Bitter Grounds

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Paperback, Pages: 464

Genres: Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural

Language: English

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  •    Digul Borrets
    2020
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An epic novel that takes you on an epic journey
    Reviewed By Sherrie Miranda on September 12, 2017
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is an epic novel that tells the story of El Salvador's civil war. How it began in 1932 when the oligarchs sent soldiers to massacre Indians so they could steal their land. But it is told in a way that allows you to see the perspectives of all the characters, rich or poor.
    The story is heartbreaking at times, but also beautiful in the details of how each one helps others to survive and even thrive. Having studied El Salvador's civil war, I can tell you honestly that there are details in here that no one knows about. For instance, why so many children died from diarrhea & dysentery. There are also details that only a small number of people know about.
    This is one of the best books I've ever read. And I have read hundreds!
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  •    Mera Heinekamp
    2020
    I referred to Sandra Benitez's "Bitter Grounds" in conversation the other day as El Salvador's answer to "Gone with the Wind," and that is fairly accurate. This novel offered a rich, atmospheric escape and a cast of flawed but loveable and sympathetic characters among both the landed gentry class and the peasant class working as pickers on a coffee plantation. This is an epic saga that spans the lives of three generations of women, and though it was interesting, it at times reads like a soap opera that goes on and on with no clear central purpose. I suspect that was Benitez's intention, since her characters keep referring to a popular telenovela called "Las Dos," whose parallels to the characters' lives can't be ignored.

    While this story was enjoyable, it was not a page-turner. At times, it was little preachy, and I thought she sprinkled in a bit of Magic Realism but not enough to be consistent, which was disappointing. The overall effect was that the novel suffered from an identity crisis--politics, romance, melodrama, magic realism. I gave it three stars because Benitez was successful in creating a cast of characters I truly cared enough about to stick it out to the bitter end of this 445-page novel.
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