Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes

Not what I expected.

I had trouble getting into this book, especially in the beginning.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I was having a bit of Book ADD at the time I was reading this book, so my inability to become immersed in it may not have been the fault of Susana Fortes.  I take much of the blame, and offer my apologies to Ms. Fortes.

That being said, the writing was not as compelling as the story itself - does that make sense?  All the elements of a wonderful war-torn love affair were there - the drama, the passion, the scenery - but the cadence was off.  It felt disjointed and choppy.

BUT, once I was involved in the story, I understood why I was holding this book in my hands.  It really was a beautiful, unbelievable story based on two very real, very interesting people.  I had to remind myself that what I was reading was not total fiction, and this made me want to turn the pages even when I was tempted to put it aside for something lighter. 

If you enjoy stories about real people, and want to become immersed in the drama of the 1930s, then give WAITING FOR ROBERT CAPA a try...just don't give up on it too soon!

Synopsis: (from publisher)
Susana Fortes offers a gorgeously written, English Patient-style novel about the real-life romance between two photojournalists furiously in love: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. During the Spanish Civil War, Capa and Taro risked everything documenting Francisco Franco’s Fascist uprising—even as they risked everything for love. The two artists’ passion stands out in sharp relief against the terrifying realities of war in this internationally acclaimed novel, a book that will resonate with fans of Possession, Loving Frank, Suite Francaise, and Pan’s Labyrinth. With a film adaptation already underway from producer Michael Mann (Public Enemies, The Insider, Manhunter, Collateral), Fortes’ Waiting for Robert Capa is a tale that will touch millions of hearts, mixing the poignancy of a timeless love story with the immediacy of a vivid snapshot from a bygone era.

About the Book:
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Tra edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062000381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062000385

  • About the Author:
    Susana Fortes graduated in Geography and History at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, and in American History from the Universidad de Barcelona. She has recently spent time in the USA, combining teaching Spanish in Louisiana and participating in university conferences at the Universidad Interestatal de San Francisco. She currently teaches at a secondary school in Valencia. She has won many awards, including the 1994 Premio Nuevos Narradores, the Premio Primavera, the Premio de la Crítica, and, for Waiting for Robert Capa, the Premio Fernando Lara 2009. Her novels have been translated into almost twenty languages. She is a regular contributor to EL PAIS, as well as various cinema and literature magazines.

    Many thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harper Perennial for inviting me to become a host for WAITING FOR ROBERT CAPA by Susana Fortes. 

    *Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.


    Zibilee said...

    I read another review just the other day that said that the writing was a little too flowery and poetic to be really enjoyable, and I was wondering if you felt that way as well? The premise of this book does sound interesting, but I am not so sure that I would ultimately enjoy it.

    bermudaonion said...

    I know exactly what you mean. I'm sorry this didn't work for you.

    trish said...

    I love the fact that it's a true story!

    Sorry the writing wasn't what you expected, but thanks for being on the tour!

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