In the Time of the Butterflies

Alvarez, Julia

(Book - 1994)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In the Time of the Butterflies
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1565120388
Characteristics: 325 p. ;,22 cm


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Feb 20, 2014
  • TulsaTimeTraveler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book will sweep you away into a setting with beautiful scenery, political turmoil, and a family who struggle to find a balance between standing up for their rights and keeping themselves out of danger.

Aug 19, 2012
  • Rinve rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very Encouraging Story

Jul 31, 2012
  • sailthessj rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Beatiful and moving story.

Nov 02, 2011

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alverez is a book that depicts the difficulties of the community of Dominican Republic. The revolution that Minerva begins soon changes, altering from being a Minerva thing to a DR revolt. This book shows the reader what the true meaning of sacrifice is as well as what freedom is. Through this book, one can truly face what the flying free means, as well as the symbolism of the butterflies as well as go through the story of the heroins who made a lasting impression globally.

Jan 14, 2011
  • Creads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed In the Time of the Butterflies. I had no idea about this dark period in the history of the Dominican Republic and this story really brought it to life. The character development was fantastic and the layout of the story is exactly what was necessary to help the reader understand the complexity of the situation these women were in. The fictional aspecy keeps the history alive. This was an excellent read!

Oct 25, 2010
  • johnsonkjcl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In "In the Time of the Butterflies", Julia Alvarez introduces American readers to the story of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican underground political activists, who were brutally assassinated on orders of the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. Alvarez presents a fictionalized account of their lives during the Trujillo regime and their fight for democracy in the Dominican Republic. The story is told by and about the four sisters. Patria’s story is told in the first person, Mate’s story is in diary form and Dedé and Minerva’s stories are in the third person. This structure makes the book much more interesting and helps the reader better understand the different personalities of the sisters and reasons why they fought against Trujillo’s regime.

Julia Alvarez manages to capture the spirit of each of the sisters beautifully. She has created a poignant, inspiring and unforgettable read. The book is not only about the underground and struggle for democracy but also about family, love and humanity. It is very readable and can be recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about the culture and history of Latin America. However, as Alvarez points out herself, the readers needs to keep in mind that the book is historical fiction and not a biography.

Jan 04, 2010
  • hermlou rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Four sisters, the butterflies, lived in the Domincan Republic at the time when Trujillo was dictator. Their ordinary lives were changed as they became older and joined the rebels. This is part of history that I was ignorant of. Alvarez writes well and makes the characters live.


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Aug 19, 2012
  • Rinve rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story of four sisters, living in the Dominican Republic during the times of Rafael Trujillo, a dictator, whom the Mirabal Sisters believe that Trujillo should be overthrown because of the abuses he brought to the Mirabal family. Each sister comes in to help bring down but they are soon taken, jailed, exiled, harrased, and persecuted, but in the end they sacrifice themselves, except Dede, the only sister who survives to tell the story of how her and her sisters became heroes.


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