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The Twelve Little Cakes ❴Reading❵ ➹ The Twelve Little Cakes Author Dominika Dery – Long before she was born Dominika first appeared to her mother in a dream so when she came to be she was welcomed with eager expectation and much love Though her arrival was auspicious as the child of Long before she was born Dominika first appeared to her mother in a dream so when she came to be she was welcomed with eager expectation and much love Though her arrival was auspicious as the child of recognized dissidents associated with the failed Prague Spring uprising Dominika's life would be far from charmed Her mother was disowned by her parents who were members of the Party elite Her father was an inventor whose politics resulted in his working as The Twelve PDF \ a taxi driver but who nevertheless remained an unrepentant optimist Rounding out the family colorful even by local standards were a beautiful voluptuous teenage sister with many male admirers and an enormous St Bernard who was a famous Czech TV star In a village on the outskirts of Prague full of gossipy neighbors state informants friendly old grandmothers and small town prejudices Dominika grows up a self possessed child whose openness and curiosity often lead her and her family into trouble Yet the love pride and uirky ingenuity that bind them together will guarantee their survival and ultimately their happiness through the best and worst of times The Twelve Little Cakes is eual parts testimony to the struggles of a bygone era and a love letter to a joy filled childhood that no external forces could dim.

10 thoughts on “The Twelve Little Cakes

  1. Kavita Kavita says:

    Born in 1975 Dominika Furmanová grew up in communist Czechoslovakia The Twelve Little Cakes is a memoir of her childhood There are twelve chapters each of whose title is the name of a cake I loved this idea and kept thinking about cakes while reading the book Sadly there weren't many cakes eaten because the Furmanová family was poor Each chapter also details a different aspect of life in Czechoslovakia though the narrative flow is maintained throughout the book Furmanová belonged to a dissident family and both her father and mother are at odds with the State This meant that her childhood was shadowed by fear and poverty and the book neatly shows how difficult life could be for those standing against the communist systems But this is no gritty noir memoir This is a delightful and personal memoir of a loving child in a loving family trying to make friends gain experiences and enjoy herself Furmanová's family was pretty political as her parents and grandparents represent two sides of the political spectrum On one hand she could make no friends because of her family's bad status within the system Her parents struggled to make ends meet and little Dominika had to make do without things many times On the other hand despite being poor she was able to learn ballet for free under the systems created by the State and made a career out of it in later life The narrative is basically from the viewpoint of a child Somehow Furmanová manages to get across the tone and voice of a child uite effortlessly without making her too whining or kitschy There were times when Dominika was annoying and irritating but which child isn't? She made up for it by being cute and delightful at other times The characters were all delightfully fleshed out and I liked them all even her father despite his annoying 'I'm the man of the family I can make unilateral decisions' behaviour at all times The Twelve Little Cakes is a uniue look into the Czech culture of the time and has some interesting titbits about daily life in the 70s and 80s I got to know a bit of Czech history though coloured by the author's own political affiliations It's a good starting point though It also includes descriptions of popular festivals religion food daily life holidays courting habits and a lot such intimate details that only someone who lived through it can write so delightfully about

  2. Kim Kim says:

    35 stars 🌟

  3. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    With beautiful scenery stunning imagery and an overall unforgettable story The Twelve Little Cakes is an amazing piece of Czech literature

  4. Tanya W Tanya W says:

    Updated 2414This is a delightful book and a uick read It was very interesting and funny and well loved by all the book club The resilience of the human spirit is shown through Dominika and her family They seem to be happy through many trials that would make a lot of people depressed Dominika's book made me laugh out loud in parts the secret police participating in a landscaping project and cry a little bit thinking of Dominika's loneliness and the immaturity of her grandparents and her thinking she might be taken by the devil because of an innocent mistake I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by the pressure she experienced to be thin to be able to do ballet I wished I could have been her neighbor when the flood came it was sad to see them have to struggle so much aloneIt was lovely how little miracles seemed a part of their lives dreams of a daughter help in the lawsuit against the Red Countess the introduction that helped Dominika get in balletI loved the sweet relationship between Dominika and the three elderly women who were her neighbors it was sad that she could not be close to friends her age because of prejudice but the friendships she had within family and the elderly were preciousI loved this book and read it in a day on vacation I couldn't put it down Some of the sad uestions I ask myself as I see the injustices and sadness that are part of the story areCan you imaging having to share your home?How can parents disown children?How does a child have the strength and personal integrity to choose a better way than parents?uotes The best things in life usually come along when you least expect themShe had made her bed and had no choice but to lie in it with her husband and children

