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Who else feels the same? Fernanda Couldn't agree more. One of the best short story collections I've ever read. See 2 questions about Krik? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 11, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: caribbean-lit.
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Tales that haunted our parents and made them laugh at the same time. We never understood them until we were fully grown and they became our sole inheritance. Heartbreaking, but brilliant. We see Haiti through different eyes, each pair experiencing a lot of pain and loss.
If I keep daydreaming like I have been doing, I will walk off the boat to go for a stroll. Her narrative just flows and manages to incorporate so much; history, relationships, superstition, culture, and so on with such honesty and clarity. This is a complex book that made me think of how it is that one can love their homeland so much, yet at the same time realize there is so much ugliness present, embarrassing stuff at that.
Definitely a rewarding read. Hopefully more books like this are read so people can have more empathy for migrants. View all 10 comments. Aug 24, Brown Girl Reading rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: literary fiction lovers, short story collections, stories about haitian diaspora.
Reading the back cover, I learned that storytellers say Krik? View all 5 comments. Sep 04, Aubrey rated it really liked it Shelves: reality-check , antidote-think-twice-read , r-goodreads , reviewed , r , person-of-reality , antidote-think-twice-all , person-of-everything , 4-star , 1-read-on-hand. Everyone knows what the baseline reader is. The body is abstract, the habits of the norm, the names of a conventional origin, the hierarchy unquestioned.
To get a hint of the opposite, look at which covers are commissioned for thematic design and which consist of bodies and cultural artifacts. You'll learn about the blackened butterfly of this cover through one of the stories, as well as about the lives of the women that fit the archetype of my alternative cover that the digitized edition does n Everyone knows what the baseline reader is. You'll learn about the blackened butterfly of this cover through one of the stories, as well as about the lives of the women that fit the archetype of my alternative cover that the digitized edition does not currently show.
A portrait of the author, perhaps? Certainly not of the intended readership. She, with locs and bronze all woven through, is not the socioeconomic poster child of the marketer's design. The majority of lauded books are written for a mere ten percent of the population of the globe, and the biggest con of capitalism and cultural domination was to call such tomes universal.
To subvert such persistent gall requires continual regrounding of what is the usual, what is granted, what is the destiny and what is the choice. No, accommodated reader, you are not white. No, communicated reader, you are not male. No, handheld reader, your world is not of free suburbia but of heritage, revolution on one side and massacre on the other, tales on the kitchen stove and Icarus in the shanty, where liberty and death become far more complicated when the fire has been rising for nine hundred ninety-nine generations and counting.
Women come and women go, and there is no telling in this shifting scape of love and loss when a turn around the corner will bring to life a familiar face, when looking back requires a loss forever. It's easy enough to look Haiti up in the history books and Danticat up in the halls of literary excellence and mix the two together to get a prelude of what is to come from a writer who concerns herself with the death of infants in her homeland and all lost in transit so that they may live.
She is not that lazily thrown about enforcement of 'universal', nor can that term be applied to any work in this era of broadcasting the tippy top to the world and calling it the modern normality. She is, however, to those sick of tailor-made literary expectations and open to theories of literature forever on the knife edge of then and now and what is to come, worth reading.
Sep 05, Fabian rated it it was amazing. The sort of short stories that novelists envy. Danticat writes with such fury, with such purpose--about a topic neither you or I are acquainted with! Well, maybe I don't know you too much, do I? The last time I gave this country a lick of thought was when I explained to my niece how zombies are made. I am sooo horrid! That the book begins with an epistolary of two different souls, nev The sort of short stories that novelists envy. That the book begins with an epistolary of two different souls, never to be reunited is my thought We will never know what these people had to endure in Haiti, then the U.
Some people suffer and suffer and suffer Her prose is masterful--the tales are solid and mostly tragic which is very hard to pull off, since melodrama is so easy to fall into. I encourage you to read it.
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View 2 comments. I really liked this! It was the perfect summer read, especially since most of the short stories in this collection take place in Haiti - the island with the indigo blue skies and the sandy beaches. It is very evident that Danticat wrote this from her heart and I felt her love for her island in every story. My fave stories were: Children of the Sea tender tale of two lovers separated by political violence and the sea ; Between the Pool an!!!
My fave stories were: Children of the Sea tender tale of two lovers separated by political violence and the sea ; Between the Pool and the Gardenias crazy story! I was shocked while reading this!