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The Dew Breaker

Danticat, Edwidge (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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 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 more that in Edwidge Danticat we have a major American writer.
Authors: Danticat, Edwidge, 1969-
Title: The dew breaker
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 244 p. ;,22 cm.
Contents: The book of the dead
Seven
Water child
The book of miracles
Night talkers
The bridal seamtress
Monkey tails
The funeral singer
The dew breaker.
The book of the dead
Seven
Water child
The book of miracles
Night talkers
The bridal seamstress
Monkey tails
The funeral singer
The dew breaker.
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 67 10100
ISBN: 1400041147
Statement of Responsibility: Edwidge Danticat
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.7 10.0 Quiz: 78458.
Subject Headings: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) Fiction. Haiti Fiction. Torture Fiction. Haitian Americans Fiction.
Topical Term: Torture
Haitian Americans
LCCN: 2003060788
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Jan 28, 2011
  • owenskri rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting writing, but the book as a whole is unsatisfying. The author attempted something beyond her grasp in trying tell many different smaller stories that are supposed to be part of a bigger story.

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