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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    Before we were Free by Julia Alvarez was published in 2007 and shows the true struggle of freedom and emotion. The book takes place in the 1960's in the Dominican Republic under the cruel dictatorship of Trujillo. The narrator which is Anita de la Torre a twelve year old girl living in her family compound of her parents,siblings,cousins,uncle,aunts and the Washburns. Anita is confused with the coming and going of her Father and her Tio Toni, strange phone calls and the always talking of butterflies. Anita is now no longer confused of the meaning of butterflies when the SIM (secret police) raid the compound. Anita soon learns her family is part of an underground group plotting against there countries dictator. Anita now has no freedom being constantly watched by the SIM and knowing that if they discover anything about her family her family will be murdered. Soon the SIM finds the assasinated dictator in the familys car. Her family is now being ripped apart and arrested by the dozens. Anita and her mother are the only ones left and Anita doesn't know what will happen to her country, her family and her life.

    I liked this book and would recommend it because the book reminded me of the diary of Anne Frank. Anne Frank and Anita have so much in common in the emotional pain and the fight for freedom. Much of Before we were Free is like Anne Frank book because many chapters in before we were free have a diary like format. Overall i enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Before We Were Free :Review

    Julia Alverez's novel Before We Were Free is about a 12 year old girl named Anita de la Torre. Anita grew up in the Dominican Republic in a compound with her family. Growing up Anita has so many things she wants to do before she turns 13. She seems to have a very normal life at first but, when her father and Tío Toni start talking about the "butterflies", things get complicated for Anita and her family.
    The secrecy of the "butterfly" meetings, and what they were, caused trouble throughout the compound. Not long after all the talk of the "butterflies", the Sim men or secret police came and raided the compound and all the homes of the family members. The dictator Trujillo, a cruel and brutal man, starts controversy with men for his intolerable actions toward women. Tío Toni, Anita's father and their friends created a plot to get rid of their dictator for what he has done. This secret association is being watched closely under the eye of the Sim, or the secret police. If discovered Anita and her whole family would have to be murdered, so the family went into hiding. The secret police discover the assassinated dictator in one of the family member's car, and Tío Toni, Anita's father, and brother are taken away. Anita and her mother have no other option but to abandon their once safe and comforting home in order to survive.
    I enjoyed this novel very much, it shows the many problems and challenges that Anita and her family must go through to survive and keep the secrets of the family. Anita and her mother had given up all their rights of freedom which shows their bravery and courage of what they will do to live. This book is a reminder to me that you don't know how good you have it until you have to give it all up. It also shows what people will do for what they believe in and what they will do to protect their family from harm. If you need a change in pace Before We Were Free is a novel I recommend to everybody and anybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    This is a good book...read it!!!!

    this book is about the conflicts between Domican and republican people. Loretta Is a young 12 year old girl discovering problems with the republican people. Her cousin tio toni is in trouble with the government for certain reasons she is trying to find out, because some people working for the government keep coming over to her house looking for her cousin tio toni.

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