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  1. Dem Dem says:

    2.5 StarsI had such high hopes for this detailed historical novel set in Brazil but sadly it was a little too fussy and quite repetitive A tale that became bogged down in long descriptive passages and while I liked the story of Luzia and Emilia I felt the book at 646 pages would have been better condensed down to 450 and the story would have benefited by the editing An ok read for me but certainly not one for me favourites shelf Emilia and Luzia dos Santos orphaned when young children and rai 2.5 StarsI had such high hopes for this detailed historical novel set in Brazil but sadly it was a little too fussy and quite repetitive A tale that became bogged down in long descriptive passages and while I liked the story of Luzia and Emilia I felt the book at 646 pages would have been better condensed down to 450 and the story would have benefited by the editing An ok read for me but certainly not one for me favourites shelf Emilia and Luzia dos Santos orphaned when young children and raised by their Seamstress Aunt in a hillside village in Brazil Emilia dreams and hopes are of the romantic kind while Luzia deformed by a childhood accident know that she may take a different road in life When Luzia is abducted by a gang of bandits the sister lives are changed forever.The first 200 pages of this novel were quite a slog as I struggled to connect or feel the emotion of the story or the girls, I was interested in what happened to the sisters but this wasof my curiosity and determination not to abandon the novel purely because I had purchased a hard copy The story does pick up and move along after the 500 page mark and does become quite interesting towards the end as the different storylines come together but unfortunately this felt too late for me and I grew a little tired of the novel and was glad to close the cover on this one The sense of time and place is really well portrayed and I did enjoy learning about the history and culture of Brazil through the story and this for this alone the book was worth 2.5 stars for me.This is one of those novels where I exclaim upon finishingTG I didn t pack this one for the holidays


  2. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    Extraordinarily vivid I feel as though I ve been away in Brazil for the past week No glowing prose, no melodrama, no big statements to make Just the grand and beautiful telling of a story for its own sake Emilia and Luzia are raised by their Aunt Sofia in rural northeastern Brazil in the 1920s Their lives diverge in their late teens when Luzia is abducted by a notorious band of outlaws led by The Hawk Shortly thereafter, Emilia marries into high society and moves to the coastal city of Re Extraordinarily vivid I feel as though I ve been away in Brazil for the past week No glowing prose, no melodrama, no big statements to make Just the grand and beautiful telling of a story for its own sake Emilia and Luzia are raised by their Aunt Sofia in rural northeastern Brazil in the 1920s Their lives diverge in their late teens when Luzia is abducted by a notorious band of outlaws led by The Hawk Shortly thereafter, Emilia marries into high society and moves to the coastal city of Recife As the years go by, the sisters keep track of each other in the newspapers Emilia appears in the society pages, and Luzia in the headlines as a criminal now known as The Seamstress They cannot have direct contact because Emilia must protect the secret that this outlaw is her sister This book is long, but the exquisite detail is what makes it so outstanding Descriptions of the people, land, clothing, food, folktales, superstitions, and traditions all just carried me away The author calls it a work of fiction inspired by historical events So while it s not strictly historical fiction, her deep knowledge of her country s history shines through Fascinating, tragic, hopeful, and worth every page


  3. Lee Lee says:

    This really was an unexpected pleasure When I started reading, my mental picture of Brazil could not have beendifferent than what I found in this amazing story Descriptions of the northern countryside, a hot, dry scrub land, contrast wonderfully with the lush humidity of the regional capital of Recife and parallel the storylines of two sisters separated by unusual circumstances Both girls raised and trained as seamstresses by their widowed aunt, are eventually drawn in completely differ This really was an unexpected pleasure When I started reading, my mental picture of Brazil could not have beendifferent than what I found in this amazing story Descriptions of the northern countryside, a hot, dry scrub land, contrast wonderfully with the lush humidity of the regional capital of Recife and parallel the storylines of two sisters separated by unusual circumstances Both girls raised and trained as seamstresses by their widowed aunt, are eventually drawn in completely different directions The younger sister Luzia s story of extreme physical hardship and love within a band of roaming outlaws really captured my imagination I was fascinated reading about a group of people living outdoors, completely at the mercy of the elements and the violent struggles that accompany that choice Eliza s life in the city becomes dominated by politics inside and outside her home I really enjoyed this work of historical fiction, learningabout Brazil during the 1920 s and 30 s The characters were well drawn and threaded throughout the story are metaphors which connect Aunt Sofia s sewing wisdom with lessons about life and human nature For me this book contained the perfect blend of landscapes, culture, relationships, family, politics and history


