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Vale of Tears: A Novel from Haiti

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A work of fiction, most of Vale of Tears takes place in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, where the book's protagonist, Coralie, is trying to scrounge up enough money during the New Year holiday to pay her rent. Part of the book is set in France, where Coralie spent part of World War II. Through 14 chapters that alternate between the present and past and seem to correspond with Christ's passion, the reader learns how Coralie's fortunes have changed steadily for the worse from childhood to middle age, beginning when she had to endure the spite of her step-mother, a woman who eventually stole her inheritance and separated Coralie from her only child. From being a beautiful light-skinned woman who was happily married and prosperous at one time, Coralie eventually finds herself being forced to sell herself and live apart from her only child, as her fortunes begin to get worse. In the end, she finds herself reduced to begging for money from family members and acquaintances and wa

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Fiction. Caribbean Studies. Translated from the French by Dolores A. Schaefer. VALE OF TEARS is a stark, meditative, and vivid exploration of Coralie Santeuil's life through a series of flashbacks she has on New Year's eve as she makes fourteen stops while walking from one end of the busy city of Port-au-Prince to the other in a last quest to save her life and retain her dignity. Although the novel is set in the period around the Second World War, it is in many ways a book about contemporary Haiti. We pause to wonder what happens to the privileged when their world disintegrates. We contemplate thesurvival skills of the poor. Vale of Tears offers a critical reading of the class system and corruption which plague the country. Paulette Poujol-Oriol is one of Haiti's most celebrated novelists.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588140203
Author:
Poujol Oriol, Paulette
Publisher:
IBEX Publishers
Translator:
Schaefer, Dolores A.
Foreword by:
Danticat, Edwidge
Foreword:
Danticat, Edwidge
Author:
iol
Author:
Oriol, Paulette Poujol
Author:
Poujol
Author:
Danticat, Edwidge
Author:
Oriol, Paulette
Author:
Paulette Poujol Or
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20050101
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
8.50x5.50x.75 in. .60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Fiction. Caribbean Studies. Translated from the French by Dolores A. Schaefer. VALE OF TEARS is a stark, meditative, and vivid exploration of Coralie Santeuil's life through a series of flashbacks she has on New Year's eve as she makes fourteen stops while walking from one end of the busy city of Port-au-Prince to the other in a last quest to save her life and retain her dignity. Although the novel is set in the period around the Second World War, it is in many ways a book about contemporary Haiti. We pause to wonder what happens to the privileged when their world disintegrates. We contemplate thesurvival skills of the poor. Vale of Tears offers a critical reading of the class system and corruption which plague the country. Paulette Poujol-Oriol is one of Haiti's most celebrated novelists.
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