Conquistadora,” Esmeralda Santiago’s thrilling new historical novel, follows a determined young woman to Puerto Rico in the mid 19th century. Esmeralda Santiago plays with, then capsizes, these caricatures in “ Conquistadora,” which she has set in midth-century Puerto Rico. Esmeralda Santiago (born May 17, ) is a Puerto Rican author and former actress known (Hardcover – April ); Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiage (Author) ()(review, Washington Post, 30 Jy , C-1); El sueño de América.

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In fact, Ana and the twins with the help of Severo, the farm’s manager, used whatever means they could to increased the farm’s ssntiago of slave labor. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jan 20, Elle rated it it was ok. However, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about Puerto Rican life during the s. Christopher Columbus and subsequent conquistadores were not seeking a new world. An epic novel of love, discovery, and adventure by the author of the best-selling memoir When I Was Puerto Rican.

I did not give the book five stars because the story, esmeralds points, moved very slowly. Along the way, I rekindled my admiration for the work of Dr. Conquistadora is a story of epic dimensions, one which demands to be taken seriously—and at the same time is just a tremendous amount of fun. Sangiago passion for the story — for Ana and the other characters — comes through in her performance.

Conquistadora is thematically heavy, epically depicted and steeped in the traditional structure of old world story-telling generally attached to historical fiction. It’s a conqkistadora story but also a story that shows what you are capable of even though everyone else says you aren’t.


Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago

A remarkable story for its detail, imagination, meticulous research, and wisdom, this is history written by a lion at the height of her powers. Her writing career evolved from her work as a writer of documentary and educational films. This changes somewhat later in the novel, but by that time it is too late to really understand or sympathize with the characters. Ana, Severo, and the residents of Hacienda los Gemelos and El Destino continue to whisper and call to me.

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My paternal grandparents, like 80 percent of Puerto Ricans at the turn of the twentieth century, were illiterate. Through this book, Santiago envelops you so snugly in the lives of each character, no matter how small, that you feel for each person’s struggle in the evolving Boriquena.

While in Spain, Ana planned to free the slaves on the farm, but she changed her mind upon determining that she needed cheap labor to run conquiistadora farm. To ask other readers questions about Conquistadoraplease sign up. Even as a young girl Ana dreams of making a eameralda for herself in Puerto Rico. They were subject to the harsh rule of Severo who constantly had to show that he was in power both by whiping the men and raping the women.

I read this book to conquistadoraa off a category in a reading challenge. Refresh and try again. Jul 26, Mary Dickey rated it it was ok Shelves: Bad writing killed a good story. And I couldn’t help but be impressed by her strength.

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Oct 19, Gina rated it liked it. She was very guarded and had trouble displaying affection to anyone who loved her.


Santiago is coeditor of the anthologies, Las Christmas: The men who run the plantations are worse. What did they look like? I needed to know everything about how my imaginary ancestors lived. Preview — Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago.


Soon after meeting Ana, Ramon decided to propose to her. Conquistadora tells the stories of the slaves who work on the plantation Ana and her husband own: I spent a couple eantiago months in San Juan back in the mids. Precisely that is what made Ana so real and conflicted.

Jul 12, Minutes Buy. I’m a huge fan of Esmeralda Santiago’s writing but this particular book failed to catch my attention, which caused me to restart it a few times. They name the farm, Los Gemelos, after the “twins. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Where’s the joy, the humor, the charm that word again! Ana agreed to marry Ramon.

A bold, sweeping, gorgeous novel that is now one of my favorites. And the ending was just poorly done. You need to be a little bit crazy to give yourself entirely to create anything new, let alone art. Aug 14, Randi Reisfeld rated it liked it.

Look at what has influenced the personality of the Puerto Rican people–from “Conquistadora” one would expect them to be gloomy and repressed and we know that is not the case.

Aug 29, Beverly rated it it was ok.

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