In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies Author Julia Alvarez
ISBN-10 9781616200992
Year 2010-01-12
Pages 344
Language en
Publisher Algonquin Books
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It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. It doesn’t have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas—“The Butterflies.” In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters—Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé—speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression.

In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies Author Julia Alvarez
ISBN-10 9781565129764
Year 2010-01
Pages 339
Language en
Publisher Algonquin 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."

In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies Author Julia Alvarez
ISBN-10 UTEXAS:059173009476354
Year 1994
Pages 325
Language en
Publisher Algonquin 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"

A Study Guide for Julia Alvarez s In the Time of the Butterflies

A Study Guide for Julia Alvarez s  In the Time of the Butterflies Author Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN-10 9781410349613
Year 2016-06-29
Pages 25
Language en
Publisher Gale, Cengage Learning
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A Study Guide for Julia Alvarez's "In the Time of the Butterflies," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Strategies of Resistance in Alvarez s in the Time of the Butterflies

Strategies of Resistance in Alvarez s in the Time of the Butterflies Author Darren Kash Broome
ISBN-10 OCLC:865509599
Year 2013
Pages 166
Language en
Publisher
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This dissertation examines the lives of four sisters, living under the dictator, Rafael Trujillo, in Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies written in 1994. As the first woman to write about the trujillato , or a novel about the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship, she challenges the national narratives of Dominican Literature. The trujillato has traditionally been a male dominated literature. However, Alvarez is able to redefine a woman's role in this type of literature. In this dissertation, I examine the methods Alvarez employs to give the sisters' identity and voice. By giving them voice, they become resistant subjects and by giving them identity, they no longer play the traditional roles in literature. In the next six chapters, I will look at the strategies of resistance Alvarez uses in her novel to develop the characters into recognizable subjects. In the second chapter, I look closely at the totalitarian dictator Rafael Trujillo to give a better understanding of why the Mirabal sisters resisted his regime. The third chapter looks at two narrative forms which can be construed as resistant--the bildungsroman and testimonio . In the fourth chapter, writing the female body is presented as another strategy of resistance which is seen as a vehicle of power, expression and change for female characters. In the fifth chapter, the last strategy of resistance is Julia Alavez's post-colonial critique of the Dominican Republic. I look at the ways colonizers, like the perpetrators of patriarchal domination, have often deprived marginalized people such as women, indigenous people or members of the lower class of identity.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Author Jean-Dominique Bauby
ISBN-10 0307454835
Year 2008-03-06
Pages 146
Language en
Publisher Knopf Group E-Books
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In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival. From the Trade Paperback edition.

When the Butterflies Came

When the Butterflies Came Author Kimberley Griffiths Little
ISBN-10 9780545529525
Year 2013-04-01
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Scholastic Inc.
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A moving story of a young girl's struggle with love, loss, family, and magic from the beyond, from critically acclaimed author Kimberley Griffiths Little. Everybody thinks Tara Doucet has the perfect life. But Tara’s life is anything but perfect: Her dear Grammy Claire has just passed away, her mom is depressed and distant, and she and her sister, Riley, can’t agree on anything. But when mysterious and dazzling butterflies begin to follow her around after Grammy Claire’s funeral, Tara knows in her heart that her grandmother has left her one final mystery to solve. Tara finds a stack of keys and detailed letters from Grammy Claire. Note by note, Tara learns unexpected truths about her grandmother’s life. As the letters grow more ominous and the clues harder to decipher, Tara realizes that the secrets she must uncover could lead to grave danger. And when Tara and Riley are swept away to the beautiful islands of Chuuk to hear their grandmother’s will, Tara discovers the most shocking truth of all, one that will change her life forever. Kimberley Griffiths Little weaves a magical, breathtaking mystery full of loss and love, family and faith.

