Book Review of "Hear My Testimony"
By Maria Teresa Tula
This is probably one of the most moving books I have ever read in my life. It is basically a narrative story of the life of an El Salvadorian women named: Maria Teresa Tula. Maria is a wonderful storyteller and the fact the she is describing her own real life experiences greatly add to the impact of the book. Most of the chapters in the book are just her telling about her life. She was born a very poor and sickly child, growing up with her mother and grandmother, after her mother had left her abusive husband. This was only the beginning of a very rough and trying life that she would face. She went on to describe her childhood, how other Salvadorian women were treated and
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To me the most poignant aspect of this book is the fact that it is told and written as a true account. The fact is, that when you read this book you feel like you are listening to your own aunt or godmother tell a story. This book was incredibly fascinating and took me only two days to read in spite of my busy schedule due to the fact that I could not put it down. This book really draws you in and that is what really appealed to me about this book. Not to mention, all of the true and moving facts that were reviled. I think it's really important that books like this are required material for college student, especially in the United States where many people are unaware of the true political situations in other countries. I think that a lot of times History can be an easy subject to detach ones self from. It is easy to see things that happened in the world's history and view it as something far for your own reality. I feel that the beauty of this book really lies in its ability to really to capture the readers mind and expose it fully to such a raw and relevant reality.
Through the real life experiences of this amazing and courageous women people are able to really truly identify with the imaginable struggles that those living in oppressed third world countries deal with on a daily basis. This book brings a real human voice to all the