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The Dew Breaker

The Dew Breaker From the universally acclaimed author of Breath Eyes Memory and Krik Krak a brilliant deeply moving work of fiction that explores the world of a dew breaker a torturer a man whose brutal crimes i

  • Title: The Dew Breaker
  • Author: Edwidge Danticat
  • ISBN: 9781400041145
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the universally acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik Krak , a brilliant, deeply moving work of fiction that explores the world of a dew breaker a torturer a man whose brutal crimes in the country of his birth lie hidden beneath his new American reality.We meet him late in his life He is a quiet man, a husband and father, a hardworking barber, a kindlyFrom the universally acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik Krak , a brilliant, deeply moving work of fiction that explores the world of a dew breaker a torturer a man whose brutal crimes in the country of his birth lie hidden beneath his new American reality.We meet him late in his life He is a quiet man, a husband and father, a hardworking barber, a kindly landlord to the men who live in a basement apartment in his home He is a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, recognizable by the terrifying scar on his face As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of those around him his devoted wife and rebellious daughter his sometimes unsuspecting, sometimes apprehensive neighbors, tenants, and clients And we meet some of his victims.In the book s powerful denouement, we return to the Haiti of the dew breaker s past, to his last, desperate act of violence, and to his first encounter with the woman who will offer him a form of redemption albeit imperfect that will change him forever.The Dew Breaker is a book of interconnected lives a book of love, remorse, and hope of rebellions both personal and political of the compromises we often make in order to move beyond the most intimate brushes with history Unforgettable, deeply resonant, The Dew Breaker proves once that in Edwidge Danticat we have a major American writer.

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    1. Onvan : The Dew Breaker - Nevisande : Edwidge Danticat - ISBN : 1400034299 - ISBN13 : 9781400034291 - Dar 244 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2004

    2. "Aline had never imagined that people like Beatrice existed, men and women whose tremendous agonies filled every blank space in their lives. Maybe there were hundred, even thousands, of people like this, men and women chasing fragments of themselves long lost to others."Although this quote appears later in the book, it sums up succinctly what these linking stories encompass. People who were tortured by the Dew Breaker, or family members were, people who think they see him and even the people who [...]

    3. 3.5 starsThe Dew Breaker is a story in nine parts. Each part could be read as its own short story, and I vacillate between liking and disliking this structure. Usually I'd enjoy something like this, but the stories are at times so loosely connected that it's hard to see the bigger picture. And yet, part of me likes the way the author drops information ever so carefully, that it makes a sort of puzzle out of the reading.Regardless, the stories are beautifully written and tragically told. You get [...]

    4. The Dew Breaker is a book organized into 9 sections (chapters), which are all perfectly able to stand alone as short stories. Each chapter features different characters and different points of view, and seem random at first, but by the end you realize they’re all interlocking and related in some way. The novel is about an unnamed prison guard/torturer who was part of the Tonton Macoutes, the voluntary militia under Jean-Claude Duvalier’s reign in Haiti. The book is just as much about his lif [...]

    5. 3.5 starsMaybe this is the beginning of madnessForgive me for what I am saying.Read itquietly, quietly.-Osip MandelstamThe title of this book "Dew Breaker" "comes from a Creole phrase which refers to those who break the serenity of the grass in the morning dew. It is a Creole nickname for torturer."The "Dew Breakers" are a group of volunteers who tortured and killed thousands of civilians under the regimes of François and Jean-Claude Duvalier in Haiti.This book is a combination of short stories [...]

    6. Much like Tim O'Brien's THE THINGS THEY CARRIED, this book lingers in that nebulous hinterland between short story and novel where few writers have the gumption or the ability to tread. Each chapter is a self-contained story, with divergent and seemingly random settings--Haiti in the dictatorial 1960s, Manhattan in the 1970s, Brooklyn and Queens in the 21st century. And yet slowly, irrevocably, the reader is drawn into the shared love, the shared remorse, the shared history, the shared hope, the [...]

    7. Agony and AtonementThe Dew Breaker is my first taste of the gift of storytelling by Edwidge Danticatbut it won't be my last! As the novel opens, revealing shocking secrets of the past, it's clear that the reader will not be disappointed. The Dew Breaker's title comes from a Creole phrase referring to `Tontons Macoutes' (Haitian volunteer torturers) during the regime of the Duvaliers in Haiti. They would often come in the early dawn to take their victims away. the broke the serenity of the grass [...]

    8. An outstanding collection of 9 short stories, with characters and events intertwined (like Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio"), and revolving around the Tonton Macoute in Haiti and in the Haitian diaspora. Despite its grim backdrop, Danticat writes beautifully and with great sensitivity and with human understanding. Highly recommended!

    9. I loved this book. It reminds me of 'Go Down Moses' in its blurring of the lines between novel and linked short stories. It also blurs the victim/victimizer lines in smart, complicated ways. Read it. Teach it. It's great.

    10. We are introduced to a Haitian man, living in Brooklyn. He emigrated here, over thirty years ago. He is a good father and a good husband. He also has a very dark past, which involved, working as a prison guard, in his homeland. Rumors of atrocities abound We are then shown separate stories, of the lives of other Haitians, as they deal with the struggles of life and each of them has some connection, with the “Dew Breaker”, (or torturer).This was my first novel, by this author and I was quite [...]

    11. I would like to give it 4 stars for Danticat's beautiful writing style. However, short stories just fall short for me.

    12. rockymountainnews/drmnHaitian lives, Haitian scarsBOOK INFORMATIONThe Dew BreakerOur Rating AAuthor: Edwidge DanticatPublisher: KnopfPages: 242 pagesGenre: FictionPrice: $22By Jenny Shank, Special To The NewsMarch 12, 2004Despite her youth, Edwidge Danticat has always written with the gravity and insight of a wise old seer. Still, she could not have foreseen that civil unrest would break out in her native Haiti again, just before the publication of her new novel, The Dew Breaker, making the tim [...]

