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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I read this book twice, I couldn't get enough

I LOVE AMABELLE'S STRENGTH, LOVE AND DEDICATION TO THE ONES SHE LOVED. SHE DIDN'T GIVE UP ON FINDING SEBASTIEN, THE ONLY ONE SHE EVER LOVED. SHE DIDN'T WANT TO DIE, SHE WANTED TO LIVE FOR HER PARENTS AND SEBASTIEN. IN HAITI, I USED TO HEAR RUMORS ABOUT HOW HAITIANS W...
I LOVE AMABELLE'S STRENGTH, LOVE AND DEDICATION TO THE ONES SHE LOVED. SHE DIDN'T GIVE UP ON FINDING SEBASTIEN, THE ONLY ONE SHE EVER LOVED. SHE DIDN'T WANT TO DIE, SHE WANTED TO LIVE FOR HER PARENTS AND SEBASTIEN. IN HAITI, I USED TO HEAR RUMORS ABOUT HOW HAITIANS WERE TREATED IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BACK THEN, BUT I FINALLY BELIEVED. THIS BOOK TOOK ME TO A PLACE I'VE NEVER EVEN BEEN TO.

posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2001

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The Farming of Bones

The Farming of Bones was a book that I was very unsure about in several areas while I was reading it. I felt that the style of writing throughout the book was inconsistent. Sometimes it would be interesting, detailed, and easy to read, while other times it was unclear a...
The Farming of Bones was a book that I was very unsure about in several areas while I was reading it. I felt that the style of writing throughout the book was inconsistent. Sometimes it would be interesting, detailed, and easy to read, while other times it was unclear and lengthy with extemporaneous discriptions. The actual plot of The Farming of Bones was interesting, but it could not always be easily understood. For example, the ending; it was difficult to decipher whether Amabelle was cleansing herself in the river or committing suicide. It is understandable that maybe the author wanted an element of mystery, but it left the book without any closure.
I would not recommend The Farming of Bones to someone looking for a light, easy read. The book was complex and depressing; it was probably more appealing to someone who likes analysis and intricate themes.

posted by dcicero on November 7, 2008

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

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    I read The Farming of Bones in one day. The story was compellin

    I read The Farming of Bones in one day. The story was compelling, the characters engaging, and the writing was prefect. Danticat had me hooked all the way through. An added plus was that it is historical fiction, my favorite genre.

    The Farming of Bones takes place during Rafael Trujillo reign of power in the Dominican Republic. Personally, I know very little about the Dominican Republic and it history. Most of what I know about this period I learned form The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, which I read back in 2009. The Farming of Bones, gave me another chance to learn about this moment in history and from the view point of a foreigner living in the Dominican Republic during the unrest. I could help about shuffle through my memory every now and again to remember bits and pieces of Diaz's novel and what I learned there to apply to this one. It was interesting to learn about the discrimination that Haitian workers experienced in the Dominican Republic, the history of the conflict between Haiti and the DR, as well the Massacre of 1937. This information along with the characters, their backstories and Danticat's writing style combined lead to a real page turner.

    I can't say that I liked one character more than another. They were all so well developed and thought out. The author could give you glimpses into the each characters background and what brought them to this moment in time. This made me keep turning pages to find out more about them and what fate had in store for them. The main character, Amabelle was the most flushed out (of course) and her story was heartbreaking at times (most of the time). I found myself rooting for her and hoping that by the time I got to the last page she would finally find even a little bit of happiness and peace. Her story did not end the way that I had hoped, but it felt right. I didn't find myself second guessing, there was no "What? Where did that come from?" moment. Danticat's choices for Amabelle (or any of the characters) were very much in line with the way the story was going, no surprise illogical twist.

    The writing style was amazing. That is the only way that I can describe it. One of my favorite passages:

    I will say that for me the end was a little unsatisfying. I felt that Danticat tried to wrap everything up with a bow. The ending seemed a little rushed to me and did not as nicely together with the story as the rest of the parts. In this case, there are somethings that I wish she had left me to wonder about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    A Compelling Book

    Though I did not pick up this book for pleasure reading, I found that indeed it was a pleasure to read. Through graphic and beautiful language Danticat paints a poignant picture of a land that not many of us have ever experienced. In her beautiful descriptions of the culture and the land she gives an truthful idea of the small country of Haiti. Though sometimes confusing and not fast-paced, the poetic language and short chapters in which she describes Amabelles dreams and thoughts make this book a treasure to read and a jewel of otherwise unknown knowledge. I highly recommend this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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