The Chilean author The Dancer and the Thief, , etc. In , Gen. Pinochet seized power in Chile and began The Days of the Rainbow. A novel based on the true story of how an advertising campaign caused the fall of Chile's dictator, General Pinochet Nico, the son of a noted Chilean philosophy professor, witnesses his father's arrest while he is teaching a class.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 19th by Planeta Publishing first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Apr 07, Hannah rated it really liked it Shelves: yo-hablo-espanol-maybe. Having to translate part of this into English for one of my classes probably biased me somewhat in this book's favor, but I think even despite that, I would have really enjoyed it.
The historical setting of this work is fascinating - after years and years of complete, bloody dictatorship in Chile, General Pinochet calls for a referendum for people to vote Yes or No for him to stay in power, and agrees to give a minute spot to the 'No' vote on TV.
In a climate where people who oppose the dicta Having to translate part of this into English for one of my classes probably biased me somewhat in this book's favor, but I think even despite that, I would have really enjoyed it. In a climate where people who oppose the dictatorship continue to mysteriously 'disappear,' the country's best publicist agrees to work for the 'No' vote, despite fearing for his safety and seeing the widespread resignation and hopelessness in the Chilean people.
The story of the publicist's daughter's boyfriend, Nico, whose father has recently 'disappeared,' entertwines with this one in alternating chapters, giving insight into how the younger generation views Chile and Pinochet. It is funny, though, to realize how many times he uses certain words or expressions - I'm not sure I would realize this if I were reading in my native language, but after seeing "solapa" for about the 50th time, I began wondering if Chilean cigarettes are insanely crumbly that people are wiping ashes off their lapels constantly Makes me wonder if that was intentional or some sort of interesting subconscious thing creeping in.
I continue to love his dialogue - it feels so natural, reveals his characters so well, and has these lovely touches of sentiment and wit.
My favorite moments of these have to be Patricia's "bag of cats" expression, Bettini's idea for the 'Yes' for Pinochet campaign Yo o el caos , and Olwyn's question to Bettini Would you prefer to work for the Yes vote? Magdalena driving back from the meeting with Fernandez and slamming on the breaks whenever she makes an important point is also hilarious. If I had to gripe about this book and I do , I would say that things start to unravel a bit when it comes to Bettini actually making the campaign.
There is definitely some hilarity there, but that point in the story started feeling a little weak and thin for me, as if some nice tension had been built up only to have nothing done with it, so when it comes to the fateful hour that Bettini y familia are waiting to watch the 'No' campaign, I'm reading about suspense much more than feeling it myself.
Wouldn't be him without it, I suppose. Fascinating, and alarming. How Pinochet was overthrown peacefully as a result of a referendum he called himself in the mistaken belief he was invicible is one of the strangest and most inspiring stories in world history. I was disappointed by the film Pablo Larrain devoted to these unique elections and the huge role the ad campaign played in reawakening hope within the demoralized Chilean population.
I don't care for Larrain's visual style with its faded colors and overexposed shots. I also found that he wasted far too mu How Pinochet was overthrown peacefully as a result of a referendum he called himself in the mistaken belief he was invicible is one of the strangest and most inspiring stories in world history. I also found that he wasted far too much time on boring and predictable subplots involving the domestic life of the central character, the one who imposes his vision of a "No" campaign based on irreverent humor and zany fun.
But at least he managed to convey the atmosphere of frenzy surrounding these incredible events, and the clash of ambitions between those who had absolutely no hope of winning and only wanted to use the opportunity to memorialize the dead and the disappeared, and the handful of people who wanted to have a real go at catching Pinochet at his own game.
One downside of the book is that you get almost nothing about the team work behind the "No" campaign and even less about how the different political factions united only by their desire to oust Pinochet took to the unconventional campaign they were forced to endorse because of the time factor. The love story between the daughter of the advertising agent and her boyfriend, whose father is arrested by the secret police in the first scene of the book, takes far too much space and adds nothing to the political plot.
