The Seamstress

The Seamstress

Frances de Pontes Peebles / Apr 06, 2020
The Seamstress As seamstresses the young sisters Em lia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut how to mend and how to conceal These are useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil where ruthless land barons
  • Title: The Seamstress
  • Author: Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • ISBN: 9780060738877
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As seamstresses, the young sisters Em lia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, how to mend, and how to conceal These are useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons called colonels feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the cross fire.Em lia, whose knowledge of the world comes from fashion magazines andAs seamstresses, the young sisters Em lia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, how to mend, and how to conceal These are useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons called colonels feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the cross fire.Em lia, whose knowledge of the world comes from fashion magazines and romance novels, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big city.Luzia also longs to escape their little town, where residents view her with suspicion and pity Scarred by a childhood accident that left her with a deformed arm, the quick tempered Luzia finds her escape in sewing and in secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her life.But when Luzia is abducted by a group of cangaceiros led by the infamous Hawk, the sisters quiet lives diverge in ways they never imagined Em lia stumbles into marriage with Degas Coelho, the son of a doctor whose wealth is rivaled only by his political power.She moves to the sprawling seaside city of Recife, where the glamour of her new life is soon overshadowed by heartache and loneliness Luzia, forced to trek through scrubland and endure a nomadic existence, proves her determination to survive and begins to see the cangaceiros as comrades, not criminals.In Recife, Em lia must hide any connection to her increasingly notorious sister As she learns to navigate the treacherous waters of Brazilian high society, Em lia sees the country split apart after a bitter presidential election Political feuds extend to the countryside, where Luzia and the Hawk are forced to make unexpected alliances and endure betrayals that threaten to break the cangaceiros apart But Luzia will overcome time and distance to entrust her sister with a great secret one Em lia vows to keep And when Luzia s life is threatened, Em lia will risk everything to save her.An enthralling novel of love and courage, loyalty and adventure, that brings to life a faraway time and place, The Seamstress is impeccably drawn, rich in depth and vision, and heralds the arrival of a supremely talented new writer.
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    1. Extraordinarily vivid I feel as though I ve been away in Brazil for the past week No glowing prose, no melodrama, no big statements to make Just the grand and beautiful telling of a story for its own sake Emilia and Luzia are raised by their Aunt Sofia in rural northeastern Brazil in the 1920s Their lives diverge in their late teens when Luzia is abducted by a notorious band of outlaws led by The Hawk Shortly thereafter, Emilia marries into high society and moves to the coastal city of Recife As [...]

    2. This really was an unexpected pleasure When I started reading, my mental picture of Brazil could not have been different than what I found in this amazing story Descriptions of the northern countryside, a hot, dry scrub land, contrast wonderfully with the lush humidity of the regional capital of Recife and parallel the storylines of two sisters separated by unusual circumstances Both girls raised and trained as seamstresses by their widowed aunt, are eventually drawn in completely different dir [...]

    3. Description As seamstresses, the young sisters EmIlia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, mend, and conceal useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the crossfire EmIlia, a naive romantic, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big city Quick tempered Luzia also longs for escape, finding it in her craft and secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her li [...]

    4. This is a MUST read This book is truly an unbelievable tale of two Brazilian sisters and the struggle for women to maintain a sense of self despite drought, revolution, economic hardship, and separation from loved ones in the 1930s The author wove a tremendous amount of what Brazil was really like in the country and in the city throughout the book so you felt like you were really there The character development of each of the characters was amazing I felt like I really knew and had a relationshi [...]

    5. Definitely a 5 star book This was a book of fictions that had the feel of real life This book is the best of what can be done with the genre historical fiction You take the facts and weave them into a story that makes them memorable and moving a truly wonderful story I loved every bit of this book It was not too long, it never dragged and I learned a bit of Brazilian history 27 pages left V E R Y E X C I T I N GThrough 550 Yes, the phrenology movement, the belif in cranium measurements, was real [...]

    6. This was an enjoyable Historical Fiction read It was set in Brazil which provided new information about a culture, a people, and a place that I m not familiar with This was about 2 sisters and their different journeys I loved how they were depicted They were so different but forever linked The author did a remarkable job with character development The writing was also quite beautiful Another thing I liked was how the story moved along There was always something new to glean or something new happ [...]

