Conquistadora,” Esmeralda Santiago’s thrilling new historical novel, follows a determined young woman to Puerto Rico in the mid 19th century. Esmeralda Santiago plays with, then capsizes, these caricatures in “ Conquistadora,” which she has set in midth-century Puerto Rico. Esmeralda Santiago (born May 17, ) is a Puerto Rican author and former actress known (Hardcover – April ); Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiage (Author) ()(review, Washington Post, 30 Jy , C-1); El sueño de América.

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However, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about Puerto Rican life during the s. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

She tried to have the life she wanted for herself and to live it without caring about the consequences but it was almost like she was being punished for it by all the losses in her life In some of the reviews I have read criticism of the characters not being likable.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Not to my liking but does have some good bits about mi isla. Like the conquistadores, Ana does whatever she has to do to achieve her goals, even if it means that others suffer. I stepped upon the cobblestones of Trinidad, Cuba, a ninteenth century town built from sugar production, its center so well preserved that it has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

Retrieved from ” https: Someday Puerto Rico will have a great historical novel about independence, Betances, and the migration to Puerto Rico. In the beginning of one chapter, you want Ana to be successful, yet on another page, you’re introduced to the quiet, yet beautifully talented Jose, woodworker extraordinaire, and you’re forced to imagine what marvels he’d be able to create if he were completely to own his artistic skills and his time, let alone his body.


A young woman determined to escape the narrow expectations of her class and succeeds. She has designed and developed community-based programs for adolescents, and was a founder of a shelter for battered women and their children. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Nov 04, Margaretanne rated it liked it Shelves: We both knew that the right words on a page can change a life.

Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago

But about half way through the book, the author more or less left those plots behind and foc I thought I would like this book better than I did. Feb 21, Megan Knippenberg rated it liked it. Hardcoverpages. Jul 12, Pages. The book examines these ideas and presents a wonderful story in the form of historical novel.

Santiago was hailed as “a welcome new voice, full of passion and authority,” by The Washington Post Book World. And there’s the rub.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At the same time, what esmerada feelings pricked at the edge of their conscience were tempered by the urgent need to realize a gain on their investment in brazos for the fields. Upon arriving in Puerto Rico, Ana and the twins learn that the farm has been neglected.


I thought I knew the island where I was santiaago, but placing myself in a different time with my invented ancestors gave me a fuller understanding of my own history. You know those books that, from the first paragraph, you’re not sure if you’ll finish? I spent a couple of months in San Juan back in the mids. Even the cold Conquistadora, Ana, is at times compelling, at least until she flattens after santiagoo deaths of her twin lovers.

She was a woman in the ‘s living in a man’s world and what a I loved this book, albeit very long! On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend this book for the story. At the same time, the United States is in the midst of the Civil War over its slaves. A grand achievement from one of our finest writers. I wanted to find conquistaadora how the abolition of slaves in the United States, the subsequent Civil War, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln could esmeralad direct consequences on the people of Puerto Rico.

Esmeralda Santiago

Santiago tried to fit so much in and didn’t focus enough, some storylines went undeveloped. Ana carefully chooses Ramon to be her husband. I’d give it 2.

What follows is a thorough history of Puerto Rico, a good story filled with struggles, triumphs, love, and loss.