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The Fountains of Silence (2019)

av Ruta Sepetys

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At the Castellana Hilton in 1957 Madrid, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson connects with Ana Moreno through photography and fate as Daniel discovers the incredibly dark side of the city under Generalissimo Franco's rule.
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“Thousands of babies were stolen from their parents during the Franco dictatorship in Spain, but the story was suppressed for decades…
Between 1939 and the late 1980s, it is alleged that over 300,000 babies were stolen from birth mothers and sold into adoption.”

The setting is Madrid, 1957. General Franco’s fascist regime still rules with an iron fist. Eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, is staying at the Hyatt, with his parents. There he meets Ana, a teenage hotel worker, who is assigned to his family. As their friendship grows, the story of Ana’s family begins to unfold and dark secrets are revealed. I knew very little about Spain in these post-war years and this wonderfully researched novel filled me in. The author is such a good storyteller and despite it’s 500 page length, the novel read very quickly. Top-notch historical fiction. ( )
  msf59 | Jul 9, 2024 |
During dictator Franco’s reign in Spain, life was extraordinarily hard for average citizens but especially those whose parents fought on the “wrong side” during the Spanish Civil War. It’s the 1950s, and along comes a Texas teen Dan whose dad wants to enter the oil business with Franco. But Dan has a huge heart and empathy and falls for a hotel maid. We learn her family’s stories through various family members and friends and they are heart-breaking. This author writes brilliant books. I’ve loved them all and this one is just as good. Highly highly recommended especially about very recent events that unbelievably continued to occur into the 1980s. ( )
  KarenMonsen | Jun 5, 2024 |
NB: Set in Franco's Madrid, Spain.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 11, 2024 |
This is set in the 1950’s about twenty years after Generalissimo Franco’s rule began in Spain. Franco is beginning to allow business with other countries.

Daniel, is the son of a rich Texas oilman. His father hopes to make oil deals which will enrich both his business and Franco. He has traveled to Madrid with his family to meet the dictator in person. Daniel has no interest in the oil company and plans to be a photojournalist. Although he has been cautioned about taking photographs in Franco’s Spain, he does so, capturing images that the dictator’s strong men are not happy to see, including a nun carrying a dead baby.

Daniel is intrigued by Ana, a maid at the hotel. Her parents were both anti-Franco republicans, killed during the revolution. Lke other offspring and relatives of those who fought Franco, Ana's family are still paying the price.

This is a vivid picture of Spain under Franco’s dictatorship: there are many orphaned children of the anti-Franco movement, who, denied education and opportunity, have no path to better themselves. A friend of Ana’s brother, an orphan who sleeps on the streets, takes up the path of bullfighting as a means to escape his situation.

But the true story here is the continuing mystery of thousands of children who disappear from those who fought against Franco.

There is also a strong romantic story in this novel, too, which does give it more YA tones than the others I have read by this author.

Once again Sepetys has produced strong research and an unforgettable story. ( )
  streamsong | Mar 18, 2024 |
The main action in this historical fiction takes place in the late 1950s in and around Madrid, Spain, about two decades into Generallisimo Francisco Franco's brutal regime. The novel is part love story and part expose of the horrors inflicted on dissidents and their families: murdering anyone who opposes the repressive regime, crushing dissent, burying the truth, and stealing the children of Republicans and selling them for adoption to people loyal to the regime. The story, which is beautifully told, is interspersed with excepts of diplomatic reports, letters, and news stories from the time. The writing is strong, with some beautiful phrasing in places: e.g., “A waiter appears and discreetly slides an ashtray under Ben’s hand, forecasting the gray snowfall from his cigarette.” Or: “Fortune. Born into, unearned. The mute accomplice of fate that determines futures and carves lines to divide.” Well-drawn characters, mystery, and tension round out this excellent work. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
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