From a Reviewer at Amazon

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters were well developed and I felt a good understanding of each. It is obvious the author did research into history of dance,and especially history of Jews in the Islands which I found most interesting. The romances were interesting and did lend themselves to the story line. The author’s descriptive passages were well written. There was nothing I disliked about this book. I picked the book up because I liked the cover. I enjoy dancing, including belly dancing! The author did a wonderful job, and the book is unique in its historical content. I was pleasantly surprised. I do recommend this book highly!5f0c0b0660477986b22e70dad600be4f

Reviews by ONLINEBOOKCLUB

goldstarFor an author to seek the review of a web site that offers an independent review of her novel is risky business but welcomed. Following are two reviews:

Following is the official OnlineBookClub review of Daughters of the Dance that received four out of four stars! (reprinted)

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4 out of 4 stars


 

“Hardly had I come across a book that combined history, love, war, slavery and spirituality into one beautiful story. Daughters Of The Dance by Armida Nagy Rose is one of them. The story is about a family of female dancers Dara, Ayana and Nona living in Curacao Island.

“Ayana woke up after two years of suspended mental state. She suffered from severe depression after getting departed from her husband, Stefan. Sandor, who was the complete opposite of Stefan, always had sexual intentions towards Ayana. He separated the two lovebirds at the time of World War 2. Ayana, who was bearing the child of Stefan, went back to her mother Dara and gave birth to Nona. Time passed, and Nona grew to be a beautiful young lady. She fell in love with a handsome young man, Ariel. Sandor became a powerful barrister and a candidate for a judgeship in the Dutch Antilles. However, his days of happiness were soon going to be over. Awiti, who was the slave of Sandor, was often sexually exploited by him. She couldn’t tolerate more when she came to know that her daughter had a relationship with Sandor. She made a plan, and with the help of Yellie, she taught Sandor a lesson. After completing her PhD in Art History, Nona soon married the love of her life and gave birth to a child Myra. They moved to Trinidad and lived happily thereafter.

“The life of Dara, Ayana and Nona were captivating. The story was heartbreaking but also inspiring. The plight of slaves, especially women of the mid-20th century was disheartening to read. Also, the mass murder of Jews during World War 2 was covered very well. Stefan was one of the victims because he was a Jew. The Geopolitics of different European nations during that time was elaborately discussed to make the story more relatable. Even though the story is transpiring at the time of a war, it has a strong spiritual dimension to it. Ayana is portrayed as a very spiritual lady. According to Ayana, her dance is a way to experience the divine. Even sex is a tool for her to experience bliss and ultimate union. I think Ayana was the most well-developed character in the book. Other characters such as Dara, Nona, Sandor, Stefan and Ariel were also developed well. The book was very informative. It had everything such as Art, History, Politics, Eastern Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality. The author must be an expert in History to write all those things. There are different languages used in the book such as Dutch, German, Ladino, Papiamentu and Spanish. However, the meanings of these words are given at the end of every chapter. I struggled to understand those words because I was reading a Kindle version of the book.

“There is a little about the book that I disliked. It felt that the ending was overstretched. The story could have ended earlier because Sandor was punished and almost everything was sorted out. But it’s entirely my opinion and other readers can differ on that aspect. The book was mostly error-free. I spotted minor typos here and there that hardly affected the reading experience. I found some unusual bold letters in the book. Overall, the book was enjoyable and informative.

“I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The minor typos didn’t really affect the quality of the book. Hence, the score must be 4 out of 4. The book is recommended to those who like art, history or love stories. There is a lot of sexual content in the book. So children should stay away from it.”  ONLINEBOOKCLUB Testimonials


A member reader submitted a comment on the review, wishing to remain anonymous, wrote the following:

Having read this novel in November 2018, I was pleased to see Daughters of the Dance, a Mosaic of Seek & Find (316 pages) featured when I was looking for historical novels to read. As a boomer, I’d like to offer additional perspectives from that of younger generations. The reviewer is right that “the story is heartbreaking but also inspiring.”

