I love how this retelling of Mrs. Farinango's story does't disregard her suffering, but gives it the attention it needs. I love how they show more than her suffering, but also her overcoming the tough situations she has been through. I love how she finds herself and identity. I love how her story doesn't get muddled up with unneeded romance. I love how strong-willed this girl is throughout her life no matter the circumstances or people she faces. I love how her story is a testament to the importance of education.
" I am not at all invisible. I am the served and i am the server. I am queen and I am dishwasher. I am rich and poor, indigena and mestiza, and no one can put me in a box.
An excellent read before traveling to Ecuador.
A beautifully written story about freedom and courage
Very good book. I had no idea about this conflict until I read it. It will definitely make you rethink your "slavery does not exist today" standpoint.
This is an interesting book to read if you plan to travel to Ecuador, shedding light on some of the complexities of the cultural and class relationships. Good story and nicely written.
The Queen of Water is a beautiful story of human strength and the search for identity. Living in an impoverished Andean village in Ecuador, at the age of seven Virginia is sold by her family to an upper class mestizo (people of Spanish descent) couple. Virginia struggles with her new life as their servant and becomes trapped in the cycle of an abusive relationship: she suffers verbal and physical abuse yet cannot help but become enamored with the couple’s rich lifestyle and entranced by moments of their praise.
Though it is difficult to read about Virginia’s dire situation, the reader is uplifted by Virginia’s strength and power. Virginia is not a person to let anything or anyone stand in her way.
Based on the true story of Maria Virginia Farinango’s childhood and adolescence, Resau’s rich imagery and eloquent phrasing make for a very compelling read.
This novel, inspired by the co-author's own childhood, is a must-read. It tells the story of Virginia, an indigenous girl in Ecuador, who is severed from her family and her roots yet manages to achieve amazing things and reclaim her identity. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once.
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