En el tiempo de las mariposas
In the sixties there was rebellion. Revolutionists wanted Trujillo, a dictator, out of the way. This book follows four sisters. Patria is the oldest and appears to be your average stay at home wife and mother who occasionally struggles with her deep Catholic f...more
One sister, Dede', who survived the roadside execution, is the principal narrator although the other women's voices are also integrated into the tale. Dede lives on as the "keeper of the flame" for Minerva, Pretia and Mate (Maria Teresa), and relates the history of how these women and their hus...more
The book alternates among the "voices" of the four sisters. The first part of the book tells about their...more
The story is about four sisters, growing up in the Dominican while Trujillo controls the country. As the sisters grow, they join the resistance against Trujillo. Three of them are killed by the regime. I had no idea about the violent reign of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic less t...more
This is a non-fiction-told-as-fiction, the dramatization of real events. It is the story of the real-life Mirabal sisters, who were members of the underground resistance to the Dominican dictator Trujillo. The story is told over many years in separate chapters from the po...more
The tale is heartbreaking in many ways, but also amazing because of the unbreakable spirit possessed by Minerva Mirabal. Butterflies is a good read, but I wouldn't hand it to a 13-year -old, even though it is in the "teen" section of the library.
1. A family with four daughters grows up on a farm in the Dominican.
2. As the girls mature, they experience the typical struggles of a teenage girl in their home and at their boarding school such as romance, finding their own voice, and the way they are changing.
3. In addition to the girl's personal changes, their country is experiencing changes as well when a dictator named Trujillo slowly gains power. He...more
Julia Alvarez takes us through the early years of the four Mirabal sisters into adulthood, where they all became involved in politics. At different times, at least two of the sisters and three of their husbands were jailed for their work against Trujillo's dictatorship. In 1960, th...more
The Mirabel's had a good business going but when the dictator makes advances on Minerva, one of the daughters, who rejects him, the family suffers a high price. As they discover Trujillo's dark side, they are swept up i...more
Either way, this book falls short, but if you begin to read with the expectation that this is meant for young adults, you may be able to see past many of the shortcomings. Please know that in the history of the Dominican Republic, there were indeed three very courageous sisters that inspired a nation with their fortitude and patriotism! I commend Ms Alvarez for choosing to tell the story of these women, but I was disappointed in her story-telling.
If I were to b...more
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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