- Tapa blanda: 615 páginas
- Editor: Simon + Schuster Inc.; Edición: Translation, Reprint (1 de julio de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1451616899
- ISBN-13: 978-1451616897
- Valoración media de los clientes: 3 opiniones de clientes
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The Time in Between (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 jul 2012
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"A wonderful novel, in the good old tradition, with intrigue, love, mystery and tender, audacious and well-drawn characters."--Mario Vargas Llosa, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature
"It's exciting to find a deftly paced first novel with an engaging heroine, satisfying historical detail, and emotional balance. Love it!"--Esmeralda Santiago, New York Times bestselling author of Conquistadora
"The Time in Between is an epic novel with an unlikely Spanish heroine, Sira Quiroga, that takes us through one of the most turbulent times in Europe: the onset of World War II. Sira travels on a journey through romance, love, loss, and intrigue, all while discovering traits that she never dreamed she had. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and once I reached the end, I couldn't wait to start it all over again!"--Daisy Martinez, author of Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night and Daisy's Holiday Cooking
"Evocative, tender and lush; a wonderful experience of times and lives in turmoil."--Diana Gabaldon, author of the New York Times bestselling Outlander novels
"Maria Dueñas is a true storyteller. She weaves a spell, conjuring the heat and the glamour, the hardship and the thrill of Morocco and Spain in the late 1930s. The world of Casablanca comes to life as war breaks and Sira Quiroga, a beautiful and betrayed seamstress, is forced to discover her own strength. At a time when everyone must do what they can to survive, some will go beyond. Resistance will be formed and history will be written. Read this book and prepare to be transported."--Kate Morton, New York Times bestselling author of The Distant Hours
"Engaging, romantic, vivid and captivating. Who knew a story about a seamstress in Spain could be so intriguing and captivating? If you love thick, juicy female-led novels that sweep you away from all sense of time and responsibility, you need to read The Time In Between by María Dueñas."--Kathy Cano-Murillo, author of Waking Up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing
"The Time in Between is a magnificent novel that flawlessly brings together history and intrigue. Sira Quiroga--the seamtress--won't be easily forgotten."--Juan Gómez-Jurado, author of The Moses Expedition
"How can a novel be both cruel and tender, dark and luminous all at the same time, and keep the reader glued to its pages with a complex, captivating narrative? María Dueñas's novel manages to make this possible with a tale that is destined to become a literary classic."--Javier Sierra, bestselling author of The Secret Supper and The Lady in Blue
"An enticing debut novel from Spain, The Time In Between is luxuriously landscaped with exotic geographies and international intrigue. María Dueñas delivers a hefty book that's as smooth to read as the tailored lines of the haute couture her unforgettable protagonist creates."--Fabiola Santiago, author of Reclaiming Paris
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The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.
Between Youth and Adulthood…
At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew.
Between War and Peace…
With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land. Among the odd collection of European expatriates trapped there by the worsening political situation back on the Continent, Sira reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: her gift for creating beautiful clothes.
Between Love and Duty…
As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers’ wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.
An outstanding success around the world, The Time in Between has sold more than two million copies and inspired the Spanish television series based on the book, dubbed by the media as the “Spanish Downton Abbey.” In the US it was a critical and commercial hit, and a New York Times bestseller in paperback. It is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. María Dueñas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.
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This book is heavily and accurately researched to produce a book where real historical figures interact with our Young Spanish protagonist seamlessly.
It is set in pre Civil War Spain through post War Spain. Siri a young dressmaker, travels to Morocco after receiving a hefty inheritance of jewels and cash after meeting her father for the first time. Her lover is a con artist and she is soon left penniless while owing the Tangiers hotel a large sum of money as the jerk leaves town without paying the bill.
Thus she is taken by the authorities to the district capital of Tetouan in the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco. She is told to work off her bill at the Tangier's Continental.
Thus, begins Siris long tortuous but adventurous life journey. She discovers she has many attributes to assist her in times of upheaval and an unknown calm that serves her well.
She escapes a lowlife boarding house in a dangerous scheme to raise money to open an atelier. She begins her life as of dressmaker for the rich and famous. It is only the beginning for this breathtaking beauty, who will wear many hats and associate with many important influential people.
This is a real page turner as you can't wait to see what's in store for these exciting characters. This was originally written in Spanish, so, the book has been translated into English. Luckily, the translation seems to be able to keep the book true to the Spanish edition with poetic exotic descriptions of the many locales where the book takes place. It visualizes the scenes perfectly so that you can almost smell the flowers and equally turn your stomach at the squalid scenes. She places you there so that you see each scene, smell fragrances and feel the wind go through your hair. She is an excellent wordsmith placing her words in the exact perfect location in every sentence. Every sentence placed perfectly in each paragraph.
But, words of caution, should you also read this novel after seeing the Spanish Miniseries, this book is vastly different than the film. And, in not small,ways. The book is poetry and the film is quite a bit more harsh and violent.
When complimented on her spy skills, she replies that dressmakers make sure all,details are completed before declaring the garment completed. Voila‼️
I found it interesting that the early chapters were very, very lengthy during the plot build up whereas those in that latter 25% were quick, possibly mirroring the author’s attempt to wrap up the story hastily and let Sila achieve her epiphany and begin to take charge of her life on her own terms. And then it’s over. The End.
I chose this story for my book club and so I was determined *coughobligatedcough* to finish although reading more than half of it felt like a test of endurance.
A survey of readers of fiction showed that the main thing readers want from a novel is to be informed, to learn something. In this regard, Duenas does an admirable job of recreating the life and times in what is now Morocco and Spain of WWII. She brings the characters to life and the fictional ones are as important and well fleshed out as the historical.
Is this book perfect? No. I think that it could have been tightened and some of the repetition eliminated, but in spite of that, I think it is an excellent read and well worth your time and money.