In the Name of Salome

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In the Name of Salome

In the Name of Salome The Barnes Noble Review La Musa de la Patria In recent years novelists Mona Simpson Anywhere But Here Karla Kuban Marchlands and Susannah Moore My Old Sweetheart among numerous others have memor

  • Title: In the Name of Salome
  • Author: Julia Alvarez
  • ISBN: 9780452282438
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Barnes Noble Review La Musa de la Patria In recent years, novelists Mona Simpson Anywhere But Here , Karla Kuban Marchlands and Susannah Moore My Old Sweetheart , among numerous others, have memorably explored the mother daughter relationship, showing us the conflicted, often painful intersections of the lives of their multigenerational characters But inThe Barnes Noble Review La Musa de la Patria In recent years, novelists Mona Simpson Anywhere But Here , Karla Kuban Marchlands and Susannah Moore My Old Sweetheart , among numerous others, have memorably explored the mother daughter relationship, showing us the conflicted, often painful intersections of the lives of their multigenerational characters But in Julia Alvarez s new novel, In the Name of Salome, the mother, Dominican poet and political muse Salom Ure a, only lives long enough to hear her three year old daughter Camila recite one of her consumptive mother s poems What we get, then, is a compelling work of fiction based on remarkably tireless research and shaped by Camila s reach into the past, into her mother s history and her mother s place in history, in order to make sense of the choices she has made about her own A masterful manipulator of time, Alvarez alternates points of view, shuttling us not only back and forth between Salom and Camila, but also moving us forward in Salome s life as she moves us backward in Camila s Salom writes in secret as a child, publishes briefly under a pseudonym and soon emerges as herself, a figure of inspiration for a nation But all the while she longs for that other kind of passion, the one her family and her readers would like to believe she is above the passionate love of a man Sadly, though she finds that love in Papancho, he is never fully hers He belongs in turn to his country, to his studies, and inevitably to another woman How Salom withstands losing this managain andagain has to do with what we all withstand wisely and unwisely in the name of love Camila writes poetry only as a mature woman As a child her life is shaped by the political values that shape Papancho s life Those values find only cautious expression in the U.S where she studies at the University of Minnesota and later becomes a professor at Vassar But in Cuba, where she spends the last 13 years of her life, she fulfills the dream of both her mother and father as a vital and dedicated participant in Fidel Castro s revolutionary experiment Through skillful mechanics Alvarez makes characters of time itself and the history that marks it And what troubling history it is, spanning over 100 years 1856 1973 in the life of the Dominican Republic, where the government changes hands with as much frequency as a se orita changes her linens, and Depending on the president, the pantheon of heroes changes, one regime s villain is the next one s hero, until the word hero, like the word patria, begins to mean nothing But if history renders language meaningless, what is left Only the struggle to make meaning, and only love makes that struggle real and worthwhile on this matter mother and daughter agree So this is also a love story, in which Salom discovers that she will give up everything her writing, her social activism, finally her health for the man she loves, and Camilla discovers that she will sacrifice her secure teaching position in the U.S the approval of family, friends and erstwhile lovers for the very thing her mother s passionate poetry taught her love for the land and the people who give life to it Alvarez s skillful prose styling distinguishes the two women not only through the details of their lives but also through their meticulously wrought voices Moreover, just as interesting as what distinguishes them from one another is what unites them the pull of public life on their private lives and the challenges presented by the conventions that govern their lives as women And they and we thrill equally to the ultimate discovery we re all reaching for, that hushed and holy momentwhen the word becomes flesh In a book rich in extended metaphor, where poetry and idealism play a huge role, we are never encumbered with abstraction This is a writer going at full tilt wry, wise, ironic, forgiving She, like both the women of this novel, is an educator, though neither didactic nor condescending Even though we know from the beginning the details about the end of both mother s and daughter s lives, Alvarez manages to sustain an air of suspense throughout, the point being not what happens, but how it comes about, and at what cost Susan Thames is the author of a book of short stories, AS MUCH AS I KNOW Her novel I ll Be Home Late Tonight was a Barnes Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

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    1. Cheryl on said:

      Everything of ours--from lives to literature--has always been so disposable, she thinks. It is as if a little stopper that has contained years of bitterness inside her has been pulled out. She smells her anger--it has a metallic smell mixed in with earth, a rusting plow driven into the ground. Around 1844, the Dominican Independence War gave the Dominican Republic freedom from Haiti. Years later, the Dominican President would turn the country over to Spanish rule. Disorder was inevitable. A revo [...]

    2. Sue on said:

      I love Julie Alvarez! She develops her characters so so well you want to know what happens to them and then don't want to story to endview by Debbis Lee Wesselman: "This deeply imaginative portrait of the Dominican poet Salome Urena and her daughter Camila captures the people behind the revolutions in the Dominican Republic and Cuba without idealizing them, without relegating them to mouths spouting political dogma. As Salome says to her young husband when he chides her for writing a non-revolut [...]

