The Memory Stones

The Memory Stones The compelling story of a young woman s disappearance in s Argentina a story of family tragedy and national tragedy with consequences echoing through generations Buenos Aires In the heat of

  • Title: The Memory Stones
  • Author: Caroline Brothers
  • ISBN: 9781408844496
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The compelling story of a young woman s disappearance in 1970s Argentina, a story of family tragedy and national tragedy with consequences echoing through generations.Buenos Aires, 1976 In the heat of summer, the Ferrero family escapes to the lush expanse of Tigre Osvaldo, a distinguished middle aged doctor, and his wife Yolanda gather with their daughters, sensible JuliThe compelling story of a young woman s disappearance in 1970s Argentina, a story of family tragedy and national tragedy with consequences echoing through generations.Buenos Aires, 1976 In the heat of summer, the Ferrero family escapes to the lush expanse of Tigre Osvaldo, a distinguished middle aged doctor, and his wife Yolanda gather with their daughters, sensible Julieta who lives with her husband in Miami, and willful Graciela nineteen, radiant, and madly in love with her fianc , Jos It will be the last time they are all together.On their return, the military junta stages a coup, and Osvaldo is forced to flee to Europe as friends and colleagues disappear overnight When Jos is abducted, Graciela goes into hiding when she and her friends are dragged from an apartment by plainclothes policemen, the devastating reality of the junta is no longer remote Osvaldo can only witness the disintegration of his family from afar, while Yolanda fights on the ground to find and reclaim their beloved daughter Soon they realize they may be fighting for an unknown grandchild as well The Memory Stones commemorates the thousands of Argentinians the Disappeared who fell victim to the brutality of the period, the effects of which are still being felt today Following one family seeking to rebuild itself after unimaginable loss, it is the story both heartbreaking and inspiring of a country striving to survive even in the face of terror.

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    1. I find myself reading about yet another highly charged political situation that occurred in the not too distant past, in another county, another I have to admit that I was not aware of. This time it's a coup in Argentina in 1976 when a military junta takes over the government and during the reign there were more than "30,000 forced disappearances" () . These disappearances and in most cases killings of resistors were in and of themselves a horrible thing but another extremely sad result was what [...]

    2. I received this copy from a Giveaway, which has in no way impacted my opinion of this book. Thank you to the author, Caroline Brothers, and the publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing, for this opportunity.This beautiful historical fiction is primarily set in Buenos Aires during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Ferrero family live a quiet and happy life together, despite the growing political unrest the country is living in fear of. This does not last, however, and escalates to the disappearance of [...]

    3. The Memory Stones is a novel about an Argentinian family in the mid 1970's who endures a national tragedy: a military coup, during which their family gets torn apart. Osvaldo and Yolanda are a married couple with two children, Julieta, (who is married and who flees Argentina to go to Miami with her husband) and Graciela, who gets caught up in what is happening around her and disappears, along with many others in her country. Thereafter, Yolanda and Osvaldo, take different paths to try and find t [...]

    4. The Memory of Stones by Caroline BrothersIn 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina the military and Junta tear a family apart. Osvaldo is a husband and father who is married to Yolanda. They have two daughters named Julieta and Graciela. Their daughter Julieta lives with her husband in Miami. Graciela is engaged to Jose. Osvaldo leaves the country and takes refuge in France. People that they know are disappearing. Jose goes missing and his girlfriend Graciela are hiding out with friends.Policemen in pl [...]

    5. As the Ferrero family is enjoying a tranquil and relaxing getaway in Tigre, they do not know this is the last time they all will be together as a family. Osvaldo Ferrero is a doctor and along with his wife, Yolanda and their daughter Graciela, return to Buenos Aires (Julieta, their other daughter now resides in Miami). Shortly after their return, the Military Junta stages a coup and everthing changes. Tough restrictions are imposed on all the citizens but what is worse are the "disapperances", p [...]

    6. Whew! I'm not sure I'm even able to articulate how powerful the reading experience for this novel was for me. All I know is that I was unable to move from the couch for the last 2 1/2 hours. Caroline Brothers takes readers back to 1970's Argentina and relates the heartache of the mysterious disappearances of many of its citizens during a military coup. In The Memory Stones, it is Osvaldo and Yolanda's 20 year-old daughter and her fiancee that go missing.The further news that their daughter was p [...]

