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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An exploration of the frequently persecuted and misunderstood Gypsy population of eastern Europe.
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Fonseca can sure write, but she should really stick to fiction, since most of this is just that. She puts in generalizations about gyspsies, not once thinking to maybe cite her... Read morePublished on March 7 2011 by Sam Reeve
Reading this book I had a sensation that can be well described by the words of the author when she stumbled on a pair of bare-assed middle-aged man in Warsaw. Read morePublished on July 5 2004
Isabel Fonseca holds no punches when she writes about the gypsies. The author tells it like it is and makes no excuses for the lifestyle the gypsies choose to live with. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by William D. Tompkins
The present-day struggles of the Gypsies (or Roma, as they call themselves) are the main focus of this book, especially those of Eastern Europe. Read morePublished on July 3 2003 by doomsdayer520
Whether the author is unfairly blaming Eurpeans and their racism and excusing Gypsy failings, as suggested by another reviewer, is up to the reader to decide. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by BP
This book is one of the best modern overviews of gypsies today, dealing with trials and troubles. The author deals with the situation of the Roma in post-Communist Eastern Europe... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002 by Amber Hansford
Isabel Fonseca has endeavered on a fascinating task requiring mounds of research and spending hundreds of hours with Roma people. Read morePublished on July 12 2001 by S. Hindman
Isabel Fonseca does not write as an anthropologist; she has opinions, and is sometimes quite forthright about her negative feeling. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by Joanna Daneman
Ms Fonseca presents an accurate and believable picture of the Gypsy lifestyle and present day situation. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2001 by David Zelz