Title: A Foreigner in London
Author: Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
Rating: 5/5 Stars
“How would you feel if you are in a foreign country and have to deal with loneliness and lack of confidence? This heartfelt short story takes you on an emotional trip through those feelings. Are you ready for the ride?” (description from Goodreads)
Having read this author’s children’s book, The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, I jumped at this one because it’s far from being the funny, light-hearted collection of stories for a younger (and older, but young at heart) audience.
With A Foreigner in London, the reader goes into the mind of the Spanish main character as she copes with living in London. She deals with loneliness and the difficulties that any person foreign to any country would go through. There’s a language barrier, even if English is being spoken, and this is mainly due to a cultural difference that takes time to learn, if it can be learned fully at all.
Through the authors repetition of a few lines throughout the story, a tone was setup that really grew me in and made me sympathize for the MC. The short length of this story was used effectively to convey a deep emotion and some real world issues that some try to overlook when they see someone who might be “different” in their country. It might make the reader think twice before looking down to of avoiding someone just trying to fit in.
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About the Author:
Cinta García de la Rosa is a Spanish teacher who always dreamt of being a writer. So she writes, every day, compulsively. Always active, she is also an avid reader, a blogger and a book reviewer. Her first writings were in Spanish, but, since she got her BA in English Studies, she decided to start writing in English. Now, she feels more comfortable writing in English than in her mother tongue. She has just published her first book “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”, a collection of stories for children, with illustrations and other surprises. She is also working in other projects: a collection of short stories, the Groovy Cool Adventures Project, and a novelette based on the British Regency period. Apart from writing and reading, she enjoys meeting new people, dancing, and traveling.
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