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Guernica: A Novel | [Dave Boling]

Guernica: A Novel

Calling to mind such timeless war-and-love classics as Corelli's Mandolin and The English Patient, Guernica is a transporting novel that thrums with the power of storytelling and is peopled with characters driven by grit and heart.
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Publisher's Summary

Calling to mind such timeless war-and-love classics as Corelli's Mandolin and The English Patient, Guernica is a transporting novel that thrums with the power of storytelling and is peopled with characters driven by grit and heart.

In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself in conflict with the Spanish Civil Guard and flees the Basque fishing village of Lekeitio to make a new start in Guernica, the center of Basque culture and tradition. In the midst of this isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life - he finds someone to live for. Miren Ansotegui is a charismatic and graceful dancer who has her pick of the bachelors in Guernica, but she focuses only on the charming and mysterious Miguel. The two discover a love that war and tragedy cannot destroy.

History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship. The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II. For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation; for the world, it was an unprecedented crime against humanity. In his first novel, Boling reintroduces the event and paints his own picture of a people so strong, vibrant, and proud that they are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their values, their country, and their loved ones.

©208 Dave Boling; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Ann Diggins Henderson, NV United States 02-27-13
    Ann Diggins Henderson, NV United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful and heartbreaking"
    Where does Guernica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best listens of the year for me.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    I just became so attached to the characters.


    If you could take any character from Guernica out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gusto, definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time. This was a sliver of history I knew nothing about. I liked the link to Picasso's famous mural

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Columbus, OH, United States 10-12-12
    Carol Columbus, OH, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed the story and learned something"

    While this is a book of fiction, it told a very real story of an event in WWII and its profound impact on those who lived in Guernica. The characters were well drawn and I felt the tragedy they suffered. I'm glad I listened to it.

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    Linda Gastanaga 04-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guernica to be better than the print version?

    I would rather have read this in print version so I could have added my own accents and intonations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miren was my favorite character because she was so alive. I could just see her dancing, much as I loved to dance, but much better of course.!


    What aspect of Lloyd James’s performance would you have changed?

    Lloyd James should have been given a lesson in Basque language pronunciation. For the first half of the book I thought one of the main characters was Marian Helis, and I was trying to figure out what sort of Basque name "Helis" was. Then I realized her name was the beautiful Mariangeles, and after that, every time he spoke her name, it was like fingernails on the blackboard. I was pleased that he pronounced "Amuma" correctly, as that is what my grandchildren call me. But the names of some of the towns, all of which I have visited or lived in, was often just off.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A romantic war story


    Any additional comments?

    Being Basque, having lived a good deal of time in Euzkadi, I loved the familiar images Dave Boling shared with his readers. I really enjoyed this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsta Windsor, CO, United States 02-27-13
    Kirsta Windsor, CO, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"

    Multiple times, I've turned on my next listen and heaved a heavy sigh when I sadly realized that I wasn't listening to Guernica. The tragic story, the amazing love, the moving narration, it's all fabulous. I have no clue how I stumbled on this book but I'm so glad I did.

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    ARLEENE Southern Pines, NC, United States 04-26-11
    ARLEENE Southern Pines, NC, United States 04-26-11
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    "Guernica a good historical novel"

    This was a very enjoyable book about a horrific event. The characters were wonderful and believable which makes history come alive.

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    Tom Asheville, NC 04-19-11
    Tom Asheville, NC 04-19-11 Member Since 2003
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    "interesting history"

    I got this book mainly for the history. I thought getting the history via an exciting yarn would be good. The story line and characters are good, but part I goes very slowly as the family characters develop, Too many pages with little action or adversity to grab you. Part II made listening to Part I worth it, that is, for an ok read. The narrator does a respectable job.

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