Best EPub, Guernica Author Dave Boling This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Guernica, Essay By Dave Boling Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You For me, a historical fiction novel must have characters that are at least as strong as the event around which the narrative centers Assuming history is poignant enough to tell its own story is risky, and I m sorry to say that in this case the risk didn t pay off.Dave Boling tries to create a picture of family life before, during, and after the tragic bombing of Guernica As we follow our protagonists through adolescence, adulthood, marriage, birth, and in some cases, death, all the characters sort of mesh together and develop the same voice There is very little dialogue and what dialogue there is feels cliche and terse Boling doesn t give his characters room to breathe everything they say is a melodramatic one liner, a romantic flirtation, or a political statement What is even aggravating is how every single character has exactly one defining characteristic e.g Justo s strength, Mariangeles cooking, Miren s dancing, Miguel s woodcrafting, etc I quickly became bored at how perfect each person was in his or own little way, which is a shame considering the author probably wanted to bring history closer to the reader on a personal level and not push it further away out of disinterest.I was also surprised at how much book was left after the bombing happened I found it anticlimactic and predictable Generally speaking, this book is not terriblethe author is definitely genuine in his compassion for the Basque people and seems to have a heartfelt interest in their culture It s just that the fictional elements didn t really do anything to take my understanding of this event to a personal level. This was one of those reads that don t strike a chord in me I m giving the novel 3.5 stars There s nothing wrong with the writing On the whole, the storytelling is skillfully executed, with sympathetic characters and descriptive setting, evoking sense of place and time The description of the war scenes and aftermath in the last third of the book is particularly piquant It is a historical novel set in Guernica in the days leading up to the Second World War The story is mainly about the experiences of three Basque peasant brothers and their loved ones as they live through the dark days of the Spanish Civil War Loosely interlaced with the main story is the snippet that tells how Pablo Picasso gets inspiration for his famous mural titled Guernica.My feeling is that the novel reads like a collation of short stories Well told as the separate stories are, there is a lack of overall cohesiveness I can t relate to any of the characters on an emotional level Also, I find the background of the Spanish Civil War a bit sketchy I was expecting historical details from the novel. Since I never seem to have a lot of time to read grown up books, I can be super picky about I will make time for And if I can only get one grown up book read this winter, I am glad it was Guernica I love it when a book sparks my interest in a subject that I never really took time to appreciate before Leon Uris s Trinity lead me into learning about the history and struggles of the Irish Nation Manhunt by James Swanson opened my eyes to a period in our own history and President that I had never really been interested in before and now Guernica has sparked me to want to learn everything I can about the Basque people and the region s history.This novel bring to life the Spanish Civil war and the bombing of Guernica by telling the story of people whose lives represent what others actually experienced during this time Boling s characters became so much than 2 dimensional, they became living, breathing characters in my own life I adored Justo and was touched by his relationship with Mariangeles was captivated by Miren felt Miguel s joy and anguish and just wanted to protect Angelina.I have to disagree with PW s review on one thing They felt that some historical cameos feel forced especially Picasso, who pops up throughout I especially appreciated Picasso s appearances For me, the only point of reference I had to Guernica was Picasso s painting By slipping him into the story, it helped me understand what Picasso s point of reference was before, during and after painting Guernica.And thank goodness for me that Mr Boling added recommended readings in the Author s Note, so I know have my checklist of what to read to further my education on Basque history. A marvelously absorbing and wonderfully written novel that captivates the spirit and culture of the Basque people in Guernica between 1893 and 1940 Hard to believe that this is Dave Boling s first book With beautiful and complete mastery of the language, Boling brings the compelling characters to life whether it s Justo, Miguel, Xabier, Dodo, Alaia, Mariangeles or Miren We literally live with the characters as the novel unfolds, bringing the reader into the culture, ethos and vibrancy of the people of Guernica as they enter into the turbulent times of the Spanish Civil War The bombing of Guernica by the Germans Air Force on April 26, 1937 leaves the town in utter devastation physically, but definitely not in spirit The destruction of the town of Guernica was captured by Pablo Picasso in his famous Guernica painting A fantastic read, not only because of the historical setting of place, time and event, but equally by Boling s absolute mastery of description, vivd imagery, beautiful turn of phrase, and sweeping command of the English language The novel is fantastic and captivating from start to finish Every so often one comes across a book that is utterly satisfying loved it One of the best books I ve read this year and highly recommended A 5 star book for sure. I know next to nothing about the Spanish Civil War and have never had any reason to correct that ignorance So reading this historical fiction about probably the most horrific event of that war was not likely except for the recommendation of a GR friend Mary Ann thank you to whom I am once again indebted Guernica is a treasure that will endear itself to almost any reader that enjoys a good story blended seamlessly with good history.Before reading this book what I knew of the Spanish Civil War was that Hemingway once wrote a book based upon it Of course since I ve never read any Hemingway that s as far as my knowledge went The village of Guernica came to my attention through an art history class in college when I was introduced to Picasso s painting of the same title and then when I had the good fortune to view the painting some years later during a visit to the Prado in Madrid I did learn some of the details of the tragedy that befell this small village in the Basque region of Spain but only that it was used as some sort of an training exercise for German bomber pilots assisting Franco and that the victims were primarily unarmed civilians that posed no military threat to anyone The devastation this village suffered is ably depicted by Picasso in his painting and the artist and the painting are given repeated reference throughout the telling of the story of this novel The story the author tells in this book is that of a simple people clinging to a way of life long in its routines, traditions, and history The action centers on one family and their relationships with the various members of the very close knit Basque community in which they live Their lives are tough and filled