In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies

by Julia Alvarez
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In the Time of the Butterflies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this fantastic, innovative, and well written novel, it gave me a new insight on the history of the Dominican Republic. I had never before heard of Truilljo or the Miribal sisters. Not only did it give me great information (and a great movie as well!), but it also gave me inspiration. As a young woman, I know that I can achieve many things, just like Minerva did. I highly recommend this book for all who want a good book to read, want to learn, and want to become inspired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The plot was excellent. My friend recommended this book because we both are Dominican. It is a wonderful novel through the interpretation of Julia Alavarez. She made it so that it sounded very believable it felt like an actual account.She brings their spirits and this time back to life in a charming story. The book was kind of confusing at first in the beginning through the eyes of Dede's nostalgia,because you needed to know the whole story. After I read through it, though, it explained itself'the story is mainly told in flashbacks'. In the time of Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, these sisters had the courage to risk their lives for their beloved country. They made a big impact. In my opinion, it's more of a feminine book. I recommend it, though, so go ahead and enjoy! =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It broke my heart with it's beauty and strength!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is worth the tears!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was chosen for my book club. Upon reading the synopsis I felt little excitement for it. Perhaps this is why it surpassed my expectations so greatly. It was a beautifully written story about three strong sisters who fought against the law for what they believed in. You feel like part of their family as you turn the pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend In the Times of the Butterflies to everyone in search of a good reading. YOU WILL LOVE THIS! When I was about to finish the book, only a few pages left, I kept going back and back to the core of the story, I did not want it to be over. It was an amazing 'so worth the reading'! A MUST READ, FOR SURE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read such a good book in a long time. It had a perfect mix of history with fiction. The story was interesting and told with such emotion. The characters were easy to connect and relate to. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who wants to read about strong women and men in a time and place where strength is hard to come by.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The author not only shows the butterflies as the martyrs they became but also as the strong, beautiful women that they were. This book is one of my favorites. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the very, very best books I've ever read and my FAVORITE of all time...it is powerful, riveting, touching and based on a true story. A must-read!!!! If you saw the HBO movie, THE BOOK IS 110% BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!!!!! The movie does not do the book justice @ all!! Read the real thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This made me think about thingts I have never thought of before. It is the realest historical fiction I have ever read and made me cry my eyes out... I loved it
ScoRho More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I wish I could give it two ratings. The book deserves five stars. Perfectly written, captivating characterizations, a near-perfect book. Unfortunately, the Nook version is riddled with typos. Missing periods, misscanned words (a common one is "mil" for "will," and other typos that are sometimes enough to draw me out of the story to figure out what it was supposed to say. In one case, a sentence became almost nonsensical due to a misprinting. It doesn't spoil the book for me, so I'm still giving it five stars here, but with typos on nearly every page (or at least, so it seems), I feel like I need to qualify my praise. The story itself, though, is one of the best I've read in a long time. If you haven't read it and you find it interesting enough that you want to check the reviews, by all means, get it. I don't think you'll be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely emotional story about 4 sisters, their husbands and family, in the Dominican Republic during the time of Trujillo. It pulls you into the story and you live during that time too. An amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on historical events. Written from the viewpoint of each sister which gives more depth from the different perspectives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book becasue it was very strong and emotional for me. Also because every character were great and Julia Alvarez is a wonderful writer. I can't wait to read another of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really shows what latin woman are capable of accomplishing once they have a real motive to lead them by. It shows we as Latina's are strong enough to face the good and bad faces of been fair and well respected. I really enjoyed the novel as well as the movie. It fills me with pride to say im a Dominican woman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book after reading THE FARMING OF THE BONES by Edwidge Danticat (which is also a very powerful read), and i was moved to tears after reading IN THE TIME OF BUTTERFLIES. i was so touched for what they sacrificed for not only themselves but for all those on the island. this book also humanized martyrs and for that - i will recommend this beautifully written book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Latin American literature seems to be an untapped wealth of emotionally charged stories like this one. I have read it several times and each time I get wrapped up in it and finish it in 2 or 3 days, usually in tears. A beautiful historical fiction story based on a fascinating history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful read. When I finished reading this book I wanted to cry out. I was angry at the inhumanity, I was proud to be from the same country as these women, and I was upset that I had never been told this story before. Wonderful book. Must read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book from a recommended library shelf and found one of my favorite books. This book is beautifully written and gives us an insight of what those times were really like. It's sad story shows us what an aweful experience so many had to go through for the desire of freedom. A definite must read for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Time of the Butterflies is a wonderful book. I read it for an 11th grade reading assignment, and I absolutely devoured it from the first page. It is wonderfully written and a touching story. It was especially appealing to me because of my familiarity with the Spanish language and customs; however, its lessons and themes transcend all nationalities, and I recommend it to anyone who's looking for a great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Several years ago, my daughter Jessica was assigned 'In the Time of the Butterflies' for a ninth grade course in Language Arts. I decided to read the book myself after several friends of mine raved about it. I have to say that this book is excellent! The writing style of Julia Alvarez is different in that it takes me to the Dominican Republic in its detailed descriptions. I loved the way she developed each character, individually then as a group. I would recommend this author and this book to anyone looking for a book that transports you in time to a place where dictatorship ruled and a quest for freedom and patriotism lives in the hearts of men and more importantly in woman. Great book for understanding the human condition in a sister isla Dominican Republic. I would also recommend it as a womens studies book or Latin American studies book! Bravo, Julia me llevaste a la isla en un tiempo de revolucion y esperanza.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Julia Alvarez is a great writer, captivating the true essence of life, ambitions, love, and most importantly, freedom.. Although this story is tragic and true, and the heroines were so unfortunate in the end, they accomplished something that many women would carry with them.. They stood up for themselves and were courageous.. Thanks to this writer, today women all over can understand and relate to this pain and struggle also agaisnt political repression. Julia Alvarez is one of my all time favorites. i love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Julia Alvarez did an excellent job telling the fictional story of four, real-life sisters. Her writing style is unique and unlike anything I have seen. She portrays these women so well, I feel like I know them personaly. Each character has a different personality but they are all connected by the same tragedies. Alvarez takes the reader into the four different minds so one gets every perspective of living in the Dominican Republic under the rule of Trujillo.
Anonymous 4 months ago
But graphic! 14+
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Ms. Alvarez has a way with words. She has a lovely voice and told a story that broke my heart. Knowing part of it was factual and seeing yet again what people have had to go through under the horrible dictatorship of a man taking way too much power for himself made this stick with me along the likes of Elizabeth Wein's CODE NAME VERITY and ROSE UNDER FIRE. If you like historical and/or family-oriented novels about women standing up for what and who they believe in, you will seriously appreciate IN THE TIME OF BUTTERFLIES.