a character in my novel. And it also reminded me of when I visited Nicaragua in 82 or 83, to see the revolution up close, and ended up in a hospital in a contra war-ravaged area of northern Nicaragua with killer food poisoning This book is full of a melodramatic tone more apt to a latin american telenovela or a Danielle Steele novel than a memoir of war, just here the heroine works on the propaganda side of a revolution and is always falling for the revolution leaders, commanders, intellectuals More than anything, though, I missed my friends, forever busy with their crazy dreams of changing the world.


Nicaragua 1 2 Nov 16, On one hand, it is a unique perspective on the Sandinista movement from someone who knew their inner workings.

She was honest in her sharing her story, even being genuine that this life wasn’t without pain. Your hands twist bell your heart constricts, like you’re trying to curl up into yourself dl safety. But the thing I could not stand AT ALL, was the style, I’ve read a couple of Belli’s poems before which I didn’t like because she’s somewhat a bit corny and her poems feel overdone, but I expected a memoir would be different Her accounts of meeting Fidel Castro and a creepy, attempted seduction by Panamanian president Omar Torrijos are great storytelling.

Rendered stupid and giiconda, cut to the quick. She skims over the entire Contra war in a few paragraphs, to arrive at the FSLN’s electoral defeat and her departure for the U. To accept oneself as a multiple being in time and space is part of modern life, and one of the possibilities enjoyed by those of us who live in an era in which technology can be embraces as a liberating rather than alienating force.

I realize that for me the Revolution was more than just a mere flirtation—a trip to the other sidein my journey on this earth. You meet someone – at a party, maybe, or a coffee shop – someone so beautiful you feel slightly blinded, and when you try to talk it just comes out all garbled and stupid.

She got married young because she thought that was her road to independence. This is an intriguing memoir of a woman born into the Nicaraguan upper class, whose experiences and insights cause her to join the Sandinista revolution, work in the Ortega administration, marry an American re from NPR and move to Santa Monica, California.

The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War

Nov 30, Aubrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 23, Jessica rated it really liked it. I had exposed myself to bullets, death; I had smuggled weapons, given speeches, received awards, had children–so many pis, but a life without men, without love, was alien to me, I felt I had no existence unless a man’s voice said my name and a man’s love rendered my life worthwhile.


Belli writes with both striking lyricism and candor about her personal and political lives: She is clearly a remarkable woman — an award-winning poet, incidentally, as well as everything else — and it is fascinating to read an insiders view of a revolution. Delete Item No way! That makes it an interesting story revealing both her romance with the revolution and her disillusionment. I think here about the children of those who fought to free slaves in the U.

Belli’s life reminds me of other revolutionaries who have been the propagandists for the cause who have then seen the cause falter in the hands of the leaders who sought individual power over power for the people. The Country Under My Skin: Want to Read saving…. Si usted es mujer, es latinoamericana, y cree en la posibilidad de un mundo mejor, debe leer este libro.

I was in heaven. Just as life was a consequence of trial and error, the social organization that brings us the full realization of our potential as a species will issue from the ebb and flow of struggles we jointly undertake across the globe. I am from a place where life is much more fragile.

The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli

Also, while most latin american authors have a very deep political vein, the way Gioconda Belli describes the revolution is very demagogic and militant yes, latin american dictators were complete assholes, that doesn’t make revolutionaries archangels.

Her early steps into the shadowy world of the guerrilla movement have all the excitement of a spy thriller, complete with secret rendezvous and police chases. It is intriguing to read her comparison of conversations at parties in the U.

The next morning, I was shocked by what I saw: Every so often I would find someone I could be close to. The book also works as a lively introduction to recent Nicaraguan history pair it with Stephen Kinzer ‘s excellent Blood of Brothers.