The Lightning Dreamer

Margarita Engle‘s biographical and historical novel-in-verse (it is a fictionalized account of the young lightning-notableGertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda) dives into the heart and soul of a young poet who is not allowed to read books because “girls who read too much are unladylike”. Tula (Gertrudis’s childhood nickname) narrates the majority of the poems, but there are a few from her brother, Manuel, and Sab, the boy she loves but who doesn’t love her back. Others that give a perspective poem here and there include The Orphans who Tula puts on plays for; The Nuns, who allow Tula to read anything she wants; Caridad, who runs away to Havana because of the strength she gains by listening to Tula’s poems and plays; and Mamá, who is Tula’s main antagonist.

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist illuminates Cuban history from 1827 to 1836 via an intensely personal experience, and Engle’s poems offer the beauty of insight.

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