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Review: In the Time of the Butterflies (ns)

Disclaimer: It?s pretty hard to do a review about this book without spoilers because if you read the summary of the book, or the acknowledgements, or the first chapter, or you know anything about Dominican history, you know what the outcome will be.  I will not give anything away that is not clear from the book flap or the first chapter.

Wow.  What a beautifully sad story.

This was not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination, but it was an awesome read without a doubt.  The alternating POV?s are fascinating - I?m coming to realize that I really like that style of writing.  For about the first ? of the book, I had a hard time keeping the sisters straight (who was who, what order they were in age wise etc) but as you get to know the sisters better you can tell who you are reading without actually having to see their name.  Each has a distinct personality that makes them very much their own person.  

I think that I enjoyed reading about Maria Teresa (Mate) most.  Given that she is the youngest, I think you see the most change and growth in her.  The diary entries are a unique way of telling her side of the story. 

All the girls were courageous in their own ways and had their own stories to tell.  I think I enjoyed this so much because it?s about such strong and yet compassionate women? who also have their flaws and weaknesses.  Alvarez made them seem very real.

There were parts of this story that made me angry, parts that made my stomach tighten and feel sick and parts that had lumps forming in my throat.   By the end of the book, I felt very connected with each of the sisters and you really feel for Dede and her loss.  It?s as if the sisters were physically part of each other and I got the feeling that Dede had been living as only ? of herself since the death of The Girls.

I?m not normally a fan of books that span over such a long period of time, but this was definitely an exception.  It was really interesting to see each girl grow-up and mature and really added to your connection and sense of emptiness and grief by the end.

I really recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fiction based on fact.   The story of the Butterflies is a sad one but one that?s worth the read.

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Re: Review: In the Time of the Butterflies (ns)

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    I am so glad you liked this book!  It is definitely in my top 5 all time favorites.  I was so impressed by the courage that all of the girls had even in the face of so much danger to themselves and their families.  It really made me realize how much people who fight against evil governments and other injustices personally sacrifice for the good of their causes.  Mate's story was my favorite too. 

    I got to meet Julia Alvarez when she came and spoke at my library a few years ago and she was such an awesome speaker.  I had her sign my copy of In the Time of the Butterflies.  

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  • Great book.

    If you ladies liked it, you might try House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. Its set in Chile. Highly recommended! If I recall, its written in a way that if you know Chilean history (particularly the 1970s), then you can clearly see what the experiences are based on. (Note: Allende is the daughter of Chilean President Salvador Allende, president of Chile from 1970-7)

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    Great book.

    If you ladies liked it, you might try House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. Its set in Chile. Highly recommended! If I recall, its written in a way that if you know Chilean history (particularly the 1970s), then you can clearly see what the experiences are based on. (Note: Allende is the daughter of Chilean President Salvador Allende, president of Chile from 1970-7)

    I love both of these books. In the Time of the Butterflies was such an intense and moving story.  Sad but great.  And Isabel Allende is my absolute favorite author.

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