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Añoles se alzan en los montes de Granada contra los cristianos y emprenden una lucha desigual Entre los sublevados está Hernando hijo de una morisca y del sacerdote ue la había violado; ello hace ue sea rechazado tanto por los suyos debido a su origen como por los cristianos por la cultura y costumbres de su madre Hernando busca libertad y respeto pero se encuentra con la brutalidad de unos y otros También descubre el amor en la persona de la valerosa Fátima la de los hermosos ojos negrosTras la derrota de la insurrección Hernando e I actually hadn t reached the 400 pages when I gave up It s not that I hated it it s just that it was sooooo boring and soooo long It made me give up reading a book which I hadn t done for I guess than a decade I have so many nice books in my To Read shelf I couldn t bear to continue putting them off in exchange for this While I appreciate all the research that went into this book and I actually managed to learn something about the lives of Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula before they were either assimilated or kicked out the characters felt terribly basic The bad guys are really just bad the good guys are perfect and never make mistakes the author writes about each nuance of their feelings leaving nothing for the reader to figure out The main character is like a martyr and everything happens to him it s just too much I felt I was being force fed what to think I believe the book is very accurate historically with all the details about the culture and lifestyle of those times but I had no interest in knowing what was going to happen I m sorry but I give up Maybe later in my life I ll try getting back to this For now let s move on

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La apasionante historia de un joven atrapado entre dos religiones y dos as en busca de su libertad y la de su puebloEspaña segunda mitad del siglo XVI hace más de medio siglo ue ha desaparecido el último reino musulmán de la península el de Granada Los musulmanes cuya presencia tenía ochocientos años de antigüedad se ven convertidos en una minoría oprimida económicamente y humillada en sus costumbres y religión ue incluso son obligados a abandonarHartos de tanta injusticia los moriscos ue es como se llamaba a los musulmanes esp I had to stop at one third of the book It wasn t really because the book is bad but I just couldn t go on reading it because it s somehow made me feel sad and depressed The main character in this book had so many bad things happened to him and I felt after 300 pages the book is about 900 pages I just couldn t take it any I m sorry but I d rather read books that made me feel hopeful It s just a matter of preferenceWhat I liked about this book is the detail on 15th century Spain The setting felt real the characters vivid which was most likely the reason why I felt so emotionally attached to it What bothers me a little though is when the author describes the Moslem characters It felt like of someone from the outside looking at Moslems which probably is the case but the main character was a moslem boy Somehow it failed to describe the soul of the faith There wasn t anything incorrect about it it s just felt like someone who never eat orange described the taste of the fruitYes I know writers aren t supposed to only write the things they re familiar with But this author write with such realness of the 15th century Spain I just wished he d get the feel of faith as well

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S deportado a la ciudad de Córdoba la hermosa ciudad ue aún conserva el legado de su pasado árabe En ella Hernando intenta comenzar una nueva vida ue será una nueva etapa en la lucha por la tolerancia y la concordia entre las dos culturasEl autor de La catedral del mar vuelve con una trepidante novela con las mismas claves ue llevaron al éxito a la primera fidelidad histórica entrecruzada con un conmovedor relato de amor y odio de ilusiones perdidas y esperanzas ue dan sentido a la vida y la lanzan por los caminos de la aventuraless I am speechless Utterly and absolutely at loss for words I feel like this book was a missing piece in my life Might sound a bit overrated but let me explain The historical accuracy and intricacy that Falcones uses while writing this book is astounding I couldn t help but keep interrupting my reading to look deeply into the events and laws and figures and architecture he presented interwoven into the story The story encouraged me to embark on a journey to reach a deep understanding of the history of the Iberian peninsula As a Finnish person our history lessons only touch the surface of Spanish history if we don t take the exploration of the New World into account and that surface is not enough So few know about the 800 year long rule of Muslims in Spain and even less realize how much it has affected the modern Spanish culture The story itself and the lives of the characters aligned themselves with the events beginning from the Morisco rebellion or war of Alpujarra in 1570s all the way to their mass expulsion in 1610 Without spoiling the story for you upon finishing the book I was left with these heart wrenching uestions to wonder For how long will we continue to watch and allow xenophobia big and small scale to destroy us our lands cultures and families How long will it take for us to understand that history will and does repeat itself if we keep sticking to our pride and ignorance What happened in Spain was and is not new to the world not to the east nor west But a division that strong that destructive is worth studying and pondering over so as to never ever repeat it Hernando Fatima Hamid Rafaela and many others broke my heart but will never also leave it They taught me the importance of clinging to your true self beliefs and identity in the face of the harshest persecution possible PS for those who complain of the length of the book about 1000 pages as being unnecessary I disagee How can you fit over 40 years of history including the explanation of the context into any less than that without being shallow and not true to the real events


10 thoughts on “La mano de Fátima

  1. says:

    I had to stop at one third of the book It wasn't really because the book is bad but I just couldn't go on reading it because it's somehow made me feel sad and depressed The main character in this book had so many bad things happened to him and I felt after 300 pages the book is about 900 pages I just couldn't take it any I'm sorry

  2. says:

    A very long and sad novel but with freuent changes of alternating fortune It follows very closely the historical facts of the tragedy of the Moriscos between 1568 and 1612 including the odd forgeries of the Sacromonte affair an atte

  3. says:

    ABsolutely fantastic Historical Fiction great characters rich and credible The story behind Muslim persecution in Spain in the 1500's and 1600's A must read in this time of Muslim unrest

  4. says:

    Wow It was almost a pain to read this book I wonder if the author couldn't have written it in half the pages the message would be there and we would still understand how rough it was for those people in those timesI'm only giving it 3 stars because I found this book a little too tiresome than expected Interesting yes but when I reached the 600th page I was so tired of the book that I seriously though of putting it aside Honestl

  5. says:

    That book astounded me I was bored reading it at first with its 900 pages but as the events kept on escalating I just fell in love with it It introduced me to a part of the Islamic history that I know a little off A piece

  6. says:

    I actually hadn't reached the 400 pages when I gave up It's not that I hated it it's just that it was sooooo boring and soooo long It made me give up reading a book which I hadn't done for I guess than a decade I have so many nice books in my To Read shelf I couldn't bear to continue putting them off in exchange for this While I appreciate al

  7. says:

    I was back back in a tale that was going to engross me and take me over where I would feel every twist and turn in the fate of the protagonist The young bastard of a muslim girl who was was raped by a Catholic Priest is that protagonist Shunned by both of the warring religions in Catholic Spain Hernando is loved by his mother Aisha but despis

  8. says:

    I am speechless Utterly and absolutely at loss for words I feel like this book was a missing piece in my life Might sound a bit overrated but let me explain The historical accuracy and intricacy that Falcones uses while writing this book is astounding I couldn't help but keep interrupting my reading to look deeply into the events and laws and figures and architecture he presented interwoven into the story The story encouraged me

  9. says:

    A definite 5 stars from me It has to be one of the most thoroughly researched and detailed account of the Moriscos new Christians or Muslim converts set in 16th century Spain I was taken into a world where a defeated Muslim community

  10. says:

    Enjoyable long read even if sometimes I felt the events were a bit too crow bar just as a way of advancing the plot and giving Hernando and his family yet suffering The translation into English is very well done sometimes translated books feel clunky but the translation here is smooth and easy The story bounces along and it's the kind of b

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