    7. I really cannot rave enough about this book I loved it LOVED it It reminded me a bit of One Hundred Years of Solitude, except that I read that book so long ago that you should cut me some slack if the two aren t similar at all Which, now that I think of it, they really aren t, because The Seamstress isn t a multi generational story like that one So never mind I don t want to write too much about the story itself because part of what I loved about it is the way it reveals itself slowly, and I don [...]

    8. Based in Brazil, during political unrest, two sisters, Luzia and Emilia, take different paths in life, but remain connected and close even though they live their adult lives physically apart The sisters are taught to sew at an early age by a loving Aunt Sophia As talented seamstresses, the author masterfully sews their craft into the story line, to describe details of their lives, in the way they think, and even as a secret way for the two to communicate Their craft will help them through out th [...]

    9. Well written if overly long, tending toward a slight bloat of historical fact Though the story is interesting even compelling, it s also dark, tragic, and contains a lot of gruesome, brutal violence The writing and the compelling story telling warrant than one star but in all honesty I truly did not like this book Not recommended unless you have a particular interest in bleak Brazilian history and a highly developed acceptance for overt brutality in the books you read I m a little surprised at [...]

    10. I have a hard time writing five star reviews it can be hard to avoid gushing and to say something that hasn t already been said But this book deserves the effort, so here goes As others have recounted, The Seamstress is about the lives of two Brazilian sisters in the early twentieth century They re raised together in the highlands of the state of Pernambuco, but early in the book each departs on her separate journey the younger sister, Luzia, is taken by a group of bandits that happens through t [...]

    11. This book was fabulous, it had everything dynamic characters, interesting setting, wonderful descriptions, terrific plot, compelling themes, and symbolism throughout.Set in late 1920 s to mid 1930 s in Brazil during the Green Party revolution, two sisters , both talented seamstresses from a small mountain village, lives change dramatically Emilia has big dreams to leave her country life for the city, to have a kitchen with tiled floors, a romantic husband, and to wear fashionable clothes Luiza, [...]

    12. I really did enjoy this bookwasn t convinced when I started it, though once I got ging was an engaging, enthroalling book 2 sisters in Brazil in the 30s Definitely a page turner and one I read late into the night I wasn t sure about the ending, but the I thought about itcided it was probably perfect.

    13. This book was a bit of an odd duck for me I was truly impressed by the knowledge of the history and culture of 1920 s 1930 s era Brazil that the author presented, but I found it difficult to really connect with the characters I wasn t especially fond of Emilia or Luzia and I think part of that was from the split perspective nature of the book, wherein it switched from Luzia to Emilia and back again I felt as though every time I was just warming up to one of them, the book split and went to the o [...]

    14. Frances de Pontes Peebles created a rich and lively atmosphere in The Seamstress This tale has a great sense of place and while reading it I felt like I really was carried away to a long past period in Brazil I could see, feel, and smell everything as if it were right in front of me The subject of cangaceiros was fascinating as I d never heard of them before Apparently The Seamstres is one of many adaptations of the story of the real life cangaceiros Lampiao and Maria Bonita The contrasting real [...]

    15. I am really quite torn about this book.On one hand, it starts so so well, with beautiful Isabel Allende esque prose On the other, it eventually reads like a history book and ultimately ends up being two hundred pages too long and repetitive I have decided upon four stars, even though it is really a 3.75 for me I would recommend with some caution.

    16. Wow This book was simply wonderful and the first book to be placed on my best of 2011 bookshelves It was so good that it will be a few days before I pick up another book I want to let these characters linger before I move on.The story takes place in Brazil from about 1925 through 1935 Two sisters from a mountain town end up living very different lives Luzia, who has a deformity in her arm due to a fall as a child, is part of a rebel group led by a man called The Hawk Emilia marries into a wealth [...]

