Praise. Praise for The Farming of Bones A New York Times Notable Book ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice “One of the Best Books of the. The Farming of Bones has ratings and reviews. Samadrita said: As much as there’s solace to be derived from bestowing much needed attention on n . Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones is a historical fiction account of the Parsley Massacre, as seen through the eyes of Amabelle.

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The Farming of Bones begins in in a village on the Dominican side of the river that separates the country farmung 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.

Ho The Farming of Bones begins in in a village on the Dominican side of the river that separates the country from Haiti.

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: Based farmihg 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.

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Published September 1st by Penguin Books first published American Book Award To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Farming of Bonesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. 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 kf be excused.

As if page after page of oblique 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 boness of finding redeeming aspects even harder with her stilted, cardboard cutout characters whose 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 oblique but trite commentary on ethnic conflict, colonialism, slavery and racism lathered on to the bare bones of a plot was not enough, Farmiing makes the task of finding redeeming aspects even harder with her stilted, cardboard cutout characters whose continuing plight at the hands of plantation owners, rarming 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.

View all 24 comments. Jul 07, Cheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: I looked to my dreams for softness, for a gentler embrace, for relief from the fear of mudslides and blood bubbling out of the riverbed, where it is said the dead add their tears to the river flow. It is not often one reads a story with death and loss as its theme and still find beauty in the melancholy.

This harrowing story balances its sadness with love interludes. Sensuality appears through bursts of lyricism, spurts of softness within pointed language. Haitian lovers, Annabelle and Sebastie I looked to my dreams for softness, for a gentler embrace, for relief from the fear of mudslides and blood bubbling out of the riverbed, where it is said the dead add their tears to the river flow.

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Haitian lovers, Annabelle and Sebastien, find their worlds intertwined as they both try to make it in a new land; one a cane worker, the other a housekeeper. They sneak off to lemon-grass scented days and nights, each some form of solace for the other who has been forced to abandon family. Friends remain loyal to each other in a world where they are misunderstood.

Within their community nicknamed Algeria, Haitian transplants settle in the Dominican Republic and try to make a living as cane workers.

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Sugarcane is a major product, as it is used to make the sugar for the popular cafecitos and dulce de leche. This novel highlights danticzt Haitian-Dominican conflict, the Parsley Massacre of that is rarely visited. Coexisting on the island of Hispaniola, there are deeply woven cultural and social differences between the two regions that have caused longstanding pain. It is an interesting read, scary even, particularly during a time when it is not just the “third world” but the western world that is currently being divided by social differences.

Try to decipher what caused dajticat uproar and you’ll be left stunned at the ignorance of people.

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Sometimes, after loss, the survivor finds it difficult to live in the present, or perhaps go on as if he or she has forgotten his or her loved one. Sometimes the survivor finds it difficult to move on. The narrative flow is a reflection of this. Yet there remains a symbol hidden in some small act together, some routine to be remembered, and this becomes the silver lining for grief management. For Annabelle, it is the waterfall.

I didn’t care too much for Claire of the Sea Lightbut I’m glad that Danticat won be back with the illuminating prose in this novel. View all 18 comments. It’s fiction loaded down heavily with the kind of truth you wish you didn’t have to believe – maybe that’s why the lyrical sentences are so full of images of sinking, falling and opening, of spaces and flesh pressed, distorted, cut. There is nuance here. Our Haitian Black woman na “I know what will happen,” he said. I wanted to know what became of the children, and I know Danticat was making me feel with Amabelle there, while she was struggling with survival and through the primacy of bomes loyalties.

If Danticat allows us to imagine that Amabelle’s emotional ties are in tension across national and class boundaries, her focus is clearly on Amabelle’s own reality and the lives of the sugar cane workers. This narrative belongs to bonea servant and santicat class of Haitians; even though its sweep is broad and generous, class and national solidarities are at its core.

Shared knowings and defiant, deep valuing of each other among Anabelle’s people drive the cooperation that saves lives and the storytelling that saves memories. Danticat teaches that memories are a mixed blessing. Most of them, in this book, are painful. But the sweet ones, just as necessary, are a saving grace Oh and as a love story, this is gorgeous. Jan 17, Jon rated it liked it.

From a speech he gave in I have seen, investigated, and daticat about the needs of the population. To the Dominicans who were complaining of the depredations by Haitians living among farmihg, thefts of cattle, provisions, fruits, etc. This remedy will continue. According to reports, Dominican soldiers would hold up a sprig of parsley and farrming their danyicat 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 farking able to and would be killed. Estimates vary on how many Haitians were slaughtered, with some estimates being as high as 20, The Farming of Bones is set during the Parsley Massacre and while this attempt to document the events that occurred fo commendable, the book is not completely successful.

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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. Her Dominican employers treat her fairly and the class differences almost play out as a Dominican version of Downton Abbey. While poor, these Haitians do not experience overt danticwt nor are they subjected to brutal treatment. I would farmung liked more explanation and foreshadowing in these early sections of the novel.

The transition from domesticality to terror is too abrupt. This section is tense and heartbreaking at times. 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 given.

Still, 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. View all 5 comments. Sep 20, Layla Strohl rated it really liked it. It had no cover and no description except for a handwritten inscription which read, “Ben, know I am your Amabelle and you my Sebastian. Here’s to holding on tight in the middle of the night. I love you, Sarah”. Being a complete sucker for dnaticat declarations of love, I bought the book.

Farming for Bones is absolutely not at all the sappy love story I thought it would be. It is a beautifully written story that follows a group of Haitians through the genocide that took place during the Parsley Massacre in the late ‘s.

Danticat’s style, which is simple, clean and poetic, illustrates the chaos and fear of the characters without creating chaos on the page for the reader. It is as though, in order for Danticat to relay this story which is filled with fear, violence and death, she must maintain a calm, firm less emotional tone in her writing, as the events described need no additional touches for affect – they are grim and gruesome enough as is.

The real tragedy is not just the mass genocide and torture that so many Haitians endured, but the emotional suffering and grief of the of the survivors to persevere, despite the many lost and missing family member and loved ones who never returned home.

Thanks to Ben for tossing his heartfelt gift in the trash and thanks to Sarah for a great inscription. I don’t think I would have ever found this on my own and that would have been a shame because this book is is truly excellent! Jan 02, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: I picked up this book at a vendor table while at the Harlem Book Fair. All the characters find themselve I picked up this book at a vendor table while at the Harlem Book Fair. All the characters find themselves faced with the most challenging decisions of their lives.

How long would you wait for the love of your life to return if he or she went missing? How much could you take before your faith wavered? The last several chapters came together nicely and the conflicts of all the characters come to some sort of resolution. The end of the story truly felt like the end of the story.

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