In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia AlvarezSet during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story of the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.
From the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents comes this tale of courage and sisterhood set in the Dominican Republic during the rise of the Trujillo dictatorship. A skillful blend of fact and fiction, In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government. Alvarez breathes life into these historical figures--known as las mariposas, or the butterflies, in the underground--as she imagines their teenage years, their gradual involvement with the revolution, and their terror as their dissentience is uncovered.
Alvarezs controlled writing perfectly captures the mounting tension as the butterflies near their horrific end. The novel begins with the recollections of Dede, the fourth and surviving sister, who fears abandoning her routines and her husband to join the movement. Alvarez also offers the perspectives of the other sisters: brave and outspoken Minerva, the familys political ringleader; pious Patria, who forsakes her faith to join her sisters after witnessing the atrocities of the tyranny; and the baby sister, sensitive Maria Teresa, who, in a series of diaries, chronicles her allegiance to Minerva and the physical and spiritual anguish of prison life.
In the Time of the Butterflies is an American Library Association Notable Book and a 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award nominee.
In the Time of the Butterflies
It then goes back in time, and we learn about how Dede becomes involved with the revolution. Dede and her husband have a very different relationship than that of her sisters and their spouses. This begins to cause friction when Dede is inspired to join her sisters in their work for freedom. Her husband is strongly against it and threatens her. However when their family is put in danger, they all put their differences aside.
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Maria Teresa 's narration is in diary form. She received the diary from Minerva for her First Communion. She finds it difficult to reflect. She reports that the girls at school steal the diary and make fun of her. Maria Teresa interprets her First Communion as meaning that now she really has a soul, and she asks Minerva what that even means. Maria Teresa also talks to the diary as if it is her friend.