The beginning chapter about Ayana being in a state of limbo for two years and waking from a dream state is a metaphor for suffering that suppresses our minds from the simple fact that we intrinsically exist. Ayana suffered such deep depression veiled as catatonia (a psychomotor disturbance); and when she came out of it, she was a transformed person. In the first chapter you learn about the family of three women dancers. In the second chapter, you learn about the three Sephardic Jews of the Dutch elite of Curaçao. Afterwards, the book becomes a look into the past, back to the present, and then into the future.

The early historical context of the Ladino Jews from Spain and the Spanish Netherlands, migrating to the Caribbean, to the Netherlands Antilles, and coastal Latin America was new to me. I also learned about how refined oil from the refineries in Curaçao helped the Allies actual victory in the Mediterranean theatre during World War II. Moreover, the Nazis were everywhere, including the Americas, waiting to take over the world’s resources.

In telling the story, the reader is introduced to five beautiful and struggling romantic encounters. Every bit of the characters’ lives can be interpreted in terms of existential psychology that the author’s artistry manages to broaden one’s mindfulness. I must admit my favorite romance was between Andries and Dara; their intimacy silently engulfed them completely for decades. Andries, the principal male character, is an intelligence officer skilled in maritime trade for the Crown Queen of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles and was not mentioned in the official review.

As for the ending, the symbolic daughters of the dance evolve over three generations in search of meaning. It had to end with Ariel’s bond to Nona, the one who cracks the code of non-dual existence.

Successfully ambitious, the novel is daring and caring in its complexity and mindful to the very end. One of my favorite authors, Rebecca Goldstein, wrote, “art is supposed to increase our mindfulness.” Daughter of the Dance; a Mosaic of Seek and Find, does just that, especially piercing dualistic sexuality in search for the ineffable experience of Oneness. Somehow, the mystical undertones of the novel are contemplative and Kabbalistic in seeking authenticity and truth. If I understand the author’s boldness in treating sexual content, which permeates our mental energy, sends a message—one cannot and should not be attached or adverse to its divine energy. Nature’s Half Acre

From South Florida, a Friend’s Comments

“I bought the book. But I want to buy another. I like the idea that I can order it as a gift to you and then you will sign it and sent it to me! You are very talented!!!! You had to do quite a bit of research for this book. No wonder it took several years….

“I ordered the book for you to sign. You should get it on Sunday. Still reading and loving the book, even with the sexually explicit narratives. 🙂

“I can’t believe Stefan died!

Testimonials

“I finished the book. Very good.

“I was right about Nona, I think, her premonition.

“By the way, you did capture the journey of life, its intricacies, its ups and downs, feelings, etc. Well done. I loved the inclusion of dance, history (including of Jews in the Netherland Antilles), and philosophy (Buddhism).”

She also sent me the link to the web site she learned about the book:  BroadwayWorld 

 

Publisher’s Press Release

Armida Nagy Rose’s Daughters of the Dance is a thought-provoking saga of a Dutch community of Sephardic Jews living in the Leeward Antilles during the 20th century.

Recent release, Daughters of the Dance: A Mosaic of Seek & Find, from Page Publishing idea15and author Armida Nagy Rose, presents a passionate mix of spiritual dance, sensuality, and sexuality as forces that confound the lives of powerful men who connect with the “foreign” women dancers. With a solid grasp of history, the novel develops its characters’ points of view amidst personal tragedy and loving from a distance.                        Back cover image  

Who are the “daughters of the dance” and why do the “daughters” arouse deep-rooted desires? Do not be misled by the title, for it is a dare that deliberately withholds information and explanations for the disconcerting nature of the characters. “The characters seem to waste creative energy in pursuing sexual interests and desires when, in fact, sexuality can become so much more. Ultimately, creativity is sexual but can be confused by the most primal passions, such as anger, contempt, fear, happiness, sadness, and trust.”