    3. Loyola University Chicago Libraries on said:

      This is an extraordinary book. The fictional account of a real family from the Dominican Republic, the book follows the lives of both famed poet Salome Urena de Henriquez and her daughter, Camila. I particularly loved its structure; the chapters alternate between Salome and Camila's point of view, and while Salome's story starts at the beginning of her life and progresses toward the end, Camila's proceeds backwards. Salome dies when Camila is very young, yet the two women have a profound effect [...]

    4. Andrea Poulain on said:

      las6delatarde.wordpress/2Salomé Ureña fue poeta durante algunos de los años más importantes en Republica Domicana, cuando, después de independizarse de Haití, volvió a ser colonia de España un tiempo para tener protección. Todos sus hijos ocuparon grandes cargos o fueron grandes intelecturales, entre los cuales sorprendía Camila Salomé, la menor, que obtuvo un doctorado en Cuba, fue conferencista en América Latina, profesora en Vassar y terminó su carrera en la Universidad de La Hab [...]

    5. Bonnie on said:

      Based on my daughter's handwriting on the note I was using as a bookmark, I first started this book when she was 4, nine years ago. It was a time where between children and work and the introduction of smart phones, I was starting to lose the ability to read books, and I didn't make it far in this one. With the passing of time and purposeful focus, I've relearned to read books and started this one over from the beginning. I can see why this one wasn't well-paired for me at that time. The skippin [...]

    6. Rivera Sun on said:

      A pensive book, seen through the lens of a daughter who lost a famous mother at a young age. Having known a couple people like that (minus the famous part of the mother), I found the character true to reality, having that nebulous uncertain quality that seeks to entwine her identity with the ungraspable mother. Usually, I like stronger characters, bold and decisive ones. But, situated against a backdrop of revolutions with passion pouring out of everyone else's ears, the contrast of the characte [...]

    7. Isabelle on said:

      We have a five-star!In the Name of Salome is a novel that takes the reader through a journey of 100 years of Caribbean history – featured are real historical people and events so you get a good dose of history lessons. The book is told in 2 perspectives, opening with Camila Henriquez Ureña, age 60 in 1960 as she leaves her job teaching in Vassar College to travel to Cuba were young revolutionary Fidel Castro is urging people to come and join him. Camila is the daughter of famed poetess, Salom [...]

    8. Andrea on said:

      I read this for a book club and didn't realize until the end that it was based on a true story. I think I would have been less annoyed by some of the storyline if I had known that up front. In the Name of Salome is written about a famous poet from the Dominican Republic and her daughter. My favorite thing about this book is its unique structure. The chapters alternate between the mother's story (told in the first person) and the daughter's story (told in the third person), but they also mirror e [...]

    9. Michelle on said:

      Once again the book club selection this month took me to a place that I know very little about, the Dominican Republic. This is a historical fiction novel based on real people, with literary liberties taken by Ms. Alvarez for a bit of interest.The story follows Salome Urena, the national poet of DR during its early days of independence from Spain, and her only daughter, Salome Camila. The book begins with Camila in her sixties, retiring from her teaching position at a university and trying to fi [...]

    10. Judith on said:

      As much as I loved her other books, Julia Alvarez let me down a bit on this one. She writes historical fiction of Latin American culture, revolution and struggle. In The Time of the Butterflies was a fabulous example of seamless writing and fully fleshed out characters. In her book, In The Name of Salome, her characters are muddy and difficult to keep apart. There are so many different layers of struggles and switches back in forth in time, that it is difficult to keep separate who is who and wh [...]

    11. Elizabeth on said:

      This is an extraordinary book. The fictional account of a real family from the Dominican Republic, the book follows the lives of both famed poet Salome Urena de Henriquez and her daughter, Camila. I particularly loved its structure; the chapters alternate between Salome and Camila's point of view, and while Salome's story starts at the beginning of her life and progresses toward the end, Camila's proceeds backwards. Salome dies when Camila is very young, yet the two women have a profound effect [...]

    12. Natalie on said:

      In my opinion, this book was not as good as "In the Time of the Butterflies" "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" and "Yolanda". I loved all of those books. This one was still good, but I didn't enjoy it as much. It is based on the life of Salome Uren~a - a Dominican Poet who had a huge impact on her country. It was really interesting to learn about her, I hadn't heard of her before. The author, Julia Alvarez trades off each chapter, writing one in the voice of Salome (the mother), and the [...]

    13. Joleen on said:

      This is my second favorite book from one of my favorite writers. I love the concept of how she presents the mother and the daughter and moving both forward and backward through their individual stories until they meet. Like the book of hers that utterly wowed me, "In the Time of the Butterflies," this book delves into history while keeping the characters fresh and vivid and realistic, and it deals with a difficult time in the Dominican Republic and strong women who stood up for what they believe [...]

