Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Disappeared - book review

The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan (Dial)

Argentina, like many South American countries has had much governmental unrest. "The Disappeared" is an account of one family during the turmoil of 1977 when armed juntas snatched protesting citizens, jailed and tortured them. In this story, told in alternating chapters by a sister and her brother, a young man is jailed and his sister schemes to have him released by feigning attention to the General's son. She, too, is jailed but when their doctor father saves the life of the General, the family is free, are spirited out of Argentina, exiled to Spain. Whelan notes that hundreds of Desaparedicos were never returned and have never been heard of again. (for readers 12 and up)