The Farming of Bones has ratings and reviews. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys White Teeth by Zadie. 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 Year”—Publishers Weekly. 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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Suddenly, danger arrives and the atmosphere changes completely, becoming the book a page-turner, the reader escaping alongside the narrator, feeling the edge of the machetes, the burning of fqrming villages. When Amabelle is not with Sebastien, her life is centered around Papi’s home and his relatives.

The Farming of Bones

This question is not easily answered, and the title The Farming of Bones alludes to this slaughter, but there are many different interpretations of the title. It is a love story full of a passion that brings heat to the cheeks of the reader, not out of modesty or embarrassment, but out of empathy because of darming exquisitely Danticat writes.

Another marked symbol in The Farming of Bones is parsley. Both if are acknowledged by Ms.

Although Don Ignacio and his daughter are important figures in Amabelle’s life, it is evident that Amabelle’s life revolves around her lover, Sebastien Onius. She was able to evoke country life and such detailed characters with few words. This muzzle was given to the sugar woman so that she would not eat the sugarcane.


Danticat had me hooked all the way through. In “the farming of bones” Danticat takes her readers to the other side of her native island of Hispaniola, laying bare the oppression and desperation of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic of the s. While escaping, the group must divide for their own safety.

The ending seemed a little rushed to me and did not as nicely together with the story as the rest of the parts. It is the pronunciation of parsley that determines who lives fagming who dies in the Dominican Republic.

The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

She is fairly content with her life, oof hell comes to earth as the massacre begins. To the Dominicans who were complaining of the depredations by Haitians living among them, thefts of cattle, provisions, fruits, etc.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Our Haitian Black woman na “I know what will happen,” he said. That would never fly! Aug 22, Jen Fordyce rated it really liked it. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. According to reports, Dominican soldiers would hold up a sprig of parsley and ask their captives what it was.

The twins are crucial because the reactions towards them are evidence of the racial climate during the time.

To me it was quintessential Dantivat writing.

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Two-point-five stars This book really wants to be “literary” fiction, but it lacks the necessary warmth and depth. This story darming told through the eyes and in the voice of one Haitian woman who, through a sad of series events is living in the Dominican Republic until the kout kout-a, at which point she returns to Haiti, losing everything that is important to her in the process. For instance, many of the chapters that consist of a single memory deal with her parents.


As the Seora’s doctor explains: The memories and dreams intermingled within the story gives insight into her character and add to story development. Why is she showing us so much? All monuments of this great size are built with human blood. Her language is simple, gorgeous, and enticing.

Books by Edwidge Danticat. At first the book may seem too simple with its literary style and or content—not much symbolism, metaphors, etc.

Apr 07, Diane Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn’t know much about the relations between Haiti and the Dominican republic, other than that it was less than friendly. When the night comes, you don’t know it inside the cramped slippery cave because the waterfall, Sebastien says, holds on to some memory of the sun that it will not surrender.

Estimates vary on how many Haitians were slaughtered, with some estimates being as high as 20, Luis is Juana’s husband.