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In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself on the wrong side of the Spanish Nationalists, so he flees to Guernica, the most ancient town of the Basque region. In the midst of this idyllic, isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life-he finds a love that not even war, tragedy or death can destroy.

The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II . For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship.

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3.5 / 5
Very enjoyable, but somewhat fragmented
November 1st, 2014
I really like fiction that is based in fact so I end up learning as well as getting lost in the story. On that note, Guernica doesn’t disappoint. I found the characters incredibly rich and believable. Their love and strife educated me about the Nazi bombardment of Spain on the cusp of WWII. I loved their stories. I also learned more about the impetus for Picasso’s painting of the same name. However, I didn’t love the disconnection between the characters’ tales. Some characters are dropped for over a hundred pages at a time, making their re-appearance a surprise.
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