This novel tells the story of Carlota, a young gypsy and an indomitable spirit who is forced to learn to live outside her village during World War II. Her free spirit is reflected and defined in the way she lives her life. She does not accept defeat and nothing can stop her as she takes life head on. The passage of her that savors and captivates in femininity is full of passion, sadness, humor, intrigue, trials, triumph and love. Come join the Carlota & her Clan on their adventures. With many unseen truths and messages., we have to open our mind and soul to another way of perceiving reality; to understand only if we are ready to do so. This is a novel that opens itself in unsuspected channels of understanding
Romance, adventure, intrigue, suspense.
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"With her novel "Echoes of My Clan," Rocio Vargas Herrera has been able to clarify many of the doubts regarding the sentiments of the Gypsies and their way of thinking. Her lithe, articulate, and easy reading takes us by the hand through the experiences and sufferings of the main character: first as a child, who must live in the world of the whites or non-gypsy, and as an adult, during the terrifying days of the Second World War, including the repressive Franco era in Spain. Her indomitable character and sense of responsibility shape her way and catches us from the beginning. It's an interesting novel, dynamic, entertaining, and a worthwhile read." …August 2015
An eye opening story, one that reveals the rich, full of values and often misunderstood, tradition of the Spanish Gypsys.Rocío Vargas, with an assertive prose, makes us experiment the incredible life of Carlota, a girl who takes every opportunity given to her, to acquire a better education and to break all the paradigms by which the Gypsys were (and are) judged. Beautiful people surround this girl, and she differentiates herself since youth, making her tackle life with open optimism. This jump start of her existence determines her decisions and actions in the future.Rocío makes us feel empathic with Carlota and her clans, even though it seems, at times, that these families live and act with equal prejudices towards those who aren’t Gypsys. It is up to the reader to decide if and why these prejudices oblige some actions from the part of family and elders of the clans that could be deemed unjust. One thing is sure, the author plays with our set of ethical standards and makes us open our minds towards better understanding of these intriguing and powerful people.
The plot, itself, is wonderfully structured. It takes us through a difficult period of Europe’s modern history and specially tough for Spain.. In all this chaos, the vulnerability of the Gypsys is augmented and throughout the novel we can see how they are subjected to many ordeals. Carlota is a superb character that navigates with courage through the turmoil. This novel, that is written with zest and passion, as if Carlota took hold of Rocío’s pen and spirit, can stir our emotions with the deepest sorrows but also elevate our mood to sweet heights….April 2019