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In the Time of the Butterflies When as a young girl I heard about the accident, I could not get the Mirabals out of my mind On my frequent trips back to the Dominican Republic, I sought out whatever information I could find about these brave and beautiful sisters who had done what few men and only a handful of women had been willing to do During that terrifying thirty one year regime, any hint of disagreement ultimately resulted in death for the dissenter and often for members of his or her family Yet the Mirabals hWhen as a young girl I heard about the accident, I could not get the Mirabals out of my mind On my frequent trips back to the Dominican Republic, I sought out whatever information I could find about these brave and beautiful sisters who had done what few men and only a handful of women had been willing to do During that terrifying thirty one year regime, any hint of disagreement ultimately resulted in death for the dissenter and often for members of his or her family Yet the Mirabals had risked their lives I kept asking myself, What gave them that special courage It was to understand that question that I began this story So what you find here are the Mirabals of my creation, made up but, I hope, true to the spirit of the real MirabalsJulia Alvarez, A Postscript, In the Time of the Butterflies Historical fiction based on the real lives of the four Mirabal sisters living under the repressive dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, primarily set during the late 1940s to 1960 As the book opens, we understand that three of the four sisters have died In 1994, the surviving sister, Ded , is interviewed by a Dominican American writer to find out what happened Each sister takes a turn narrating part of the story, giving the reader a glimpse into their differing personalities and reasons for getting involved in revolutionary activities The sisters are the mariposas, Spanish for butterflies, referenced in the title This book provides an abundance of information about what life was like in the Dominican Republic under Trujillo The characters are well defined The author uses a number of different perspectives in telling their stories, which at times seemed a bit of an odd choice, especially since only one of the characters is still living On the plus side, it gives the reader afully formed picture of what the women valued and what they feared, enabling the reader to understand their motivations and actions The author is skilled in holding the reader s attention, despite knowing in advance how it will end The Mirabal sisters are well known in the Dominican Republic and this book is a beautiful tribute to their memory, bringing their dramatic, tragic, and heroic, story to a wider audience The first time I traveled through Mexico, I found this book and read it in three days Towards the end of the story, before the impending tragedy strikes, the oldest and easily the bravest sister is remembering a moment from her youth she and her sisters are playing this game, in the dark, behind their parents farm house the idea was to walk off the porch, into the pitch black of the night, and to go as far as they could before turning back What she remembers, is how everyone always t The first time I traveled through Mexico, I found this book and read it in three days Towards the end of the story, before the impending tragedy strikes, the oldest and easily the bravest sister is remembering a moment from her youth she and her sisters are playing this game, in the dark, behind their parents farm house the idea was to walk off the porch, into the pitch black of the night, and to go as far as they could before turning back What she remembers, is how everyone always thought she was fearless and on the contrary, how much fear she did feel, how she couldn t breathe, how she didn t know if she could do it and how she just stepped forward anyway Feeling the fear, and walking right into it It really spoke to me at the time I d leapt into this crazy adventure, all by myself, with a backpack and a map, in the middle of nowhere, at a young age and no one could understand what I was doing really, neither could I, but somehow I knew that I needed to do it I needed to conquer this thing I had never read such an apt description of what that feels like Set During The Waning Days Of The Trujillo Dictatorship In The Dominican Republic In , This Extraordinary Novel Tells The Story Of The Mirabal Sisters, Three Young Wives And Mothers Who Are Assassinated After Visiting Their Jailed Husbands 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 , 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 National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee Favorite novel so far this year 2018 The last twentyfive pages are all outbursts of sobs of the truly ugly kind, by an inconsolable reader Oh this one is GREAT Smudgy words of a wounded family tree, the very human lasting lamentationThere are 2 novels in existence that I m wholly aware of that put the D.R under the Trujillo regime under a magnifying glass that illuminates the complexities, the ugliness, of absolute dictatorships to be deftly simplistic