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In the Time of the Butterflies (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Julia Alvarez

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Title:In the Time of the Butterflies
Authors:Julia Alvarez
Info:Algonquin Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
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Tags:novel, historical fiction, Dominican Republic, women, resistance, sisters, Latin America, dictatorship, repression

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In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (1994)

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Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.
  christinejoseph | Mar 22, 2016 |
One of my favorite books ever. I recommend it whenever I can. It's not for those looking for happy endings, but definitely for someone looking to read about lives making a difference. ( )
  MahanaU | Feb 26, 2016 |
Compelling fictionalized story of "las Mariposas" - sisters who "died in a car accident" but were actually murdered for opposing the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez attempt at giving each sister a unique voice was not entirely successful, but her promise as a writer is clearly evident. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 15, 2016 |
This book is a page turning, heart-felt tribute to the Mirabal sisters, the martyred Mariposas of the Revolution which ultimately led to the end of the Trujillo dictatorship in The Dominican Republic. Alvarez divides the story between the four sisters, including Dede, the one who survived and raised her sisters' children. Very good book, not great. Some parts the narrative rang the tiniest bit false. Not sure why. Still it is a captivating story and one that should be better known since dictatorship and all its trappings and horrors never seem to go out of style. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
This book is a page turning, heart-felt tribute to the Mirabal sisters, the martyred Mariposas of the Revolution which ultimately led to the end of the Trujillo dictatorship in The Dominican Republic. Alvarez divides the story between the four sisters, including Dede, the one who survived and raised her sisters' children. Very good book, not great. Some parts the narrative rang the tiniest bit false. Not sure why. Still it is a captivating story and one that should be better known since dictatorship and all its trappings and horrors never seem to go out of style. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies). Three decades later, Julia Alvarez, daughter of the Dominican Republic and author of the acclaimed How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, brings the Mirabal sisters back to life in this extraordinary novel. Each of the sisters speaks in her own voice, beginning as young girls in the 1940s, their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. Their story is framed by their surviving sister who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas. This inspired portrait of four women is a haunting statement about the human cost of political oppression, and is destined to take its place alongside Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Allende's The House of the Spirits as one of the great 20th-century Latin American novels.
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From the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents comes this tale of courage and sisterhood set in the Dominican Republic during the rise of the Trujillo dictatorship. A skillful blend of fact and fiction, In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government. Alvarez breathes life into these historical figures--known as "las mariposas," or "the butterflies," in the underground--as she imagines their teenage years, their gradual involvement with the revolution, and their terror as their dissentience is uncovered.

Alvarez's controlled writing perfectly captures the mounting tension as "the butterflies" near their horrific end. The novel begins with the recollections of Dede, the fourth and surviving sister, who fears abandoning her routines and her husband to join the movement. Alvarez also offers the perspectives of the other sisters: brave and outspoken Minerva, the family's political ringleader; pious Patria, who forsakes her faith to join her sisters after witnessing the atrocities of the tyranny; and the baby sister, sensitive Maria Teresa, who, in a series of diaries, chronicles her allegiance to Minerva and the physical and spiritual anguish of prison life.

In the Time of the Butterflies is an American Library Association Notable Book and a 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award nominee.

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Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republica in 1960, this novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands. On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies). Three decades later, Julia Alvarez, daughter of the Dominican Republic and author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, brings the Mirabal sisters back to life in this novel. Each of the sisters speaks in her own voice; beginning as young girls in the 1940s, their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. Their story is framed by their surviving sister who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas. This portrait of four women is a haunting statement about the human cost of political oppression.… (more)

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