  5. Anna Anna says:

    Never did I imagine that a memoir about a young girl growing up in a small town in communist Czechoslovakia could be uplifting and ‘laugh out loud’ funny – but this one was It was also deeply thought provoking with some very sad and poignant moments but the over riding feeling that I had reading it was one of optimism and happinessWritten by Dominika Dery the memoir was an examination of her childhood and an exploration of why it was such a happy one despite what were ostensibly the most difficult of circumstances Dominika’s parents were political dissidents against the communist regime which meant that Dominika and her family were shunned by most people in their town None of the neighbourhood children were allowed to play with Dominika so she was ‘on the outer’ at school at ballet and in her spare time In addition Dominika’s maternal grandparents were part of communism’s ‘old guard’ in Czechoslovakia and they had disowned Dominika’s mother and the whole family due to the differences in their political views The family was constantly being spied on by informants and were very poor and since Dominika was constantly on a diet due to the pressure to be thin for ballet her life seemed to be full of deprivationThe memoir is told through Dominika’s eyes beginning before she was even born and she is a precocious insightful and optimistic girl I initially struggled with the authenticity of her voice and her story given her extremely young age the first four or five chapters are before she turns 4 years old and the high level of detail in her recollections of conversations body language and tones of voice Maybe she has an amazing recollection of the early years of her life or maybe she uses the memories of others and a bit of artistic licence but regardless it all helped to create a beautiful and vivid picture of her childhoodContributing to the happy and positive mood of the book was the strong sense of optimism and the humour shown by Dominika’s father in particular who refused to let circumstances get him down The tight family unit and the loving relationships between Dominika and her mother and father also got them through many trials There was a strong theme of escapism too – especially for Dominika but also others in the book – as a means to temporarily forget the difficult circumstances that they were living under fairytales traditions religion friendships with adults especially the three ‘fairy godmothers’ Barry the dog famous in Czechoslovakia for his TV appearances the ballet and of course the delicious ‘little cakes’Being a memoir the book only gave the perspective of Dominika and by the end of the book which ended when Dominika was about 10 years old I found myself longing to know about Dominika’s mother and sister in particular as well as what became of Dominika herself I will have to wait for the seuel I highly recommend this book – especially if life is getting you down – it may just be the tonic you need

  6. El El says:

    Dominika Dery grew up in a village outside of Prague in the 70s and 80s the daughter of former dissidents of the Prague Spring This is her memoir of childhood tales written in English portraying her younger life family history dreams and some political beliefs She describes in great detail her neighborhood living arrangements and desires to acuaint herself with her estranged grandparentsThis was a surprise to me in just how charming the book was overall Each chapter is the name of different cakes and the stories within the chapter are in some way connected or related to the cake ie in The Hedgehog she tells detailed stories about her experiences in the ballet and how she was asked at one point to perform as a hedgehog etc Most heartbreaking is her description of the family's St Bernard Barry who was a movie star providing their family with earnings during much of Dominika's childhood I do not cry easily while reading but did cry during Barry's storyThroughout the stories are references to political representatives and situations such as Vaclav Havel the Prague Spring Charta 77 etc I learned some Czech vocabulary and was able to add some names of famous Czechs to my growing listThe fifth star was knocked off at the very sudden and abrupt ending It was not a poor ending per se but left much to be desired as I wanted to know the outcome of her sister Klara or some inkling as to how things progressed from there A simple epilogue would have been sufficient though probably she did not want to break the magic of childhood she had provided throughout the rest of the memoir

  7. ShirleyS ShirleyS says:

    I came for the title and stayed for the storyuirky and uplifting memoir of a loud mouthed much loved little girl in communist Czechoslovakia Despite her parents being dissidents and very poor and being shunned by the village she managed to make friends and have fun