    17. I nearly didn t read this Got it out of the library, then thought the cover suggested it might be just sloppy romance But it isn t, and I m glad I read it It s the first book I ve read a sad admission about the cangaceiros of Brasil It covers the early part of the C20th when the countryside was still run by the Colonels but landowners who operated rather like medieval barons.It is indeed romance but a great deal than that The cangaceiros are folk heroes who depending on what you believe rob the [...]

    18. When the book first arrived I felt disheartened with it s size, at almost 700 pages it s a small mammoth to carry around but once I started reading the fears left me and I couldn t get enough of the syrupy writing dripping of the pages like heaven sent nectar.The tale of two sisters in 1930 s Brazil seems like an old soap opera that wouldn t communicate with many these days but I was wrong Not only did the characters completely enchant me but I felt deep anger whenever something unpleasant was h [...]

    19. 3.5 Stars I was very very close to giving this a higher star rating The Seamstress was a very detailed and authentic feeling historical novel with slowly evolving characters and an undercurrent of thematic symbolism Let s be honest, when most of us say we like historical fiction , we actually mean we like fun romantic stories with old fashioned costumes The Seamstress wasn t that Unfortunately as much as I admired the book, there was something I had to factor into the review The author s annoyin [...]

    20. I m on a mission to find a novel with a Latin American setting that I can actually enjoy I carefully do the research, pick up books with great ratings, only to slam them down in disappointment I was very hopeful when I started this book.The novel takes place in Brazil during the 1920 s, where two sisters both seamstresses , end up living lives that could not be polar opposite of each other Luzia dos Santos, escapes the mountainside by marrying a young legal scholar from a fine family in the cit [...]

    21. Excellent book Follows the lives of two orphan girls raised by their aunt in the back country in Brazil through their lives roughly between World War I and the beginning of World War II, through the great depression and the effects of an usually cruel drought in 1932 They are born into poverty, and their lives follow different trends as adulthood approaches and an accident leaves one sister somewhat maimed And they are trained to be seamstresses as this is what their aunt did They also can read [...]

    22. I tried to read this book slowly to languish in it s beautifully written prose, and although I finally had to finish it, it was well worth it The English is sprinkled with Portuguese, and the words become familiar and natural the you read The story is so authentic and so engrossing that I not only expect Brazil to be this way, I feel as if I could know the characters in real life The women are so realistic that I feel as if I might be acquainted with them in my own life might know them as my fr [...]

    23. This book is lovely It s one of those books where I read the last page, and without hesitation, immediately went back to the first page and began rereading The author truly defines writing as a craft, where each word and each sentence is placed with great care, and the layers of the plot weave in and out gracefully I wanted to be both Emilia and Luzia, and I wanted to love The Hawk I wanted to live in Brazil in 1930, and I can honestly say, there is not any other book that has done that This is [...]

    24. My international book club in Sao Paulo just finished reading and discussing this book Since we live in Brazil, it was very interesting to us to learn about the history of Brazil in such an interesting way For me, the story loosely based on true events highlighted 2 very different lives of separated sisters One, a society woman in an unfulfilled marriage living in the coastal town of Recife, and the other, her sister living in the hard scrubland as a cangaceiro, or bandit To me, the story highl [...]

    25. This book was on my husband, Mark Van Aken Williams , bookshelf When we unpacked our boxes after our move, we came across this and Mark said I would probably like it He was right, The Seamstress is a really interesting, absorbing book about a place, time, and people I knew nothing about And it focuses on two sisters, which is a theme I like as well These two sisters are on completely different paths in life, and their lives are also determined by the men they are with How they cope with this dep [...]

    26. This book started out great and really had me intrigued But it started dragging on and on about halfway through I really got sick of all the gory details of the congaceiros killings The politics were a bit uninteresting for me Maybe if I knew about Brazil I usually love historical novels but this was not a winner for me I don t feel as though I gained much from having read it You could tell it was researched well If nothing else I learned a little bit about Brazil during the depression era.

    27. I didn t finish this book I got to approximately page 180 and gave up it was just too dark and violent for me I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was not my style.

    28. i couldn t stop reading this was epic in the style of Isabel Allende s Ines of my soul I could almost feel the hunger and rawness of walking through the Brazilian backlands during the drought.

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