    14. Anastasia on said:

      The story itself was perfectly decent and all, the changing of the two narratives wasting, but the language was tedious. It took me close to a month to finish this book because the language was just too thick and boring. It may have had something to do with the smattering of random Spanish words throughout the book, I don't speak Spanish so it didn't work so well in my mind. Either way, this was a worthy story if not a good book.

    15. Katie on said:

      I wish I knew more of the actual history of the DR & Haiti. This is a historical fiction based on a real-life family. I had glimpses of what I could learn from the book, but didn't know enough to pick up on the measure of what happened. I had a hard time following the format - It alternates between chapters about one generation to chapters of another generation, one story goes forwards, the other goes back.

    16. Marvin on said:

      A novel based on the life of a real patriotic poet of the Dominican Republic & her family. It has an unusual structure, with chapters alternating between the first-person voice of the poet telling her story chronologically and that of her daughter telling her story in reverse. It started with a lot of promise, but didn't live up to its promise: too repetetive & too politically correct, perhaps.

    17. Anna on said:

      This is by far my least favorite book by Julia Alvarez, who is one of my favorite writers. The characters and plot were not very interesting and the writing seemed uninspired. Go read How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents instead!

    18. Johanna on said:

      Took me awhile to get into it. Salomes story kept me wanting more, but the back & Forth with Camilas story made it hard to push thru. It wasn't horrible, but something was missing. Not sure what.

    19. Yeimi Alvarez on said:

      This story is from the 1800 a story of a mother and her duagher. it takes place in thedominican republic a time of constant political upheaval. She wrote poetry as a teenager for the country that many people read. The poetry that she would write changed meny peoples lives and acttually motivated the men to fight for their country. The author also writes about the daughter and how they both made impact with each other.

    20. Seyed on said:

      This is not a review, but a wish item: that we (anywhere in part of the world,) had a few [wo]men of such caliber of the combination of intelligence+compassion+balls+will (no, one-in-a-many thousands, don't work: we need more)As far as the work itself is concerned, well, another Julia Alvarez work says it all.

    21. David Jr. on said:

      Interesting read. I got it based on reviews and my desire to read as much magical realism as possible. Well, this isn't magical realism but I am not giving it a low rating because of this. For me, it was hard to follow. The story starts from opposite ends of the story and then meets in the middle. It was not just a page turner for me. It was a nice story and I liked it but it just didn't flow.

    22. Ann on said:

      I found this book kind of tedious as it was told by two different people who hardly interacted. It also had several flashbacks so the story did not flow well. The story of the national poetess Solome Urena should have been its own story. The story of her daughter just muddied the story.

    23. Miguel Jophiel Rivas on said:

      Lo leí, me gustó, y no hay nada más que decir sobre él.Es un libro muy rosa que intenta representar a una de las mas grandes poetisas dominicanas de una manera muy débil.

    24. Maria on said:

      Well written account about a mother and daughter and their influence in the Dominican Republic and Cuba. I recommend it!

    25. Brett Swanson on said:

      The narrative style of this novel is pretty cool, and made the story that much more enjoyable to me. The book follows the lives of Salome, a famous poet in the Dominican Republic, and her daughter Camila. Only the stories aren't told together. Salome's story is told from the time she is six until her death, and Camila's begins when she is in her 50's and tells her story backwards until she is three. We skip back and forth between each woman's story with each new chapter, and we get a unique view [...]

    26. Patrick on said:

      In recent years, literary authors and publishing houses have published dozens of fictionalized accounts of historical figures, with Joyce Carol Oates' BLONDE (Marilyn Monroe) and Russell Banks' CLOUDSPLITTER (John Brown) being prime examples of this genre. Because I'm tiring of such fiction, I never would have bought IN THE NAME OF SALOME if I had known Alvarez had joined this literary trend - and I would have missed out on a fabulous book as a result. Yes, this may not be Alvarez's best work, b [...]

    27. Jessica on said:

      Like the only other book of hers that I've read, !Yo!, this book is constructed on an intriguing but semi-disorienting style where no two consecutive chapters are told in the same voice or by the same person. In !Yo! each chapter focused on a different member of a large family, and Alvarez switched between first person and third person tactics. Here, the chapters alternate ABABAB, with A chapters telling the chronological story of the 'mother' from childhood through death, and the B chapters tel [...]

    28. Callie on said:

      I'm finally done with this book! It didn't take that long to read, but it felt like forever, because I really want to give my attention to Called Out of Darkness. Randy told me to read this because he is teaching it, so Randy if you have some insights, I 'd love to hear them. Alternating between the stories of two women, a mother, national poet of the Dominican Republic, (that's the title I give her) and her daughter who never knew her mother except through legends, letters and her mother's poet [...]

    29. Susie Besecker on said:

      The author has a good style and creates captivating characters. Was confused with all the Salomes and Papanchos however. Strong vocabulary, good struggle, historical fiction, interesting perspectives. Ending - a bit weak but not terrible.

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