  4. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    Definitely a 5 star book This was a book of fictions that had the feel of real life This book is the best of what can be done with the genre historical fiction You take the facts and weave them into a story that makes them memorable and moving a truly wonderful story I loved every bit of this book It was not too long, it never dragged and I learned a bit of Brazilian history 27 pages left V E R Y E X C I T I N GThrough 550 Yes, the phrenology movement, the belif in cranium measurements Definitely a 5 star book This was a book of fictions that had the feel of real life This book is the best of what can be done with the genre historical fiction You take the facts and weave them into a story that makes them memorable and moving a truly wonderful story I loved every bit of this book It was not too long, it never dragged and I learned a bit of Brazilian history 27 pages left V E R Y E X C I T I N GThrough 550 Yes, the phrenology movement, the belif in cranium measurements, was real.Through page 543 Oh I am getting terribly angry not at the book but at the politics Always politics is scewered First there are wonderful goals and promises, and then individual pockets are lined and people seek personal gains I find frightening the popular interest paid to the possibility of measuring an individual s cranium to distinguish inferior from superior superior human beings This is Brazil, not Hitler s Germany Was such reasoning making headway in Brazil too I have to getinformation The story s plot is filled with suspense.Through page 488 Two things i am captivated by the detailed description of what happened during the drought of 1933 The plight of the refugees is horrendous You learn about Brazilian history in a manner that is effortless Secondly, the plot has the reader rapidly turning the pages What will happen So why is the book good Well you learn alot You care about the two sisters, and the plot keeps you on the edge of your chair Through page 412 I continue to like this book A LOT The two sisters seem so real, both of them Like all women and men too, life gives you some gifts and witholds others You are so lucky and yet there is alwaysor something that is impossible to grasp and which you so want I like how the politics and the election of the president, the changing lives of the colonels and cangarceiros are intertwined in the characters s lives Brazilian life and how it was changing and being modernized is all there The Hawk and how he is changing is fascinating The writing is fabulous, but to understand you have to quote huge sections, you have to know the people, you have to know what has happened and I don t like giving spoilers.Through page 347 In the beginning this was just a very good story and I didn t feel I was learning much well that has definitely changed You learn about northern Brazilian nature, the dry parched lands that turn into a fantastic garden over night after rain You learn lots about Brazilian social life in the cities, about the new class and the old class about the politics of Gomez and how the lands were run by varying colonels and the supporting warring the cangraceiros I find this interesting The reader comes to care for both sisters, Emilia and Luzia two very strong women who deal each with their own particular marital problems Two strong women with heads on their shoulders who also have emotional wants and needs I admire them both, each is special in her own way, although I do happen to feelfor Luzia I do not think I could take the high life society of Recife Reading about the Brazilian Carnaval festivities was also fun, butfun to read about than to be there.Through page 300 The author knows when the reader cannot stomachNow we have left Luzia and Hawk and the cangarceira to follow Emilia in Recife with her husband Don t worry no spoiler, this is all written about in the general book synopsis The writing is fun, quirky and I love the description of the house and people Mostly I love the servants, the people who really know the idiosyncracies of all the family members So Emilia is taking her first bath in a Victorian white porcelain tub with lion s feet and conversing with her maid, who is scrubbing her back Raimunda, her maid, says, You shouldn t ask me questions E replies Why not R Because you shouldn t E But you asked me questions R And if you had any sense you wouldn t have answered E I don t understand..I thought you were being friendly R It is not my place to be friendly And it s not yours to allow me to beIt is not my place to be giving advice I am not your momma But when you are surrounded by frogs, you d better learn to jump I like Raimunda Through page 186 Oh and I forgot to mention the fire baloons and the momentos carried inside the bandits clothing, their signigicance.Now I have experienced what the cangarceira true life Brazilian bandits did din the late 1920s Their behavior was often based on revenge and both physical and mentally tuned Their actions were most revealing in how they they blended the physical and psychological As always physical is often less devastating than the psychological undertones Remember the author did not dream this up, it is based on fact Very hard to stomachand very often followed by acts of understanding The acts were followed by revenge and reprisals as is often seen in human behvior Through page 115 What to say I love it Thank you Lee You picked just the right book for me The writing is magical I think, I have to quote something, but this doesn t work I would have to quote paragraphs You have to know who these people are to understand I would have to explain and explain and explain, but if you read the book you understand perfectly what the author is saying I adore the depiction of the different personalities The two sisters are so different and both are so wonderful The Hawk I love him too Sorry, I shouldn t, but I do The sexual inuendos are perfect And the book has just begun This is pure enjoyment I wouldn t say it is teaching me much, but you do learn about the political unrest and the cangarceira bandits that really did exist in Brazil in the 20s 30s and the landscape of norteastern Brazil For once I do not care if it teaches me or not I like it anyhow.Through page 86 Delightful, engaging and the author is a wonderful story teller The style of writing is in the vein of magical realism The writing somehow reminds me of Isabelle Allende s House of Spirits The life of these people in a small town outside of Recife, Brazil during the 1930s is something very new to me, but I have not read much South American literature other than Allende s Despite this, I have no trouble falling into their world It is very rough and gritty, but at the same time it has a magical beauty I have difficulty explaining the atmosphere conjured by the author The relationship between the two sisters is poignantly evoked Real sisters playful bickering, each having diametrically different characters and yet both still caring for and needing the other They understand each other as only sisters can.Here goes Lee, I am so excited to be starting this Yipee, it even has a map


