mgtr6070, May 17, 2012 (view all comments by mgtr6070)
My bookclub assigned this. I made it through the first half with just a bit of eye-rolling and sighing. Now it's become unbearable. Ms Alvarez presents these women as easy archetypes: a cutesy, a natural mother, a co-dependent and a feminist. The real humans HAD to have been more interesting. The real story HAS to be more engaging. This is so formulaic I find it troubling. I will be reading a biography of the sisters rather than this.
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mariposamarie, October 10, 2007 (view all comments by mariposamarie)
From the book's very beginning, you know that three of the four Mirabal sisters are going to be assassinated. As you become acquainted with each of them- all mothers and ordinary women- one a lawyer, one a young bride- you wish the ending were not so. None of the sisters planned on becoming rebel spies and gun runners in the Dominican Republic, but that was what life demanded from them. This story of grace and courage in the face of despotism is based on true events. An inspiring read.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Alvarez captures the terrorized atmosphere of a police state....As the sisters' energetic fervor turns to anguish, Alvarez conveys their courage and their desperation, and the full import of their tragedy." Publishers Weekly
by Library Journal,
"Though murder, torture, and imprisonment are ever-present, [Alvarez] wisely choses to focus on the personal lives of these young wives and mothers, full of love, beauty, and, especially, hope. Highly recommended for its luminescence and relevance."
"[The] novel is a statement about politics and history told in very human terms and, as importantly, told not with outrage, but with self-possession."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Alvarez's voice is her own, grounded in realism yet alive with the magic of everyday human beings who summon extraordinary courage and determination to fight for their beliefs. As mesmerizing as the Mirabal sisters themselves."
Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republica in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.
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