The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Length: 478 pgs.
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5 Stars
“‘When you discover truth, you must speak it aloud and help others to
do the same, Senor Matheson. Truth breaks the chains of silence.’”
~ The Fountains of Silence, pg. 472
A couple of years ago I read a book called Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys. I was quickly drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down. I have been wanting to read more from that author ever since. And I finally did! Several months ago I read The Fountains of Silence by Sepetys and it did not disappoint!
The Fountains of Silence begins in 1957 in Madrid, Spain. It is years after the Spanish Civil War and Spain is under the dictatorship of Franco. But there’s a horrific secret that was being hidden and that secret impacted the lives of so many.
While reading this novel, I went off on a number of rabbit trails researching the Spanish Civil War, post-war Spain, General Francisco Franco, and that terrible secret this book unravels.
Let me tell you, this book was gripping! The author succeeded in portraying two sides of Spain at that time: the luscious, beautiful country of sunshine and wine contrasted with the reality of the lives of many of the local people – that of control, silence, and struggle.
Sepetys once again crafted a phenomenal historical fiction novel. It is a page-turner! It is rich in detail with vivid descriptions. The story is told with great compassion. It is powerful, insightful, heartbreaking, and evocative.