  8. Cleo Cleo says:

    I love love love this memoir of growing up in Communist Czechoslovakia It's both funny and thoughtful full of humor and information too The author Dominika Dery grew up in the 1970's and 80's in a Communist controlled Czechoslovakia This is the story of her childhood filled with funny anecdotes Communism was like an old dragon that would occasionally crawl out from its cave and eat someone for dinner As long as it wasn't you the dragon was eating you could live with the sound of screams in the distance Her dog Barry was famous and was on television Her mother was the disowned daughter of wealthy Communist elitists one of whom was the Red Countess Her father semi illegally drove a taxi But everything was semi illegal; you just had to have a combination of the right connections and money and then you could get away with it And her sister Klara was very popular with the boysYet despite the dictatorship dignity and love survived; in fact flourished And overall Dominika had a happy childhood marred only by a few tragedies The reason that I love memoirs are that they both read like fiction and hopefully teach you something about history The Twelve Little Cakes is both of these things and it does both very skillfully Though some of the stories are a bit too absurd to be true the form of memoir allows that It allows you to twist the facts fictionalize a bit whereas correct me if I'm wrong an autobiography is basically a truthful account of your life Though obviously nothing can ever be completely truthful and you're bound to be biased about your own lifeThe title refers to these little pastries that the author loved as a child and that she would buy at the bakery It was a good title and kind of summed up the essence of her childhood Each of the chapters is named after a different kind of cakeMy favorite anecdote from this book was probably when Dominika's family is having their house renovated and these so called workers who are actually government informers show up It was hilarious because even though the family knew they were spies Dominika's father took advantage of the situation and worked them really hard In the end all of them uit My least favorite anecdote was about her time in the hospital not because it was poorly written or anything but because it was scary and not at all fun to read However it did provide a stark portrayal of the root of what's wrong with Communism It may sound all right in principle but it never works in my opinionAt any rate I would highly recommend this excellent memoir and it's a shame that it's out of stock on Someone needs to do a reissuewwwnovareviewsblogspotcom

  9. Chasity Chasity says:

    This was an amazing and surprisingly uplifting read which was just what I needed right now in my life It's interesting when books come into your life with perfect timing This seems like it would be a heart crushing read since the premise of the memoir is a little girl growing up in Communist Czechoslovakia with as she describes at the end of the book 'no money no choice no chance' However the story revolves around her family a tight knit unit navigating the unfair laws of the time as they are constantly hampered by neighbors who want to report them and the secret police punishing her father for his work with the former government The father is endlessly optimistic and determined the mother is gentle and encouraging of her daughter's dreams and there is a lot of love in the family We should all be blessed with this type of family The story is told with the voice of the author at her current age looking back at the events The naivity of Dominika at that young age is well conveyed but also punctuated with insights from her older self about the history of her country and the politics of the time It is an interesting blend of insight and the gentler perspective of a young child I enjoyed learning about the country Some of their language some of their tradition for the holidays how people functioned under communist rule were all very interesting to me In the beginning of the book Dominika comments that during this time good sausage cheap beer and plenty of public holidays were enough to keep people going even though times were hard This kind of hope and the ability of the people in this country and particularly in Dominika's family to find small happiness is inspiring to me as I look at the problems in my own life This was the happiest time in Dominika's life despite the many tragedies illnesses and set backs she faced All because of her loving family providing a source of strength and safety as she grew up I highly recommend this read to anyone who likes memoirs likes learning about history and other countries and customs or anyone who wants to read about the strength of the human spirit This story manages to be funny uplifting and inspiring even as it deals with difficult topics and the unfair nature of life

  10. Elise Elise says:

    The Twelve Little Cakes is a delightful memoir that reads like a novel complete with suspense and strong character development especially Dominika's mother as every memoir should if it is well written Even though Dominika Dery and her family go through trials the likes of which no first world family typically has to deal with they work together to overcome the obstacles life throws at them and they manage to have a little fun in the process This book made me laugh made me cry and taught me a great deal about Czechoslovakia on the outskirts of Prague in the 1970s and 1980s under the governance of Communist Russia Told from the perspective of Dominika from the time of her birth until she turns 10 years old this story is charming and nostalgic and she successfully transported this reader to her magical childhood world full to bursting with the richness of Czech culture and its ancient rituals The Twelve Little Cakes also gave perspective reminding us of the things that are most important in life love family resourcefulness and imagination even in the face of disappointments failures and catastrophes The book is cleverly organized into twelve episodeschapters corresponding to the twelve little cakes of the book's title and each one was a sweet treat I looked forward to at the end of the day I highly recommend this book; it was a fun and fast read

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