Posted by: koolwine | July 24, 2010

El Salvador: Bitter Grounds

Country: El Salvador

Local Name: El Salvador
In the 16th century, when Spanish explorers first arrived, they christened the area Provincia De Nuestro Señor Jesus Cristo, El Salvador Del Mundo (translation: Province of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World).  The name has since been abbreviated to El Salvador, or “The Savior.”

El Salvador is also known as the “Tom Thumb of the Americas” for being the smallest country located in the continental Americas.

Title: Bitter Grounds

Author: Sandra Benítez (Salvadoran-American)

Published: 1997   Pages: 464

Acclaim: Winner of the American Book Award

Time Period: 1932 – 1977

Summary: Traces three generations of two Salvadoran families: the upper class Contreras and their native servants, the Prietos.  Romance, tragedy and Salvadoran history leapfrog each other for attention.

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  1. Maybe you should read a second book about this country – there’s got to be more to it than a horrible civil war and a soap opera.


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