and fraught societal norms Favorite novel so far this year 2018 The last twentyfive pages are all outbursts of sobs of the truly ugly kind, by an inconsolable reader Oh this one is GREAT Smudgy words of a wounded family tree, the very human lasting lamentationThere are 2 novels in existence that I m wholly aware of that put the D.R under the Trujillo regime under a magnifying glass that illuminates the complexities, the ugliness, of absolute dictatorships to be deftly simplistic and fraught societal norms to say the least But we Americans don t know nothing of such tyrannical totalitarianisms, right The Mirabal sisters are heroes, martyrs Wealthier than other families, they all have the Revolutionary Heart that goes well with legend and can be displayed in almost majestic light in literature, as occurs here How they get to this place of public adulation, or near Sainthood, it is your absolute pleasure to read about in Alvarez s stunner Definitely a major work of Latin American Historical fiction the other perfect novel that is a companion piece in many respects to this is Mario Vargas Llosa s opus The Feast of the Goat.Basically, it s Little Women in hell Incredible story.This book was first published in 1994then made into a film in 2001.Thanks to my friend, Iris, for talking with me about this book..Iris grew up in Dominican Republic and through our friendship she has told me her own stories about life, culture, and politics in the Dominican Republic.This book..introduced to me a new author I had not read only to discover how wonderful of a novelist Julia Alvarez is a powerful historical fiction nonfiction storyteller Incredible story.This book was first published in 1994then made into a film in 2001.Thanks to my friend, Iris, for talking with me about this book..Iris grew up in Dominican Republic and through our friendship she has told me her own stories about life, culture, and politics in the Dominican Republic.This book..introduced to me a new author I had not read only to discover how wonderful of a novelist Julia Alvarez is a powerful historical fiction nonfiction storyteller I plan to readbooks by Alvarez.She has a new book out inApril called, Afterlife The Mirabal sisters didn t disappear They grew wings They inspired novels, movies, plays, and dances They inspired the United Nations to establish November 25, the day of their murder, as an international day to eliminate all violence against women The sisters have become known in history as Los Mariposas The Butterflies The sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen Rafael Leonidas Trujillo s dictatorship Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and survivor, Ded each told their own storyThere were crushes marriages, children, divorces.There was gunrunning,.There was prison torture, and.There were horrors frightening devastating under Trujillo s ruleThere was also the day that Trujillo was assassinated by a group of seven men some were his old buddies By age 10, three sisters entered the La Escuela de Imaculada Concepcion It was the beginning of getting a higher education and learning revolutionary ideals.Through education, the youngest sister Maria Teresa Mate , oldest sister Minerva and Patria developed themselves into modern women, no longer slavish, obedient members of the machismo culture There was a forth sister Ded.She was the middle sister.the most obedient.the sister who survived to tell the story The family suffered retaliation from the military intelligence service SIM As vengeance for their political activities, Trujillo ordered the three sisters to be killed on Puerto Plata RoadTheir driver, Rufino, was killed also.The sisters were returning from visiting their husbands in jail They were beaten to death and later the vehicle and bodies were dumped off a cliff in order to make their deaths look like an accident Julia Alvarez heard about ha the accident when she herself was just a young girl She couldn t get the Mirabal sisters out of her mind and took frequent trips back to the Dominican republic to seek out as much information she could The sisters were incredibly courageous they willingly risked their lives doing what few men had done they fought for justice Sadly, it resulted in their deaths Alvarez gave us factual details and her creation of the Mirabals..It was easy to see how much care Julia Alvarez had for the sisters each with specific personalities and temperaments.By the end of this book, I felt much admiration for Alvarez With her diligent research and a pure heart..she found a way to keep the sisters spirit alive for me.I also have a better understanding of the nightmare the sacrifices the suffering and losses they endured You must show the nation you are it s jewels, Immaculada Concepcion girls Is that perfectly clear Ha YESit s clear so deeply sad, frightening and painfully heartbreaking to think about the insanity the women faced But yes the sisters did show us they were jewels Thus was a wonderful fiction nonfiction book rich with history page turning storytelling..Grateful I read it Thanks, Iris I hate reviewing books that I only found mediocre I really, really wanted to like this one I thought the plot was very promising