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Mirrors: Stories Of Almost Everyone [Kindle Edition]

Eduardo Galeano , Mark Fried
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Mirrors, Galeano smashes aside the narrative of conventional history and arranges the shards into a new pattern, to reveal the past in radically altered form. From the Garden of Eden to twenty-first-century cityscapes, we glimpse fragments in the lives of those who have been overlooked by traditional histories: the artists, the servants, the gods and the visionaries, the black slaves who built the White House, and the women who were bartered for dynastic ends

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'Galeano's book is pure delight - a cornucopia of wonderful stories. It should be by everyone's bedside' - Guardian --Review

'Galeano's skill as a writer makes this book easy to read, funny and profound' - Scotland on Sunday --Review

'Galeano is an enchanting interpreter of history and its resonances, and a poetic voice of political dissent' - Metro --Review

`Mesmerising, passionate and dazzlingly original. Highly recommended' - Books Quarterly --Review

'His most ambitious work since Memory of Fire' - London Review of Books
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About the Author

Eduardo Galeano's works, which have been translated into 28 languages, include Memory of Fire; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; Days and Nights of Love and War; The Book of Embraces; Upside Down; and Voices of Time. Born in Montevideo, he fled in 1973 after the military coup's leaders imprisoned him, and lived in exile first in Argentina until death threats there forced him onward to Spain, until returning to Uruguay in 1985 upon the collapse of the military dictatorship. He has lived there since, active in journalism, television and politics. He was awarded the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2070 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184627219X
  • Publisher: Portobello Books (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IO3L9U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for the little room 3 Mar. 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. The stories are fascinatingly offbeat and will pleasantly surprise. The global reach of the stories, with plenty coming from Latin American history - means that it is educational as well. As the stories are very short it makes an ideal book to leave around to pick up for a couple of minutes or so - & it makes you think. I found it very useful to entertain (and educate) my kids, with a quite different yet morally sound perspective on world events. It is sequenced roughly chronologically, so you can look for a period of history or go for "a lucky dip!" The stories are not footnoted, so it can not be trusted as an accurate history & is clearly polemical in places - but if taken for what it is, it will bring lots of mental stimulation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 19 Feb. 2010
Format:Hardcover
A history of the world from creation until the present day in hundreds of fragmentary anecdotes and observations, usually written from the perspective of those who create history and live through it but are not usually heard. It is one of those books where you read it and annoy everyone around about you by recounting snippets from it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially when two thirds of the way through a story was told about an anonymous British football manager which I instantly recognised as a true tale about John Lambie the legendary Partick Thistle manager. If it has John Lambie quoted in it, then it truly is "stories of almost everyone."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Correcting the historical view 31 Jan. 2011
Format:Paperback
This was a book chosen by a member of my book group - I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. It is a book you can dip into - reading it in long stretches is fairly demanding. However it rewards the effort with stories and interpretations of history that give a corrective balance to how we remember the past. Some of these corrections are shaming and some exhilarating.For example, Galeano points out the role women have played in different periods which is not reflected in the received version of events. The style is at times epigrammatic and sentences stay in the mind. I'm glad I have read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take Your Pick fromThis Striking Collection 18 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This is one of the most striking books I have read for a long time. It consists of almost 600 snippets the author calls "stories" which range from the creation of man to the beginning of the 21st century and cover the globe.

The "stories" have strange titles like this: "Here Lay Paraguay", "Map Broken", "Origin of Language", "The Love of Loves", "Forbidden to be a Woman" and "Literary Origins of the Dog".

The author is Uruguayan and many of the "stories" relate to Latin American history and culture.

I find it rather surprising that someone from South America's smallest country should be so interested in the history of the whole of Latin America all the way from Mexico, across the Caribbean and right down to Patagonia.

Perhaps, he is trying to escape from the nationalism that is so prevalent, not only against neighboring countries but also against the nation with which most Latin Americans have a love-hate relationship, the United States.

At their best, these items are devastatingly insightful and gripping e.g. one called "The Ass":

"He gave warmth to new-born Jesus in the manger, and that's why he is in all the pictures, posing with his big ears besides the bed of straw.
On the back of an ass, Jesus escaped Herod's sword.
On the back of an ass, he wandered all his life.
On the back of an ass, he preached.
On the back of an ass, he entered Jerusalem
Perhaps the ass is not such an ass after all?"

At their worst, they are rather politically correct and there is some predictable Yankee-baiting. However, Galeano upholds the ideals of the American revolution.

Highly recommended.
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