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Song of the Water Saints: A Novel

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  128 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This vibrant, provocative début novel explores the dreams and struggles of three generations of Dominican women. Graciela, born on the outskirts of Santo Domingo at the turn of the century, is a headstrong adventuress who comes of age during the U.S. occupation. Too poor to travel beyond her imagination, she is frustrated by the monotony of her life, which erodes her love ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Vintage (first published February 26th 2002)
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Diane S.
2.5 It is always challenging when reading a novel about a different culture, this being set in the Dominican Republic, that one has not enough knowledge to judge the book or the writing style. In this case I liked the writing, Rosario has a choppier style of writing, often small paragraphs, yet was able to make me feel as if I was part of that culture. I often felt like a voyeur. Like I was there only to observe. Also from these description we get a view of the political situation on this countr ...more
Saxon
Oct 04, 2007 Saxon rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fiction who are also interested in caribbean culture/history
Shelves: school, newish-books
SO I read this because it was assigned in my "Novel on the Globe" course. We are basically reading a bunch of different novels from places that arent first world or western.

This one takes place primarily in the Dominican Republic. Following three or four generations of women through their struggling between the poor and oppressive society/environment they grow up in and their attempts to realize their dreams and desires. Sound like some corny shit? Well, its actually not. Its just really boring
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Cait
3.5

Rad bookstore (La Casa Azul!!!!!), okay book! I struggle with these like multigenerational sagas a lot.
Darshan Elena
This book started slow for me, but it picked up speed and heart as the characters and situations unfolded. I loved the author's approach to sharing Dominican history via fictional narrative, and I felt a special connection to the novel as I was reading it while in the DR. While I know that there are limits to how we can come to know the world through fiction, I long for novels that compel me into the pages, into the lives, into the world. I never came to care for Rosario's characters; their moti ...more
Audrey
eh, it was okay. also read this for Caribbean Romances. I wasn't enamored by the prose, it was pretty expected setting aside these one or two really weird ghost/dream paragraphs that almost get lost in the rest of the novel.
really, i just felt like it was nothing too exciting, and the end was so goddamned cheesy.
the beginning was interesting i guess. it starts off with this postcard of a ... uhm, Caribbean Romance. Haha. but it doesn't really go too deep into what is interesting about photogra
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Rachel
Leila's story is just rushed over. I don't see any similarities between her and her great-grandmother...
Hannah
The story of a family over three generations, gives you an idea about what immigration means for a family, across time, and for the identities that family members form.
Liz
Too sexually graphic for my liking. It wasn't sweet sexuality, but dirty and almost disturbing. I had to read it for school and would not recommend it.
Gwynne
Lush, imaginative language...and the first two-thirds of the novel are especially compelling narrative. Definitely recommend it!
Esther Medina De Leon
couldn't get into this one either...maybe i'm just not in the mood to read right now....
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