Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A gorgeous work of historical fiction

"Our Lives Are the Rivers" by Jaime Manrique is a vivid, fictionalized account of the life of a real heroine -- Manuela Saenz, who, along with General Simon Bolivar, helped lead several South American countries to independence.

March 7, 2006

A vivid portrait of a South American heroine

By Lylah M. Alphonse, Globe Staff

The early to mid-1800s were a bloody and brutal time in South America, as Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela struggled for independence from Spain. Author Jaime Manrique focuses on that period in ''Our Lives Are the Rivers," viewing history through the eyes of one of South America's biggest heroines, Manuela Sáenz.

Beautiful, brash, impulsive, and passionate, Sáenz was a spy for the revolutionaries and the mistress of their leader, Venezuela-born General Simón Bolìvar. The novel is told from her point of view and those of her loyal slaves... [More]

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