PAQUITA by Robert Raynolds

PAQUITA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mildly picaresque, romantic and contemporary adventures of royalist-born Paquita, whose early desire to become a nun is contested by her father and her wily grandmother, and by her own 17 year old hearb. A Mexico of 1809, the undercurrents of revolution against a tyrannical Spain, the element of change, these are the drops against which Paquita's ornamental adventures are set. There is her dedication to the Church which, in turning against Father Duero, confuses her, particularly when she has determined to be only a sister to soldier of Spain, Captain Manuel Gallegos, is especially attracted to an Indian revolutionary, Ramon. Through a series of pre- and Revolutionary incidents, Paquita learns her own mind, and is able to compromise between her heart and her conscience. A soothing blend of mannered, period pomp and circumstance, that contrasts romantic felicity and ocunterpotent hatred, that argues for the ignorant, and oppressed while fingering the trappings of high, diverting social comedy. Special.

Pub Date: May 16th, 1947
Publisher: Putnam