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The Other Side/El Otro Lado

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La revisión de libro de los tiempos de Nueva York ha elogiado la ficción de Alvarez's mientras que "powerful... captura maravillosamente la experiencia del umbral del nuevo inmigrante donde no está todavía una memoria el pasado y el futuro sigue siendo un dream." ansioso; Estas mismas calidades caracterizan su poesía - del "Making encima del Past" poemas, que exploran una ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Plume (first published 1995)
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Jun 27, 2015 Tristan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Actual Rating 4.5 rounded up for moments of absolute brilliance.

This book was a beautiful exploration of exile and the meaning of home. The Other Side/El Otro Lado (from now on referred to by either of its titles) is far more focused than Alvarez's later The Woman I Kept to Myself, really zeroing in on her experience as a Dominican-American and her discovery of who she is and how she fits into both/either/neither of her worlds. This comes in part, from the presence of longer poems and more focus
May 23, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing
On my mind, Alvarez is one of the queens in Latina literature. Love her poetry, prose and fiction. As I am learning the Spanish language, reading poetry and listening to music in the language helps it 'stick'.
Dec 09, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: free verse poetry lovers
Recommended to Judy by: Julia Alvarez
The Other Side is a nice sampling of Alvarez's autobiographical poetry. It is divided into 6 sections:

I Bilingual Sestina

II The Gladys Poems - A reflection of Alvarez's childhood in the Dominican Republic and the singing maid, Gladys.

III Making Up the Past - These poems are about the melting into the American life.

IV The Joe Poems - I really liked this collection of poems. The reader could see the exciting beginning of the relationship fade to the destined breaking off.

V The Other Side - The st
Feb 26, 2014 Micahlibris rated it liked it
A beautiful work, but her transitions are a tad jarring. I had a hard time deciding whether this was a work of prose fiction or poetry. That may be the kind of tension that makes it great however.
Aug 06, 2008 Betty rated it really liked it
julia alvarez always comes through. most of her poetry was more like short stories or vinettes. but love love love her writing.
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Apr 27, 2010 Wendy Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I'd forgotten how delicious this Mangú’ of a book was. Well worth the second look I gave it.
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Julia Álvarez was born in New York City. Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when Álvarez was 3 months old and she was raised there until she was 10, when the family moved back to NYC.

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
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