|In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez|
The group was split on this one. Some were engrossed by vivid writing, strong characters and the tragic setting. They were inspired by the story of sisters from a “good family,” transformed into political radicals, and the tragedy of the one who survived.
Others were disappointed to find such rich material - location, subject matter, plot - falling so flat for them. A few mentioned the Hussein’s “The Kite Runner,” saying they found his writing much more compelling. CD and BT both called Alvarez’ book boring.
JW and HF disagreed, feeling that Alvarez succeeded in writing a book that is “not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart.”
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