This is an excellent look at what it is like to be in a bicultural environment but more importantly a perceptive look at the changes in recent Spanish history and how it affected (and is affecting) so-called 'ordinary' women. Lucia Graves writes gently and humbly but always interestingly. If you can read Spanish, you should also try her novel La casa de la memoria.
This book builds a troubling, fascinating picture of Spain under Franco's dictatorship and the power of the conservative Catholic church through stories about the lives of individual women. Wonderfully written.
The book is beautifully crafted with the author's own experiences of growing up in an unspoilt Majorca and within this, the weaving of the eternal story of womens' coping and survival, during times of great change. The book is full of evocative descriptions and perhaps each womens passage through life. No matter where their life path is centered. I found the book encouraged me to ponder my own life and the many femail roles we are caught up in.
I truely recommend this book, for it's literary beauty and also it's deeper story.
I thought this an excellent book and it was very well written. I enjoyed reading it and found it very interesting, it kept my attention all the time. As I came to live in the Canaries in 1972 Lucia Graves brought back many memories of Spain during those early years. I would recommend my friends to read this colourful account of life in Spain.