3 out of 4 stars
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In Carlos Gardel-Volver (to return) by Frederica Pratter, Berthe Marie Gardes, a poor young girl, lived with her mother in the city of Toulouse. Their financial status caused her to work as a presser in a laundry shop when she was ten. As she matured into a young woman, Berthe became close with Paul Lasserre, whose mother owned the laundry shop. Berthe became pregnant, to the shame of her family. Choosing to deal with the stigma of being unwed and pregnant, Berthe refused Paul's marriage proposal. With her baby boy, Carlos, Berthe moved to Buenos Aires to meet with her friend Anais Beaux. The book was about the young boy's life and his long road toward turning his passion into something more. Carlos was unaware of what fate had in store for him, even though he had a hunch.
With simple language, the author rendered this story in an intriguing way designed to capture and retain readers' attention while telling the story of Carlos Gardel. The story was a heartwarming one that many readers would relate to because of the journey it reflected. In a way, the main character's journey was representative of our journey here on earth — our quests for purpose and finding our place in the world.
The characters were alive and real. They were people that can be found around us — the poverty-stricken children that had to fend for themselves early in life, the ambitious artist hoping for a break, the gangsters, and the loving mother willing to go to great lengths for her child. It was from these familiar figures that this book took its authenticity. Carlos' character was an enigma. His story was one of a disadvantaged life but also one of passion and determination. His character had an underlying stubbornness that drove him to pursue his passion. This could be instructive for many readers. Carlos was a character that could be an image to be aspired to because of his kind nature and willingness to help others. He was the kind of person who, despite his poor background, was driven to buy breakfast for a prostitute.
This story was an inspiring one. It was also insightful in painting a picture of what it looked like to be less privileged. Carlos' background, the violence, and the gangsterism that they had to face and survive would arouse sympathy for those living the reality. In this light, the book had an emotional feel to it. Also, a blend of carefreeness and joy made this book a beauty.
I loved this book and couldn't find anything to dislike in the content. I'd recommend it to readers interested in stories with a historical undertone. Unfortunately, I’d rate Carlos Gardel-Volver (to return) three out of four stars because of the number of errors.
Carlos Gardel-Volver (to return)
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