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Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and their Journey par [Fonseca, Isabel]
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They travel endlessly and seem to appear almost everywhere, yet they are the world's most mysterious people: Gypsies. Isabel Fonseca has done the impossible, entering into their world, living and traveling with Gypsies during several long trips to Eastern Europe, and she has brought back an insightful, highly personal, and very readable account of who the Gypsies are and how they live. The Gypsies have a legendary aversion to "gadje," or outsiders, but Fonseca has lifted the curtain and written gracefully about their lives on the edge of society.

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In numerous visits to east central Europe, London-based journalist Fonseca has produced an intriguing and affecting portrait of the continent's largest minority. Her first-person narrative meanders, but not inappropriately: the Gypsies are homeless, and they lie zestfully, challenging the author, who remains skeptical despite her sympathy for her subjects. After recounting a summer in the Gypsy quarter of Tirana, Albania, she explores Gypsy history, then profiles women in the deracinated Bulgarian Gypsy culture. The book acquires urgency when Fonseca shows how antipathy toward, and violence against, Gypsies has escalated since the revolutions of 1989; the raw hatred she records is chilling. Meanwhile, western European countries implement harsh policies regarding refugees and "settling" the nomadic Gypsies. Unlike Jews, the Gypsies "have made an art of forgetting" their persecution (in the Holocaust, etc.); Fonseca sees a glimmer of hope in the fact that Gypsies are beginning to acquire a new collective identity as "Roma." This book gives a vital voice to a group long persecuted and misunderstood. Photos.
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 338 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 067973743X
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital; Édition : New Ed (31 janvier 2011)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Overly stylistic, uneven, un-focused, 'literary' book 28 février 2014
Par AkulJay - Publié sur
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The author is erudite, researched a lot of resources, and spent considerable time with gypsies (why only in Eastern Europe is not made clear). Many passages in the book are first rate.

She can write with literary flair. And that is where the problem is. She is always straining to show her literary chops, all too often trying to come up with clever phrases, like "eating... professionally" (p. 208) (How do two gypsies, or anyone else, eat professionally?)

The subject matter requires journalistic, straight-forward, objective narration, which she can provide only now and then. Her descriptions are frequently overwrought with irrelevant information... describing uniform of a German guide with a confusing phrase 'intifada' in a long sentence (Ch. 5), and then another long sentence about that dress after a few pages -- all to no purpose.
She often forgets to give proper context, describing a person in detail, and revealing only in a later paragraph that he/she is not a gypsy but some stranger she happened to come across in her travels.

Lack of focus reaches its nadir when she writes about the origin of gypsies. She (correctly) states that their ancestors most likely left India around 10th century but then she does not look for some events in India around that time. Instead, she searches for clues in Persia, and there too in literature about some event in 5th century. No wonder, she reaches a totally worthless conclusion. The book by National Geographic, written more than 20 year before, did a much better job in this matter.

Reading -- or plodding through -- this book took too much of my time and what I got was proportionately small.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Glimpses into Gypsy Life in Today's World 31 mars 2016
Par Sfritz - Publié sur
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Bury Me Standing is more a cultural anthropology thesis than a book, so it is somewhat dense and hard to read. The facts and people and places are wonderfully interesting, but could have used editing. Stories of the Gypsies are rare, our understanding of these people is filled with prejudice and misinformation. The subject is fascinating and important.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Comprehensice and very well researched, full of insights into ... 13 novembre 2015
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Comprehensice and very well researched, full of insights into the Roma culture and the bigotry, pain and isolation that the Roma people face even today. Hard to follow at times, not aways clear which group is being referred to, but perhaps if one picks up the book as a scholars might, taking notes as as they progress, rather than as a casual reader, the thread of the narrative would be clear - I kept on getting lost.
All things considered, though, If you know nothing about Gypsy life, this book will fascinate you.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent read! 28 juillet 2014
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This book is very interesting, well researched, and informative. I didn't know much about European Gypsies other than they were included in Hitler's program of mass destruction along with the Jews. Learning about them in a social, cultural, and psychological view, as well as the historical, made for a comprehensive overview as well as first-hand observations.The only reason I gave this book a 4 star is that I felt there could have been better editing as some topics seemed to repeat and perhaps the Roma vocabulary that was used in the book could have been part of an appendix with English translation. But, the book is very accessible as far as reading and I did learn a lot!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Bury Me Standing" by Isabel Fonseca 1 août 2016
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I am still reading Isabel Fonseca's book which is a fascinating journal about her travels with Eastern European Rom. Ms. Fonseca is able to provide both remote history & probable origins of the Romani people. She provides chronological history of diverse groups in various countries including the modern day lifestyles & the inherent struggles that ensue. Her ethnographic style of journalism is very impressive..
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