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In the Time of the Butterflies (urspr publ 1994; utgåvan 2010)

av Julia Alvarez (Författare)

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25th Anniversary Edition "A magnificent treasure for all cultures and all time." --St. Petersburg Times   It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas--the Butterflies. In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters--Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé--speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from secret crushes to gunrunning, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez's imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human costs of political oppression.… (mer)
Medlem:pedro.pessoa
Titel:In the Time of the Butterflies
Författare:Julia Alvarez (Författare)
Info:Algonquin Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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In the Time of the Butterflies av Julia Alvarez (1994)

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    Oscar Waos korta förunderliga liv av Junot Díaz (weener)
    weener: Oscar Wao mentions In the Time of the Butterflies in a footnote. Both dealing so gracefully with the Trujillo regime, they seem like complementary books.
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An amazingly well-done novelization of the lives of the Mirabel sisters, 3 of whom were murdered by the Trujillo regime near the end of that regime. The fourth and surviving sister was on of Alvarez's sources, as was a daughter of one of the murdered sisters, and others.

I rarely enjoy "novelizations", but this is excellent. Of course, her sources were great, and in the front of the novel Alvarez refers readers to the back, where she explains her interest in the topic and how/why the book itself came to be. And, nearly 30 years out, we know this book has influenced the international knowledge of and reputation of the Mirabal sisters.

The novel itself is very readable and interesting. It is well paced and the organization works. I wouldn't say it is YA, but it is definitely high school friendly (violence and sex are implied, not graphic). As someone who does not love graphic violence in books, I found this well done and I appreciated the craftsmanship. ( )
  Dreesie | Nov 26, 2021 |
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is a historical fiction novel about the Mirabal sisters during the time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.
While their parents try desperately to live their lives and ignore politics, each of these smart and lovely sisters eventually becomes involved in the quest for freedom.

Minerva Mirabal, perhaps the boldest of the sisters gets involved in the revolution first, two others, Patria, and Maria Teresa soon join in while the last sister, Dede, while in sympathy with them, was discouraged by her husband from actively taking part. Known as the “Maraposas” or “Butterflies” all the sisters showed great courage in their actions. The story covers the sister’s lives from childhood through to their marriages and having children. The author doesn’t just tell the reader what was happening, instead through the events in the lives of the sisters we experience the uncertainty and fear. Trujillo had a stranglehold on the country and even the slightest hint of opposition was stamped out. By the end of the book, three of the sisters had spent time in prison, were under house arrest and their husbands were still in prison.

In the Time of the Butterflies is a book that totally engulfed me. I was drawn into the lives of these sisters, from their girlhood during the 1940s on into their lives as young women, wives and mothers. The story is all the more poignant as it is based on true events and although the author didn’t personally know the Mirabal family this novel is an ode to both their courage and their dedication to each other. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 5, 2021 |
This is historical-fiction about the revolution in the Dominican Republic in the 1950's-60's. It tells the story of 4 sisters: Minerva, Patri, Mate(Maria) and Dede. The story is told in their voices, beginning as young girls until their adulthood when 3 of them would be murdered for their activism against the regime of Rafel Trujillo.

The author admits that although the story of " The Butterflies", the sister's code name, is true her writing is fictional. Alvaraz portrays each sister differently, one strong and brave, one romantic, one who clings to her religion and one controlled by a husband she shouldn't have married. The differences always set aside by family love.

Although I knew the ending, the story was griping and the writing just drew me in. I knew very little about this place and time and living it through the lives of the Mirabel sisters was a wonderful education.

Highly recommended
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
A fictionalized account of the lives and very real murders, by members of Dominican Republic military dictator Rafael Leonides Trujillo's (c. 1890-1961) secret police, of las Mariposas (The Butterflies)--Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal, along with their who dared oppose the regime. Julia Alvarez brings out the personalities of these brave women, through consultations with surviving sister Dede and her niece Minou. Gripping, powerful and heartbreaking, the story of these freedom fighters in an often forgotten part of the world, will stay with the reader long after the last page is read. Marvelous! ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
Julia Alvarez framed In the Time of Butterflies around one truth: On November 25th, 1960 three sisters, known as "las mariposas," died under very suspicious circumstances in the Dominican Republic. While their Jeep was found at the bottom of a steep cliff, their injuries told of a much different and violent death. Before their murders these courageous women were no ordinary citizens of the Republic. After being radicalized at University three of the four sisters defiantly joined an underground movement to overthrow the country's tyrannical leader, Rafael Leonides Trujillo. Imprisoned for their activities, the women failed to see the warning signs when they are suddenly freed without fanfare. They don't think anything amiss when their imprisoned husbands are moved to a more remote prison, forcing the sisters to travel a deserted mountain road to visit them. The story begins with Dede, the surviving Mirabal sister, who feels almost a sideshow freak. Every year on the anniversary of her sisters' murders, some reporter comes calling to hear the sad tale. Because the narration of In the Time of Butterflies is told from the perspective of each sister, character development happens seamlessly. They take turns releasing their passions and convictions, sometimes in first person, sometimes in third.
In the Time of Butterflies is an extremely exquisite and tragic tale. As Dede says, "If you multiply by zero, you still get zero, and a thousand heartaches." ( )
  SeriousGrace | Nov 29, 2020 |
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25th Anniversary Edition "A magnificent treasure for all cultures and all time." --St. Petersburg Times   It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas--the Butterflies. In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters--Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé--speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from secret crushes to gunrunning, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez's imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human costs of political oppression.

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