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In the Time of the Butterflies [School & Library Binding]

Julia Alvarez
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • School & Library Binding: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613023897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613023894
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.4 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,201,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A story based on actual events evokes the horror of the Dominican Republic under dictator General Trujillo, as three sisters die in a jeep "accident". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional rollercoaster with each character 27 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
A brilliant book, written superbly. The strong female characters are a subtle inspiration.
The book describes the turbulent times of the Domincan Republic in the 60's. The book is split into parts and tells the story from the perpsective of each sister. It is very cleverly written and i loved the diary entries given by one sister.
It is a book that i will be reading again and recommending to friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and wonderful book! 27 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Before I picked up this book I was unaware of the past political situation in the Dominican Republic. After reading this great book, my eyes have been opened to a different country and history. Besides learning about another historical despot, the Mirabal sisters had great courage to fight a tyrant. The bond between the four sisters was interesting and should definitely be read
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exploration of the relationships of sisters 18 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love Julia Alvarez and have read everything she has written. "In the Time of the Butterflies" is by far my favorite. Alvarez's recreation of the tribulations of the Mirabal sisters is poignant and her description of their politically charged lives under the dictatorship of the Dominican Republic is very interesting. However, what I valued most about this book is Alvarez's amazingly accurate exploration of the lives of the sisters and their relationships with each other. Anyone who has grown up with sisters that were close in age will deeply appreciate Alvarez's magnificant characterization of the "Las Mariposas", the four Mirabal sisters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courage versus Tyranny 12 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
The book recounts the life of four sisters during the time of Rafael Trujillo during part of his regime that controlled the Dominican country on the island of Hispaniola. Haiti occupies the remaining part of Hispaniola and plays a part in Trujillo's murderous legacy since he slaughtered thousands of Haitians. Trujillo's government epitomized the harsh dictatorship, utilizing torture, murders, absolute power, and the suppression of free speech and civil rights. His personal, sexual abuse of women was well known. The four Mirabel sisters joined the underground fight to topple his government, but only one of them survived. The four sisters were known as the Mariposas (butterflies) and each one speaks separately in the chapters of the book. The courage of the sisters inspires as much as Trujillo terrifies. The book is an excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the Time of Butterflies 23 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
n the Time of Butterflies

by Julia Alvarez

In the Time of Butterflies is the storey of the famous Mirabel sisters who had the courage to fight against Rafael Trujillo during his dictatorship in the Dominican Republic for 31 years. The novel is based on facts and the the real life history of the period although Alvarez has embellished the storey with her fictional projections of the characters personalities and spirit.

It was great, really moving and heartbreaking, I love it when a book makes me cry. The narrative shifts from sister to sister so you get a feel of each of them, their characters and reasons for their differing attitudes towards their country and families. The major acheivement of the book is the humanity of the sisters, as a reader you get to know them and enjoy their company, making it all the more emotive as you draw towards the inevitable trajedies.

It moves at a very fast pace covering the four sisters lives as they grow up, marry, have children and suffer the harsh regime. So much happens within a few pages and there is very little description. My only critisim is that I would have enjoyed a longer read, to mull over the characters, intense circumstances and harsh reality of their history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, touching book 8 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I actually first read this novel last year in our Advanced Placement English class...I found it to be a beautifully written book (heck, it even made the boys in my class cry!). This book really raises the awareness about the tragic history of the Dominican Republic. As for the reader who commented that this story strayed too far from truth: this book never claimed to be any sort of non-fiction, Alvarez in the post script admitted that the story and personalities of the four sisters were completely fictionalized and simply inspired by the true figures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful read 6 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In the Time of the Butterflies is certainly one of the best books I have ever read, and that says a lot because as an English major, I have read quite a few! Alvarez manages to make the novel serious, silly, tragic, romantic, exciting, and frightening all at the same time. I think she is a masterful author. I loved all of the Mirabal sisters, because each seemed so very real, so unique. Read this book, it will make a great summer read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies: active, emotional and inspirational 12 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Julia Alvarez's "In The Time of the Butterflies" has all the ingrediants of a great novel: action, emotion and inspiration. She brings the Mirabel sisters to life and, in the process, we catch a glimpse of the human spirit in its many forms. Thank you, Julia Alvarez, for describing the struggles of the Dominicans and for reminding us that real people can do heroic and amazing things. This is one of the most important books I've ever read!!
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