Mar 15, 2011

The Year I Fell in Love and ....:by Deb Olin Unferth

Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War
Teaser Tuesdays asks you to choose two sentences at random from your current read. Identify the author and title for readers.

"What are you doing in El Salvador?"
"Turismo," I said. (I'd been told that if a soldier points a gun at you, you should always say "turismo.")  p. 20

Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War
 by Deb Olin Unferth
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (February 1, 2011)
Genre: travel, memoir

Goodreads book description: "Deb Olin Unferth offers a new twist on the coming-of-age memoir in this utterly unique and captivating story of the year she ran away from college with her Christian boyfriend and followed him to Nicaragua to join the Sandinistas.

Despite their earnest commitment to a myriad of revolutionary causes and to each other, the couple find themselves unwanted, unhelpful, and unprepared as they bop around Central America, looking for "revolution jobs." The year is 1987, a turning point in the Cold War. The East-West balance has begun to tip, although the world doesn't know it yet, especially not Unferth and her fiancé (he proposes on a roadside in El Salvador). The months wear on and cracks begin to form in their relationship: they get fired, they get sick, they run out of money, they grow disillusioned with the revolution and each other. But years later the trip remains fixed in her mind and she finally goes back to Nicaragua to try to make sense of it all. Unferth's heartbreaking and hilarious memoir perfectly captures the youthful search for meaning, and is an absorbing rumination on what happens to a country and its people after the revolution is over."


gautami tripathy said...

I like the sound of it. I will check it out!

Here is my Teaser Tuesday: Therapy by Sedastian Fitzek post!

jlshall said...

Great teaser! Sounds like good advice. And the book sounds like a good one, too.

Here's my tease.

Lindsay said...

Hope that magic word works...especially with the gun and all! lol

Happy TT!

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

That sounds like an interesting book!

Darlene said...

Good teaser - sounds like an interesting read as well.

kayerj said...

It's good he knew what to say. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Aimee said...

Great teaser! This sounds really interesting! Thanks for stopping by today!

Aimee @ Coffee Table Press

fredamans said...

I'd say keep it zipped is a better choice... LOL

Margot said...

Now I'm wondering what turismo means. Good teaser.

Our group's teasers are here: Quirky Girls Read

Staci said...

I'd probably forget the word that I'm supposed to say and faint!

Yvonne said...

Interesting teaser. Sounds good.

Ann Summerville said...

Great choice. That sentence paints a vivid picture. Speaking of pictures - love the one of Harvey.

Dorte H said...


I must remember that whenever I am in a fix :D

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