View 2 comments. Aug 20, Mayra rated it really liked it. Finally, a historical fiction novel that displays what life was like after Pinochet took over in Chile. It's a must read! Aug 29, Elena rated it liked it Shelves: owned-books. Would be a 4 out of 5 stars if it wasn't for that unnecessary sex scene.
It felt really pushed. But it is an extremely good book for being a school read. Apr 16, Ellis Van Manen rated it liked it. My first book read in Spanish! So I'm super proud haha I really appreciated the writing of this book. It was easy to follow and it has short chapters. The way in which the road to a possible ending of a dictatorship in Chile is described, is very interesting. You follow a man from the No-campaign, a campaign that goes against the dictatorship in Chile.
While he is preparing the campaign and other characters are experiencing the result of living in a dictatorship, you get to understand it a lit My first book read in Spanish! While he is preparing the campaign and other characters are experiencing the result of living in a dictatorship, you get to understand it a little better. In Chilean President and General Augusto Pinochet, after a year dictatorship that began with the military coup which deposed then President Salvador Allende and in an attempt to legitimize his regime in the eyes of Western governments, called for a plebiscite.
Citizens of Chile would vote — Yes or No — to Pinochet. If you come to The Days of the Rainbow after seeing the film it might help manage expectations to know that the book and film not only stray from the historical record — they differ significantly from each other. The Days of the Rainbow the novel features two protagonists. He is middle-aged, happily married with an year old daughter.
At the beginning of the book Bettini is approached by representatives from both the Yes! He, of course, chooses the No! These disappearances had become so commonplace that his father who Nico refers to as Professor Santos as he is also his teacher had discussed the possibility with Nico — dividing it into two possible scenarios. The Baroque and Barbarian syllogisms. They help Bettini to understand that he needs to incorporate joy, laughter and even silliness for the No!
The Days of the Rainbow is a completely engaging novel, easy to get lost in. The prose, translated by Mery Botbol, is light and simple as is the story. Young love, silliness, good overcoming evil, hope — all of these are present. NO the film has an entirely different cast of characters. The daughter and Santos family are absent. He rides a skateboard, is a single father, and has an estranged wife who is repeatedly arrested for protesting against the Pinochet government.
While there are references to disappearances, no one attached to the main characters is made to disappear. The film focuses mostly on the marketing aspect of the No!
Different mediums require different formulas. For my full review please visit my blog BookSexy Review Easy to read, the novel highlights the overwhelming power held by the dictatorship and the fear of living underneath one, summed up perfectly in the end when view spoiler [Pinochet is peacefully voted out of office and Nico and his girlfriend Bettini are able to spend a romantic day together, free, in a way they never could have under the old regime.
The political information is very much in the background; as someone who didn't have a ton of background info on the topic, I wish some of those political nuances had been included to help readers sympathize with the difficulties Bettini's father experienced in getting this campaign running.
True story. The opposition was given a brief opportunity to campaign on TV against him. This novel follows the PR man out of a job for years as a Pinochet critic, jailed, beaten up who takes on the job of filming the "no" video.
There is an excellent movie and a play are based on this movie. It is well-written, touching as it follows the daughter, her boyfriend whose father is suddenly picked up and jailed.
Portrays the fear of those times, when no one knew who might be picked up, or why or when. A good reminder. Mar 15, Cooper Renner rated it really liked it. Set during , in the Pinochet years, when the people are offered the chance to vote No or Yes for a continuation of the dictator's rule. Focus alternates between a teenaged boy whose father, a teacher, is "disappeared" in the first chapter, and the boy's girlfriend's family, whose father is tasked with creating a minute TV spot to convince Chileans to vote NO.
A book about people who refuse to be broken. This novel switches between the perspective of a teenager and of the marketing person hired to take on the most daunting campaign of his career. Simple writing or simplified translation is very understated, leaving the book with muted sentiments about unspoken horrors.
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