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In the Name of Salome / Edition 1
     

In the Name of Salome / Edition 1

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by Julia Alvarez
 

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ISBN-10: 0452282438

ISBN-13: 2900452282437

Pub. Date: 06/05/2001

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

In her most ambitious work since In the Time of Butterflies, Julia Alvarez tells the story of a woman whose poetry inspired one Caribbean revolution and of her daughter whose dedication to teaching strengthened another.
Camila Henriquez Urena is about to retire from her longtime job teaching Spanish at Vassar College. Only now as she sorts through family papers

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In her most ambitious work since In the Time of Butterflies, Julia Alvarez tells the story of a woman whose poetry inspired one Caribbean revolution and of her daughter whose dedication to teaching strengthened another.
Camila Henriquez Urena is about to retire from her longtime job teaching Spanish at Vassar College. Only now as she sorts through family papers does she begin to know the woman behind the legend of her mother, the revered Salome Urena, who died when Camila was three.
In stark contrast to Salome, who became the Dominican Republic's national poet at the age of seventeen, Camila has spent most of her life trying not to offend anybody. Her mother dedicated her life to educating young women to give them voice in their turbulent new nation; Camila has spent her life quietly and anonymously teaching the Spanish pluperfect to upper-class American girls with no notion of revolution, no knowledge of Salome Urena.
Now, in 1960, Camila must choose a final destination for herself. Where will she spend the rest of her days? News of the revolution in Cuba mirrors her own internal upheaval. In the process of deciding her future, Camila uncovers the truth of her mother's tragic personal life and, finally, finds a place for her own passion and commitment.
Julia Alvarez has won a large and devoted audience by brilliantly illuminating the history of modern Caribbean America through the personal stories of its people. As a Latina, as a poet and novelist, and as a university professor, Julia Alvarez brings her own experience to this exquisite story.
Julia Alvarez is the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Yo! She has also published three collections of poetry and, most recently, Something to Declare, a collection of essays. She lives in Vermont and the Dominican Republic, where she and her husband run a coffee plantation.
"The Dominican Republic's most famous poet and her daughter, a professor in the United States, are the remarkable protagonists of this lyrical work, one of the most moving political novels of the past half century...Alvarez conveys purely Latin American revolutionary idealism with an intellectual sensuality that eschews magical realism." --Publishers Weekly (starred)
"These lives, gently told, have currents within them as wide and deep as an ocean's-and no one can miss their primal force. --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900452282437
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2001
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320

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In the Name of Salome 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
HAC11 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally !!!!! Julia Alvarez has embraced us with yet another masterpiece. Te felicito Quisqueyana !!!