The Other Side/El Otro Lado

The Other Side/El Otro Lado

by Julia Alvarez
     
 

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La revisión de libro de los tiempos de Nueva York ha elogiado la ficción de Alvarez's mientras que "powerful... captura maravillosamente la experiencia del umbral del nuevo inmigrante donde no está todavía una memoria el pasado y el futuro sigue siendo un dream." ansioso; Estas mismas calidades caracterizan su poes'a - del "Making encima

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La revisión de libro de los tiempos de Nueva York ha elogiado la ficción de Alvarez's mientras que "powerful... captura maravillosamente la experiencia del umbral del nuevo inmigrante donde no está todavía una memoria el pasado y el futuro sigue siendo un dream." ansioso; Estas mismas calidades caracterizan su poes'a - del "Making encima del Past" poemas, que exploran una vida del exilio según lo vivido por una muchacha joven, a los poemas de Joe del "The, " una serie maravillosamente de poemas sensual y divertidos del amor que celebran un romance de mediana edad. La colección culmina en el poema del título de la veinte-uno-parte sobre la vuelta de poet's a su República Dominicana nativa y a la afirmación interna del conflicto y última que el viaje ocasion-. La innovación y la invención en negrilla, la interacción del sonido, el sentido, y el ritmo de dos idiomas, todas caracterizan el arte de Julia Alvarez's en transformar memoria preciosa en poes'a unforgettable.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Widely known for her novels, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, Latina author Alvarez claims her authority as a poet with this collection. Tracing a lyrical journey through the landscape of immigrant life, these direct, reflective and often sensuous poems are grouped into five sections which, like the points of a star, indicate a circle. Alvarez begins with ``Bilingual Sestina,'' a meditation on leaving her native Dominican Republic for an alien land and strange language. She ends with the title poem ``The Other Side/El Otro Lado,'' a long, multipart narrative recounting her return to her homeland as a woman transformed-translated-by the years she has lived in America from native to guest. The speaker may claim ``There is nothing left to cry for,/ nothing left but the story/ of our family's grand adventure/ from one language to another,'' but this poetry resonates precisely because that story embodies larger questions about self-identity. A meticulous examination of self-evolution, Alvarez's assured collection reveals that change can take us across borders so slowly that only on reaching the other side can we see the distances we've come. (June)
Library Journal
Alvarez (author of one of LJ's Best Books, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, LJ 5/1/91) writes poems as impressive as her fiction. In the opening sequence, writing of a loving maid and governess, she portrays with graceful simplicity the world of haves and have nots suggested in the duality we find in the title. Whereas poets from similar backgrounds-uprooted, mocked-write bitterly of the past and ambivalently of the future, Alvarez optimistically sets about "Making Up the Past." As the poems move from childhood memories to adult realities, they become less succinct, less headed toward closure. Lines stretch out. Anger enters. The setting of the long title sequence is ironic: at an artist's colony not far from her native town, the author suffers in the midst of a lengthy writer's block as she is joined by a lover she's not sure she loves. Yet she reaches out, in the final poem, not to all the people she might have been but toward the mute girl. Recommended for all poetry collections.-Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452273412
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
980,622
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Julia Alvarez is the author of the novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies (a national Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Yo!. She has also published two poetry collections (Homecoming and The Other side/El Otro Lado) and a collection of essays (Something to Declare).

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Middlebury, Vermont
Date of Birth:
March 27, 1950
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., Middlebury College, 1971; M.F.A., Syracuse University, 1975

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