"This book is well written, informative and entertaining, with a touch of magical realism courtesy of some enlightening dream sequences. Beautiful photographs throughout the book, along with helpful maps, glossaries, and character lists, make this an enjoyable and informative read. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Isabel Allende, or historical family sagas."
Jenni L., Reviewer – United States
"The story is well built, and the use of the historical snippets add to, rather than distract from it. It is obvious that this has long been a labour of love, with great attention to detail. Amorim has also created a story dynamic enough, yet focused enough, to hold the readers’ interest, despite the abundance of people and events."
Deborah M., Reviewer – Israel
"The characters were so well-developed and realistic – I sometimes felt that I was reading about real people instead of fictional ones. All of the characters are flawed in some way, as real people are, and I became so engaged with them that I experienced real emotions of anger, hate, disappointment, sadness, and joy right along with the characters."
Kimberly K., Reviewer – United States
"The way the author makes the characters come alive and make you feel as if you were a part of their lives was brilliant."
Andrea B., Reviewer – United Kingdom
"Poignant and full of heart felt characters, it left me heart broken and wanting more. Izai Amorim knows how to write a strong female character that demands more of its readers! A fantastic read!"
Brandy-Lee M., Reviewer – Canada
"The characterisations in this story were superb and I could truly empathise with some of the female characters. They were strong, driven and powerful. They put up with a lot and were the back bones of their families."
Clara C., Educator – Ireland
"The highlight of Liberty Farm for me was the female characters. Helena is a damn rock, and she's a saint for putting up with what she put up with. The interweaving of women's reproductive rights in the book was glorious and I wanted more of that story angle."
Abby N., Reviewer – United States
"As usual, Izai does a great job with the characters in this book! I was rooting for a few and despising a few of them."
James L., Reviewer – United States
"The writing was great. Loved the story. My head is still immersed in the story and thinking about those powerful characters."
Dawa D., Reviewer – India
"The author brilliantly shows how the female characters struggle for their right to self-determination in a male-dominated society. The book transcends geography and time: this could be any patriarchal family, anywhere."
Mary W., Reviewer – United States
"The plot is fascinating and the characters well developed and come across as human and real."
Jane T., Reviewer – Canada
"The family dynamics, the changes in social mores, aspects of agriculture, economics and education – the book covers so many aspects of Brazilian life with short separate chapters keeping readers updated on political events. It’s a really compelling novel about some truly memorable characters, and as a bonus I learnt a lot about Brazil as I followed their stories."
Mandy J, Reviewer – United Kingdom
"The book is well written and I felt as if I got to know most of the main characters considerably well. I got frustrated with the patriarchy and misogyny throughout, but those were necessary elements, without which the narrative wouldn’t be true to life."
Lesa T, Educator – United States
"Both a great reading experience and a great learning experience. Anchoring the novel is the touch of magical realism, 'a love black hole,' and the minimalist writing style echos that of Cather and Hemingway."
Carol M., Reviewer – United States
"The setting – a harsh, arid region of northeastern Brazil – is very different from what most people associate with a country famous for its beaches and rainforest, which makes for a very interesting backdrop for the changes that take place over the decades. Running parallel to the family drama is Brazil's own growing pains as it becomes fully industrialized and goes through a series of authoritarian regimes, some more repressive than others."
Aurelia D., Reviewer – Canada
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