Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Something Fierce
Something Fierce: A Memoir of a Revolutionary Daughter | Carmen Aguirre
7 posts | 11 read | 14 to read
One minute, 11-year-old Carmen is watching her hippy mum put curlers in for the first time, the next she is being dragged with her sister through LA airport with her mother muttering about the patriarchy under breath. The three of them board a plane that takes them to Peru, next door to the Chile from which the family had fled after Pinochets coup. Eight days after landing in Lima, and still perplexed by their mothers disguises and lies, theyre off again, on a bus bound they know not where. They are then to spend most of the next decade, the 1980s, moving from dictatorship to dictatorship, evading capture, torture and peril at every turn. It is no way to spend your teenage years, until, overnight, it becomes the way Carmen herself chooses... She writes: It is not my intention to present myself as a hero or a martyr. On the contrary, Something Fierce is the story of a resistance member living in fear. Fear that my political convictions would not be strong enough to keep myself committed to a cause that I believed in but which clashed with my other desires: to live a normal life, to sleep a full nights sleep, to dance and laugh and talk nonsense without my radar up, without having to watch every word, every choice I make.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
azulaco
post image
Pickpick

This book was great. I listened to the audiobook, read by the author, which made it even more real to me. Carmen‘s parents were socialist revolutionaries. They fled Chile after the 1973 coup, when she was six, settled in Canada, then her mother and stepfather moved the family to Bolivia to work with the Chilean resistance. Carmen grew up and worked for the resistance herself, from Argentina. Amazing story. #readingtheamericas2023 #bolivia

Librarybelle Hooray!! 4mo
13 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
azulaco
post image

Holy moly, I will never get out of this #Chile rabbit hole! I just found this book and it sounds amazing. It‘s a first-person memoir of resistance activity in Chile in the 1980s. The author reads the audiobook version. When I was in high school, she was only three years older than me, but married and flying missions across the Andes to fight a dictatorship. I have to hear this. It‘s on Hoopla. #readingtheamericas2023 #bolivia #argentina #peru

Librarybelle Wow! It sounds like a must read or just listen! 4mo
BarbaraBB I looove those rabbit holes! 4mo
18 likes2 comments
review
xicanti
post image
Pickpick

Well, THAT was a stressful listen. Aguirre relates her experiences in the Chilean resistance, first as a preteen whose mother chose to involve her in the movement and later as a sworn member in her own right. It's an important book that spotlights an horrific time. TW for everything.

I recommend the print edition over the audio. I looked forward to theatre artist Aguirre's performance, but I found her delivery too crisp and oddly paced.

31 likes2 stack adds
blurb
xicanti
post image

Today's project: deal with all the crap that's piled up in my office so I can actually stand to be in this space again.

Good thing I've got SOMETHING FIERCE to listen to while I work. #audiocleaning

review
Spiderfelt
post image
Pickpick

The life described in this memoir was so far from the reality most of us know that it left me constantly wondering 'how could any person live with convictions so strong?' The fact that the author survived her own childhood is incredible. But to choose this life, one filled with daily terror and panic, for herself is unimaginable. I'm glad she lived to share her tale. #canlit

Spiderfelt I'm curious who recommended this book to me. No doubt it was a Canadian. I can't imagine this book would have come to my attention any other way. 6y
Spiderfelt I just discovered this title won #canadareads 2012. 6y
Suet624 Wow! Sounds fascinating. 6y
15 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
JacqMac
post image

I have a lot of books about strong persistent women. But when I looked at my shelves this is the one that really stood out. It's a fascinating read about a fascinating life. Fighting for what you believe is best. #ShePersisted #MarchIntoReading

45 likes3 stack adds