Haitian-born Danticat’s third novel (after The Farming of Bones and Breath, Eyes, Memory) focuses on the lives affected by a “dew breaker,” or torturer of Haitian. ABSTRACT. This article examines the representation of a violent and traumatizing past in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker (), a collection of short. Edwidge Danticat’s brilliant exploration of the “dew breaker”–or torturer–s an unforgettable story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political rebellions;.

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The Dew Breaker

I hope, as I do for all my books, that it will cause some reflection and healthy debate, especially as Haiti celebrates two hundred years of independence inbut still finds itself mired brwaker poverty and political quagmires. To view it, click here. This quote from the back cover of the book sums it up for me, “Edwidge Danticat’s brilliant exploration of the “dew edwidgw torturer-is an unforgettable story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political rebellions; and of the compromises we make to move beyond the most intimate brushes with history.

When I read the last page of the chapter, I burst out into tears. I think people like this should be punished as severely as justice allows. Jan 21, Olivia rated it it was amazing Edwifge Some might find this strategy jarring, or worse, a sign of an author who has failed at the Law of Consistency of characters. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat – Reading Guide – : Books

However, each chapter jumped around so wildly in time, place and setting that it would have been better to understand the book as a collection of short stories with the same general theme. I just want her to keep writing forever. Yes, I am very demanding. I liked the overall theme and idea of the book, and as separate stories it works much like The Women of Brewster Place, with repetitive characters, but independent stories.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. How does The Dew Breakerthough a work of fiction, convey the reality of life under the Duvalier dictatorship more vividly and emotionally than a work of history or investigative journalism might? Although much of the book is set in present New York City, the narrative of The Dew Breaker spirals around the events of the s and ’70s in Haiti when the dictator Francois Duvalier sustained a personal police force to torture his adversaries, called “dew breakers” because they came to claim their victims in the early morning hours when dew still beaded the vegetation.

The Dew Breaker Reader’s Guide

However, each chapter jumped around so wildly in time, place and setting that it would Generally this was a good book. I am not interested in edwisge about people who can be defined too easily, who are either too good or too bad.

I just felt that each story meandered along, with a couple sentences relating back to the general premise of the book. Dec 18, Laura rated it really liked it. Retrieved from ” https: A gigantic part of Haitian history is the brutal dictatorship and the effects it had on the people. I loved this book.

Maybe he dreams of dipping his hands in the sand on a beach in his own country and finding that what he comes up with is a fistful of blood. This trend of the past being revealed in the end is a recurring theme throughout the stories of the novel, and not just from the somewhat secretive titular character, but from the other characters throughout the stories; such as the aforementioned father and daughter, or from a Brooklyn-based Haitian family who thought that a Dew Breaker [12] was with them inside their church on Christmas Eve.

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It is graphic and horrific. The wife in this story has come to live with her husband in New York. How do we love people who have done such horrible things? Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve.


Aline must wait in the semi-bare living room while her interviewee gets changed, and once more while she makes coffee for the two. Looking for More Great Reads?

I listened to it on audiobook, and it took me a while to realize that each section was a different short story rather than a different chapter. Jun 14, billyskye rated it really liked it. About The Dew Breaker We meet him late in life: Now, living in New York, trying to erase a past that shadows him continually, we meet a good father and husband with a horrible scar on his face and an agonizing secret embedded deeply in his soul The story falls backs on their pasts and futures.

I picked this up under the mistaken impression that it was a work of scholarship on Haitian political history. He confesses that he had been the hunter, not the prey.

Mar 08, Pages. The Dew Breaker reminds me of The Things They Carriedbut centers on Haitian expats coping with haunting reverberations of the Duvalier regime instead of on Edwidgd veterans living with memories of the war in Vietnam.

Hinds to explain what is wrong in which she replies with a pen and paper that she is a teacher, asking why they would send her home in the condition she is in. The peaceful moments she has on the porch, and the ash leaves falling, could display an act of defiance she commits sitting outside on the block.

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