TOMORROW IS MANANA by Shirley Dane

TOMORROW IS MANANA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An episode of discovery -- this journal of living in an Andalusian village reports not only on an Australian family's response to new experiences but also on the incidents that enlightened them about their new neighbors. The author, a writer, and her husband, an artist, and their two sons, Michael 8 and Christopher 7, finally find the house they want in Pueblo, kept in poverty by the diminishing returns of the fishermen and in subjugation by the power of Franco's national and local police and the parish priest. Here, in a fixed and rigid society which revolves around religious events, performances by touring circuses and theatrical groups, and village births, marriages and deaths, these foreigners are caught up in next door and community happenings, in the lives of the teacher, the flamenco shoe-shiner and his young, unwed, wife, the families and old maids, the young romances, the wheel of fetes and processions and holy days, and the stream of strolling players. Towering above everything is the formidable, indomitable, unleashed Hermosa, their cook and interpreter, their champion and their strident enemy, who helps to make their stay memorable. A living with -- instead of among -- unfamiliar people, this reflects a pleasant susceptibility and a lively interest that brings to life a tiny section of Andalusia.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1958
Publisher: Morrow