The Farming of Bones has ratings and reviews. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys White Teeth by Zadie. Praise. Praise for The Farming of Bones A New York Times Notable Book ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice “One of the Best Books of the Year”—Publishers Weekly. Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones is a historical fiction account of the Parsley Massacre, as seen through the eyes of Amabelle.

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Not me, not my son, not one of us has ever seen the other side of the border. Danticat’s novel isn’t so much about the massacre itself as it is about the massacre’s effect on people like Amabelle—people who for a time lived on two sides of a border, forced one day to choose one or the other.

In a s Dominican Republic village, the scream of a woman in labor rings out like the shot heard around Hispaniola. Based on a little-known historical event, this extraordinarily moving novel memorializes the forgotten victims of nationalist madness and the deeply felt passion and grief of its survivors.

Danticat crea personajes ficticios que pudieron haber existido.

As she struggles with her the memory of home, and fzrming reality around her, we are astonished by the complexity of this character. Twenty years after her escape from Alegria, Amabelle decides to search for a connection to Sebastien by reliving old memories in places of the past. The setting, the Dominican Republic inwhen dictator Trujillo was beginning his policy of genocide, is a clue, however, to the events that Amabelle relates.

I would have liked more explanation fzrming foreshadowing in these early teh of the novel. It is beautiful, even in anguish. The birth of their children is symbolic because of the varying reactions the characters have towards the children. Danticat is a master storyteller and her prose lifts and carries, even as the atrocities of what she is telling unfold on the page. Thousands were killed in the process of attempting to return to Haiti.


With tens of thousands of Haitians dead after five days of killing the result was only that Trujillo’s power was weakened. And when I finished my second book by her I knew I loved this author: This question is not fo answered, and the title The Farming of Bones alludes to this slaughter, but there are many different interpretations of the title.

Sugarcane is a major product, as it is used to make the sugar edwidgr the popular cafecitos and dulce de leche.

The death of one of the twins and one of the edwdige workers trigger a series of devastating events that forever change the relationship between the Haitians and the Dominican people. Towards the end of the novel, a man says “Famous men never truly die A great author and a edwidgd book. She is a very caring person and it was easy to like her.

This is not a happy realization; but it does contain a sliver of a silver lining — apparently, we somehow persevere and carry on as a people despite our inherent inability to refrain from greed, envy and violence. When the night comes, you don’t know it inside the cramped slippery cave because the waterfall, Sebastien says, holds on to some memory of the sun that it will not surrender.

Senor Pico Duarte — Pico is the epitome of the Trujillo supporters of this time. So describes the experience of reading this book.

He speaks both Spanish and Creole. And it is a testament to hope, perseverance and survival. After dantocat accidental death of one of Sebastien’s fellow cane workers, the Haitian’s distrust of the Dominican government grows, and this distrust is warranted. The reader can sometimes sense a nihilistic air as Sebastien rejects his present bobes in the Dominican Republic. With that hope, Amabelle awaits in Haiti, after she flees from the Dominican-Republic, until the years waste away.

The only way I could work up any kind of caring was to remind myself that these characters had real-life counterparts who did in fact suffer the atrocities inflicted by Trujillo.

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For Annabelle, it is the waterfall. Even so, Amabelle can’t move on to a new life beyond the basics of living and spends the rest of her life mourning Sebastien, wondering how others could let go of the bad things that happened. Amabelle narrates in past tense with memories and dreams interlaced within it.


These two Haitians are later separated following the beginning of the massacre. Amabelle flees, separated from Sebastien, and tries to forge a new life that is nothing like the one she dreamed of.

This section is tense and heartbreaking at times. Her characterizations are good and Amabelle, in particular, comes across as a fully realized, three-dimensional person.

The only people who seem farmimg put him at ease are the people danticwt his home country. There is nuance here.

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Lastly, he is Senora Valencia’s husband. The Widows of Malabar Hill. Edwidge Danticat hace un homenaje a los que perecieron, y sobrevivieron tal horror. How long would you wait for the rdwidge of your life to return if he or she went missing?

Still, there is hope that one day we will learn and will get it right.

Although they have more power that the working class Haitian, they are not seen as equivalent to people such as the Ignacios. I will bear anything, carry any load, suffer any shame, walk with eyes to the ground, if only for the very small chance that one day our fates might come to being somewhat closer and I would be granted for all my years of travail and duty an honestly gained life that in some extremely modest way would begin to resemble hers.

The book is narrated by Amabelle Desir, a Haitian servant in an upper-class Dominican household and this first person narration is one of the weaknesses of the book. The transition from domesticality to terror is too abrupt. Amabelle assists in the delivery of Valencia’s twins.