Before We Were Free
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Whenever there was actually some suspense...not very often. Trujillo's interest in her sister (unlikely, but actually quite grotesquely su ...more
It was educational as well as entertaining.
Found via Horn Book Magazine, reviewed by Lauren Adams.
Anita is an upper-class girl in the Dominican Republic, living through the end of the Trujillo dictatorship and trying to make sense of it all. She begins the novel clueless about the dictatorship, as many readers might be, and slowly she pieces together her family's fears and the freedoms that have been taken from everyone. As Anita learns more and kee ...more
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez was a great read. This book because it was told from the perspective of a kid, made it easy for me to relate and understand what was happening. The book is realistic fiction, based in the Dominican Republic and New York. Papi, Mami, Tio Toni play the main roles in the story while it is narrated by Anita, the youngest sibling. Anita has two other siblings; Mundin and Lucinda, who also play big roles throughout the book. Throughout the book we see what it was...more
Dominicans Any Dominican family is likely to have experiences of the Trujillo regime, and would be interested in this narrative of its downfall.
Survivors of DictatorshipsIn her afterward, Alvarez explains that the narrative is designed to represent the general experience of Latin American dictatorship. I'm not so sure about that. The story seems specific to the Dominican Republic in ways that similar stories by Graham Greene and Margarita Engle do ...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