  5. Zsofi Zsofi says:

    Set in Brazil in the 1920s and 1930s, the Seamstress is an extraordinary historical fiction Although this is her first novel, the author writes as an experienced storyteller and she has done a very thorough historical research.Luzia and Em lia grew up in a small town in the inlands with their aunt Sofia They are both trained to be seamstresses, looking for a way out The story is told from their alternating viewpoints, so that we can experience both their journeys Although they have different Set in Brazil in the 1920s and 1930s, the Seamstress is an extraordinary historical fiction Although this is her first novel, the author writes as an experienced storyteller and she has done a very thorough historical research.Luzia and Em lia grew up in a small town in the inlands with their aunt Sofia They are both trained to be seamstresses, looking for a way out The story is told from their alternating viewpoints, so that we can experience both their journeys Although they have different dreams and goals, Luzia and Em lia never froget eachother, and ultimately, they lean on the memories of their sister and the wisdom of their aunt Sofia.The rapid technological, social, and political change affected both of Luzia and Em lia, albeit in different ways The country, its people, the time, and the political situation and suffragette novement is very well described I loved how we got to know the mindset, the fashion, and even the climate of Brazil The only downside of this novel is that it felt something dragged, and after a while it seemed I was reading the same things over and over This might not be a problem for others, and I certainly wouldn t discourage anyone because of this from reading about The Seamstress


  6. Bettie Bettie says:

    Description As seamstresses, the young sisters EmIlia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, mend, and conceal useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the crossfire EmIlia, a naive romantic, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big city Quick tempered Luzia also longs for escape, finding it in her craft and secret prayers to the saints she believes once savedDescription As seamstresses, the young sisters EmIlia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, mend, and conceal useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the crossfire EmIlia, a naive romantic, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big city Quick tempered Luzia also longs for escape, finding it in her craft and secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her life But when Luzia is abducted by cangaceiros led by the infamous Hawk and EmIlia stumbles into a marriage with the son of a wealthy and politically powerful doctor, the sisters quiet lives diverge in ways they never would have imagined.Dedication To the women living and dead of my family, all of themladies and guerreiras.And to James, who always believed Northeast Brazil 2 During the Old Republic.Opening Recife, Brazil, January 14, 1935 Emily awoke alone She lay in the massive antique that had once been her mother in law s bridal bed, and was now her own.Big fat juicy fiction where the reader feels the proximity and the time period


  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    This is a MUST read This book is truly an unbelievable tale of two Brazilian sisters and the struggle for women to maintain a sense of self despite drought, revolution, economic hardship, and separation from loved ones in the 1930s The author wove a tremendous amount of what Brazil was really like in the country and in the city throughout the book so you felt like you were really there The character development of each of the characters was amazing I felt like I really knew and had a relat This is a MUST read This book is truly an unbelievable tale of two Brazilian sisters and the struggle for women to maintain a sense of self despite drought, revolution, economic hardship, and separation from loved ones in the 1930s The author wove a tremendous amount of what Brazil was really like in the country and in the city throughout the book so you felt like you were really there The character development of each of the characters was amazing I felt like I really knew and had a relationship with each one You will become intensely involved with this book and it will stay with you long after you finish the last page


