Bernardo and the Virgin (Latino Voices) by Silvio Sirias

By Silvio Sirias

In 1980, with the Sandinistas newly in strength, tailor and pig farmer Bernardo Martinez witnesses a unprecedented factor: an otherworldly glow concerning the statue of the Virgin Mary within the church the place he works as sacrist?n. quickly the Holy Virgin seems to be. She tells Bernardo to disregard his funds difficulties and worry of ridicule and unfold her message of peace and religion to his buddies. even though a piece of fiction, Bernardo and the Virgin relies on genuine occasions in Bernardo Martinez's lifestyles. The visitation of the Virgin Mary at Cuapa, Nicaragua, continues to be one of many few such occasions authorized by way of the Roman Catholic Church within the final sixty years.Silvio Sirias' sweeping novel tells many tales: that of a humble guy touched through the transcendent; that very same guy as a religious boy denied the priesthood as a result of poverty; and people in his orbit, earlier and current. it's also the stormy epic of Nicaragua in the course of the lengthy Somoza years to the Sandinista revolution. Sirias' attractive language mixes English with Spanish and info of dusty village lifestyles with wondrous photographs of Catholic mysticism. His portrayal of the wealthy contemporary prior of principal the USA resonates with the reviews of either the natives and the thriving groups of Nicaraguans, Salvadorans, and others placing down roots within the usa.

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The young and impetuous priest insulted Somoza one time too many from the pulpit. The double-sobrino had the bishop’s ear, and less than a year after being ordained, Padre Orlando found himself doing hard time in Chontales. Fifteen long years! His sentence, Bendito sea el Señor, had finally come to an end. The road back to civilization beckoned. Padre Orlando was aware that he tended to exaggerate. Not everything in Chontales was all that bad. He had come to love the landscape. The stark lines of la Sierra de Amerrisque, its ragged edges looking like a row of crocodile’s teeth, sometimes radiated a comforting blue light, a serene glow that seemed sacred.

But it’s too late. He’s stuck between my teeth. February 10, Feast of Santa Escolástica As usual, our history class was interesting. Although none of the other girls really like Sor Julieta—because she is so tall, stern looking, and scary—she’s my favorite teacher, and history is my favorite subject. Today she talked about Harry Truman’s reelection as president of los Estados Unidos de América. “We can learn something from los gringos,” la monja said. As a class, we had been following the elections closely, and we really expected el Señor Truman to lose.

One was very attractive, manly. The perspiration that soaked through his shirt gave off an aroma that left my older schoolmates trembling. At least that’s what they said. The other brother, although also handsome, looked unbearably sad, and the scent of white lilies seemed to come out of every pore of his body. The first one—the really sexy one—spoke so seductively that the girls who answered the door later claimed that their entire beings shivered with desire the moment he started talking. By the time las monjas discovered what was going on, the older students had formed a pressing circle around the men.

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