Saving the World
Previously I had said:
I've only just begun this book, so it's hard to say how good it will end up being.
The novel follows Alma, a 49-year-old woman attempting to pull herself out of a depressive funk who is attempting to write another novel. However she keeps finding herself sidetracked with a the novel's side research--a sea voyage...more
This one is a novel within a novel: a Vermont author of Dominican birth refuses to go to the land of her birth with her husband when he is assigned by his non-governmental organization to build a clini...more
Alvarez schrijft over sterke vrouwen, die het nodige meemaken in onder druk staande maatschappijen. Verder komt regelmatig het letterlijk leven tussen twee culturen in naar voren. Zo ook in dit boek.
Hier draait het om twee vrouwen. Ten eerste een schrijfster, Alma, die op jonge leeftijd de Dominicaanse Republiek ontvluchtte en nu, op 50...more
Before I review, I like to see what other people have said, their likes and dislikes with the book. Did I like Alma? Not particularly. Doesn't mean I didnt appreciate following her. I feel like its easy to point to the dual narratives being didactic, and maybe it was, and I found myself skim...more
Alma (woman touched by idealistic man in today's world)-Isabel (woman touched by idealistic man in yesterday's world)
Richard (idealistic man today)-Francisco Balmis (idealistic man yesterday)
Basically Alma's husband is trying to develop a vaccine for AIDS in the Dominican Republic and Isabel is in charge of a group of orphans who are carrying the small pox vaccine to the New World. This story is about the casualties that...more
This beautifully written novel weaves together the stories of two women. One is a present-day novelist (Alma) grappling with writer's block and life changes, while the other women (Isabel) left her life as a nun in an orphanage in the early 1800s to voyage around the world to help eradicate small pox, using her young orphan boys as human vessels to carry the precious vaccine (which was made by infecting the child with cowpox, a disease harmless to humans which imparted imm...more
A warm, if not quite glowing, reception greets Julia Alvarez's fifth novel. Moving away from her accomplished family sagas like In the Time of the Butterflies and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Alvarez takes up the humanitarian mantle to explore the enduring chasm between the first and third worlds. Critics love her characters, particularly the spirited Isabel, and they respect the novel's ambition, even if some believe she hasn't quite pulled it off. The warmth of her vision provides...more
This one definitely grew on me, though I'm still not sure that I liked Alma, the protagonist of the story taking place in Vermont...
It was unusual and interesting to have a book that was two novels in one. I enjo...more
Well...In the Time of the Butterflies this book ain't. There's very little action, and it switches back and forth between its two stories without really doing a good enough job of unifying the two. We start out reading the story of Alma, a modern-day Dominican woman living in Vermont, trying and failing to finish the novel she's been promi...more
The stars are two remarkable women, both in their own time.
I was more intrigued with the "Isabel" story in this novel, maybe because it was such a big undertaking what she did in those early 1800's days,accompany 22 boys, vaccine carriers , to "the new world" as the only woman aboard a ship as with Alma's problems in thi...more
This book was narrated by Blanca Camacho, who was ex...more
Alma's story, the best told of the two tales might have interested me if it had been told in isolation. (In fact, either story might have interested me in isolation.) But, all of my investment in the story line was lost when when suddenly jolted into the second plot. Apparent...more
She is currently writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach l...more