Frankly, I really didn t know much about Trujillo s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic and I thought by reading this I would learn a lot and I did I just wasn t captivated by the story or the characters However, this book was based on fact and that should count for something I also think that in this case, it was me, not the book Just like when a boyfriend I hate reviewing books that I only found mediocre I really, really wanted to like this one I thought the plot was very promising Frankly, I really didn t know much about Trujillo s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic and I thought by reading this I would learn a lot and I did I just wasn t captivated by the story or the characters However, this book was based on fact and that should count for something I also think that in this case, it was me, not the book Just like when a boyfriend breaks up with his girlfriend and says Its me, not you I did however appreciate it for what it was An enlightening story about a dark time in Latin American history I also am grateful that I completed it and learnedabout this time period In the time of Batista and the revolution in Cuba, there was another dictator, as bad or worse, ruling in the Dominican Republic His name was Trujillo, and his preferred way of keeping his power was murdering anyone who challenged him, spoke a word against him, or displeased him in any way In the midst of this repression, we find the four Mirabal sisters, Minerva, Dede, Patria and Maria Teresa Mate This fictional account of their lives is riveting and oh so bittersweet The sisters have bec In the time of Batista and the revolution in Cuba, there was another dictator, as bad or worse, ruling in the Dominican Republic His name was Trujillo, and his preferred way of keeping his power was murdering anyone who challenged him, spoke a word against him, or displeased him in any way In the midst of this repression, we find the four Mirabal sisters, Minerva, Dede, Patria and Maria Teresa Mate This fictional account of their lives is riveting and oh so bittersweet The sisters have become known in history as Los Mariposas the butterflies , but each of these women was a distinct and different person Each was motivated by a different urge and desire Each was trying to find her own voice But above all, they were for one another, with one another, loved one another Their bravery ranged from raw courage to a simple inability to desert someone well loved That they put aside their own safety for the preservation of the collective serves as an echo of what true revolution is What true defiance means I wonder at their strength and feel cowed by it When I finished this book, I was literally shaking with sadness and anger Knowing it is based upon real events makes it all thepoignant, and Alvarez has done a magnificent job of breathing life back into these women who were martyred for the cause of freedom in the Dominican Republic She alternates between the points of view of the sisters, and in doing so brings each of them to life equally While Minerva is the star of the revolution, each of the other sisters brings her own personality, fears and desires to the table and we, the readers, are handed a feast At the outset, we know the fate of these women, but the old axiom that the journey isimportant than the destination could not betrue than when applied here.In her postscript to my edition, Julia Alvarez acknowledges having merged actual events and imposed her own interpretation onto others She states,I sometimes took liberties by changing dates, by reconstructing events, and by collapsing characters or incidents For I wanted to immerse my readers in an epoch in the life of the Dominican Republic that I believe can only finally be understood by fiction, only finally be redeemed by the imagination A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart.She has achieved her goal admirably I felt the beating of these hearts and at some point in the story their heartbeats seemed to merge with my own In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia AlvarezIn the Time of the Butterflies is a historical fiction novel by Julia Alvarez, relating a fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters during the time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic The book is written in the first and third person, by and about the Mirabal sisters First published in 1994, the story was adapted into a feature film in 2001 The story of the four Mirabal sisters, during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in th In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia AlvarezIn the Time of the Butterflies is a historical fiction novel by Julia Alvarez, relating a fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters during the time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic The book is written in the first and third person, by and about the Mirabal sisters First published in 1994, the story was adapted into a feature film in 2001 The story of the four Mirabal sisters, during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic At school, one of the sisters, Minerva, meets a girl, Sinita, who later became one of her