Non Fiction

Hidden by Cristina Salvador Klenz

A photobook was one of the first things that really got me interested in the stories that they told. When I saw this particular volume. It interested me in two parts. I only recently (in the last few years) found out that the Roma (colloquially known as gypsies) originated in India! So when I saw a book that would give me more insight into the community at large, my interest was piqued. The second part was obviously the pictures themselves.
This is a decent collection. The author provides an in-depth background about the people she included, the different subgroups and how they came to be. Their histories were probably the most fascinating thing about the book as a whole.
I was not as awed by the pictures as I hoped to be. Some of them told quite a unique tale, whether happy or not. Others were not as engaging. I might have set my hopes too high, but I think it would have helped to have the notes that provide context next to the photos instead of being at the end of the book. This is the late 1980s and early 1990s California, and that in itself was interesting. The author does not pass judgement on anything she captures. She just narrates it as is, with the facts at the end.
This is a book I would recommend to people who might be looking to learn something new about other cultures.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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