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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 3 November 2017
Deeply moving memoir recounting the terrifying history of a rare, young family who pit themselves against corrupt (CIA backed) big-gun big-army superpowers who funded Augusto Pinochet's brutal and deadly takeover of Chile. Stunning day to day detailing of a young woman's dangerous and costly commitment to justice and integrity - and passionate love. Beautifully, well-written!
Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
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on 4 February 2013
A very readable book that carries you along and really takes you into the South America of the 80s. What an interesting life Carmen Aguirre lead as a child and young woman.
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on 19 August 2012
Carmen Aguirre's memoir 'Something Fierce' is a first-hand account of a Canadian family of Chilean descent who returned to their continent of birth to support struggles against the US-backed dictators of the 1980s, during the birth of modern neoliberalism.

Narrated from the innocent and passionate perspective of a teenage girl, Something Fierce mixes the best elements of a revolutionary adventure story and coming-of-age novel while at the same time offering a humane critique of the political and economic structures which dominated the region at the time, and went on to influence much of the rest of the world.

Part of a longer review at [...]

Tim Gee is the author of Counterpower: Making Change Happen [...]
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on 19 October 2014
As a middle aged man supposedly aware of the many injustices in our world, but one of the many to sit back tutting about the said injustices, and yet still doing nothing too helpful, in the hope that somewhere, someone is doing something positive.i thought Carmen's story was truly inspiring very well written and utterly believable.This book has certainly made me think more deeply about many of the struggles around the world in my lifetime.I would absolutely commend this book to anyone with an open mind and a desire to see what drives people who have alternative views to those in power.I should also like to make it clear that as well as an inspirational story it is A very good and exciting read.
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on 15 December 2011
I bought Something Fierce after hearing it read on R4 and gave it to my nephew's Chilean wife as a gift. She found it fascinating and a true record of difficult times in Chile.
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on 13 August 2013
I was living in Chile at the time of the plebiscite and the "return to Democracy" and my memories are that it was a time of rejoicing even though a percentage of the population was pro Pinochet. What the author and her family went through, wether you agree with their political views or not, makes for an excellent read. The pull that long, thin country has on people is extraordinary.
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on 14 October 2013
Riveting and often tough - this autobiography is from the heart by a girl turning woman, born to a revolutionary mother in Chile, becoming one herself.
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on 26 November 2013
Not yet finished but so far it is a very good description of wandering around the Americas with a slightly disorganised family.
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on 11 July 2014
Good well researched book
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on 11 January 2015
Great book!
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