Fonseca lived and traveled with the Gypsies of Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, The title “Bury me standing” comes from a proverb which describes the plight of the Gypsies: “Bury Fonseca, Isabel “Bury Me Standing” Random House. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey. Isabel Fonseca, Author Alfred A. Knopf $25 (p) ISBN

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But while this was a well-researched chronicle of their history, it was also dry, plodding, and not very well-written in spite of the myriad fascinating people and situations that it described.

Bury Me Standing is an interesting look into a people that is stereotyped, persecuted and barely understood standibg origins can be fonseda to India but their history is still kind of foggy. The collapse of the Soviet empire did not improve their lives materially, although nothing matches the Nazi persecution, with all the paraphernalia of the Holocaust: I wonder where the best compromise between the 2 extremes lies.

Fonseca spends a summer with Gypsies, a family called the Dukas, in Albania, where she observes daily life and their many superstitions and oddities at least they are oddities to us. Unfortunately, God printed the text on cabbage lea It is nearly eleven years since I read this astonishing portrait of a people.

But, in my view, whatever the author’s good intentions, this book does nothing to advance the cause of Roma, and much isbel set it back. Currently lives in London with her husband Martin Amis and their two daughters. The Tonseca replied that she felt a responsibility to give others something nice and cheerful to look at.

But among the Roma one felt as they did: It is a truly insightful book to this culture. The next it reads like an academic paper, you might do some skimming.


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Also in Vintage Departures. Myself, I have always thought of getting ‘made up’ as a mask, somewhat disingenuous. Aug 29, Kate. I read this book many years ago.

I cannot bring myself to use the word Gypsy, although Fonseca does. I came upon it wandering through Barnes and Noble I thinkand the cover just jumped out at me.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Perhaps it is best described as an exploration, a journey for both the writer and the reader into a culture that is often misunderstood, sometimes scorned and hated. It’s a very impressive book, and it has a lot of depth to it. I don’t really think my thoughts about gypsies have changed much after this book.

Aug 18, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: You can hear it Wandering Foneca it wishes to speak.

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Since their arrival in Europe some years ago, the Roma have been in turn exploited, marginalized, ignored and persecuted. Fonseca’s book comes at a crucial moment and could open an important discussion. Fabled, feared, romanticized, and reviled, the Gypsies—or Roma—are among the least understood people on earth.

No too often you can say that. isbel

Read it Forward Read it first. As an outsider, I feel very sorry for the Romany peoples after reading Fonseca’s book, but I also feel that the Roma people have a more robust reaction to what happens and what has happened to them. When she confronted the tour guide about it, all the tour guide had to say was that they didn’t work here either, as if implying that their supposed laziness carried over here.

While I was previously aware of nasty gossiping about gypsy people by those living around them, I had no idea of the level of authority sanctioned violence and destruction that they have been subjected to.

In the late s, I visited the Czech Republic with my wife and then young daughter.

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Well, “modern” being the early to mid-nineties. This show led the viewer to a similar conclusion as the book; that gypsies need to get out of each other’s way and learn a method of cultural preservation that does not focus on their exclusion from mainstream culture. Looking at the bibliography, George Borrow or Jan Yoors would probably be a better starting point. To truly understand the complexity of their culture this book needs to be read.


On page the novel states that for hundreds of years gypsies have realized that “appearance was always at least as important as reality.


That, and it appears to now be the most available general interest book on gypsies out there, which is regrettable. Now, having seen so many positive reviews of the book here, I felt that I ought to re-post my exchange with the commenter here, so more people may see a fuller explanation of my sentiments: And the worst part is that I have met countless people who will defend this book with their last breath, yet have not once in their life spent any time with someone who is actually of Romani background.

After you leave they will remain thrilled and satisfied with their personally idealized portrait of you. Some of the writing annoyed me at the beginning, but I can’t remember specifically why since I read those chapters so long ago.

A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture. Is the afterword worth it or where else to find it — please share! Anyone who’s read up on American slavery knows exactly how hard that was for the beautiful slave girls here.