|Title||:||Brother, I'm Dying|
|Publisher||:||Alfred a Knopf Inc 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||286 Pages|
|File Size||:||862 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Brother, I'm Dying Reviews
Ms. Danticat recently gave a talk at the university where I work, and it was a very enjoyable evening. I bought two of her books for my kindle when I got home. This is the first one I read. Having seen her made a difference, and by the end I felt like I knew her very well. She conveys emotions brilliantly without a lot of words, and it is easy to immerse yourself in her life in Haiti and all the troubles she recounts in that unfortunate place. It is not about her, though. She tells of her father and his brother, who served as a surrogate father for her while her parents carved a life for their family out in Brooklyn. As her father's health declines, her uncle goes through a series of catastrophes out of his control, all of which could have been prevented by a shred of human decency and which point out how little has changed in how our country treats the lives of others. I am excited to read the second book soon.
Danticat's book chronicles the history of Haiti in the 20th and 21st centuries through relating her family's story. She brings the reality of US racism and colonialism to life through recounting the saga of her grandparents, aunts and uncles, and her parents. The relationship between her father and his brother is particularly poignant. Her spirit honors life, recognizing that it can be fraught with difficulties.
Edwidge Danticat is possibly the best American fiction writer of the younger generation. Her novels and story collections have cut a broad swath through the history of 20th century Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. Their virtues include lyric and narrative pleasures, a plainspoken and elegant voice, intelligence and intelligibility, and the bridging of two cultures separated by language and mutual misunderstanding.
This won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. It is lively and engaging. Parts are wrapped in joy and humanity; others are wrapped in devastating evidence of the cruelty of war to the non-political citizenry. It is the account of Edwidge's family, part in civil-war-torn and occupied Haiti and part in New York and Miami. The depth of cruelty of all sides in the wars and civil unrest in Haiti and in immigrant detention in Miami destroys any confidence you might have in humanity. The love, dedication, and family bonds coexist with pervasive inhuman cruelty. The narrative voice - Edwidge in first person - puts the reader into the story so completely it's hard to emerge. You finish it with hope for the human spirit, but sadly convinced that there isn't a consistently compassionate God.
Brother I'm Dying is an impressive memoir paying homage to two admirable men. The devotion Edwidge imparts presenting the life and death of her uncle and father is well done. I became most fond of her voice early on, really appreciating the intermittent storytelling. The connotations behind `We're All Dying' and `The Angel of Death and Father God' were most poignant. I, as well, really took to the washing one side of a child, and just loved `One Papa Happy, One Papa Sad.'
A little disjointed but interesting. The detailed clinical description of her uncle's death was out of character with the rest of the book. It didn't really clarify all the political turmoil in Haiti over the last 50 years or so (time frame of the book), but it got me curious enough to research it after I read the book. In that case it succeeded to make a point.
What a great book! Danticat story is so deep, yet simple. I loved everything about this book. Very real. She switches between present and past so easily. It reads as if you were playing a movie. Highly recommend this book to anyone. An eye opener for those who are not immigrants. LOVEEE IT!
My book club selected this book, I enjoyed it. The title was very intriguing. The dynamics of the relationship with the various characters in the book was interesting and thought provoking, especially between the 2 brothers. It was a little long, a little to 'wordie'. Overall this book will make for an interesting book discussion.