    7. This was pretty good at the start, meandered for too long in the middle and then hit it's straps in the last parts. The book tells the story of the military Junta in Argentina and the Dirty War of state terrorism starting in the mid-70s. It features one family who loses their daughter as one of The Disappeared, the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the story of the 500 or so children taken from their parents or born to prisoners and then appropriated to military/police/government officers.Th [...]

    8. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book. In the beginning I really liked this book. I was unfamiliar with Argentinas history in the 70s & 80s and I was very interested in reading a novel with that as the historical background. But when the book reaches the 90s it becomes very long winded. It's almost like the author had 2 ideas for a book but couldn't start or finish them so she merged them and it just seemed like some of the story didn't need to be told or even make sense in the cont [...]

    9. 26 years ago when my oldest child was almost 9, i scheduled our Argentina travels so that we would be in front of the Casa Rosada wearing “nappies” on our heads, and marching with the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Disappeared. The 4 year old was up for anything without a lot of questions, and the 9 year old - an old soul - by then knew the history (without the goriest bits) and was there to fully lend her support to the Abuelos y Madres who gathered there - and still do - every Thursday af [...]

    10. In 1976, a right wing coup overthrew the President of Argentina and installed a military dictatorship. Over the next 7.5 years, around 20,000-30,000 Argentines, primarily young people, were arrested and never heard from again. Many were killed in death flights - drugged and then dropped from a plane to their deaths. In neighbouring Uruguay, locals were disturbed when bodies started washing up on their beaches, with every bone in their body broken. It is estimated that approximately 500 women wer [...]

    11. The Memory Stones tells the story of a family fractured by the Junta in Argentina’s Dirty War. I knew someone who was a reporter, who worked who Jacobo Timerman and had terrifying stories of the war to share. Those stories were what drew me to Caroline Brothers’ novel that begins with the coup and continues forward to the end of the century.In the Dirty War, some 8,000 people disappeared in Argentina, many of them young, college-students. During that time, some 500 children were born to thos [...]

    12. Lovely book that would've benefited from some heavy handed editing. The part of the story sets in late 1980s-early 1990s feels like a separate book and takes away from the powerful storytelling in the first part. Still, if you like historical fiction and want to learn more about Argentina's guerra sucia, this is worth a read.

    13. I had heard of the Disappeared of Argentina, of course, but this book brought them to life, completely made them and the tragedy of Argentina real for me. I stayed up way too late, reading until I could no longer keep my eyes open, and finished this book in two nights. I just could not stop - even knowing the turn of the page would bring only more sorrow. At times, though, there were also glimmers of hope. A compelling, devastating look at the family of one girl who is taken, and her family's de [...]

    14. This book is haunting me. The kind of story that stays with you for a long time with never-ending questions, the most important being "how could I be alive and not have known this was happening?"I was not instantly drawn in. I found the use of the present tense a little confusing and disjointed. But that feeling did not last for long. Very quickly I was completely enthralled and could not put the book down. I would have liked the ending to be a bit longer with some leads as to what happened next [...]

    15. This book moved me so much because it shows once again how a family can be ripped apart due to the political situation they find themselves in. Set in 1976 in Argentina this family who are living happily face challenges and changes m. A great read.

    16. (I received a copy through a giveaway)SO GOOD!!!There are enough reviews that rehash the plot and that examine the story arc and its strengths and weakness. I will just say that I adore this book about loss and love and deceit and redemption.

    17. Marcus Garvey said "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin or culture is like a tree without roots". In a globalised world we must be aware of all countries' pasts and aim not to repeat inhumane, discriminating and power hungry actions. The consequences of any atrocity touch not only the victims, but future generations also, in painful and damaging ways.The Memory Stones is a well told story which educated me about a part of modern history I was unaware of. The longing, hea [...]

    18. Try this if you are interested in learning about Argentina and a period of its history that did has not received as much attention as it should. Brothers has done a good job of bringing the issues of the disappeared to life. This is a complicated story that sometimes wrenches at the heart. My only quibble is that it would have benefited from a strong editor to tighten up and liven the second half, which as noted by others, did drag a bit. My bottom line, though, is a thumbs up, especially for th [...]

