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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carmen Aguirre Narrator: Carmen Aguirre Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN:
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Chosen as a Globe 100 Best Book of the year in 2011!

A gripping, darkly comic memoir of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

On September 11, 1973, a violent coup removed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, from office. Thousands were arrested, tortured, and killed under General Augusto Pinochet's repressive new regime. Soon after the coup, six-year-old Carmen Aguirre and her younger sister fled the country with their parents for Canada and a life in exile.

In 1978, the Chilean resistance issued a call for exiled activists to return to Latin America. Most women sent their children to live with relatives or with supporters in Cuba, but Carmen's mother kept her precious girls with her. As their mother and stepfather set up a safe house for resistance members in La Paz, Bolivia, the girls' own double lives began. At 18, Carmen herself joined the resistance. With conventional day jobs as a cover, she and her new husband moved to Argentina to begin a dangerous new life of their own.

This dramatic, darkly funny narrative, which covers the eventful decade from 1979 to 1989, takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina, and Pinochet's Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Aguirre captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the movement with the desires of her youth and her budding sexuality. Something Fierce is a gripping story of love, war, and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Hum | 2/19/2014

    " While the quality of writing did not draw me in, the questions that surfaced while reading this book made the read worthwhile. Aguirre uses her experiences, raised in an underground resistance to explore questions of identity, belonging, and the sacrifices we all make for the lifestyles we choose. This would make a good book for a book club as it is accessible and provides a lot of food for thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Stringer | 2/9/2014

    " A blend of passion and loneliness fill this memoir of the author's adolescence, spent inside the resistance movement against General Pinochet's brutal dictatorship of Chile in the 1980's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Ekateryna | 2/4/2014

    " Such an amazing firsthand experience of the resistance from the perspective of a child, teenager, then adult. Not only do you see the author grow and change personally, but you see her develop into a revolutionary herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 1/23/2014

    " Beautiful. Clear and elegant prose outlining a very different upbringing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Oakes | 1/22/2014

    " Amazing story and memory for details that added to the ene of he unique position. I have been called an ' unusal' mother - also a good mother - by both my two children and friends and acquaintances. I'm an artist and writer. To read the account of this unique daughter raied by a committed mother and to realie the influence that it had on the auhtor's life was enlightening both personally and as information "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mritchie | 1/16/2014

    " I met Carmen in Toronto at a reading of The Refugee Hotel. I thought she did a really good job of creating place in the book. Some of the characters weren't 100% clear but I liked the story, the pace and I thought her voice was clear and strong in each of the stages of her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/9/2013

    " excellent book. inspiring first hand account of a truly brave woman committed to the Chilean resistance. this book is a great historical piece as well, would definitely recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 11/17/2013

    " I couldn't put this one down. So captivating, heartbreaking and real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/11/2013

    " Particularly good if you're interested in South American politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Simmons | 10/28/2013

    " I loved the first-person, passionate narration style of this non-fiction book. The only issue for me was that the narrative timeline was erratic and the chapter breaks seemed arbitrary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 10/27/2013

    " It was a good book but the beginning was very slow & the ending was hurried. I would recommend this book to others. It gives a look into that time period & how cruel it was. It's sad but that's what we are, cruel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 9/8/2013

    " I read this book in three days, while hearing of the student strikes in Quebec. Made me feel small. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 8/20/2013

    " This book gave me a glimpse into a world I knew nothing about....well written and intense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 8/7/2013

    " An interesting view into a part of the world and it's recent history that I'd never thought about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Sorley | 7/25/2013

    " A thoughtful and engaging memoir; I will be seeking out more on this topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 6/18/2013

    " This book makes you aware of many historical events of Chile's history which I love. Many times I was wondering "Really, is that quite possible? Isn't there some exaggeration happening here?" or " Could a mother really act like that?". Would love to know the answers of those questions! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orie Niedzviecki | 5/13/2013

    " Very interesting look at growing up a south american revolutionary. I feel like I only got one half of the story obviously - its her memoir after all. But what she chooses to share with us is fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erinn Michelle | 5/4/2013

    " Interesting story, but slow and boring. I was disappointed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharmilla | 3/21/2013

    " Interesting and eye-opening in places for sure, but the narrative is so choppy and disjointed and surprisingly for a bleeding-heart like myself, I found that I wanted to care about the narrator much more than I actually did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia L. | 11/23/2012

    " This memoir warms up slowly. The author develops into a courageous warrior and writer. Read It. "

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