    13. I suppose I should not go very far into reviewing "The Dew Breaker" before pointing out the style for which it has gained a certain amount of attention. The structure of "The Dew Breaker" is made out of a myriad of stories, some tying into each other, and others functioning in what is seemingly their own separate world. Not every character knows the other, and not there is no moment where the stories join together. But although the characters may not know each other, they each share the same bac [...]

    14. Generally this was a good book. I enjoyed reading about Haitian and Haitian American culture and I will probably be looking into more of Haiti's political past that makes up so much of the story.I wish I had approached the book differently when I began reading it, because I started out with the impression that all the stories were connected, and somehow connected to one of the characters in the first chapter. However, each chapter jumped around so wildly in time, place and setting that it would [...]

    15. I enjoyed the short stories in this collection. Thanks to having readBrother I'm Dying beforehand, I can definitely see a lot of real life similarities between Edwidge Danticat's character's background (i.e a character that's a preacher, character's immigrating to America after violent actions taken against them, etc.) that draw from her Haitian family. However, my main qualm with this book is that the main character, "The Dew Breaker," story feels underwritten. (view spoiler)[All the characters [...]

    16. Edwidge Danticat is still one of my favorite writers, but this was not one of my favorite books of hers. 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. While the writing is still beautiful, I wasn't sure how some of the stories tied in. They were definitely thought-provoking, particularly since we get to see what is a simultaneous sympathetic and condemning look at a former Haitian macoute who worked [...]

    17. I was initially interested in this book (given to me by my boss) because of its ties to Haiti. As a Florida resident, I have had the chance to interact with Haitians and am interested in finding out more about their country and culture. I must say that I was left a little disappointed with Danticat and her writing. The flow was confusing, as it jumped each chapter between different people and time periods. The beginning was interesting and drew me in, and the end tied everything together adequat [...]

    18. I love Danticat's sentences. They are totally absorbing, sensuous. The only reason I can't give this book five stars is that it didn't totally work for me as a novel. The interconnected story thing is too much like in her book Claire of the Sea Light. But the first chapter and last chapter were amazing.

    19. This author is a one-woman Commission onReconciliation whose insider knowledge of recent Haitian history supplies both the need for reconciliation and its painful possibility. Greatstorytelling with many light touches among thesomber facts.

    20. This is an absolutely astounding book. It is a poignant amalgamation of stories that seem disconnected, but eventually come together to create devastingly beautiful and haunting story.

    21. WOW! This book is amazing! Dew breaker is a Creole term for torturer; someone who 'disturbs the calm, morning dew covering the grass'. When I began reading, I believed I was reading what would be a series of short stories by this author, whose writing I LOVE! Instead, only a couple stories into the book, I realized that the stories were connected. While these stories can certainly stand alone, in actuality, the characters and events are all related to the father whose secret is revealed in the f [...]

    22. This book was very confusing to me. I did not realize that it was a compilation of several short stories. Some of the short stories linked back to a character from the first story but not all of them. Or maybe I just didn't realize it. I would have liked the book more if I had been able to tell better how the stories related to each other. this was more of a 2.5 stars but would have been 3.5 stars if the characters weren't so confusing and I could have linked the stories better. Read as part of [...]

    23. Edwidge Danticat’s 2004 novel The Dew Breaker is a collection of loosely connected short stories that detail the lives of several Haitian immigrants living in New York City after the fall of the Duvalier regimes in Haiti. The nine stories that make up the novel are all quite successful individually; in fact, the vast majority of them had been published as standalone tales before the novel’s release. Through these fictionalized retellings of the Haitian immigrant experience, Danticat illumina [...]

    24. I was excited to read this book and initially thought it would be similar to The Brief History of 7 Killings by Marlon James considering its a novel about the Dew Breaker from the perspectives of those who knew him in some shape or form. Although this stands true to the construction of the novel, and the narratives were written beautifully, this book missed the mark for me. I felt the character of the Dew Breaker was underdeveloped. I learned more about each individual telling their story than t [...]

    25. Although the writing is beautiful, the structure of this book led me to lose interest halfway through. It was a struggle to finish it. Loved a few chapters though.

    26. Damn she can write. These were powerful short stories with a vague connection to each other and all about Haiti and Haitian immigrants to NYC and the way the past is always with you.

    27. Haiti has always struck me as a place with fascinating history, and since my grandparents lived there from 1967-69, I've been curious to learn more about that particular period. This slim novel, which deals at least partially with that era, seemed like a good way to get a taste of life under the repressive dictatorship of "Papa Doc" Duvalier. It opens with the story of a young woman who's just sold her first sculpture, a mahogany statue of her father. She's on her way to Florida with her father [...]

    28. This was such a unique book. It almost felt like a literary hybrid, like a novel of short stories. As a result, I definitely had to pay close attention to characters' names so I would not miss the connections. It was interesting to witness those connections between all the characters in the book. Ultimately, I felt that, given the current public dispute on immigration and refugees coming to the United States, the author really showed a unique perspective of why different people might seek to com [...]

    29. The Dew Breaker reads like a dream, in both senses of the phrase (silky smooth, and like the nocturnal neuronal firings). More like a recurring dream in which every night you take the place of a different character and watch the same scene with different eyes. You have to let go of your usual waking-hours desire for continuity and consistency of characters.The book is beautifully written, as I've come to expect from Danticat. Beautiful and nearly perfectly crafted. I've heard the story described [...]

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