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In the Time of the Butterflies | [Julia Alvarez]

In the Time of the Butterflies

It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship.
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Publisher's Summary

It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows of Las Mariposas: "The Butterflies".

Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez, also a daughter of the Dominican Republic and long haunted by these sisters, immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Hispanic Caribbean history to tell their story in the only way it can truly be understood: through fiction. In this brilliantly characterized novel, the voices of all four sisters - Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede - speak across the decades, to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons to gunrunning to prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule.

©1994 Julia Alvarez; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Though murder, torture, and imprisonment are ever-present, she wisely choses to focus on the personal lives of these young wives and mothers, full of love, beauty, and, especially, hope." (Library Journal)

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    G Reinhardt 04-08-08
    G Reinhardt 04-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautiful"

    I sadly don't have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to world history of the mid-1900s. This was a FABULOUS way to learn of the struggles of the D. R. This book was beautifully written without a dull moment. I HIGHLY recommend this book. This is a book I can see me coming back to in the future.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Abony Richmond, CA, USA 08-09-09
    Abony Richmond, CA, USA 08-09-09
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    "Great "page turner""

    This book definitely made me want to learn more about the DR and its history. It was also supremely entertaining, and the readings were excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-11-12
    Amy Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful story and narration"

    This is one of my favorite audio books in a long time. The narration (done by several different people) was fantastic, the story and writing drew me in the entire time. The prose is at the same time rich and beautiful, but also simple and easy to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Vergennes, VT, United States 06-13-10
    Donna Vergennes, VT, United States 06-13-10
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    "Moving..."

    I was enthralled by this story and couldn't put it down. The author skillfully wove this story based on a series of historical events. Without much to work with, she brought the girls to life without turning them into heroes. The readers were also excellent.

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    Santiago Teaneck, NJ, USA 03-31-10
    Santiago Teaneck, NJ, USA 03-31-10
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    "Excellent!"

    This is a well written book, which provides a historical perspective to Trujillo's iron fist rule of the Dominican Republic. The author does a great job improvising for the "unknown" in the life of the Mirabal sisters.

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    "Wonderful book and great narration"

    I didn't know anything about the Mirabal sisters so this book was a good way to understand their story and their lives under the Trujillo regime. This was my second Audible book so I was very impressed by the narration. The first book I heard was very badly narrated(Gabriel Garcia Marquez.. A Life by Gerald Martin) so I am glad Audible used Latina voices for this audio book. The four narrators really brought the story to life.You don't want to stop listening so enjoy!

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    brian 08-05-14
    brian 08-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to In the Time of the Butterflies again? Why?

    I would to remember parts I might have missed.


    What other book might you compare In the Time of the Butterflies to and why?

    I can't think of any comparison.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Having several different narrators for each sister was confusing at times, but interesting too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A book that opens a dorr to a forgotten part of the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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