Haiti Noir 2 : The Classics (Akashic Noir) Paperback – 21 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the editor of "Haiti Noir" and author of several books, including "Claire of the Sea Light, ," Breath, Eyes, Memory," an Oprah Book Club selection; "Krik? Krak!," a National Book Award finalist; "The Farming of Bones," an American Book Award winner; and the novel-in-stories "The Dew Breaker." She lives in Miami, Florida.
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I loved “Breath, Eyes, Memory “ by Edwidge Danticat so anything with her name on it, I think, will be a hit. This is a great collection of stories set in Haiti. I love that the stories all take place in different parts of Haiti so readers are able to learn about the geography, history and culture of that particular area.
One of my favorite short stories was “True Life” by Michéle Voltaire Marcelin. Her opening sentence was so impacting, “my mother weeps. And the continuous murmur of her tears is so intense that it’s impossible not to hear it all over the world” (p.176). I think it’s the small island setting that reminded me of Sydney Poitiers’ autobiography “ The Measure of a Man” .
Although all authors in this collection have their own styles (some write in the first person) each one adds an insight into the culture of Haiti. I personally love when literature tells a story within a story. By hearing about the Spanish influences, we are reminded about the history of Haiti. This book should be added as part of a college course somewhere, it’s so rich in culture and literature.
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