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Breath, Eyes, Memory (Oprah's Book Club) (original 1994; edição 1998)

por Edwidge Danticat (Autor)

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Twelve-year-old Sophie Caco is removed from her impoverished village and sent to live in New York with her mother, a woman she barely knows. There she learns about a terrible truth that shadows her family.
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Título:Breath, Eyes, Memory (Oprah's Book Club)
Autores:Edwidge Danticat (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (1998), 234 pages
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Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat. (Section 13, adult fiction). In 1994 a 25 year old Haitian-American writer created this semi-autobiographical novel about a Haitian girl raised by her aunt, who gets sent to America to be reunited with her mother, who left her in Haiti as a baby.
This book is about female family relationships set against two very distinct cultures of Haiti and America. Sophie Caco, age 12, has been raised by Tante Atie, in the impoverished Haitian village of Croix-des-Rosets, where life is colorful, poor, and sometimes violent. School lessons are in French, Creole is spoken at home. For Sophie village life revolves around her aunt and the other women in the neighborhood with their stories, songs and cooking. And then there are visits to her grandmother in a far off village, where grandmother tells the children supernatural tales designed to scare them into being good.
Sophie’s life changes forever when she is sent to her mother she doesn’t remember, who left Haiti years ago to begin a life of opportunity in America. After Sophie has grown, married, and had a baby girl, she returns to Haiti at a crisis point in her own life, seeking answers to questions that have bothered her and her mother for many years. As she visits for a time with her aunt and grandmother, and when her mother returns to Haiti to clear the air, a legacy of shame is uncovered and the women in this family come to understand one another much better.
Since this book was written Edwidge Danticat has written many other books and received many awards. She writes beautiful prose that weaves around you, enveloping you in her characters and their stories, their family histories, cultural environments, songs and memories. ( )
  Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Jul 18, 2021 |
Danticat is a new author to me, and a great find. Her prose is elegant and poetic. The narrative is a coming-of-age, memoir-type novel, set primarily in Haiti. There is a fair rumination on sexual violence against women, both cultural and male generated. The narrator struggles with her identity in the fallout from those violent events and her own upbringing in a mix of worlds. I'll certainly be reading more of Danticat. ( )
  blackdogbooks | May 2, 2021 |
What an absolutely beautiful book! The writing was so perfect; it's been a long time since I stopped to re-read a sentence because it was constructed so well. It was poetry disguised as prose. Full marks to this book. ( )
  ahef1963 | Jan 8, 2021 |
A touching, crushing glimpse at the mother-daughter relationship and the matrilineal heritage every woman carries inside. Danticat is a remarkable writer. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
I finished this book last night and let myself think on it over night before posting a review. First things first, I found this book to be brilliant.

I honestly don't know that much about Haiti as a country or a culture. I of course know about the earthquake that struck the country in 2010. It was all over the U.S. press and friends of mine had fundraisers and donations drives. I also had friends in the State department who chose to volunteer to go to Haiti to do what they could. One of my friends still won't talk about being down there in the aftermath and said that he would never forget what a luxury it is to have hot water. It's sad to see that after the initial few months of assistance by our country and others, Haiti is still stuck trying to rebuild (see
http://time.com/3662225/haiti-earthquake-five-year-after/).

Reading this book let me glimpse upon the inner workings of a family that had only women left to usher in the new generation. The character of Sophie will break your heart again and again throughout this book.

Told in the first person in four parts, we follow Sophie from the age of 12 until she I think based on the timeline of the story is 20 possibly 21.

When the book begins Sophie is a 12 year old girl happily living with her Aunt (Tante Atie) in Haiti. She knows that her real mother lives in New York, but sees New York and her mother as a far off place she will never see again. That all changes when her mother sends for her. Part two picks up when Sophie is 18 about to go to college, part three shows her with her newborn daughter in Haiti, and part four shows her back in the United States.

The flow of the book was perfect after the first couple of chapters. I thought that the book really started to get going after Sophie's mother sends for her. The description of Haiti, the smells, colors, and food made me feel as I was right there. I initially called this a memoir since the way that Edwidge Danticat writes it feels as if she is relaying something truly personal that may have happened to her and is using Sophie as her stand-in so to speak.

Reading about the inner workings of those that live in Haiti and worked the sugar cane crops was fascinating. Also reading about how the relationship between mothers and daughters was more important than a relationship that a woman had with any man that came after.

Some of the plot points were shocking (warning there is discussion of rape and self-harm in this book) and often saddening. Reading how Sophie felt apart and different from others in the U.S., how many Haitians used bleach to lighten their skin, frank discussions about rape, murder, and death made this whole book an engrossing read.

I think of this book as the Haitian version of the Joy Luck Club since we ultimately do focus on Sophie and the relationship that she has with her two mothers (her aunt and her real mother).

I have a favorite passage in the book which I loved, but I can't share it because it would spoil the ending to those of you that may want to read it. I loved everything about the words that were written, the poetry of them, the sense of loss and longing that I got as I read. This is definitely going to be another go to the bookstore and buy permanently book.

I did go to her author page on Amazon,(see Edwidge Danticat's Amazon Author Page) and was floored to see how many books she has written. I am definitely going to have to go and read some of her other works since I loved this book so much. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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To the brave women of Haiti,
grandmothers, mothers, aunts,
sisters, cousins, daughters, and friends,
on this shore and other shores.
We have stumbled but we will not fall.
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A flattened and drying daffodil was dangling off the little card that I had made my aunt Atie for Mother's Day.
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