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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846271339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846271335
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Rabbit House is an intimate history woven in tenderly economic prose, evoking at times a raw, threatened humanity.' Hisham Matar 'A short, sharp memoir - Alcoba recreates a simple, touching child's-eye perspective - [and] effectively conveys the reverberating shock of a betrayal that still haunts her' Metro 'Alcoba's brief, intense volume tells its story of concealment and tragedy with a moving restraint that conveys the fear and danger of those childhood years more sharply than any hyperbole' Daily Mail

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IT ALL STARTED WHEN MY MOTHER SAID TO ME: So you see, we'll have a house with a red tile roof and a garden, too. Read the first page
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A short memoir of a child whose parents were urban guerrillas in 1970s Argentina. They assumed false identities and had to change addresses frequently. The rabbits in hutches are the cover for the Montoneros printing press hidden in the house where they are staying. The book is a collection of "sweet" vignettes more than anything, but the author does capture the fear of those years under the junta.
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By Daisy Miller on 19 Aug. 2013
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Laura Alcoba has a very special way of sharing her personal trauma with the world. The book is written from the eyes of a child but with the knowledge of an adult, which makes this read extraordinary. In short, an amazing book on an intense subject. A must read if you are interested in Argentina's past and the trauma which it accompanies but want a refreshing perspective.
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A short book, more of a novella really, written like a memoire. Quite a good read, but not particularly moving or enlightening.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Alston on 22 Feb. 2009
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Good, prompt purchase, and delivered as expected.

A Christmas present gratefully received.

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Note from the author as found in "Constructing a Collective Memory in Argentina" 7 Nov. 2013
By mike doyle - Published on Amazon.com
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It is not just through physical places that Argentines have recovered their past.
In her autobiographical book `The Rabbit House', Laura Alcoba recounts her memories of the dictatorship: "I promised myself that I would tell the story one day, but the time never seemed right. Safe at last and many miles and years from those terrible times, suddenly I can't bare to wait any longer. I want to recall and record that particular Argentine insanity and all the innocent people destroyed by its violence. Not only because I think about the dead all the time, but because I know the survivors must never be forgotten. I have become convinced of how important it is to remember them."
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short , simple and moving 6 Mar. 2014
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This book was a required reading for my "violence in Latin America" class. Usually assigned readings are dreadful, but I am so happy to have read this book.

Plot: The story takes place during the turbulent and violent times in Argentina where the military regime basically whipped out thousands of people. For once, the POV is via a 7yr old living amongst the terror filled times.

Short, yet concise, this book will have your heart clenching toward the end. Best book ever assigned to me. Kudos to the author and her ability to share what had transpired.
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