Before We Were Free

Before We Were Free Author Julia Alvarez
ISBN-10 030743317X
Year 2007-12-18
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Laurel Leaf
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Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government’s secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition of el Trujillo’s dictatorship. Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew behind. From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girl’s struggle to be free.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author Junot Diaz
ISBN-10 9780571246205
Year 2008-09-04
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Faber & Faber
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Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú - the curse that has haunted his family for generations. With dazzling energy and insight Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a literary triumph, that confirms Junot Díaz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Author Julia Alvarez
ISBN-10 9781616200985
Year 2010-01-12
Pages 250
Language en
Publisher Algonquin Books
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“Simply wonderful.” —Los Angeles Times Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s brilliant and buoyant and beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters recounting their adventures growing up in two cultures. Selected as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, it won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for books with a multicultural perspective and was chosen by New York librarians as one of twenty-one classics for the twenty-first century. Ms. Alvarez was recently honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her extraordinary storytelling. In this debut novel, the García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives: by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America. “A joy to read.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Feast of the Goat

The Feast of the Goat Author Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN-10 9780571268146
Year 2012-10-18
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Faber & Faber
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Urania Cabral, a New York lawyer, returns to the Dominican Republic after a lifelong self-imposed exile. Once she is back in her homeland, the elusive feeling of terror that has overshadowed her whole life suddenly takes shape. Urania's own story alternates with the powerful climax of dictator Rafael Trujillo's reign. In 1961, Trujillo's decadent inner circle (which includes Urania's soon-to-be disgraced father) enjoys the luxuries of privilege while the rest of the nation lives in fear and deprivation. As Trujillo clings to power, a plot to push the Dominican Republic into the future is being formed. But after the murder of its hated dictator, the Goat, is carried out, the Dominican Republic is plunged into the nightmare of a bloody and uncertain aftermath. Now, thirty years later, Urania reveals how her own family was fatally wounded by the forces of history. In The Feast of the Goat Mario Vargas Llosa eloquently explores the effects of power and violence on the lives of both the oppressors and those they victimized. 'The Feast of the Goat will stand out as the great emblematic novel of Latin America's twentieth century and removes One Hundred Years of Solitude of that title.' Times Literary Supplement

Club Deception

Club Deception Author Sarah Skilton
ISBN-10 9781455597000
Year 2017-07-25
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
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Welcome to CLUB DECEPTION where nothing is what it seems ...and love may be the most dangerous illusion of all. Claire Fredericksson is the beating heart of CLUB DECEPTION, LA's most exclusive society of magicians. She's the Queen Bee of Magician WAGs ("Wives and Girlfriends"), and the real genius behind her philandering husband Jonathan's award-winning magic show, but her debilitating stage fright has kept her out of the limelight. Until Claire's life is upended by the arrival of two new women to the closed group of magicians' wives- Jessica, a young trophy wife with a secret; and Kaimi, an art expert looking for the long- lost Erdnase papers by posing as a girlfriend. When a magician rivalry and a stolen routine erupt into murder, the women must uncover the truth and set things right for the men they love. With a cast of endurance experts, Vegas stage stars, close-up card handlers and a pick-up artist or two this glamorous novel weaves a tale of murder and fame, and many, many illusions.

Summer Birds

Summer Birds Author Margarita Engle
ISBN-10 9780805089370
Year 2010-04-27
Pages 32
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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Documents the work of a young girl, Maria Merian, who lived during the Middle Ages and disproved the theory of spontaneous generation by observing caterpillars as they spun cocoons and emerged as butterflies and moths in the spring. By the author of the Newbery Honor Book, The Surrender Tree.

The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin Author Kristy Cambron
ISBN-10 9781401690601
Year 2014-07-15
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Thomas Nelson Inc
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“Fresh. Fascinating. Unforgettable. The Butterfl y and the Violin is a masterpiece of a debut.” —Laura Frantz, author of Love’s Reckoning ". . . impossible to put down." —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! A Mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz—and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan. Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes. In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover—the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul—who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron. A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire. As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart. "In her historical series debut, Cambron expertly weaves together multiple plotlines, time lines, and perspectives to produce a poignant tale of the power of love and faith in difficult circumstances. Those interested in stories of survival and the Holocaust, such as Eli Wiesel’s Night, will want to read." —Library Journal, starred review ". . . debut novelist Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith." —Publishers Weekly Includes Reading Group Guide