In the Time of the Butterflies
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... show more
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 Leonidas 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 hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, 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 cost of political oppression.
Publish date: January 12th 2010
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Latin American
If someone had simply sat me down and told me what this book was about and the characters it contained, I would have expected to like it. As it was, I was not disappointed. Even though I knew what was coming in the end, it was still heart-wrenching to read, because Alvarez did such a fantastic job o...
This book was selected as the Big Read for Montclair, NJ. It is a fictionalized history of the Mirabal sisters who fought against the regime of dictator Trujillo of the Dominican Republic. Three of the sisters were waylaid on a highway and brutally killed by Trujillo's henchmen. Dede was not present...
In her Postscript, Alvarez wrote that she wanted the book to "immerse my readers in an epoch in the life of the Dominican Republic." I think she succeeded magnificently. She tells the story of the Trujillo era, when the small island republic was under the heel of one of the more notorious dictators ...
Amazing! I finished it and wanted to start reading it again.
Finally another one off my to-read shelf, and it was beautiful.