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.
Note: This title is in Spanish.
©2004 Julia Alvarez; (P)2004 Recorded Books
If you’ve read the other reviews you understand this is an account of life in the Dominican Republic. The narration is excellent. I enjoyed the voice and tone of the narrator. The language and accent was appropriate for me. I understand and speak Spanish, but it would be hard for me to write this review in Spanish. If you have an intermediate level or higher comprehension of Spanish the language in this book will be appropriate for you. The author provides a rich detail of description. I enjoyed this book and benefited from understand life from the sister’s point of view.
The book starts out a little slow, just daily life and such. I almost stopped listening but then it started to get more exciting once the sisters attended a party at the palace. From then on I enjoyed the story. It’s a story of struggle under a repressive government and ends in tragedy.
Things were bad. It is important to understand that what happened in Central America in the 1980s and earlier was worse, much worse. What’s important to take away from this book is the sister’s dedication in fighting for freedom and justice. They are heroines; they sacrificed themselves with courage for the greater good of their country. This book honors their memory.
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