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The Farming Of Bones

by Edwidge Danticat

Penguin Books | September 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

The Farming Of Bones is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
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 maidservant to the Dominican family that took her in when she was orphaned, and her lover Sebastien, an itinerant sugarcane cutter, decide 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, as 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 survivors.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 0.62 in

Published: September 15, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140280499

ISBN - 13: 9780140280494

Found in: Historical

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written Beautifully written and a sad but mesmerizing story.
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Farming of Bones I have to admit that when I first began this novel, I was confused. Written in different type faces to indicate switches from the past to the present, reading it was initially slow and labourious. But it soon changed for the better. The story chronicles conflicts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, specifically an infamous massacre in 1937. Danticant makes you see the horror of it through the eyes of people, rather than newscasters. Well-written. The author is lyrical, even in this setting.
Date published: 1999-03-19

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The Farming Of Bones

by Edwidge Danticat

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 0.62 in

Published: September 15, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140280499

ISBN - 13: 9780140280494

From the Publisher

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 maidservant to the Dominican family that took her in when she was orphaned, and her lover Sebastien, an itinerant sugarcane cutter, decide 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, as 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 survivors.

About the Author

Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1969. Her parents emigrated to New York when she was a small child, while she and her brother remained in Haiti, where they were raised by an aunt and uncle. At the age of twelve she moved to Brooklyn to be with her parents. Danticat began writing as a teenager, and her essays and stories have appeared in many periodicals. She received a degree in French literature from Barnard College and an MFA in writing from Brown University. At Brown she completed work on Breath, Eyes, Memory, which she had begun as an undergraduate, and the novel was published in 1994. After finishing her master's degree, Danticat worked in Clinica Estetico, the production office of film director Jonathan Demme, who has a consuming interest in Haiti. She read and wrote scripts and continues to monitor and occasionally protest American policy in Haiti. In late 1994, Danticat returned to Haiti for the first time in thirteen years, to see President Aristide restored to power. Danticat is the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship and awards from Seventeen magazine and from Essence. She is also the author of
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The passionate and tragic story of two lovers whose only wish is to survive and live together hails from the stunning prose of author Edwidge Danticat. The Farming of Bones follows the lives of two Haitian-born workers who are living on the Dominican side of a river. When a nationalist frenzy against Haitian workers incites ethnic violence, it threatens their dreams of marriage. Can the two lovers endure in The Farming of Bones?