(from my Goodreads review):
I'd forgotten the book description by the time it came in on hold, and had no idea what I was going to be reading.
The main character's voice was compelling and I was hooked immediately. I loved the story and the unexpected trip into Ecuadorian culture. It wasn't until I was about halfway through that I actually looked at the cover and read "based on a true story."
Turns out this is memoir written as fiction, co-authored and based on the life story of Maria Virginia Farinango. Very little of the book is fictionalized (this is explained on the author's site). Made it even more emotional near the end.
Excellent read for people who like strong willed, independent females and "against the odds" struggles. It also speaks to the "fish out of water" struggle and finding the strength in your true story and self.
It was a quick taste of Ecuadorian and Quichua (indigenous descendants of the Inca) culture.
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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