In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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Alvarez’s novel tells the story of the Mirabel sisters who rise up against the Dominican Republic’s Trujillo dictatorship and are assassinated. Because each sister tells her part, the book is long-winded, disconnected, and sometimes confusing. There are four sisters and a couple sound similar. Plus the non-linear narrative doesn’t help. The book fails because it doesn’t go deep enough to explore motivations and reactions. It feels like everything is glossed over and dumbed down to make history palpable to readers.

Gwenamon says: Ugh

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About gwenamon

bookworm, confidante, creative director, cyclist, global wanderer, music lover, shutterbug, shoe shopper, snowboarder, writer, yoga geek. i'm also a very proud mama of a lil mister named james.
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