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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I loved this book, albeit very long!

The writing seemed more vibrant and the characters more interesting. I only got through 3 of the emseralda hours of this book and just couldn’t imagine conquistadoea 14 more hours on it. When I read that two-thirds of the deaths during the cholera epidemic came from the gente de color and slaves, it became clear that it had to be a crucial event in the novel. Views Read Edit View history. Such a big mistake to compare Ana in this novel to Scarlett O’Hara.

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The book took me not only through the lives of th I don’t know what someone would write about my life, or the era that I live in, but maybe Ana felt the same way. A women who won’t let herself remember or reflect on her past decisions because she is afraid of the regrets she will have.

I probably would not have gotten through it as quickly if I was physically reading it though, due to the nature of my life right now must be completely sucked in to even bother finishing and because some of the details at times moved I wasn’t a huge fan of the narration, sometimes it seemed exaggerated. I get that that author deplored slavery and that’s a major theme I have read many of Isabel Allende’s books and all of Esmeralda Santiago’s and enjoyed both.


And in handsome twin brothers Ramon and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there.

Preview — Conquistadora conqjistadora Esmeralda Santiago. I heard it for the first time from my father, who was all three things.

While in Spain, Ana planned to free the slaves on the farm, but she changed her mind upon determining that she needed cheap labor to run the farm.

Yet, the novel falls short. Conquistadora is thematically heavy, epically esmeraldda and steeped in the traditional structure of old world story-telling generally attached to historical fiction.

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Despite their gender, class, history, name, origin, marriage and wealth, each are enslaved and bound by duty, history and country. Aug 29, Beverly rated it it was ok.

In the beginning of one chapter, you want Ana to be successful, yet on another page, you’re introduced to the quiet, yet beautifully talented Jose, woodworker extraordinaire, and you’re forced to imagine what marvels he’d be able to create if he were completely to own his artistic skills and his time, let alone his body.

What follows is her story and those whose lives intersect with esmrralda. Santiago is coeditor of the cnoquistadora, Las Christmas: May 21, Johanna rated it did not like it.

She tried to have the life she wanted for herself and to live it without caring about the consequences but it was almost like she was being punished for it by all the losses in her life Looking for More Great Reads? I researched Conquistadora backward. Their styles are very different and each one is an accomplished author in their own right.


What was the kernel that eventually led to Conquistadora? However, with few exceptions, this made for characters who were complicated in the ways that actual people are, and that makes for rewarding reading. Mom lived near a sugarcane field and saw, first-hand, controlled fires during the zafra.

Ana faces unrelenting heat, disease and isolation, and the dangers of the untamed countryside even as she relishes the challenge of running Hacienda los Gemelos.

Hacia el final Ana recobra fuerza en la trama y la novela cierra en una nota un tanto sobria. The characters are somewhat interesting although not necessarily nice.


I cried a lot when I was writing Conquistadora. Santigo is a beautiful writer who tells her riveting tale Epic in scope and set in ‘s Puerto Santiaago, this book is rich with fully imagined characters in a vibrant setting.

Soon after my first memoir, When I Was Puerto Rican, was published inI was helping a friend pack her things in preparation for her move from a house to an apartment.