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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Alvarez Narrator: Rosie Berrido Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands, who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies).

Three decades later, Julia Alvarez, daughter of the Dominican Republic and author of the acclaimed How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, brings the Mirabal sisters back to life in this extraordinary novel. Each of the sisters speaks in her own voice. Beginning as young girls in the 1940s, their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. Their story is framed by their surviving sister, who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas.

This inspired portrait of four women is a haunting statement about the human cost of political oppression, and is destined to take its place alongside Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Allende's The House of the Spirits as one of the great 20th-century Latin American novels.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diena Riding | 2/19/2014

    " Not a big fan of books that have a lot of physical self discovery. (Which this book had a lot of in the first few chapters) Also the narration was all over the place as far as I am concerned. I enjoyed the historical parts of the book I just wish there was more of that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cari Allen | 2/18/2014

    " This book was very well written, but I just could not get into it. I don't know if it was that I felt the voices of the 4 sisters seem too much alike and therefore couldn't really distinguish 4 separate personalities (exception being the character of Minerva). I would recommend it, however, to anyone who enjoys stories about political revolutions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/18/2014

    " I think overall this is a terrific book. There were some parts that were tough to follow, but it offered a great insight into life under a ruthless dictator and the risks people take toward revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/14/2014

    " Ok. This was a tough one. On the one hand, I loved how the author made these girls who have been held up as superhuman into completely human, reachable people. I really loved the characters and their families. Which is why I gave it less stars. I know, I know. It's historical fiction, based on fact, so it's not always pretty. But what can I say?? I like happy endings! The ending was pretty bitter sweet...leaning more towards the bitter side. Not a huge fan of the realistic endings, or of political struggles books. They make me so angry at those who are in power and who exert their power to burden and hurt their people. I see it so much and so often. I still can't understand the mentality. I loved the fact that these girls stood up to that power. I was just so sad at what happened to them and their families. AND I always hate what those power hungry 'leaders' do to women. Blech. "

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