We use cookies to provide essential features and services. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies .

×

Free UK shipping on

10 million books

Guernica
By

Rating

Product Description
Product Details

About the Author

A Chicago native, Dave Boling has been a journalist in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. Prior to that, he worked as a logger, iron-worker, boat-builder, bartender, bouncer, short-order cook, painter and college football coach. He lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Reviews

Verdict: Boling's debut novel follows the progress of one Basque family in the years leading up to the infamous German bombing of Guernica, the heart of Basque culture, in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. His sensitive portrayal of the aftermath and the survivors' efforts to recover is somewhat marred by an improbable ending. Still, this haunting historical family saga is recommended for all public libraries. Background: The Ansotegui children Justo, Josepe, and Xabier are left to raise themselves after the death of their mother shortly after childbirth and the gradual withdrawal of their father. But the resilient brothers survive: Josepe becomes a fisherman, Xabier a priest, and Justo takes over Errotabarri, the ancestral farm. Justo marries and has a daughter, Miren, who in turn marries Miguel Navarro and gives birth to a daughter, Catalina. Boling deftly sets the stage for the destruction of this family idyll and describes the bombing in horrific, unrelenting detail.--Douglas Southard, CRA International, Boston Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Boling breathes life into a flash point in history and creates an endearing and tragic drama that feels relevant today. "Guernica" is an ambitious debut by a writer whose daring imagination and seamless prose transports us to an extraordinary time and place." -Jim Lynch, author of "The Highest Tide"

"Ambitious...A moving tale of courage and resilience that celebrates the history of an embattled culture while depicting in persuasive detail the communal and representative experiences of a single extended Basque family...The Ansoteguis' indomitable will to live is memorably symbolized by the beloved Tree of Guernica--a commanding image shown in Pablo Picasso's eponymous mural, whose conception and creation are also part of this absorbing story...[T]his is a very good novel indeed--and a crucial reminder that genocidal folly is never as far away from us as we might wish."--"Kirkus Reviews""Boling's portrait of the Guernica tragedy is vivid, as is his illustration of the Basque people's oppression....[S]killful with characters and dialogue, possessing a great sense of timing and humor."--"Publishers Weekly""A family saga set against the destruction of the Basque town of Guernica in 1937... Enhanced by Boling's knowledge of Basque culture, this is a convincing fictionalization of an infamous act of war."--"Booklist"


"Boling threads his way through the stories of his many characters with humor, compassion and rich details of Basque tradition... Moving." - "Washington Post Book World"

"Boling breathes life into a flash point in history and creates an endearing and tragic drama that feels relevant today. "Guernica" is an ambitious debut by a writer whose daring imagination and seamless prose transports us to an extraordinary time and place." -Jim Lynch, author of "The Highest Tide""Ambitious...A moving tale of courage and resilience that celebrates the history of an embattled culture while depicting in persuasive detail the communal and representative experiences of a single extended Basque family...The Ansoteguis' indomitable will to live is memorably symbolized by the beloved Tree of Guernica--a commanding image shown in Pablo Picasso's eponymous mural, whose conception and creation are also part of this absorbing story...[T]his is a very good novel indeed--and a crucial reminder that genocidal folly is never as far away from us as we might wish."--"Kirkus Reviews""Boling's portrait of the Guernica tragedy is vivid, as is his illustration of the Basque people's oppression....[S]killful with characters and dialogue, possessing a great sense of timing and humor."--"Publishers Weekly""A family saga set against the destruction of the Basque town of Guernica in 1937... Enhanced by Boling's knowledge of Basque culture, this is a convincing fictionalization of an infamous act of war."--"Booklist"

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top