Book: The Barefoot Queen
Author: Ildefonso Falcones
Ildefonso Falcones was born in Sierra (Spain). At present he lives in Barcelona with his wife and four children and works as a lawyer and writer. His first novel Cathedral of the Sea was an unparalleled global bestseller and has been published in over forty countries.
The novel Cathedral of the Sea has won many literary awards including the Euskadi de Plataaward 2006 for best novel in Spanish and the Qué Leer award 2006 for best Spanish book. It was also awarded with the Fundación José Manuel Lara literary prize for most sold novel of the year 2006, the prestigious Italian Giovanni Boccaccio award 2007 for best foreign author and Fulbert de Chartres 2009 award.
His second novel called The Hand of Fatima (published by Grijalbo in 2009) was awarded with the Roma award 2010.
More than seven million copies of both of his novels have been sold. Nowadays Ildefonso Falcones is considered one of the most popular Spanish authors.
Genre: Historical Fiction
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A romantic and thrilling historical adventure from the internationally bestselling author whose work Diana Gabaldon has called “Enthralling”.
Spain, 1748. Caridad is a recently freed Cuban slave wandering the streets of Seville. Her master is dead and she has nowhere to go. When, by chance, she meets Milagros Carmona—a spellbinding, rebellious gypsy—the two women become inseparable. Caridad is swept into an exotic fringe society full of romance and art, passion and dancing.
But their way of life changes instantly when gypsies are declared outlaws by royal mandate and their world as a free people becomes perilous. The community is split up—some are imprisoned, some forced into hiding, all fearing for their lives. After a dangerous separation, Caridad and Milagros are reunited and join in the gypsies’ struggle for sovereignty against the widespread oppression. It’s a treacherous battle that cannot, and will not, be easily won.
From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without.
The Barefoot Queen is a long historical novel, that depicts the lives of gypsies in Spain in 18th century and the hardships of the common people in the Spanish culture.
The main heroine is Cuban ex-slave Caridad who tries to survive the life in Spain when she was granted the freedom by her soon deceased master. She tries to set her life in the city after learning the news of her master’s departure on the ship, but everywhere she turns she is taken advantage of. Will she survive and can stand up for herself? Or will she be crashed and defeated by the harsh reality of being free? What the price will she pay for being alive and what new skills will she learn?
It was a tough reading, concluding the book had around 600 pages… a long read, extravagant backstory, filled with actions, dialogues, and life in general.
* I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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