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In the Flicker of an Eyelid
In his third novel, Jacques Stephen Alexis brings his characteristically vivid scenes, political consciousness, and powerful characters to the dramatic age-old question of whether a prostitute can leave "the life" to find her own identity and true love. La Nina Estrellita is pursuing her trade against the colorful backdrop of Holy Week 1948 in Port-au-Prince. Amid the rowd ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2002 by University of Virginia Press
(first published 1959)
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This book is an excellent example of Caribbean literature, written by the Haitian novelist, Jacques Stephen Alexis. It takes place in Haiti, telling the doomed love story of La Nina, a prostitute weary of the world, and El Caucho, an "everyman" worker. They almost reluctantly fall in love, fall head over heels for each other, as each is unsure of how to react to this new feeling. What was most impressive about this book was the intense imagery. Each chapter is titled after the five senses, inclu ...more
Jacques Stéphen Alexis was certainly an excellent writer. His prose is as thorough as it is consistent. In his third novel he tells the love at first sight (sort of) story of La Nina & El Caucho. The majority of the novel shows La Nina's struggles to reconcile her past memories, which are starting to come back, with her future as a prostitute. El Caucho's character becomes more developed as well as his past is revealed. Full review available on www.reinreads.wordpress.com
This has been a long slog, although the second half was more accessible than the first. It came together at the end. Interesting to compare La Nina Estrellita to Haiti or the Caribbean itself. I am looking forward to hearing what my book club thought of it. They are all Latin Americanists, so they should have some good insights.