An amazing memoir about an amazing woman's time in El Salvador during a terrible and deadly time. She says it's not a memoir, really, but is about the people she met in El Salvador, and especially the man who shows up at her house with his two daughters, having driven from El Salvador to meet her, and convinces her to fly to El Salvador as it heads toward civil war. Why would a young woman, a poet, go to such a dangerous place that she knows little about with a man she has just met? Why, indeed. This book is an honest answer.
One of the best books of 2019! Should be required reading by all citizens of the United States. This is an education in consciousness. "It was as if he had stood me squarely before the world, removed the blindfold, and ordered me to open my eyes." Thank you Carolyn Forche for writing a bold and beautiful book.
Teaching US history without covering its dark side is a disservice to our students. Studying history is better accomplished by reading and discussing the memoirs of those who lived it, and not the textbooks that result from it. Carolyn Forche's "What You Have Heard Is True" should be required reading when studying the US's role in El Salvador's civil war and what led to that devastating horror. "The government of the United States doesn't care about human rights until doing so means making money." (from WYHHIT) Forche, a poet witness, tells the raw story of how the US government helped El Salvador's military gut the people and the land. There is a message here for today.
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