Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Farming of the Bones by Edwidge Danticat

Once again, I have found myself inside the head of a young girl in Haiti. I remember liking Breath, Eyes, Memory. I liked Krik! Krak!. This one, perhaps due to the setting within the war and events of 1937, placed me in another place and another time. In someone else’s shoes maybe. It even pushed me to research more history on Haiti. I am impressed with Danticat’s ability to place the reader inside the head of her protagonist, to experience all through the lens of just one young girl. I worried, I wept, I smiled, I embraced the messed up world around us. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history, Haiti, genocide, coming of age, love, or, even just a strong story. Going in, you don’t have to know the history to experience Amabelle’s world, but you want to know more and more so that you can understand it better.


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