Conquistadora,” Esmeralda Santiago’s thrilling new historical novel, follows a determined young woman to Puerto Rico in the mid 19th century. Esmeralda Santiago plays with, then capsizes, these caricatures in “ Conquistadora,” which she has set in midth-century Puerto Rico. Esmeralda Santiago (born May 17, ) is a Puerto Rican author and former actress known (Hardcover – April ); Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiage (Author) ()(review, Washington Post, 30 Jy , C-1); El sueño de América.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The country of Puerto Rico itself—which you describe in all its beauty and cruelty—must be recognized as one of the main esmerakda in the book.

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Preview — Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago. Not to my liking but does have some good bits about mi isla. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Upon arriving in Puerto Rico, Ana and the twins learn that the farm has been neglected. The rest dsmeralda the novel follows Ana and Severo’s lives together on the farm, the place that Ana will never leave, even to see her son.

Santigo is a beautiful writer who tells her riveting tale in episodes focused on each of her characters. Raised to be a proper young lady, she chafes against the restrictions of her position in society.


Jul 26, T rated it really liked it. The slaves on Los Gemelos slept in airless quarters and toiled the land during the days. I was quickly drawn into Ana’s story and her desire samtiago adventure and control of her own life.


The book examines these ideas and presents a wonderful story in the form of historical novel. How did you approach this obviously weighty subject? And being terrified makes them even more despotic. Santiago does a fabulous job portraying the hardships of the slaves.

One of the reasons the conquistadores were able to subdue entire populations was their force of character, their insistence that their esmeraldz was the only way to do things, even if it meant erasing populations and centuries of tradition and custom.

May 25, Hoosier rated it really liked it. The terrible, plodding prose that makes each page a slog. A remarkable story for its detail, imagination, meticulous research, and wisdom, this is history written by a lion at the height of her powers. Jul 11, Ana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: During the writing of ConquistadoraI was painfully aware that only the blancos wrote, corresponded, entered into contracts, left records.

This changes somewhat later in santiaggo novel, but by that time it is too late to really understand or sympathize with the characters. I was well past page of this book before I began to enjoy it.

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Carefully plotting her future, she esmrralda a husband she can manipulate and then manuevers him into emigrating to Puerto Rico. If it were solely based on Anna’s journey to PR, what they encountered, the hardships, joys and pains etc I would have really like it.

I get that conquistaddora author deplored slavery and that’s a major theme Despite the title, Conquistadora is mostly about Ana, a young Spanish woman who, enthralled by the journals of a conquistador ancestor, moves to midth century Puerto Rico to live on a sugar plantation.


Conquistadora echoes the classic Gone With the Wind, and the main character reflect Conquistadora is an arduous three-part journey that follows several generations through the hardships of running a sugar plantation in Puerto Esmrralda. Conquistadora is thematically heavy, epically depicted and steeped in the traditional structure of old world story-telling generally attached to historical fiction.

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Ana is the driving force of the story and literally the force that brings her family to Puerto Rico. S [4] Inthree years after the stroke, she finished her epic novel, “Conquistadora. She finds a way to make this dream a reality.

I had to listen. After a few years, the twins decide that they would prefer returning to San Juan to live with Elena and their parents rather than continue living like peasants on the farm. I hated really, truly, deeply disliked everything about nearly every single character in the story. From the Trade Paperback edition. The midcentury was also the apogee of King Sugar in Puerto Rico. One of the final li I appreciated this book from an informational standpoint.

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