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El tiempo entre costuras by MARIA # DUEÑAS

El tiempo entre costuras (edition 2009)


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Title:El tiempo entre costuras
Info:Ediciones Temas de Hoy, S.A. (2009), Hardcover
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The Time In Between by María Dueñas

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The beginning was so clichéd I had a hard time continuing...it took about 3/4 of the book to become really interesting, from a plot perspective, which is why I gave it only 4 stars, not five. Generally speaking though, a pretty good read with interesting historical elements and a satisfying ending. ( )
  APopova | Jan 2, 2017 |
I found this a very enjoyable read. Yet another element of what happened during World War II that most people didn't know about. I would never have wanted to be a spy back then and I don't think I would have been a good one. If you want to read a very well written story with fascinating characters that's full of heartache, joy, espionage, love and danger, then pick this one up. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
Maybe it isn't fair to judge a book you haven't finished, but I got half way through and it just never took off for me. Part of the problem is that I don't know the history of WWII as if affected Spain and North Africa. The other part is the writing itself, which is OK, but full of sentence fragments, which seems like a simple thing to fix. Maybe it was the translation. I just can't recommend it. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Feb 11, 2016 |
Excellent book, I enjoyed it tremendously. Because Sira was a seamstress, it was especially enjoyable, wish there would have been more detail on what creations she made. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
Excellent book, I enjoyed it tremendously. Because Sira was a seamstress, it was especially enjoyable, wish there would have been more detail on what creations she made. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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Such a worthy adversary requires worthy derring-do, and Sira, now hooked up with British intelligence—for by now we’ve gone from gothic romance to espionage thriller—is just the person for the gig. Will Beigbeder, Franco and Uncle Adolf prevail, or will the good triumph? Well, you’ll just have to read Dueñas’ well-crafted but decidedly chick-lit effort to find out.

Middlebrow and breezy. A perfect beach read, if a touch off-season, unless you’re headed for Casablanca and its waters.
added by srdr | editKirkus Reviews (Dec 28, 2011)
Originally published in Spain in 2009, Maria Duenas's novel The Time in Between (translated into English by Daniel Hahn) has now become an international bestseller. The tale of Sira Quiroga, a humble dressmaker from Madrid who eventually becomes a spy for the British, is a detailed, exciting, evocative look at the time before and between the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.
This thrilling debut is marked by immaculate prose and a driving narrative, establishing Dueñas as a writer to watch

See also the author profile in PW Oct 2011
added by 4leschats | editPublishers Weekly (Nov 1, 2011)

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At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew.

Between War and Peace . . .

With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land. Among the odd collection of European expatriates trapped there by the worsening political situation back on the Continent, Sira reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: her gift for creating beautiful clothes.

Between Love and Duty . . .

As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers’ wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.

Already a runaway bestseller across Europe, The Time In Between is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. María Dueñas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.
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