    19. I first heard of this book whilst listening to Simon Mayo's Radio 2 book club review.Set in 1970's Argentina, ruled by the Generals, when people who were considered critical of the regime disappeared without trace. The central characters were very real and I found myself getting up early to allow time to read and catch up on the story's progress.I thoroughly recommend this book - the author is also a political journalist which added a quality to the writing - a gripping read.

    20. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a family shattered by the kidnapping of their pregnant daughter and son-in-law by the Argentinian Junta, and the grandparents' 20-year quest to find out the truth. This intelligent, insightful and thought-provoking novel, derived from real-life events, will stay with me for a long while to come.

    21. A beautifully written book that tells the story about of one family amidst the horror of the Argentinian junta. The main them of this story is family and belonging. It is a compelling read and highly recommended.

    22. "The Grandmothers are not afraid. The worst that could happen to them has already happened. Their voices challenge the military regime that continues to deny the existence of the disappeared" Strong words from the Grandmothers of the Plaza De Mayo, set up by a group of grandmothers in Buenos Aires in 1977 whose children were among the thousands of 'disappeared' following the military coup of 1976-1983. Among the disappeared were many young people, including what is estimated to be 500 pregnant w [...]

    23. Although I won this in a giveaway, I put off reading it for over a year mostly due to it being a hefty hardback and therefore not compatible with my daily commute. I'm only an occasional reader of historical fiction so again this kept getting pushed to the bottom of the pile. As I'm now enjoying some pre-baby weeks of maternity leave with long hours stretched out ahead of me, and being unable to move around very much, it's the perfect time to attempt a more difficult book. The prose is great an [...]

    24. I heard the author, Caroline Brothers interviewed on the ABC's conversation hour and was enthralled by the subject matter. In the 70's the military Junta came into power following a coup in Argentina. In the pursuing 7 years, approximately 70,000 people were arrested, most of whom disappeared with no record, among them pregnant women. A group of brave women, better known as the mothers of Plaza de Mayo began a movement to find out what happened to their children who'd disappeared and the grand c [...]

    25. This book is not only spectacular but also couldn't be more timely. Even though it takes place mostly in Argentina during the 1970's, it offers a glimpse of what happens when an authoritarian regime takes over a country. As an Argentinean born in 1970 I was surprised at how much I learned while reading this book. Even though the subject by its nature is horrifying and some scenes are bone chilling, I was glad the author did not include any graphic scenes of torture. I was also amazed at how incr [...]

    26. Oh my goodness, I couldn’t put this down. It’s beautifully written and full of salutary reminders that the life we lead is gifted and graced by fortune; unlike the many whose lives are blighted by the misfortune of time and place. I can’t get over p95 and the reminders to treasure the trivia and banality of our days which others cannot. Apart from that I realised how very little I knew or understood about Argentinian history despite having visited in 2004. Its a novel with many truths and [...]

    27. A sad but beautiful written story about a family that was torn apart by the brutality of the military junta in Argentina. Despite this being another story depicting the evil side of man, Caroline Brothers somehow makes you see the beauty and wonders of the world. "All across this suburb the scene is repeated, as if some signal had sounded and every jacaranda had obeyed. The sight of them lifts my spirits and fills me with a sense of possibility, as if the colour missing from the bleached-out sky [...]

    28. A well written account of the Disappeared of Argentina, set in Buenos Aires in 1976 ,it meanders somewhat in the middle of the book but it's a powerful account of one family's struggle to find their missing daughter who is seized one day as many were during the conflicts of the time, their loss is unimaginable and well depicted.

    29. Based on real events - this is the story of the lost children of Argentina. Many people were kidnapped, tortured and killed during the 1970s in Argentina and this national scandal has remained hidden. A group of grandmothers protest each week for information leading to the return of their children and grandchildren and this is the story told by one of those grandmothers.

    30. What an amazing read! I was hooked from the start. Not only is the story engaging, the language is incredible. I loved the descriptions and the writing is beautiful. Cannot stop thinking about the story and the characters

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