i’ve chosen to review the time in between by maría dueñas, a book that’s been on my kindle for years and which i read this summer as part of my ongoing effort to read the books i already own instead of buying new ones.
i loved the uniqueness and familiarity of it. those of you who know me well know that i LOVE history and read a lot of historical books, as well as historical fiction. this blended elements that were familiar to me (the spanish civil war, the rise of hitler and the nazis, madrid, and the spanish language) with new ones (parts of the story were set in morocco & portugal). you don’t have to have a lot of background knowledge to read the book though; if you’re not familiar with the spanish civil war or the buildup to wwii, the book gives you enough context to understand what’s going on.
How did you relate to/care for the characters? What’s your thought on the plot line and twists and turns?
i had a mix of sympathy for and frustration with sira in the part of the book that deals with her early adulthood, but you find as the novel progresses that it was a critical experience for her. i loved seeing her resourcefulness, creativity, and tenacity.
What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it’s themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now?
kate morton, i think. if kate morton wrote her books in the first person and chronologically, that is. it’s also similar in narrative style to the invention of wings.
You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages?
i read this book on my kindle so i can’t speak to the print layout. i love the cover of this book, though. sira almost looks like she’s waiting for someone or something, and that captures the tension well that her character experiences around the middle of the book but also in the course of her undercover work.
How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend?
five for sure. i loved it! i would definitely recommend it, although i’ll add that if literary and/or historical fiction is not your cup of tea, this is probably not a book you’ll enjoy, especially for how long it is (an amazon reviewer said the print version is about 600 pages. i never know how long books are on my kindle but i can tell you that not once did i wonder when the book was going to be over or how much more i had to read. i was thoroughly riveted!).