Guernica by Dave Boling

About the book

In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself in conflict with the Spanish Civil Guard and flees the Basque fishing village of Lekeitio to make a new start in Guernica, the centre of Basque culture and tradition. Once there, he finds more than just a new life – he finds someone to live for. Miren Ansotegui is the charismatic and graceful dancer he meets and the two discover a love they believe nothing can destroy . . .

Reviewed by Stubbington Book Buddies:

Generally found it engaging and promoted much discussion. Felt it conveyed a strong sense of Basque culture, history, family values and loss.

Star rating: ***

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5 thoughts on “Guernica by Dave Boling”

  1. Review by Museum Book Group:
    This book was enjoyed by all the group. Interesting characters and story lines based on the happenings in and around Guernica between 1893 and 1940. We gained a good picture of the Basque country and their struggle for independence from the Franco regime.
    Star rating: ****


  2. Review by Sandy’s Reading Group
    Very informative without being didactic; a dark story so we forgave the slightly unbelievable ending as it gave a redemptive nuance. Touches of humour were welcome. Characters were well drawn and sympathetic. We all enjoyed it.
    Rating: ****


  3. Review by Waterside Phoenix Reading Group
    An excellent book, well written and constructed, providing an interesting picture of a much neglected group of Europeans and the under-reported effects of the Spanish civil war.
    Star rating: ****


  4. Review by Monks Brook U3A Reading Group
    Group had varied opinions. Half of us thoroughly enjoyed it, others thought it was poorly constructed and the ending contrived. We all were very interested in the Spanish civil Was as a result of the book. Characters were well drawn.
    Star rating: ***


  5. The book was enjoyed by the majority of the group. The ending was contrived and the Basque way of life, a little idealised but this could be forgiven as the bombing of Guernica was dealt with very well. It gave plenty to discuss.


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