best friends Sinita eventually confided in Minerva the truth about Trujillo that their glorious leader was a killer The sisters make a political commitment to overthrow the Trujillo regime They are harassed, persecuted, and imprisoned, all while their family suffers retaliation from the Military Intelligence Service SIM As vengeance for their political activities, Trujillo orders three of the sisters be killed on Puerto Plata Road, with their driver Rufino, while returning from visiting their husbands in jail The women and driver are beaten to death and later their vehicle and bodies are dumped off a cliff in order to make their deaths look like an accident 2007 1385 385 9789647188999 20 I believe in the power of stories to change the world Julia Alvarez says this in the opening of her note at the end of this compelling, all encompassing novel It s based on the true story of three sisters who lost their lives because they bravely stood up for their ideals of a better life for themselves, their family and the people of the Dominican Republic as part of the revolutionary movement against a dictator, Rafael Trujillo I already believed in the power of stories, but this beautifu I believe in the power of stories to change the world Julia Alvarez says this in the opening of her note at the end of this compelling, all encompassing novel It s based on the true story of three sisters who lost their lives because they bravely stood up for their ideals of a better life for themselves, their family and the people of the Dominican Republic as part of the revolutionary movement against a dictator, Rafael Trujillo I already believed in the power of stories, but this beautifully written, heart breaking and ultimately uplifting book drove home for me just how impactful and important well done historical fiction can be In alternating narratives, spanning several decades, the Mirabal sisters, Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede, the fourth sister who survives, come to life in these pages It was easy to love them as young girls and see how they developed through the years, becoming privy to their individualities as well as their bonds with each other, the men in their lives This is an engrossing story of a family in a place and time of political upheaval, of which I knew next to nothing about How these women in a place and time when these are not things that women do, become involved in a political revolution, as resistors to Trujillo s regime, smuggling arms, building bombs depicts the conviction and bravery of the real sisters This is evident in the meticulous research that Alvarez must have done as the numerous articles I read online showed.It s about family, country, culture and a revolution The Mirabal sister were three among many who were killed under Trujillo s rule, but they became a symbol of the revolution and the inspiration behind the United Nation declaring November 25th, the day on which they were killed as an international day to eliminate all violence against women It s a personal story for Alvarez, whose family escaped the regime for New York just months before the sisters were murdered It s a beautifully written, gripping story I will most definitely read other books by her Thanks so much to Algonquin Books for sending me a copy of this 25th Anniversary edition I know I m out of step with everyone on this, but I just can t stand this book I ve tried so hard to read it, it just bores me to tears apart from the first part with the girls at the convent school, which I enjoyed However, the convention of the schoolgirl s dear diary becoming dearest dearest little book was a sign of things to come I know Santo Domingo view spoiler which is what the Dominican Republic is called in the Caribbean hide spoiler and I m familiar with the bloody, murder I know I m out of step with everyone on this, but I just can t stand this book I ve tried so hard to read it, it just bores me to tears apart from the first part with the girls at the convent school, which I enjoyed However, the convention of the schoolgirl s dear diary becoming dearest dearest little book was a sign of things to come I know Santo Domingo view spoiler which is what the Dominican Republic is called in the Caribbean hide spoiler and I m familiar with the bloody, murderous Trujillo regime so I was extremely disappointed with the sickly treatment of such an important subject.This story is about the four Mirabal sisters who opposed the Trujillo regime resulting in the assassination of three of them They are Santo Domingan heroes for their resistance and also for their feminist stance The author has turned this into light fiction I would rather have read an unembellished non fiction book about the sisters leaving out the silliness, invented dialogue and all that goes into writing a semi historical novel


About the Author: Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer in residence at Middlebury College Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library s program The Hand of the Poet Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.Photo copyright by Brandon Cruz Gonz lezEL VOCERO DE PUERTO RICO


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