  8. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    Wow this is a great one I had had this galley for years, finally read it and it was brilliant A true family saga that is wonderful historical fiction.This takes place in Brazil in the 1930 s Two orphaned sisters, Emilia and Lucrezia dos Santos know how to cut, mend and sew as they have lived with their aunt who was a seamstress Romantic Emilia longs to escape from the confines of her little town Scarred by an accident which left her arm deformed, Lucrezia is very tempermental and quiet and Wow this is a great one I had had this galley for years, finally read it and it was brilliant A true family saga that is wonderful historical fiction.This takes place in Brazil in the 1930 s Two orphaned sisters, Emilia and Lucrezia dos Santos know how to cut, mend and sew as they have lived with their aunt who was a seamstress Romantic Emilia longs to escape from the confines of her little town Scarred by an accident which left her arm deformed, Lucrezia is very tempermental and quiet and finds solace in her sewing.Their lives divulge in the most unexpected way Lucrezia is adbucted by bandits, to sew for their band and becomes a bandit herself They are revolutionaries rebelling against the powerful Colonels and land barons who rule the lawless expanses of the backcountry Emilia meets and marries the son of a wealthy doctor The excitement of city life is preempted whens she learns that her husband is gay and shows her no affection She is lonely and heartsick and wants her sister back, though she knows this is probably impossible.When Lucrezia s life is threatened she will end up risking everything to save her.I loved this book It brings to life a far away place and time which I knew nothing about This book is one reason why I love historical fiction so much It is beautifully written and narrated and I have continued to remember it through the years One of my all time favorites Highly recommend to lovers of historical fiction


  9. Donna Donna says:

    This was an enjoyable Historical Fiction read It was set in Brazil which provided new information about a culture, a people, and a place that I m not familiar with This was about 2 sisters and their different journeys I loved how they were depicted They were so different but forever linked The author did a remarkable job with character development The writing was also quite beautiful Another thing I liked was how the story moved along There was always something new to glean or something This was an enjoyable Historical Fiction read It was set in Brazil which provided new information about a culture, a people, and a place that I m not familiar with This was about 2 sisters and their different journeys I loved how they were depicted They were so different but forever linked The author did a remarkable job with character development The writing was also quite beautiful Another thing I liked was how the story moved along There was always something new to glean or something new happening Everything seemed well paced I read some of the other reviews and it looks like the biggest complaint was that it was too long I disagree with that Not once did I do page math It just never felt long to me


  10. Emma Deplores submitsites.info Censorship Emma Deplores submitsites.info Censorship says:

    I have a hard time writing five star reviews it can be hard to avoid gushing and to say something that hasn t already been said But this book deserves the effort, so here goes As others have recounted, The Seamstress is about the lives of two Brazilian sisters in the early twentieth century They re raised together in the highlands of the state of Pernambuco, but early in the book each departs on her separate journey the younger sister, Luzia, is taken by a group of bandits that happens thro I have a hard time writing five star reviews it can be hard to avoid gushing and to say something that hasn t already been said But this book deserves the effort, so here goes As others have recounted, The Seamstress is about the lives of two Brazilian sisters in the early twentieth century They re raised together in the highlands of the state of Pernambuco, but early in the book each departs on her separate journey the younger sister, Luzia, is taken by a group of bandits that happens through the town, leaving the older, Emilia, alone and forced to make a hasty marriage in order to fulfill her dream of living in the city Chapters alternate between the two for the rest of the book I found them equally interesting, and they provide an excellent contrast Emilia lives in the city, and observes its progress and the making of history firsthand, while Luzia remains in the countryside, acquainting readers with its harsh landscape and traditional lifestyle The thematic implications here are obvious, and the settings are beautifully drawn I know some reviewers have complained that the book is too long, but the plot is only part of it without the little character illuminating moments and the descriptions so vivid I felt as if I was there, this book wouldn t be nearly as good as it is The development of the main characters was excellent I had sympathy for both of the sisters from the very beginning, and found them interesting throughout despite their making some rather difficult decisions Luzia s development in particular was fascinating I could tell early on that her story was not going to be romanticized as the girl kidnapped by outlaws usually is, but was still surprised at the inevitable, in retrospect direction that it took Emilia seems to be thedifficult character to like for many readers she sconventional, struggling against the traditional roles of women in high society, even while she loves fashion and dressmaking In some places the author uses major political events and drama to liven up her chapters But ultimately and perhaps surprisingly given her character at the beginning of the book I found her theadmirable of the two The flip side is that, while the most important supporting characters in each narrative are also well developed, thesecondary and minor characters seemed a bit flat, including those who shouldn t have been given the amount of page time they received Lindalva, Ponta Fina Still, I loved the nuances of the relationships between the characters And while writing style, as long as it s competent, is not my first priority in choosing what to read, I can say that the prose quality here is excellent The only thing I didn t much like about this book is its divergence from history for instance, it seems fairly obvious that Celestino Gomes is meant to represent Getulio Vargas, but why change the names at all It reminded me of Isabel Allende s work in that respect and a comparison to Allende is a huge compliment, even if refusing to include the real names of historical figures does annoy me in both cases Also, there s no excuse for not including a glossary at the end of the book Portuguese words pepper the text, and while most can be understood from context, it s standard practice to include translations and pronounciation help for readers unfamiliar with the language Ultimately, I both fully enjoyed and was impressed by this book an excellent combination I recommend it to aficionados of both historical and literary fiction