with hard work but they are happy and enjoy what life has given them but war looms close and gets closer with the passage of time Tragedy then strikes with the bombing of their village which is the center of the Basque culture and an apparent thorn in the side of Franco and his Fascist regime The destruction is almost total but the people endure and in spite of numerous additional hardships a phoenix like rebirth occurs The wounds both physical and emotional are healed and life goes on but in a different form as adaptation is one of the lessons that is learned from this experience While this story is a tragedy whose sadness is great there is also great hope for things to come A very good book Enjoy. I wish I were a better reviewer to convince people that they need to read this book Guernica is the beautiful story of a tragic time in the northern hills of Spain, home to the Basque people.Maybe I should say I m a little biased I m Basque My grandmother or Amuma as we called her lived through this story Her brother was in the marketplace of Guernica when it was bombed and I knew at times I was interjecting my own family into the story.Regardless of this, I came to love the characters for themselves Boling does an outstanding job of really conveying the Basque mentality of family and country His storyline is wonderfully planned out and everything comes full circle.Amazingly, this is Boling s first novel and even if his next book has nothing to do with the Basques, I would gladly pick it up. This is an extraordinary book Sadly, not too many Americans know much about the Spanish Civil War even for baby boomers like me, it wasn t something we heard about from our parents or grandparents as it didn t really touch an America that had to be exploded out of isolationism by Pearl Harbor Boling tells this story dramatically from the viewpoint of the Basque Country, the ancient, fiercely proud, and very rich culture perched for centuries between France and Spain We learn of the shameful Non Intervention Pact of 1936 signed by France, England, Soviet Russia, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany who used Spain as bombing practice for its later forays on the Continent and the UK this world turned its collective back on the slaughter and destruction occurring wholesale in Spain Only humane British citizens, independent of their government, welcomed thousands of parentless refugee children from the Spanish war as they also did with children fleeing Nazi Germany in the Kindertransport French, Spanish, and, notably, Basque resistance men and women, the travailleurs de nuit, assisted refugees to freedom through the mountains.The author weaves these stories seamlessly in a narrative packed with excitement and themes of love and family loyalty, courage and despair, unbelievable tragedy and rebirth The account of the weekend before and the day of the destruction of Guernica halfway through the story is packed with such expectant tension that I had to take a deep breath and pause The story is enriched by vivid depiction of Basque life and values, not ignoring food and music, and with plenty of wry humor.The characters are memorable, to say the least there are elements of archetypes in them the Strong, the Innocent, the Sacrifice, the Wise Counsel, the Mother, the Sinner, the Conqueror, and others But isn t that why they are archetypal Their characteristics are found in those who people our lives The plot resolution is a bit contrived, wishful thinking perhaps, but, hey, it s a novel.One can hardly consider the bloody tragedy of Guernica, nearly eighty years ago and which some say was the debut of modern warfare, without also thinking of other instances of faceless bombing and destruction throughout the world Here Boling gives faces to the aggressors and the victims The Picasso cameos are engaging Whether the painting is familiar or new, it will be enriched. Some reviews almost write themselves, not this one I wasn t sure what I was going to make of the book In the first place, what is an American journalist doing written a novel set around the awful atrocity that took place at Guernica Do we need any Spanish Civil War novels Is this just a lets pick an atrocity and write a novel To address some of these Boling is a sports journalist, but he married a Basque woman and he has clearly absorbed the culture and the food I always like an author who takes the time to describe the food and spent time there Having married into Basque culture Guernica was always going to be there Boling feels people know Guernica because of Picasso s painting, rather than because of the event itself So he is writing about what his family knows.The novel itself is a typical generational family tale of life, love and loss in the tradition of novels such as Captain Corelli s Mandolin There is a certain predictability to it It is not difficult to spot who is going to die and who is going to live Picasso s little cameo pop ups seemed to be to be unnecessary and probably there to make historical points The same goes for Manfred von Richtofen s appearances with the Condor squadron The descriptive passages relating to the countryside, the sea and the food don t forget the food are lovely The bombing and aftermath are suitably grim, as is the loss of characters who have been present since the beginning of the book There are also a few excellent comic turns, and the book is not without humour On the whole, I think the novel just about works It is written with warmth and compassion Boling cares about his subject and his characters and this comes through That is what lifts it above the mundane 3.5 stars As a native Basque from Bilbao, a city not far from Gernika, I was somewhat skeptical about what a non Basque would have to say about my country and the bombing of Gernika The story starts off somewhat slow and for a moment the author lost my interest, but as the female characters in the story start being introduced, I was pulled back in Boling s strength is characterization the people in the story really come to life in his descriptions and dialogs The reader can see how the Basque culture and language defines these characters, although I found a few to be somewhat stereotypical, such as the strong and stubborn Justo or his brother going into seminary and becoming a priest But then again, maybe this was the Basque reality in the 1930s Boling s description of Gernika s marketplace, both before and during the German bombing is outstanding He truly manages to describe the horror of this German massacre, and he does an excellent job highlighting both the people s despair and their subsequent hope When I encountered Picasso as a character in the novel, I thought it was an excellent idea to introduce a different point of view, but later found him to be irrelevant and somewhat of an interruption to the actual story The only Picasso contribution I truly enjoyed is when he responds to a German showing him a postcard of his painting and saying You did this to which Picasso responds No, you did it The conclusion, where Miguel s daughter is miraculously found again among refugee children in Britain, even though highly emotional, is truly far fetched Nevertheless, for being a non Basque, I think Boling does a very nice job of portraying real life characters and I thank him for making the story of this horrific and unjustified war massacre known to the American public I am looking forward to books by him, especially if they are about Basque topics.