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EPUB ô MOBI The Farming of Bones ò 9780140280494 FREE ☆ [KINDLE] ✽ The Farming of Bones By Edwidge Danticat – Danpashley.co.uk The Farming of Bones begins in 1937 in a village on the Dominican side of the river that separates the country from Haiti Amabelle Desir Haitian born and a faithful maidservantThe Farming of Bones begins in 1937 in a village on the Dominican side of the river that separates the country from Haiti Amabelle Desir Haitian born and a faithful maidservant to the Dominican family that took her in when she was orphaned and her lover Sebastien an itinerant sugarcane cutter deci As much as there's solace to be derived from bestowing much needed attention on non white male authored narratives which speak of the ones snubbed callously by literature on no grounds can poor story telling be excused As if page after page of obliue but trite commentary on ethnic conflict colonialism slavery and racism lathered on to the bare bones of a plot was not enough Danticat makes the task of finding redeeming aspects even harder with her stilted cardboard cutout characters whose continuing plight at the hands of plantation owners corrupt lawmakers and the military men fails to evoke any empathy Top it all off with a toneless drab narrative voice with sporadic stretches of brilliance and what you have is a beautifully titled novel which never lives up to the promise it shows in the beginning and ends up becoming mere misery porn

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De they will marry and return to Haiti at the end of the cane season However hostilities toward Haitian laborers find a vitriolic spokesman in the ultra nationalist Generalissimo Trujillo who calls for an ethnic cleansing of his Spanish speaking country As rumors of Haitian persecution become fact 3 ½ stars To give context to the story I’m going to start this review with a brief history lesson located in the Caribbean the Hispaniola island is basically split in half with the former French colony of Haiti on one side of the island and the former Spanish colony of the Dominican Republic on the other During the 30’s Rafael Trujillo came into power in the Dominican Republic and like so many other demagogues both before and after him decided to demonize and scapegoat some of his country’s citizens in this case Haitian immigrants From a speech he gave in 1937 “For some months I have traveled and traversed the border in every sense of the word I have seen investigated and inuired about the needs of the population To the Dominicans who were complaining of the depredations by Haitians living among them thefts of cattle provisions fruits etc and were thus prevented from enjoying in peace the products of their labor I have responded 'I will fix this' And we have already begun to remedy the situation Three hundred Haitians are now dead in Bánica This remedy will continue”From October 2 1937 to October 8 1937 government troops attempted to purge the country of Haitians in what became known as the Parsley Massacre According to reports Dominican soldiers would hold up a sprig of parsley and ask their captives what it was How they pronounced the Spanish word for parsley perejil determined whether they would live or die Spanish speaking native Dominicans would be able to pronounce the Spanish trill in the word but French and Creole speaking Haitian immigrants would not be able to and would be killed Estimates vary on how many Haitians were slaughtered with some estimates being as high as 20000The Farming of Bones is set during the Parsley Massacre and while this attempt to document the events that occurred is commendable the book is not completely successful 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 Frankly Amabelle’s life and the events that occur around her in the first half of the book are mundane Her Dominican employers treat her fairly and the class differences almost play out as a Dominican version of Downton Abbey While there are a few established well off Haitians most of the Haitians in Amabelle’s orbit are either domestic servants or laborers in the cane fields While poor these Haitians do not experience overt prejudice nor are they subjected to brutal treatment Beyond a few references to rumors and a few snatches of Trujillo’s speeches there is little evidence of the societal tensions that would suddenly explode in an orgy of violence and genocide I would have liked explanation and foreshadowing in these early sections of the novel By limiting events to only Amabelle’s perceptions and interactions a broader understanding of why things spiraled out of control so uickly is lost The transition from domesticality to terror is too abruptOnce the Parsley Massacre begins the novel swiftly becomes a testament to man’s inhumanity to man as Amabelle and several others attempt to flee to the border and stumble across the death and destruction left in the wake of the genocidal purge This section is tense and heartbreaking at timesWhile symbolism abounds in the book Danticat’s prose style is clear and accessible Her characterizations are good and Amabelle in particular comes across as a fully realized three dimensional person The novel reduces a genocidal event to the experiences of a single person and while that may create a sense of intimacy and immediacy it loses the deeper understanding that a broader view could have givenStill the book is worth reading if only as a reminder of the power of demagoguery It shows the effect that pandering to the fears prejudices and base instincts of a population can have Know this whenever someone stands in front of a microphone and attempts to cast some of those around us as “The Other” they’re participating in an ugly tradition that stretches back through Rwanda Auschwitz the cane fields of the Dominican Republic and beyond

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The Farming of BonesAs anxiety turns to terror Amabelle and Sebastien's dreams are leveled to the most basic human desire to endure 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 survivo I was not very impressed by my first Danticat novel at all The Farming of Bones is written as a sort of romance sort of historical fiction novel sort of bildungsroman and this hodge podge of indecision made for an incredibly dull reading experience I was disappointed because the action swirls around the incredibly violent Parsley Massacre of 1937 in which tens of thousands of Haitians were slaughtered by Dominican troops and civilians on orders given by the dictator Rafael Trujillo which is only vaguely explained in the novel Sounds like a heavy but ultimately gripping and rewarding narrative right?Yah didn't happen herethe difficult thing with historical fiction is that an author must skirt the line between imagined events and historical facts The failure here is that the romantic story at the forefront is way too uaint and intimate and honestly uninspired and a little writer's workshoppy for such a violent and expansive historical backdrop Ultimately the elements of the story converge in a sloppy and unsatisfying way All the real excitement of the novel happens in the background which left me totally not caring about what happened to any of the characters they don't even react to seeing people brutally murdered before their eyes; how?? This added to the fact that sentence by sentence it lacks depth and is pretty poorly written in places I kept comparing this novel to The Book of Night Women reading later this month which is a novel that puts the reader right into the devasting and brutal line of fire Reading this just felt like being splashed with lukewarm water