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The Seamstress ❮Read❯ ➳ The Seamstress ➶ Author Frances de Pontes Peebles – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk As seamstresses, the young sisters Em lia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, how to mend, and how to conceal These are useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons As seamstresses, the young sisters Em lia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, how to mend, and how to conceal These are useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons called colonels feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the cross fireEm lia, whose knowledge of the world comes from fashion magazines and romance novels, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big cityLuzia also longs to escape their little town, where residents view her with suspicion and pity Scarred by a childhood accident that left her with a deformed arm, the quick tempered Luzia finds her escape in sewing and in secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her lifeBut when Luzia is abducted by a group of cangaceiros led by the infamous Hawk, the sisters quiet lives diverge in ways they never imagined Em lia stumbles into marriage with Degas Coelho, the son of a doctor whose wealth is rivaled only by his political powerShe moves to the sprawling seaside city of Recife, where the glamour of her new life is soon overshadowed by heartache and loneliness Luzia, forced to trek through scrubland and endure a nomadic existence, proves her determination to survive and begins to see the cangaceiros as comrades, not criminalsIn Recife, Em lia must hide any connection to her increasingly notorious sister As she learns to navigate the treacherous waters of Brazilian high society, Em lia sees the country split apart after a bitter presidential election Political feuds extend to the countryside, where Luzia and the Hawk are forced to make unexpected alliances and endure betrayals that threaten to break the cangaceiros apart But Luzia will overcome time and distance to entrust her sister with a great secret one Em lia vows to keep And when Luzia s life is threatened, Em lia will risk everything to save herAn enthralling novel of love and courage, loyalty and adventure, that brings to life a faraway time and place, The Seamstress is impeccably drawn, rich in depth and vision, and heralds the arrival of a supremely talented new writer.

    Kindle Welcome to the Kindle ereader store in the cross fireEm lia, whose knowledge of the world comes from fashion magazines and romance novels, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big cityLuzia also longs to escape their little town, where residents view her with suspicion and pity Scarred by a childhood accident that left her with a deformed arm, the quick tempered Luzia finds her escape in sewing and in secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her lifeBut when Luzia is abducted by a group of cangaceiros led by the infamous Hawk, the sisters quiet lives diverge in ways they never imagined Em lia stumbles into marriage with Degas Coelho, the son of a doctor whose wealth is rivaled only by his political powerShe moves to the sprawling seaside city of Recife, where the glamour of her new life is soon overshadowed by heartache and loneliness Luzia, forced to trek through scrubland and endure a nomadic existence, proves her determination to survive and begins to see the cangaceiros as comrades, not criminalsIn Recife, Em lia must hide any connection to her increasingly notorious sister As she learns to navigate the treacherous waters of Brazilian high society, Em lia sees the country split apart after a bitter presidential election Political feuds extend to the countryside, where Luzia and the Hawk are forced to make unexpected alliances and endure betrayals that threaten to break the cangaceiros apart But Luzia will overcome time and distance to entrust her sister with a great secret one Em lia vows to keep And when Luzia s life is threatened, Em lia will risk everything to save herAn enthralling novel of love and courage, loyalty and adventure, that brings to life a faraway time and place, The Seamstress is impeccably drawn, rich in depth and vision, and heralds the arrival of a supremely talented new writer."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 656 pages
  • The Seamstress
  • Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • English
  • 23 May 2019
  • 0060738871

About the Author: Frances de Pontes Peebles

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