The Queen of Water

Resau, Laura

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Queen of Water
A child in Ecuador is sent to be the servant of a rich mestizo family where she is mistreated. She teaches herself to read and write and escapes, but she is lost between two cultures. Based on a true story.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0385738978
Characteristics: 352 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Farinango, Maria Virginia


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Jul 23, 2014

Very good book. I had no idea about this conflict until I read it. It will definitely make you rethink your "slavery does not exist today" standpoint.

Jul 28, 2013
  • seamar rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting book to read if you plan to travel to Ecuador, shedding light on some of the complexities of the cultural and class relationships. Good story and nicely written.

Jun 15, 2012
  • BPLNextBestTeens rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Queen of Water is a beautiful story of human strength and the search for identity. Living in an impoverished Andean village in Ecuador, at the age of seven Virginia is sold by her family to an upper class mestizo (people of Spanish descent) couple. Virginia struggles with her new life as their servant and becomes trapped in the cycle of an abusive relationship: she suffers verbal and physical abuse yet cannot help but become enamored with the couple’s rich lifestyle and entranced by moments of their praise.

Though it is difficult to read about Virginia’s dire situation, the reader is uplifted by Virginia’s strength and power. Virginia is not a person to let anything or anyone stand in her way.

Based on the true story of Maria Virginia Farinango’s childhood and adolescence, Resau’s rich imagery and eloquent phrasing make for a very compelling read.

Mar 31, 2011
  • lisajenn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel, inspired by the co-author's own childhood, is a must-read. It tells the story of Virginia, an indigenous girl in Ecuador, who is severed from her family and her roots yet manages to achieve amazing things and reclaim her identity. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once.


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