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  • Posted December 15, 2009

    In The Name Of Salome

    In the Name of Salome is a touching story that describes a group of characters living in the Dominican Republic. This novel mostly follows the Henriquez and Urena families. The Major characters are Salome Urena; her parents, Gregoira and Nicolas; her sister Romana, Salomes only daughter,Camila, and her aunt Ana. Throughout this powerful novel we also meet Salomes husband, a powerful political leader of the Dominican Republic, Francisco Henriquez, otherwise known for his pen name Pancho or Papancho.
    In the Name of Salome is a powerful and emotional book that tells the story of a mother and daughter. Camila never knew Salome. Each chapter changes from Camila narrating to Salome. Camilas story is tolled in reverseso it startsas her being a collage professor.
    In the summer of 1960, Camila Henriquez Urena, daughter of Salome Urena, the nineteenth- century revolutionary Dominican poet, travels to Cuba to join the Fidel Castros revolution from Poughkeepsie. Camila wants to discover and find out who her mother really was and what she exactly wrote and created. Camila begins to fill her mothers shoes and becomes a political and poetic writer. Being a women writer during this time was very difficult thing to do and also to have a political opinion. In the Name of Salome combines fiction and reality with the real historic women, Salome, and her life.
    I enjoyed reading this book and will continue to read Julia Alvarezs' books such as How the Garcia Girls lost Their Accents and Before We Were Free. Julia is a creative and brilliant writer who painted the picture of Salomes life in my head. I enjoyed and loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2001

    Another Julia Alvarez success!

    After reading earlier works by Julia Alvarez, I looked forward to reading this one. I was not disappointed. Alvarez is right up there with Isabel Allende among contemporary Latin American writers. This novel captures the heart of two women who fought for their countries in one way or another. I look forward to reading Alvarez's future works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2001

    Que alegria

    I always look forward to anything Julia Alvarez writes. This book brought back so many beautiful memories. I did not attend Colegio de Senoritas de Salome Urena, but my mother did. Julia alwys brings me back home with her wrtings. It is such an honor to read her books. I await desperately your next gem !!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2000

    In the name of Julia!

    Once again, Julia Alvarez has written a spellbinding novel about historical figures from the Dominican Republic. Being of Dominican descendants myself, I always look for her wonderful books to take me back to the island in which I hold dear to my heart. I went to her book reading for this novel in D.C., and when she read a part from the book in which Salome meets her father for the first time, I sat in the audience and cried. It was so moving, I got goosebumps. This book gave me a valuable history lesson on Salome Urena and her daughter as well as interesting facts about the Dominican and Cuban government. Even though her book is fiction based on reality, you can always tell what parts are true historical events, and it makes the book all the more delightful. Julia YOU are the true musa de la patria of this millenium. Maybe in 100 years some brilliant author will tell your story and your wonderful contributions to literature? I've read all of Julia's works and have never been disappointed. Read this book, along with her others and you will see what I mean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    Talent and Hipocrisy

    Camila's life as a professor of spanish for upper-middle class kids is, according to the picture Alvarez draws, somehow less of a life than the 13 years Camila spends in Cuba. But what about Julia Alvarez? Isn't she a professor for upper middle class kids? No. She's more than that. She's someone who's bought into her own mythology of latin american revolutions as a 'more real' reality than that of America. Alvarez understands latin american reality through the same terms as any ordinary American; much like a flaky western youth looks on India as a land of spiritual values deeper than those of the west. But Alvarez happens to have a latin-american last name, and that, apparently, grants her works some authenticity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    Historical

    Finally !!!!! Julia Alvarez has embraced us with yet another masterpiece. Te felicito Quisqueyana !!!

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