Although the “In the Time of Butterflies” and “The Farming of Bones” are written by two separate authors, I decided to write one book review because both these books have many commonalities. The most important commonality is that both are set in the period of the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Trujillo’s period of rule is marked by brutal torture both towards the Dominicans who opposed him and the Haitians who migrated for economic reasons but were later racially discriminated and massacred.
“In the Time of Butterflies” written by Julia Alverz is a novel about four sisters, who are Dominican called the Mirbal sister . The story is set after the US left the Dominican Republic in 1930. The story starts out with Dede, the only surviving sister of the four, who begins to tell their story to an interviewer. Each chapter is narrated by a different sister. Throughout the book, you can see the struggle of the sisters as they fight against Trujillo and his government and as they fight for their freedom, and you can also see the struggles each sister had in her personal life.
Trujillio’s reign is characterized by brutality and fear. He regularly employed torture and murder, and the Dominican population was largely terrified of his police forces. Though Trujillo's methods of control were highly effective, he could not completely stop either criticism or secret challenges to his rule. He defeated an insurrection attempt in 1949, when exiled Dominicans attempted to overthrow the government. In the 1950s, an underground movement developed. The movement was organized into small eight- to ten-member units or "cells." Many movement members had Communist leanings; others were simply dedicated to ending Trujillo's brutal reign. Exiles tried to invade the country on June 14, 1959, but they failed and were killed. These events spawned the Fourteenth of June Movement, which continued resistance efforts.
Both the Mirabal... [continues]
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