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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
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Jul 04, 11

Read from June 27 to July 04, 2011

While I knew the story of the Mirabal Sisters it did not stop me from enjoying this book. Alvarez does a magnificent job at painting a heart wrenching and inspiring story. There are points in this book that make one sit up to stop and think. It wasn't the rules of dissent as much as the lessons of class that the Mirabel sisters learned in their final years. The freedom they began to fight for was framed in their upper middle class background. The things they learn in prison are what truly made this fictionalization of their lives pop off the pages. Knowing that the surviving sister, Dede, did talk to Alvarez makes the Epilogue that more haunting.

Definitely recommended for all the revolutionaries out there. And especially those who sometimes wonder why those of us who fight, still fight.
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