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The Dew Breaker: A Novel
     

The Dew Breaker: A Novel

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by Edwidge Danticat, Robin Miles (Narrated by)
 

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ISBN-13:
9781402574740
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
04/22/2010

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The Dew Breaker 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of Danticat's best. A haunting tale about Haiti and a man's destructive past that follows him to New York. This novel helps put present day Haiti in perspective. Danticat is a wonderful Griot who can pull anyone into her narratives.
archetype67 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Danticat is a powerful writer who tackles intense topics. The Dew Breaker is no exception. This novel blends and blurs the idea of short stories and novels and succeeds wonderfully. The different POVs move through space and time but stay within the history and culture of Haitians and Haitian Americans and that is part of what unites the chapters. The violent history of Haiti's dictators and the impact they had on generations is explored, as are the ideas of repentance, reconciliation, and what freedom means. This is not an easy book to read, and the people portrayed are complex and flawed. Danticat paints these intensely colored miniature portraits that capture the essence and certain details of the lives she writes about, but we never get the full story. The one flaw was that, whether by nature of the format or because some portraits just gave that tiny bit more that let us empathize or glean a bit of understanding, some fell short of the majority... and those left me wanting that tiny bit more. The flaw is a small one, and the work is intense and horrifying and beautiful.
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Alfrede Provilus More than 1 year ago
A well written insight into the life and times of ordinary Haitians, residing in Haiti and those exiled in the USA, during the brutal Duvalier dictatorship. A collection of interelated short stories with well developed interesting characters and poetic imagery that brings the near truth story to life. A great read. Once started I could not put in down until the end.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book I feel you must read in one or two sittings. One you must finish right away. A story within stories. After reading this the title will haunt me...disgust me. This is a story that obviously won't appeal to everyone. You can see that in the reviews of this book. All I can say is if you liked BREATH, EYES, MEMORY as I did, I think you'd like this. You also learn a little from this book. First you'll learn what a DEW BREAKER is and a little about Haiti. Open your mind and take this trip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwige Danticat offers us several short stories about the Dulavier era of Haiti. In her almost prosaic prose Danticat give us true horror stories and the monsters are human. Each story can stand alone but it is connected to the others through characters who are the victims of a brutal regime. Even the perpetrators are given sympathetic reality, which makes the reader wonder about the human condition. This is not a book I would read again, only because the subject is so painful and melancholy, but Danticat manages to find beauty through her writing about the most horrible events. ¿ Leslie Strang Akers
Guest More than 1 year ago
Much like Tim O'Brien's THE THINGS THEY CARRIED, this book lingers in that nebulous hinterland between short story and novel where few writers have the gumption or the ability to tread. Each chapter is a self-contained story, with divergent and seemingly random settings--Haiti in the dictatorial 1960s, Manhattan in the 1970s, Brooklyn and Queens in the 21st century. And yet slowly, irrevocably, the reader is drawn into the shared love, the shared remorse, the shared history, the shared hope, the shared rebellions--both personal and political--that circle round this unassuming man...this husband...this father...this friend...this torturer...this dew breaker. About three-quarters of the way into THE DEW BREAKER I couldn't see myself giving it anything more than 3-1/2 or 4 stars. This is a book that rewards patience, one whose ultimate purity is not realized until the very last sentence, when that 'pendulum between regret and forgiveness' swings one last time. Given what's going on even as we speak in the island nation of Haiti, THE DEW BREAKER's timeliness is nearly as haunting as Ms. Danticat's prose. Maybe this isn't a book for everyone...but it should be. Postscript: I bought the audio edition of THE DEW BREAKER after I read the print book. For those of you who find yourself tripping over some of the Creole dialect in print, try the audio. The narrator, Robin Miles, is an extraordinary talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay?
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"No. Just... No." Bramblefur stared at her unbelievingly. Dewdrop didn't want to believe it, but she new she was right. There would be a battle, and she and Bramblefur would die. "We have to avoid it. I will not die yet. I'm too young," he meowed. He began pacing back and forth across the cool pine needles. Dewdrop felt numb. She was a new warrior. How could she die so soon? She had worked so hard to get - and keep - her position as a respected warrior. She always fought on the winning side, and she never came close to dying. Never. A screech interrupted her thoughts. Cats were fighting! She listened for a second. The noise was coming from the ThunderClan border. "Come on!" She dashed through the forest, Bramblefur quick on her paws. They raced toward the sound of the battle, trees flashing by as the quickend their pace. Soon they arrived to see bloodstained grass and corpses, with the few remaining cats fighting on a hill. "Call reinforcements!" she called to Bramblefur. He nodded and streaked away. Dewdrop plunged down the hill, running as fast as she could toward the battle. She leapt onto an orange tabby - ThunderClan's deputy, Flamefrost - and began tearing at her sides with unsheathed claws. Flamefrost yowled and turned on her, swiping for her throat. Dewdrop ducked and sank her teeth into Flamefrost's back. Warm, salty liquid filled her mouth, and she swallowed against the blood. Her muzzle was stained red. The cats fought until a silvery moon rose in a sky of black velvet. Bramblefur had returned, bringing most of ShadowClan with him. They had sprung into the battle, unsheathed claws glinting as the sun's last bleeding rays disappeared under the horizen. Dewdrop was exhausted, but kept fighting. She had a belly wound that seeped blood and sapped her strength, but she kept going. She fixed her gaze on a huge black tomcat with glinting yellow eyes. She ran toward him as fast as she could go, leaving a glitteribg red trail of blood in her wake. She avoided stepping on corpses as she pounded towards her target. The tom turned just as she reached him, claws glinting with blood as he slashed his paw toward her throat. The last thing she saw before she closed her eyes and Bramblefur's eyes as his neck was ripped out, begging her to save him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I learned a lot about Haitian history in this book, I really didn't like the format. It doesn't come together until the end, and all the while, I was very confused! Each chapter seems like a separate short story. Very little character development too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Danticat's earlier work and looked forward to reading this much-praised collection of interrelated stories. While her subject is worthy of the attention, the stories and style are not up to par.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beggining was great and it was hard to put away that book. But close to the end I actually had to force myself to finish it. Too many characters were described at the same time which was hard to follow. This in not a book I would like to read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book by the interesting topic...however the author introduced charaters then never followed up on them...spoke about the characters very vaguely..sometimes I wasn't sure who I was reading about. AND there was hardly any mention as to what a Dew Breaker did in those days until the final chapter...give it a pass or wait until paperback.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...welxome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RES SIX SRRY!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happened Ms. Dantiat? It took me nearly 1 month to finish this book. Alot of the time was spent re-reading, because the story did not hold my interest at all,and I would forget what I had read. The book started out ok, but after the first thirty or so pages, I needed a map because I was lost for the next 200 pages.I've read her other books which were wonderful, but this one unfortunately was very disappointing.