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A história da Rapariga Bonita

By Rachel Simon

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| Paperback | 9789722523981

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Estamos em 1968. Lynnie, uma jovem branca com um atraso do desenvolvimento, e Homan, um afro-americano surdo, vivem encerrados e esquecidos numa instituição. Profundamente apaixonados um pelo outro, fogem e refugiam-se na quinta de Martha, uma profes Continue

Estamos em 1968. Lynnie, uma jovem branca com um atraso do desenvolvimento, e Homan, um afro-americano surdo, vivem encerrados e esquecidos numa instituição. Profundamente apaixonados um pelo outro, fogem e refugiam-se na quinta de Martha, uma professora reformada, agora viúva. Mas o casal não está sozinho: Lynnie acabou de dar à luz uma menina. Quando as autoridades os encontram nessa mesma noite, Homan consegue fugir, mas Lynnie é apanhada. Mas antes de ser levada à força para a instituição, consegue sussurrar a Martha estas palavras: «Esconda-a.» E é assim que tem início a viagem épica de Lynnie, Homan, Martha e Julia, o bebé, separados por obstáculos aparentemente incontornáveis mas que hão de vir a reunir-se por força de um pacto secreto e de um amor extraordinário.

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    This emotionally draining but an excellent read was written due to the author's true life experiences as the sibling of someone with disabilities. She first heard about institutions like the one that features in the novel when she heard her parents d ...(continue)

    This emotionally draining but an excellent read was written due to the author's true life experiences as the sibling of someone with disabilities. She first heard about institutions like the one that features in the novel when she heard her parents discussing such places and how they would never ever have their daughter admitted to one. Her sister Beth was raised at home and the message they grew up with was that children that were put away in such institutions were never really loved by their families. Years later in the early seventies as Rachel Simon was entering adolescence she saw a news report on television that drew her attention and the rest of the USA to just how horrendous these places were. It was not until twenty seven years later when publicising a book she had written about her life with Beth, 'Riding The Bus With My Sister' that she began to learn much more about these institutions. She did this by carrying out research talking to people who had stories to tell her and reading up on a subject that very little was written about due to the fact it was a sordid political secret. One particular true story published as a book entitled God Knows His Name gave her the inspiration to write this novel, although for a long while she held off unsure if she could do justice to those that suffered in such places. Well personally I think she has carried her tribute off extremely well and given a voice to those residents of such places in this moving novel.

    A moving love story about the improbable odds faced by Lynnie and Homan, a couple with disabilities, when one stormy night just after Lynnie has given birth they knock on a stranger's door. That stranger is Martha Zimmer a retired school teacher who gives up her conventional lifestyle to do something very special by taking in the baby and saving her from life in an institution. This is how the novel starts and reading it takes you across forty years as Martha carries the secret of baby Julia with her as her life progresses. The interwoven stories of the four protagonists tell of love under impossible conditions, how to do the right thing and never give up hope by continuing to believe it will all turn out right when you are the only one that believes this.
    It is truly terrible that places like 'The School for the Incurable and Feebleminded' were even in existence at this time. Or any time in fact, but sadly they were and it is quite an experience to read about the shocking brutality that took place in them, even the name of the institution was I found upsetting. However the ending did surprise me but then this is a love story, my conclusion then is that this is a powerful story that I can recommend to anyone that feels they can cope with such sadness in a novel.

    http://lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/th…

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    Lindyloumac said on Aug 5, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Simply beautiful

    "At the end of the night that would change everything, ..."

    From the very first words that the author wrote to start this beautiful story, I was immediately and irremediably connected to its main characters. From that moment on, the story unfolded a ...(continue)

    "At the end of the night that would change everything, ..."

    From the very first words that the author wrote to start this beautiful story, I was immediately and irremediably connected to its main characters. From that moment on, the story unfolded and the pages just turned on their own. This book has left footprints on my heart. Unforgettable.

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    jacoutofthebox said on May 21, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    文字優美、純粹,幾乎每一段都能發人深省,看書像是在看一部編導俱佳的劇情或紀錄片,每個細節都鋪陳得細膩又週到。情節不能說「緊湊」,但卻有一種扣人心弦、引人入勝的力量,讓人深深被書中的角色吸引,關切他們各自會發生什麼事。

    美得不著痕跡。

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    kathy said on Nov 24, 2010 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • Paperback 344 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9722523988
  • ISBN-13: 9789722523981
  • Publisher: Bertrand
  • Publish date: 2012-01-01
  • In other languages: other languages English Books
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