Dealing with adult and controversial themes, Daughters of the Dance: A Mosaic of Seek & Find, is a moving account of three generations of two families—the women, artistes who master the craft of  danse du ventre, and the high-powered brothers driven by oil, wealth, war, trade, religious beliefs, and the testing of sexual boundaries. It is a story of uncharted survival amidst the vicissitudes of three wars in continental Europe during the first half of the twentieth century and their inevitable expansion to the Western Hemisphere, especially the Netherlands Antilles and its Sephardic-Ladino community of Curaçao. Each character—the women and the men—is a seeker. In a way, Rumi, the Persian Sufi philosopher and poet, pointed the way, “What you seek is seeking you.” In a sense, the novel presents the mysterious in an otherwise real-world setting, interweaving cross-cultural nuances as they play out in personal relationships on the world stage.

The backdrop of the novel is set against the Third Reich’s far-reaching pogrom in Spain and in the Netherlands. The narrative delves into the theology of sexuality, exposing the suppression of wise women and the secular intelligentsia by conservative religious fervor.

The “daughters of the dance” is a metaphor for individuals who use dance to enhance a spiritual sense of being. Ayana, the introductory character, expresses a dominant human condition—the pain of sadness, guilt, and shame—and asks, “How does one survive without love?” Ayana learns how to endure through dance. In the words of Rumi, “Whosoever knows the power of dance, dwells in God” (i.e., ‘God,’ a non-reified Presence). “At a deeper level, the characters encounter lo real maravilloso Americano (magic realism) in raw, latent, and ever-present states of being in elegant timelessness. In so doing, Ayana discovers the primordial self—self-arising, unborn, manifested, and unfiltered.”

The novel invites the reader to grasp the mystery that lies behind each personality. Although words and pictographs fail to fully explain experience, the novel challenges readers to seek out the experience of beauty and joy among the perils of unrest that may either fester or heal. To quote Rumi again, “Dance when you are perfectly free and enjoy each step along the way.” “Happy is the culture that can dance, especially when the dancer also knows to be ‘perfectly free’.”

The author, Armida Nagy Rose, is an American born in the Republic of Panama and raised in the Panama Canal Zone.  The historical novel, with its spellbinding infusion of magic realism, is enriched by the author’s experience as a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, dancer, painter, and writer. Retired after a thirty-year career in the federal government as an analyst and regulatory writer, Armida currently lives in central Florida with a spouse and two terriers. The author blogs on the novel at [..], especially commentary on the dance and music that accompanies the narrative.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Armida Nagy Rose’s book is an artfully passionate, epic-like tale that never loses its intimacy.

Readers who wish to experience this compelling work can purchase Daughters of the Dance: A Mosaic of Seek & Find at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

About Page Publishing

Page Publishing is a traditional New York-based, full-service publishing house that handles all the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create – not overwhelmed with logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and the like. Its roster of accomplished authors and publishing professionals allows writers to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues to focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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Experiencing Dance & Music beyond Words

thTo augment the author’s use of words to depict dance and musicdjembe-drums-coloring-page-free-printable-824x864 that accompanies Daughters of the Dance, there are about twenty-three separate blogs that precede this posting to enhance the reader’s experience of what is visualized by the author’s intentions; page number is provided. It was no easy task, but the challenge afforded the author to appreciate the brilliance, creativity, and imagination of the composers and performers to inspire.

Music, p. 41

Dance and music mediate between the sensual and the spiritual life.  Ludvig van Beethoven (modified quote)

th“The year was 1915. In the mind’s eye of Andries, Cachito del Cielo..was playing. He was sensing the pull and curving manner of a sixteen-beat count….”

 

 

 

 

 

Music, pp. 99, 176

Dance and music mediate between the sensual and the spiritual life.  Ludvig van Beethoven (modified quote)

thExperiencing the drum circles, they tend to be universal. In the words of the Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, a drum circle is “typically, where people gather to drum in drum “circles” with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.”

It is always a celebration to life. L’chaim!


On page 99, Stefan is introduced to a drum circle. On page 176, the curandera Habika’s life is honored.

Music, p. 293

Dance and music mediate between the sensual and the spiritual life.  Ludvig van Beethoven (modified quote)indigo

thMelody of a drum’s heart beat for a dance yet to be choreographed and performed by Nona—